Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Missouri (PCHAS MO) has announced plans to merge with an affiliated agency based in Texas, effective January 1, 2018. The new agency, known as Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), will remain committed to its core goals: helping adults achieve self-sufficiency and enabling children to experience stability through permanent placements. Together, its combined staff of 350 employees will annually serve 4,800 children and families in need through 13 programs in Missouri, Texas and Louisiana.

Founded as an orphanage in 1914 in Farmington, the Missouri agency is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Today it operates the Residential Treatment Center in Farmington as well as other programs around the state, including family counseling; therapeutic mentoring; foster care case management; and transitional living programs for teenagers leaving the foster care system. The Texas agency has services in 20 cities in that state and in two cities in Louisiana.

For the past five years, both agencies have worked side by side under the leadership of Ed Knight, PCHAS of Texas and Louisiana’s President/CEO and PCHAS of Missouri’s Board President. “Both Boards have voted unanimously to take the necessary steps towards merger,” shared Bob Farris, Chair of the Joint Trustee Committee and the PCHAS Texas/Louisiana Board of Trustees. “These two fine agencies have developed strong bonds of friendship and trust. As a result, we feel the merged agency will benefit from the collective wisdom and experience both bring to this ministry of serving children and families in need with Christ-centered care and support.”

Knight has served PCHAS of Texas for 30 years, the past 20 as President/CEO and, earlier this year, announced his plans to retire at the end of 2017. As a result, both Boards have elected David Thompson to serve as the new agency’s President/CEO. Thompson is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel of PCHAS TX and has served alongside President Knight for the past 18 years. After the merger is completed, assisting Thompson as members of his executive staff will be Linda Bishop, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration; Rev. Peter D. Crouch, Senior Vice President for Development; Robert Giegling, Senior Vice President for Programs; and Randy Spencer, Senior Vice President for Organizational Impact.

The new PCHAS will have an annual budget of approximately $28 million, which will be funded through private donations, endowment income, and government contracts. Donations will be received at either of the new agency’s two central offices: one located at 1220 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63132 and the other at 5920 W. William Cannon Dr., Building 3, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78749.

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