Getting to Know You

Bill Brittain is the new CEO at BCH, though he is not new to Baptist Children’s Home. He has served as staff and even as a member of our board. I recently had the honor of sitting down and talking with Bill.

Bill and Kathy Brittain

Bill and Kathy Brittain

Q Describe your time serving at BCH.
My life with BCH has been a mission that changed me and made me a better person. The really cool part is that my time at BCH was geared toward helping children. My wife, Kathy, and I wore a number of hats through the years. As houseparents, we cared for eight children in addition to our own two little ones.

Over time, I became the Houseparent Supervisor, the Michigan Director, and the Vice President. Eventually, I became a Board member and a member of the Executive Committee.
Kathy and I have represented BCH in many churches and I have visited several of our foreign ministries. It has been fun and inspiring. I have learned many things throughout my years with BCH, but it always seems to boil down to the great theological basics: God loves us with such a powerful, loyal love, that we, in turn, should love others and be patient and forgive them in the same way God has graciously treated us.

We want the children to know that they have friends in us.
— Bill & Kathy

Q Where do you see BCH and Global Compassion going in the future?
I see BCH and Global Compassion helping more children and families in the future. This help means changed lives, and people being saved. It also means bringing the Gospel to new groups of people. I see no limits as God advances His kingdom. So I see expansion both at home and abroad.

Bill (and the boys on the home) going finishing during his time as a houseparent.

Bill (and the boys on the home) going finishing during his time as a houseparent.

Q What are some of the challenges BCH may be facing in the society in which we live?
Our culture is changing. God, the Bible, and organized religion are being marginalized and belittled. There is a tremendous lack of biblical teaching and counseling in our culture. But with these unfortunate changes come opportunities that we need to seize. We bring hope to children and families when we share the Gospel and teach them how to live more abundant lives. We are lighting up a dark place, and it really makes a difference.

Q What would be important for a child in BCH’s care to know about you and Kathy?  We really do care about each child and family, and we understand some of their loss and difficulties.  We want them to know that they have friends in us.