Bruce Stanley

President & Chief Executive Officer  |

Bruce StanleyThe Rev. Bruce E. Stanley joined Methodist Home for Children as President/CEO in 2006 and leads the agency in its vision to ensure safe, nurturing homes for young people while working to eradicate the problems that lead to abuse, neglect, family disruption and child abandonment. Before coming to MHC, Stanley was pastor at six North Carolina churches, most recently serving as Senior Pastor for Millbrook United Methodist Church in Raleigh. He served also as Field Education Director for Duke Divinity School, responsible for developing leaders for the local and global church and communities. Stanley was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church USA in 1982 and transferred to the United Methodist Church in 1985. He spent several years as Associate Director for the N.C. Conference Council of Ministries for Mission and Evangelism. His work and commitment to children and the global church have taken him across the world, including the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, West Africa and South America.

At Methodist Home for Children, Stanley’s leadership gifts continue to aid the agency in deepening and broadening secular and religious partnerships and relationships nationwide. Under his direction, MHC has achieved status as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency, expanding its continuum of care to include mental health services for young people who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and an underlying development disability. Stanley also initiated a rigorous independent study of the MHC model of care used in juvenile multipurpose homes. The evaluation by RTI International found that MHC’s public-private partnership with the state significantly reduces crimes committed by youths on path to Youth Development Centers and interrupts lifetime criminal behavior for juvenile offenders.

Stanley is a native of West Virginia. He holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from West Virginia University.