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Habitat for Humanity International names John Stack to Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity International names John Stack to Board of Directors

AMERICUS, Ga., Feb. 19, 2003 – Rev. John Stack, a superintendent minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, has been elected to Habitat for Humanity International’s Board of Directors. Stack was chosen to become part of the 31-member board, which oversees the organization’s mission of building simple, decent housing in partnership with people in need throughout the world.

“Habitat for Humanity provides a perfect model for anyone interested in doing something about the need to provide decent, affordable low-cost housing,” said Stack. “As a clergyperson, I am particularly keen to see our churches give practical expression to their faith in a loving God by involving themselves with Habitat for Humanity.”

Since completing a degree in theology at the University of South Africa and the Executive Development Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Graduate School of Business Administration, and additional training at the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Stack has worked as a preacher and a member of the clergy throughout South Africa in Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, Ixopo, Claremont and Durbanville. Prior to his work with the Methodist Church, Stack was a manager of Standard Bank National Industrial Credit Corporation in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Stack’s years of service and humanitarian efforts in South Africa include being a part of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1970s, founding programs that feed the poor, working on land issues and reconciliation, serving as chair of the National Board of Habitat for Humanity of South Africa, among others. Stack also was instrumental in securing the Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s participation on the advisory board for Habitat for Humanity International’s “Jimmy Carter Work Project” in South Africa in June 2002. Stack also secured the Archbishop Tutu’s agreement to serve Habitat for Humanity South Africa as an Honorary Board Member.

Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board members typically serve two terms with three years in each term period.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.