Buckhead Christian Ministry, a nonprofit consortium of area churches that aims to prevent hunger and homelessness for individuals and families, Aug. 22 announced it has hired Keeva Kase as its new CEO, effective Aug. 24.

Kase replaces Donna Smythe, who has served as the ministry’s interim CEO since February after CEO Daphne Walker left in December to take a consulting job. Kase, a Georgia native, served as director of external relations for the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 2015 before joining the ministry.

His track record includes over 15 years of service in nonprofit, church and community leadership, including serving as a pastor for a congregation made up entirely of hungry and homeless individuals and families.

In addition, Kase has served as a nonprofit executive director and in various professional roles with corporate, church and government boards and task forces. He is experienced in speech and curriculum writing, executive consulting, program and team development, community organizing and as a business owner. He is bringing bold ideas and enthusiasm to the ministry and those who know him are inspired by his commitment to serve others in a way that truly makes a difference.

Kase earned a master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Berry College in Rome. He has held increasingly substantial roles with Court Appointed Special Advocates, which included program expansion, fundraising, media relations, training, staff management, volunteer recruitment and retention and public speaking.

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