I'm writing to make you aware of a change at CPYU which I'm sure that, with me, you'll find to be bittersweet. At the end of March, Derek Melleby, director of our College Transition Initiative (CTI) for the last nine years, will be leaving us to begin work with OneLife, a Gap Year program based locally at Lancaster Bible College.
This move is a sad one for the simple reason that Derek has not only served us with excellence in his position as director of CTI, but he is a trusted and close friend. I am grateful for Derek and his good work. We will miss him. This move is a good one as it is a perfect fit for Derek, his gifts, and his evolving passions to serve a targeted group of young people in an intensive learning environment.
It is clear that God has used Derek's time here at CPYU to uniquely prepare him for his new role. It has been a joy to watch Derek develop and grow, and I am personally excited to see what God has in store for Derek as he uses his gifts and abilities in this new position.
I'm sure that many of you are wondering what will become of CPYU's College Transition Initiative. There is additional good news here as well. We will be continuing the good work of CTI. While it will look a bit different without Derek in the role of director, we are committed to continuing to provide CTI resources. In addition, we are currently examining ways to continue to partner with Derek and his growing expertise in the area of college transition.
Please keep CPYU, Derek, and his family in your prayers during this time of transition. Obviously, there are some unknowns for us all, but we look forward with excitement and anticipation to the experience of seeing God's plan unfold!