A New Chapter Begins: Faith in Minnesota’s Leadership Evolution

Dear Faith in Minnesota Community and Partners,

I trust this message finds you well and thriving. If you haven’t already heard, I am thrilled to share some incredibly exciting and significant news about the evolution of our organization.

It has been an honor and a joy to serve as Executive Director of Faith in Minnesota since we collectively created it in 2017. Over the years, Faith in Minnesota has flourished, driven by our shared commitment to developing bold, political and public leadership of regular Minnesotans and creating people-centered politics. My journey with Faith in Minnesota has been both enriching and transformative, and it is now time for me to take on a new role within our community and in the broader field of community organizing and advocacy.  

The essence of Faith in Minnesota’s success lies in our unwavering dedication to nurturing human potential in our collective public work. True to this ethos, I am pleased to step aside as the Executive Director of Faith in Minnesota, as we have a team of leadership ready to move to new levels. 

The Faith in Minnesota board and myself are excited to announce the initiation of a six-month Interim Phase to facilitate a seamless transition in executive leadership. Effective January 1, 2024, Minister JaNaé Bates and Alexa Horwart will step into the role of Interim Co-Directors of Faith in Minnesota. Their passion, commitment, knowledge, and vision make them well-suited to guide us into this exciting new chapter.

During this transitional period, I will continue my journey in partnership with the Faith in Minnesota community as the Chair of Faith In Minnesota Action PAC and Senior Advisor to the organization. 

Transition Timeline

For approximately six months, JaNaé and Alexa will serve as Interim Co-Directors allowing time for them, our staff, our leaders, and the organization to acclimate to this significant change. Following this period, a smooth transition into their roles as Co-Executive Directors is anticipated. I will be going on a sabbatical from January through April and, when that period has ended, I will return in a new role with Faith In Minnesota Action PAC. 

While the timeline may seem swift for some, I assure you that this transition has been a carefully considered and intentional years-long process, aligned with Faith in Minnesota’s growth, strategy, and vision for the future.

Your Crucial Role

Your role in this transition is pivotal. Your insights, dedication, and commitment have been instrumental in Faith in Minnesota’s success. I invite you to continue this journey with us as we adapt, grow, and collectively strive for a more just and equitable community.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you who has contributed to the growth of Faith in Minnesota. Here’s to a future filled with shared victories and continued impact. I am excited about the prospects of our continued partnership in my new role and look forward to learning and growing together.

With gratitude and enthusiasm for the future,

Doran Schrantz
Executive Director
Faith in Minnesota