MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. – Dale Suttles was unanimously elected president of Sunrise Children’s Services during its most recent quarterly Board of Directors meeting.
“I am thankful that the Lord has raised up a man of courage and conviction in Dale Suttles,” said Dr. Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and ex officio member of the Sunrise board. “God has given Dale the skill set to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Suttles, 54, is a native of Olive Hill, KY, a graduate of West Carter High School and Morehead State University. He has served as Sunrise’s interim president for the last 20 months.
“Working with Dale, I have no doubt that he will always do what is right for children and serve in a way that honors the Lord,” Chitwood said. “This Kentucky Baptist ministry to hurting children is being led by one of our own. Dale is a member of a great church, Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.”
Before the interim term, Suttles had served two-and-one-half years as Sunrise’s regional advancement director for southeastern Kentucky.
“I am deeply humbled by this opportunity,” Suttles said. “We are positioned to make a real difference—not in child welfare but in the well-being of this state’s neediest of children.”
“Dale has done an incredible job,” said Tom James, president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “Under Dale’s leadership, it has proven to be a new day at Sunrise. I’m excited and just agreed to serve a four-year term on the board.”
Previously, Suttles was executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, a high-profile position that he held for two-and-a-half years.
“I am committed to continuing our vital partnership with Kentucky Baptists and the Kentucky Baptist Convention,” Suttles said. “Churches, businesses and corporations across this state help Sunrise give kids a path of life that guarantees their futures.”
Suttles and wife, Libby, have two children and reside in Danville, KY, where she is executive director of the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center.