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A Legacy of “We”: Celebrating Thornwell President, Rev. Elliot Smith

These last 10 years serving in this role have been the most rewarding and fulfilling of my 30+ years in ministry. I attribute this to Thornwell’s partners in ministry who walk alongside us each day to prevent child abuse and neglect, build up and reunite families, and support healthy communities in the name of Jesus Christ. I am truly humbled and forever grateful for the difference they make in the lives of vulnerable children and families.” – Rev. Elliot Smith

After ten incredible years, our beloved, inspiring, and faithful Thornwell President, Reverend Elliot Smith, will retire from his post today, August 6. Before he goes, we want to celebrate the impact that he and his amazing wife, Jill, have made in service to the children and families of Thornwell. There are so many incredible stories to share that sum up how they go forth and show love each and every day, that we couldn’t share just one. So, we thought a video might scratch the surface of this profound legacy!

As we honor Elliot’s service in the video below, we simply want to thank Elliot and Jill for ten years of compassion, dedication, sacrifice, innovation, support, and love. Countless lives have been changed because you answered God’s call in 2011. We will be forever grateful to you and forever changed because of you!

You Can Give Today In Honor of Elliot’s Legacy!

The “Elliot and Jill Smith Fund for Children and Families” – has been established in honor of the Smith family to benefit the entirety of Thornwell’s programs and services. We welcome any and all gifts made to Thornwell in support of Elliot’s profound legacy.  His work – and your gifts – will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the lives of children and families for years to come! If you feel led to give, you may do so by mail or online at – simply note the  “Elliot and Jill Smith Fund for Children and Families” in the memo line.

Click here to give to the “Elliot and Jill Smith Fund for Children and Families”

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