Mark Mobley, a former pastor and North Hall High School teacher, was named the new executive director of Center Point on Monday, April 15.
"It is an incredible honor and great opportunity to work with such an accomplished team,” Mobley said in a press release. “Center Point's services are critical to helping navigate the challenges that families and young people face in today's culture. I am excited about working together with the board and staff to transform lives and build a better future."
Mobley succeeds David Smith, who had served as Center Point’s executive director since 1993 and retired on March 25.
Center Point, which provides mentoring, counseling, education, substance abuse prevention, works with teenage mothers and helps develop some school curriculum, was incorporated in 1967 and opened its building on the Gainesville High School campus in 1969.
Mobley has many ties to Gainesville and Northeast Georgia, included having worked as director of strategy and programs for Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together; as executive director at the Georgia CALLS assistance program for former inmates; as senior pastor at the Living Word Worship Center in Jefferson, where he has served on the city council since 2012; and as a math teacher at North Hall High School.
“David and the team have created an effective organization that enables students and families to succeed,” Mobley said. “I will be building on that momentum to help Center Point serve more people. We have an ambitious agenda and an excellent staff that can turn those goals into reality.”