After 42 years of excellent and dedicated service, and 33 years as President and CEO of America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU), Mendell L. Thompson announced his retirement this week, effective March 2020.
“Mendell’s leadership both at ACCU and in the community has been nothing short of exemplary,” said Dr. Kevin Mannoia, member of ACCU’s Board of Directors. “We are proud of Mendell’s Christ-like, effective leadership in setting a high bar of impact over decades of faithful service.”
Among his many accomplishments, Thompson is most proud of ACCU’s transformation from a generic banking institution into a premier financial partner for cultural impact. In ways large and small, under Mendell’s leadership, ACCU has steadily grown to become the gold standard of service and financial stewardship for 132,000 members and over 3,000 churches and ministries nationwide. Additionally, Thompson is also to be recognized for his passion for adoption by helping over 1,850 children find their forever families through ACCU’s signature Adoption Loan Program.
“It has been the honor of my life to have served the credit union and the community in this role,” said Thompson. “Thanks to the Board, management team, and employees for embodying the mission of ACCU. We have done well in exceeding member expectations with the stewardship of their finances, while remaining faithful to our mission. I’m also blessed to have the unwavering encouragement and support of my wife, Reanna, along with our two children and their spouses, which has enabled me to surpass my professional goals and fulfill God’s call in my life. I’m now excited to pass the torch and spend more time with her, our children, and our four grandchildren.”
Thompson joined the credit union at 22 and was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager. In 1986, Thompson assumed the role of President/CEO upon co-founder and president T.R. Partee’s retirement. Over the years, Mendell has walked the credit union through a number of charter and name changes and a headquarters move. From the Nazarene Credit Union to America’s Christian Credit Union, Mendell has provided steadfast leadership, guidance and has strengthened key strategic partnerships.
ACCU’s Board of Directors is fully engaged in the transition process and has retained CarterBaldwin to conduct a nationwide executive search to find the right person for this top executive role.
Please join us in congratulating Thompson for his distinguished lifelong service to ACCU.