Colorado Springs, Colo. – Paul Batura is now the vice president of communications for Focus on the Family and its sister organization, CitizenLink. In this role, he will oversee Focus' media and public relations efforts, internal communications and community relations to the ministry's Colorado Springs neighbors.
Batura has been with Focus on the Family since 1998 and previously served as senior writer and advisor to its president, Jim Daly as well as Focus' founder, Dr. James C. Dobson.
"We're both fortunate and delighted to have Paul Batura in this new role," said Daly, "He is not only a long-time Focus standout, but he's also made his mark in the broader media world."
The author of five books, Batura most recently collaborated with Daly on "ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart," where Daly shares his vision of Christian cultural engagement. Like Daly, Batura believes it is important for Christians to remain involved in the political process while practically living out their faith through acts of service and thoughtful dialogue.
"I believe that the right word offered at the right time can transform people's lives," said Batura. "My new role will give me an opportunity to more directly help communicate God's truth and all the great things He's doing through Focus on the Family and CitizenLink. I'm grateful to be entrusted with the opportunity to lead the team I've been a part of for the past three years and further our mission."
Batura has more than 20 years of experience in the news media, broadcast journalism, publishing and non-profit administration. His previous experience includes working at Long Island Newsday and WOR Radio in New York City. He is the author of books such as "Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story" and "Mentored by the King: Arnold Palmer's Success Lessons for Golf, Business and Life."
Batura succeeds Gary Schneeberger, who previously served as vice president of communications.
Batura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He and his wife, Julie, live in Colorado Springs, Colo., with their sons Riley, Will and Alex, all of whom they had the privilege of adopting at birth.
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