Brewster Place Names New President and CEO

Tim Wetzel

Tim Wetzel has been named the new president and CEO of Brewster Place, based in Topeka, Kan. He begins his new role March 6, 2023.

“As a not-for-profit, faith-based senior living community founded by Topeka’s four Congregational churches in 1964, we are very pleased to find a leader of Tim’s caliber — who not only has a lifelong history with the United Church of Christ, but over 19 years of executive leadership experience in continuing care retirement communities,” said Todd Pettygrove, Brewster’s board chair.

Wetzel currently serves as executive director of Cascade Manor in Eugene, Ore. Previously, he served as executive director at retirement communities similar in size to Brewster in Texas and California. Wetzel has a passion for health and human service ministry, and he has a collaborative consensus building management style. He values fiscal responsibility, good stewardship, holistic care, wellness of the mind, body and spirit, and diversity.

“As a servant-leader, Tim’s values — coupled with his experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets — and his expertise in strategic planning, finance, and marketing, make him the perfect fit to lead Brewster. He is mission-focused, placing equal value on those serving as those being served. As Brewster begins a multi-million-dollar renovation of Redwood – the first building on our 35-acre campus — it seems only fitting that Tim Wetzel takes the helm at this point in our history,” said Pettygrove.

Wetzel earned a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg University, an MBA from Arizona State University, and a second master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Seattle Pacific University. He also was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries.

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