After serving the agency for more than 29 years, Bob Rundle, President/CEO of SpiriTrust Lutheran®, has officially announced his plan to retire before the end of 2023. Please click here to read the full announcement.


Bob’s Letter to the SpiriTrust Lutheran® Family

SpiriTrust Lutheran® President/CEO Bob Rundle Announces Retirement

Bob Rundle, President/CEO of SpiriTrust Lutheran®, has announced his retirement. While an exact date has not been determined, it will be before the end of 2023.

Bob Rundle

Bob’s intention to retire a year ago was delayed for several reasons, one of which was the complexity of challenges the organization faced coming out of COVID-19.

“I delayed my decision to retire so I could lead SpiriTrust Lutheran through the challenges that COVID-19 left in its wake. The fact of the matter is, it’s been a tough four years and I can’t give the 120 percent the organization needs anymore,” said Rundle. “It’s time for new leadership. It’s time for me to step back for the health of myself, my family, and the organization and transition to the next phase of my life.”

Bob has given more than 29 years of service to SpiriTrust Lutheran, first as the CFO from 1994-2000, and immediately following as President/CEO from 2000-2023.

“It has been an incredible journey leading SpiriTrust Lutheran over the years, and I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together. We have overcome challenges, embraced opportunities, and achieved many milestones throughout the years to fulfill our mission for those we serve – none of which would have been possible without the dedication, talent, and hard work of our exceptional team members, past and present,” said Rundle.

The SpiriTrust Lutheran® Board of Directors has accepted Bob’s retirement notice with regret.

“We knew this day would be coming and the Board respects Bob’s decision,” said Robert Bowen, SpiriTrust Lutheran® Board Chair. “No doubt it is both sad and joyful news – a loss for the organization, and yet we celebrate Bob’s well-earned retirement. The Board thanks Bob for his years of service and steady leadership. He has courageously taken on initiatives that have grown and sustained the organization. He has also had to make many tough decisions throughout his tenure, often balancing competing ideas and interests on how to best deliver on the mission of the organization.”

Under Bob’s leadership, the organization went through several expansions, construction projects, and transitions including:

  • Expansion of Residential Living at The Village at Sprenkle Drive and The Village at Luther Ridge
  • Construction of Luther Ridge Manor and Oakview Manor
  • Construction of the Fleck Center and Glatfelter Center
  • Transition of SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE to Albright Senior Services
  • Construction of the skilled care and rehabilitation center at The Village of Luther Ridge
  • Construction of The Village at Utz Terrace
  • Construction of the personal care residence at The Village at Shrewsbury
  • Transition of the closure of the skilled care center at The Village at Shrewsbury

In addition, Bob was a founding Board member of Kairos Health System, launched the SpiriTrust Lutheran Foundation, initiated the Cornerstone Dinner event, and received the Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award from LeadingAge PA for excellence in leadership.

The SpiriTrust Lutheran Board of Directors has named Melissa Frownfelter, COO, as the interim CEO. The Board is in the process of engaging an interim CFO and these two positions, along with Cheryl Irwin-Bass, Chief Mission & Culture Officer, will make up the Executive Cabinet.

Members of the Board and Executive Cabinet will use this time of transition to engage outside assistance on a planning process to map out the strategic direction for SpiriTrust Lutheran moving forward. Periodic updates will be shared as plans are developed and further details become available.

Bob's Letter to the SpiriTrust Lutheran® Family