I would always say that we are a community-based organization responsive to greater human need with a Christian purpose.

Norris Lineweaver


Norris Lineweaver dedicated his first and last YMCA positions to the YMCA Movement abroad. Beginning in 1967, Mr. Lineweaver spent two years at the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia YMCA working with orphans. With that grounding experience under his belt, he returned stateside to become the Student Work Field Consultant for the YMCA of the USA. During the following 12 years, Mr. Lineweaver advanced within the YMCA, serving as the Executive Director of the University Branch, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; Vice President for Financial Development of the YMCA of Greater Houston; Executive Director of the Hollywood YMCA in Los Angeles; and in 1988 became Vice President and Director of the South Texas Management Resource Center of the YMCA of Greater Houston.

In 1994, Mr. Lineweaver was named the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, where he was a partner in pioneering a Diabetes Prevention Program in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine. In 2005, after having achieved numerous accomplishments that strengthened communities and the YMCA Movement, Mr. Lineweaver received the honor of being named Director General, Jerusalem International YMCA, where he served until 2009. There, in addition to leading efforts to expand the facilities, he encouraged the board and key leadership to adopt a revised mission statement that introduced new core values that emphasized interfaith character development.

Community and Board Service

In addition to his YMCA career, Mr. Lineweaver has remained active in communities by serving as Chairman of the World Fellowship of YMCA Retirees (2014-2018); Founding Director, Friends of the Jerusalem International YMCA; Association of YMCA Retirees Chair, 2014, F. William Stahl Award; Eagle Society of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Southwestern Art; Antique Boat Museum of Clayton, New York, Charleston Lake Environmental Association; and Volunteer Project Coordinator for Mena Mahibere Hunger relief for Ethiopia.


Mr. Lineweaver received a bachelor of science degree with a focus on Group Work Education & Recreation from George Williams College (1967). He conducted graduate studies as a John R. Mott Fellow at the University of Texas from 1975 to 1977; pursued advanced studies at Southern Methodist University, Wharton School of Finance, and University of Wisconsin; and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Aurora University in Illinois.


‟I started my career in Addis Ababa, Ethopia...”


‟The YMCA was the institution even more than the church...”


‟...organization responsive to greater human need...”


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