Millard and Linda Fuller have been dismissed abruptly from their jobs with Habitat for Humanity International, the worldwide Christian housing ministry they founded and led for nearly three decades, charged with being “divisive and disruptive to the organization’s work” through their public comments.
The Fullers and the Habitat board of directors have been in conflict for several months over a transition of leadership. Directors wanted Millard Fuller to retire as president this month when he turned 70. Fuller wanted to remain at the helm until the 200,000th house is dedicated later this year.
The issue seemed resolved in October when it was announced that Fuller would become “founder president” and serve with his wife, Linda, as ambassadors for the ministry, while daily operations would be conducted by managing director Paul Leonard.