Sean de Four named VP/COO of Child and Family Services at Wellspring Lutheran Services

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Wellspring Lutheran Services is pleased to announce Sean de Four has been named vice president and chief operating officer of child and family services at Wellspring. His work with Wellspring begins Monday, Nov. 27.

De Four comes to Wellspring with a distinguished career in child welfare and family preservation work, most recently in a similar role with Samaritas in Detroit. Prior to that, he served in various roles with Judson Center, Royal Oak, MI. His passion for children and families has propelled his career, making an impact within the agencies where he’s served, as well as contributing to the field in numerous leadership positions.

De Four has served at the University of Michigan’s School of Social work as a lecturer and past member of their Alumni Board of Governors. He is on the board of directors at the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, serves as the co-chair of the Child Welfare Partnership Council in Lansing, and is on the board of the West Michigan Partnership for Children in Grand Rapids. De Four also serves as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation.

“Sean’s demonstrated commitment to child welfare and passion for the people we serve, together with extraordinary leadership and vision, made him the obvious choice to lead Wellspring’s work in this area,” said David Gehm, Wellspring CEO, in making the announcement. “While his experience and professional accomplishments are significant, Sean’s principled, collaborative, servant leadership approach will be equally impactful at Wellspring. We are blessed to have him joining our team.”

Sean is a dedicated husband and father. He resides in Farmington Hills with his family.


Wellspring Lutheran Services is a nonprofit committed to engaging people at every stage of life tohelp them experience and embrace their God-given potential. Wellspring helps change lives, build strong families and transform communities through a diverse set of services including: adoption resources, affordable housing, assisted living, family preservation, foster care, home care, hospice and grief support, independent living, memory care, parenting support, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and supportive housing for youths. More than 1,300 employees carry out our work statewide, impacting people in more than 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

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