President and CEO
Vann R. Ellison is President and CEO of St. Matthew’s House. He is responsible for the successful operations of all of St. Matthew’s House efforts, leading the organization in meeting the annual goals and objectives as approved by the Board of Directors.
Previously Mr. Ellison was the Senior Chaplain at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office; Director of Marketing, ManorCare; Executive Director, The Assembly Center, First Assembly of God; and Program Director at The Willough at Naples. Before coming to Naples, Florida, Mr. Ellison was Director of The Willough at Huntsville (Alabama); Counselor and Assistant Director of Outpatient Care at Palmview HMA Hospital in Lakeland, Florida, and Youth Pastor at Mt. Zion Assembly of God Church in Plant City, Florida.
Reverend Ellison has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as an expert in issues on hunger, homelessness, human trafficking, and drug addiction. He is a regular contributor to Townhall.com and his writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Naples Daily News, the Orlando Sentinel, the Tallahassee Democrat, theDaily Caller, and in other online and print publications.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Mr. Ellison attended Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL with a major in Theology. He is a former Scoutmaster and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Mr. Ellison has served as Chairman of the Board of the Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition. During Vann’s tenure at St. Matthew’s House, the organization received the 2015 Harvey Kapnick award presented by the Community Foundation of Collier County for most outstanding nonprofit in Collier County.
Mr. Ellison’s career and calling have allowed him to counsel and care for all facets of our society. He often speaks of how grateful he is to be involved with St. Matthew’s House and to help give a home to the homeless, food to the hungry and above all, hope to the hopeless. Vann lives with his wife and four boys in Naples.