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Executive Summary

A gifted servant-leader with 21-years of executive level nonprofit experience.  

Life Mission:  To add value to the people and organizations in my life thru leadership excellence and authentic relationships. 

  • Significant Strategic & Operational Experience - 13 years as chief executive reporting to the board.  Improved organizational effectiveness in each role. Functioned as CEO of $3 Million Dollar organization with 85 employees.
  • People First Leader - Skilled at identifying potential in people & creating opportunities for their success.  Equipped hundreds for higher levels of impact.
  • Dynamic Communicator - Communicates with clarity.  Provided training on 4 continents, 6 countries, and 26 states.
  • Prolific Fundraiser - Raised (or helped to raise) over $20 Million for organizations served, and received over $1 Million in public and private grants.

Work History

Jan 2015Present

Chief Operating Officer

The Arc Volusia; Daytona Beach, FL

Comprehensive responsibility - managing all operations & programs for this $2 Million Dollar nonprofit with 2 locations and 50 employees, serving 250 clients.  Served as "Director of Development" first 6 months.  Designed and produced all content, photos, and artwork for a new Arc website, new marketing materials, displays, and signage.  Increased revenue for Buddy Walk & updated overall fundraising strategies.

Mar 2014Jul 2015

Senior Consultant

The Ling Group; National

Worked with nonprofit leaders to raise money and better position their organizations for growth.  This included clarification of mission & vision, vision casting & communication, organizational structures, fund development and capital fundraising. 

Aug 2005Mar 2014

Lead Pastor

Calvary Christian Church & School; Winchester, KY

Chief visionary and primary leader for this $3 Million Dollar organization, resulting in 70% growth over 9 years.  Managed a staff of 85, with 9 direct reports.  Church grew from 650 to 1100 while adding two physical campuses; School grew from 176 to 445.  Launched a coffee house, teen center, and international child sponsorship program.

Jul 1999Aug 2005

Executive Pastor

Polaris Christian Church; Brunswick, OH

Handled all business operations while creating and launching this new organization.  Created and filed Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, governance policies, etc.  Negotiated leases, managed a $1 Million Dollar construction project, supervised all accounting, IT, and HR functions.  Church grew from 9 to 400 over six years.

Jul 1995Aug 1999

Senior Pastor

First Christian Church; Etowah, TN

At age 22, began serving fulltime as the Senior Pastor of this 90 year old congregation.  This role provided first experiences working with volunteer governance boards, motivating people, and leading organizations.  The church doubled in size during the 4 years.

Formal Education

Aug 1991May 1995

Bachelor of Science in Counseling

Johnson University; Knoxville, TN

Graduated Cum Laude.  Took a double major in Counseling & Communications.  Completed 9 hours toward a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy while still an undergrad student.  Developed a strong understanding of systems theory, interpersonal relationships, human behavior and motivation.

Aug 1999May 2001

Master of Arts in NT Communication

Johnson University; Knoxville, TN

Graduated Cum Laude.  This was a New Testament studies program, focusing on how to effectively bridge the gap between the ancient text and the modern learner.  Strengthened both verbal and written communication skills, ultimately developing into an excellent communicator in both large and small group settings.  Also completed 9 hours toward a PhD in Global Leadership Studies.

Experiences & Certifications

June 2005Present

Freelance Speaker & Author

Group Publishing; National

Provided training at regional and national workshops on the subjects of  leadership, volunteer engagement, people development, change management, vision casting, fundraising and team building.  Contributing author to written projects, including four books in the "Practical Stuff" series by Group Publishing.

Jan 2008Dec 2010

Next Generation Leaders

Leadership Network (

This was a 2-year cohort based learning environment.  A dozen gifted leaders under the age of 40 from around the country were hand selected thru a rigorous application process.  Mentors were provided during our onsite learning experiences, along with ample networking and peer based learning opportunities.

May 2016Present

Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC) 

National Development Institute (Lexington, SC)

Granted the CNC credential by NDI after examination and review; Endorsed as a nonprofit consultant in the areas of: Organizational Development, Fundraising, Board Development, Financial Management, & Marketing.

Jan 2015May 2015

Leadership Daytona

Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Daytona LD program is highly respected and competitive.  This weekly program consisted of an MBA level CEO Challenge, and weekly education about and challenge from community leaders.  LD created tremendous opportunities for networking with other leaders in Volusia County.

Personal & Professional References

Phil Ling - Former Employer - Available Upon Request

Cathy Smith - Former Employee - Available Upon Request

Aaron Holsapple - Business Client - Available Upon Request

Pete Keirstead - Pastor & Friend - Available Upon Request

Kent Curry - Current Employee - Available Upon Request

Dan Jackson - Former Employee - Available Upon Request