John Criswell

John Criswell

Summary

A ministry leader with a wide variety of experiences, who is looking for a meaningful opportunity to express leadership, pastoral care and teaching.  This has been best expressed in ministry development, supervision & team building and discipleship opportunities, often in a cross-cultural environment. 

Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies

Skills

Skills

Skills

Twenty-five years experience in “influence” leadership. Eighteen years of corporate and individual fund development experience. Abilities perceived as leadership, training/problem solving and supervision/team building. Specialized cross-cultural training provided through Missionary Internship’s pre-field orientation and InterVarsity’s STIM program.  I have trained many groups in cross-cultural adaptation and communication. Proficient in most standard PC software, including MS Office 2007 Suite. Understanding and appreciation for developing and executing large multi-faceted events, like the Ichthus festival, URBANA convention and IFES World Assembly. Experience gained in international diplomacy and negotiation as well as cross-cultural counseling & supervision.  International problem solving was a daily feature of my work for 11 years. Acknowledged gifts and experience in public speaking and teaching. Experience gained in organizational development and management among emerging student ministries in various parts of the world. Appreciated as a team builder and an equipping supervisor. Experienced leadership in a multi-staff environment.

Education

Education

Portfolio

Work History

Work History
2009 - Present

Executive Director

Pacific Partners

Founded this non-profit corporation, which partners with similar organizations in the Pacific Rim and is dedicated to developing leaders among college students and recent graduates. A strategic partnership with Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship in New Zealand was developed. Program elements were formulated which encourage young adults to engage with their culture(s) and to develop leadership skills within the international context. Legal and funding base was established.

Aug 2010 - Present

Regional Director for the Southeast

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Directing this interdenominational ministry to college students in seven states (KY, TN, GA, LA, MS, AL and FL), including the the supervision of a team of 90 staff and volunteers.  Evangelism, discipleship, mission and leadership development are integral parts of the ministry.  Developing an aligned vision, recruiting the right people, implementing effective strategies and coaching to results are key elements of the role.

2005 - 2009

Pastor of Congregational Life

Centenary United Methodist Church

In addition to regular preaching and teaching responsibilities, leadership was provided in the areas of adult education, pastoral care and newcomer ministries in this church of 3500 members.New developments included a follow-up opportunity to the Alpha course called New Life Communities, the conceptualization of a Centenary School of Ministry and the implementation of weekend retreats called Overflow and I Care.

In August 2007, consulted with the faculty of Southern Wesleyan University on how to help their students engage with the world.  Through a series of presentations and discussions, provided tangible ideas for integrating their curricula to include an awareness of and participation in the world around them.

2004 - 2005

Director of National Strategic Ministries

Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada

While serving on the Senior Staff for IVCF Canada, supervised several national ministries, including Graduate Student & Faculty Ministries, International Student Ministries, Nurses Christian Fellowship, InterVarsity World Services and Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Cultural Ministries.While investing in the leaders of these ministries, leaders were developed as well as their respective ministries.In addition, served as the chair of the Host Committee for the 2007 IFES World Assembly, which met in Canada in 2007.

2000 - 2004

Director of Human Resources; Chief Operations Office for Europe & Eurasia

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)

Initially served on the leadership team for Europe and Eurasia, focusing on the development of pan-continental ministries, such as IFES Teams, shared conferences, training and management support.In 2002, invited to establish IFES’s first ever Personnel department, in which systems and structures were created, based on English employment law, which supported 147 staff and 68 volunteers in 62 countries, originating from 40 countries.Also created cross-cultural fund development training which has been used in seven IFES regions.As World Assembly Co-Programme Director, was responsible for every programmatic aspect of IFES’s premier conference in which 600 delegates from 140 countries attended.

(Seconded from InterVarsity/USA)

1996 - 2000

Director of InterVarsity Link & IFES Relations

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

As a member of the Mission Leadership Team, directed InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s program which supported 70 staff in 25 countries.Working closely with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), recruited, trained, funded, cared for and received homestaff who worked in university contexts overseas. Directed a team of four others who served these overseas staff, including the development and implementation of a two-week orientation program, a recruitment plan and a re-entry plan.Aggregate budgets totaling $2 million were funded and managed.was also responsible for facilitating relationships between InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and member movements of the IFES in 145 countries, as well as other North American organizations with a similar focus.

1994 - 1996

IVM Associate Director; Director of Global Partnerships

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Provided supervision and direction to a team of 11 ministry leaders who planned, developed and executed InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s international ministries.This included short-term Global Projects, long term service with InterVarsity Link, cross-cultural training, Twinning relationships, InterVarsity’s work in the former Soviet Union and InterVarsity’s relationships with the IFES.In addition, as Muslim World Coordinator, helped develop InterVarsity’s contribution to the work of the IFES in the Muslim world. Budgets totaling $3 million were supervised.

1992 - 1994

Director of Public Affairs for Missions & Urbana

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Directed the promotion and recruitment for URBANA 93, which attracted 17,000 delegates from all 50 states and 95 foreign countries, and managed the general marketing and public relations for InterVarsity Missions.A comprehensive public relations contingency plan as well as a staff media relations training program were developed for the convention.In addition, a two year follow-up program for decision makers from both URBANA 90 and URBANA 93 was designed and executed.Served as project director for the Taking URBANA Home: A Missions Resource Handbook. Budgets totaling $1 million were managed.

1986 - 1991

Assistant Pastor

St. James United Methodist Church

Performed various pastoral duties such as preaching, teaching, visitation, counseling, long-range planning, budgeting, worship leading and committee work.Headed up the Christian education and youth ministries, which included supervising education volunteers and a youth ministry team.In addition, designed and implemented a small group personal growth program.

1985 - 1986

Church Planter

Brethren in Christ Missions

Within a team context, helped to lay the foundation for the first Brethren in Christ church in the United Kingdom.Partnered with a British church, Ichthus Christian Fellowship, and benefited from their 11 month Network Training Programme in church creation and development.