Tuesday, April 17th - 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Hosted by CLA Advisory Council member Marshall Dunbar, Vice President of Spiritual Life, Christian Community Action, this breakout is designed for executive leaders and board directors.
In this Leadership Roundtable Breakout you’ll explore together thought leadership on the trust-based governance and leadership of Christian nonprofit organizations. You’ll engage with presenters from the morning session, and then hear dynamic, interactive presentations from experienced frontline leaders on biblical perspectives on board governance, and examine the vital importance of establishing the firm foundation of trust as a leader. And you’ll be able to process with and gain insight from your peers
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization, Overview, Group Live. Session is worth 6 credits
Featured Thought Leaders:
Megan Colabrese is Associate Director with Navigators Atlanta Young Professionals. After graduating from Penn State, Megan worked in the commercial real estate industry. Since joining the Navigators, she has worked at their headquarters, with college students at Penn State, and most recently with young professionals on Capitol Hill. She’s passionate about seeing the love of Christ transform lives so people can live more fully out of who they were created to be.
Marshall Dunbar serves as the Vice President of Spiritual Life and Interim Vice President of Programs for Christian Community Action, one of the largest private nonprofits in North Texas that annually ministers to nearly 10,000 individuals in need by providing comprehensive services that bring hope and change lives since 1973.
Prior to transitioning into the nonprofit sector, Marshall held various leadership positions in public service, including government, law enforcement and military service as a First Lieutenant. He has successfully transferred those experiences into church and para-church settings where he has served in several executive and pastoral leadership roles from Chaplain to Assistant Pastor.
Marshall is a Licensed Minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America and a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Marshall holds a B.S. in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College and a M.Div. in Chaplaincy from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working toward his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Marshall currently resides in North Texas with his wife, Melinda and their daughter, Elle-Simone.
Dr. Greg Henson is President of Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD. Experiences at church camp as a student and director as well as serving the church as a worship leader, youth pastor, and senior pastor, led Greg to place a very high value on the importance of discipleship. Later, through consulting work with the Association of Theological Schools and through his work at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, Greg developed a passion for the role theological education plays in the church. His passion for the church coupled with a desire to see theological education reconnect with its roots in local ministry contexts compelled Greg to deeply explore the many facets of theological education—giving him a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience beyond his years. Today, he is a man of strong personal faith and is committed to equipping kingdom-minded individuals for service to the church both locally and worldwide. In the fall of 2013, Greg accepted the role as the 12th president of Sioux Falls Seminary, officially beginning on Feb. 3, 2014.
Rev. Dr. Gary Hoag is International Liaison for ECFA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity College, Bristol, UK, and a M.Div. from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He has dedicated his life to encouraging Christian generosity. With about a quarter of his time, he serves as the Generosity Monk, posting daily meditations and providing spiritual and strategic counsel for church and ministry leaders on nurturing a culture of generosity. Rev. Dr. Hoag was ordained in St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral in 1995 in partnership with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. Today he trains ministers in many denominations, while teaching in seminaries such as Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois), Denver Seminary (Col.), Northern Seminary (Illinois), and Torch Trinity Graduate University (South Korea). With about a quarter of his time, he serves as ECFA International Liaison, interfacing with national leaders to encourage faithful administration of God’s work. Through ECFA Press, he coauthored The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources (2010) and The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes (2014).
Tom Lin is president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA. Commissioned in 2016, he is the first full president to be chosen from InterVarsity staff. Tom served with InterVarsity/USA from 1994 to 2001, planting new student chapters at Harvard University and Boston University, developing new national fundraising strategies, and designing national training for InterVarsity staff. From 2002 to 2006, Tom helped establish an evangelical student movement in Mongolia, serving as country director for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. In 2006 he returned to the U.S. to oversee InterVarsity’s undergraduate campus ministry in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Tom served as vice president of missions and director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference from 2011 to 2016. He currently serves on boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Crowell Trust, and as North American regional director for the Lausanne movement. Tom is author of Pursuing God’s Call, 2012, and Losing Face, Finding Grace, 1996, (InterVarsity Press.) He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and holds an M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Dr. Bruce McNicol is president of TrueFace. God has used the teaching wisdom, global vision, and business skills of McNicol to help Trueface offer break-through experiences of grace for thousands of leaders around the world. With degrees in finance law, theology, leadership and organizational development, Bruce’s gifting to write to diverse readers and leaders has proved true in the best-sellers he has co-authored, including The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, The Cure & Parents, Bo’s Cafe, and Behind The Mask.
Edgar Sandoval serves as the Chief Operating Officer for World Vision, U.S., a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Sandoval is responsible for overseeing the implementation of World Vision’s U.S. operations and strategic plan. Sandoval joined World Vision in 2015, bringing with him a strong background in general management, strategy, operations, innovation and brand building. Before coming to World Vision, Sandoval was a Global Vice President at The Procter and Gamble Company (P&G), the world’s largest consumer packaged-goods company, where he was responsible for the Global Innovation and Marketing strategies and plans for the $4 billion Feminine Care business.
Throughout his career, he held steady to the belief that his biggest role was to build brands that advocate and empower women and girls to live life to their fullest potential. In 2015, Edgar had the privilege of leading the development and launch of one of the most successful branding campaigns in the history of P&G. The globally acclaimed award winning #LikeAGirl campaign highlighted the power of conscious and unconscious biases in creating positive change for girls. He’s been a driving force in advancing diversity and inclusion. Edgar has won numerous awards. Among them are the Goldstein Award, Procter & Gamble’s most respected Brand Building award for outstanding and sustained business results, the Hispanic TV Lifetime Achievement Award and the AdColor/Association of National Advertisers Diversity Change Agent Award. Edgar is a Christian leader whose life and faith journey reflect one of humility and courage. Born in southern California but raised in Guatemala and Venezuela, Edgar didn’t speak English when he returned to the U.S. at the age of 18 with $50 in his pocket. Through God’s faithfulness and hard work, he graduated from Rutgers University where he earned dual degrees with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1989, and in 1994 earned his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He and his wife, Leiza, have four children and through their church and ministry involvement have played a special role as marriage coaches and small group leaders.
Wes Wilmer - Dr. Wesley Willmer, CCNL, serves as Principal of the Wes Willmer Group, LLC. He has a wealth of wisdom on governance from years of board service. Willmer is responsible for 24 books and many professional journal articles. Those include: The Prospering Parachurch: Enlarging the Boundaries of God's Kingdom, God and Your Stuff: The Vital Link Between Your Possessions and Your Soul, Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards to be Rich Toward God and The Choice. In addition, he has served as a volunteer on numerous boards, including serving for six years as the chair of the Christian Stewardship Association, founding board member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Commission on Philanthropy, vice chair of the ECFA board and a founding board member of the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA). Today Willmer serves on CLA’s national advisory council. Willmer received a B.A. in psychology and a Master of Education degree in counseling and guidance from Seattle Pacific University. He received a D.Phil. in higher education from the State University of New York, Buffalo.
Sam Wolgemuth is Executive Director of Alpha USA and an operating partner of NewYork-based Morgan Joseph TriArtisan Partners, merchant bankers.
Sam is an experienced corporate leader who has spent most of his career in media businesses. He was President and CEO of Freedom Communications, at the time the privately owned Orange County-based publisher of the Orange County Register and 30 other daily newspapers as well as 8 television stations.
Sam was Group President at Simon & Schuster in New York City. He has held executive positions at News Corporation, Reed Elsevier, McGraw-Hill and Business Week.
He served as interim CEO of World Relief.
His board experience includes Youth For Christ Int’l, World Relief, Alpha USA, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Freedom Communications, the Annenberg School at USC and the Pacific Symphony. He chaired the boards of World Relief and YFCI.
Sam holds a BA in Philosophy from Taylor University with continuing studies at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School.
Married to Mary Gayle; they have four married adult children and ten grandchildren. Sam and Mary Gayle are active at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA.
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