JOHN PEARSON is president of John Pearson Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm based in San Clemente, Calif., that helps nonprofit organizations in Vision Implementation With Detailed Execution. He is the author of the book, Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit.

He's the creator of the Management Buckets workshop, the Nonprofit Board Governance workshop on "Moving Your Board Members From Myth to Mission," and has led 30 organizations through the "Five Questions Every Nonprofit Organization or Church Must Answer: The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool." He is also the editor and publisher of the weekly eNewsletter, Your Weekly Staff Meeting (

The co-author of Marketing Your Ministry: 10 Critical Principles, Pearson served 11 years as the president/CEO of Christian Management Association (now called Christian Leadership Alliance). John also served as the president of Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, Illinois (a network of 12,000 churches worldwide); was on the management team at Willow Creek Community Church; and was the executive director of Christian Camp and Conference Association, now based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and known for many years as Christian Camping International/USA.

He's a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also served five years as the director of Christian education/camp director with the Midwest district (70 churches) of the Baptist General Conference, Chicago, Ill., (now known as Converge Worldwide) and six years as the executive director of Lake Sammamish Bible Camp (Camp Sambica), Bellevue, Wash.

With more than 30 years of nonprofit CEO experience and 25 years leading three associations, you'll be blessed with John's generous sharing of his best practices, his expertise, his fund raising and board governance savvy, and his practical management systems. He also survived 21 winters in Chicago.

Well-connected and well-read, John has been the publisher of two magazines, written more than 500 issues of various newsletters on management and ministry and more than 100 magazine columns on leadership and management ministry trends, including the Management Rules of Thumb series in the Christian Management Report.

He's a walking rolodex and management library, has led more than 50 regional, national and international conferences, and facilitated dozens of day-long CEO Dialogue roundtables.

Pearson has extensive board experience both as a board member and CEO. Here is currently chairman of the board of Christian Community Credit Union. As a CEO he's had fun figuring out the leadership style and "social style" of 15 different board chairs since 1974. Note: "Drivers" want the bottom line while "analyticals" also want the background notes. He's written numerous articles and manuals on nonprofit board issues.

John served six years on the board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), was chairman of the presidential search committee (to replace a CEO/founder) as a board member for Interdev, and served as a board member at Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, Wash.

Pearson also served as president of CEO Dialogues, Inc. ( In 2006, Christian Management Association honored John as the first recipient of the Ted Engstrom Award.

John and his wife, Joanne, have been married for 43 years and they've had the privilege of traveling and/or teaching leadership, management and board governance in more than 25 countries.

They enjoy talking about "social styles" (drivers, analyticals, amiables and expressives) and also team teach a workshop, "When He's the Workaholic and She's the Co-dependent."

John sold (but never rode) a 100th anniversary Harley (he won it at a trade show) and has done a little clergy work on the side (including the marriage ceremony for his son and daughter-in-law).

He's also privileged to serve as a member of the Board of Reference of three strategic organizations: TrueFaced/Leadership Catalyst (, Pioneer Clubs (, and Strategic Resource Group.

John played an FBI agent (actually...just one scene) in the movie, The Genius Club ( and wrote the Faith-Based Leader's Resource Guide, and other materials, for the Rocky Balboa movie ( He also wrote the Personal Action Journal for The Hole in Our Gospel six-week church campaign (www.The

The Pearsons are blessed to live just one mile from family. Their son, Jason, owns a strategic marketing and design business ( Jason and Melinda are the happy, but tired, parents of five children including triplets.

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