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Matt Bennett

Founder and CEO

mattMatt Bennett is founder and CEO of Christian Union, a Christian leadership development organization with the mission to bring sweeping spiritual and cultural transformation to our nation and the world by developing and networking Christian leaders to make an impact for Christ. Christian Union focuses its activity on America's most influential universities and on professionals in the nation's key cities.

A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned BS and MBA degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Princeton University for 12 years, and developed the ministry into one of the largest in the history of the Ivy League. In 2002, he founded Christian Union. The ministry has been featured in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Christianity Today, and World Magazine. Matt currently resides in New York City.

Follow Matt Bennett on Twitter: @MattWadeBennett. 


Chuck Hetzler

Director of Christian Union Day & Night 

Chuck Hetzler, Ph.D. in New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was transformed from a reserved biblical scholar into a passionate revivalist after he joined Christian Union Universities as Teaching Fellow at Princeton University in 2008. Hunger for God and a movement of prayer and fasting led to a great work of the Spirit during his time at Princeton.

Inspired by what God had done in Princeton, Chuck took the position of Ministry Director for Christian Union New York. Next, Chuck and his growing family took ministry assignments replanting a church in Quincy, IL and then planting a new church in Manhattan, NY. Chuck has contributed to CU Day and Night since its inception in 2016 and became Director of the ministry in 2020.


David Farrow

Associate Vice President, Christian Union Universities

DaveFarrowDavid is a retired Air Force Colonel who left the Air Force and immediately went to the mission field in sub-Saharan Africa.  He later birthed a non-profit organization to equip former military members to serve in Great Commission organizations. 

While in the Air Force, David represented the U.S. Air Force in over 60 different countries during his 24-year career.  As the Base Commander of a coalition airbase that directly supported combat operations in Afghanistan, David was awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious service operating an airbase that flew unmanned systems, rotary wing, fixed wing, and tilt-rotor aircraft.  David has extensive Washington, DC experience from his time on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon from 2009 to 2011 where he served as the Chief of the Legislative and Interagency Division (Afghanistan-Pakistan) responsible for communicating the Department of Defense’s Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy to Congress.

David holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Ministerial Studies / Leadership from Berean University. 

After 15 military moves during 24 years of marriage, David and Camille and their two sons are finally ready to plant deep roots in one location and that location is Princeton, New Jersey. 


Christine Foster

Vice President, Alumni Engagement

Christine2020Christine was raised as an Episcopalian and renewed her faith as a young adult by participating in the Alpha Program at St. Bartholomew's in New York City. A native Californian, she earned a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania. 
Christine's first career was as a newspaper and magazine reporter, including stints at Stanford's alumni magazine, Forbes, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She most recently served as Director of Development for The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale and has also worked in development and alumni relations at two private schools in Connecticut.
Christine lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Adrian Schoonmaker

Vice President, Christian Union Universities

Adrian2021Adrian Schoonmaker began leading in faith-based and non-profit environments in his early 20s. For more than two decades, he has been leading staff and volunteers in universities, NGOs, churches and ministries—even the broadcast journalism newsroom.


Just before coming to Christian Union, Adrian served for 10 years as Executive Pastor at Grace Community Church in Orange County, New York, leading as “chief of staff” across nine locations in the Hudson Valley. Adrian led at Grace during years of rapid change, with budgets, attendance, facilities and personnel multiplying at an exponential rate. Grace was named repeatedly among America’s fastest-growing churches, and one of the “Top 400” most influential churches in the United States.


Adrian majored in Pastoral Ministry during undergrad, then earned two master’s degrees (M.A., Journalism and M.A., Practical Theology), and soon graduates with a doctorate in “Leadership & Ministry Management” from Trinity (“TEDS”) in Chicago. His dissertation focuses on models of spiritual leadership development among West Point cadets.


Adrian and his wife, Jocelyn, live in Holland, Michigan, with their six children—ranging in ages from high school to kindergarten.

Cheryl Ennis Self, ACFRE

Vice President of Development

Cheryl.Ennis.SelfCheryl Ennis Self, ACFRE was the Founder and Chief Development Officer of the consultancy Funding for Change (FFC). Since 2016, FFC has provided expert guidance to both nonprofit and for profit corporations in the areas of creative visioning, innovative strategic planning, excellence in resource generation, and sustainable attainment of stated goals.

Prior to serving as a Business Consultant, Ms. Self was the Executive Director of Global Social Partnerships at World Vision (WV). Her prior roles at World Vision over 16 years included leadership of major donor, corporate and foundation development officers, while personally stewarding a strong portfolio of donor relationships. 

Her previous experience includes service as National Director of Advancement at Prison Fellowship Ministries, Washington, DC, and Interim Director of Development at The Stony Brook School, Long Island, NY. She began her early career as a teacher, then sales and sales management in Manhattan before moving into the nonprofit sector.

In 2013, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) to Ms. Self. Available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession for 10 or more years, the ACFRE is a distinguished achievement earned by only 104 professionals since the inception of the program in 1992. 

Ms. Self holds a BA in French Language from Gettysburg College, PA, where she graduated cum laude. She and her husband of 30 years, Jim, live in Northern Virginia.


Quincy "Wolfgang" Watkins

Vice President of Spiritual Formation

quincyQuincy earned a BS in Economics from Temple University and an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Development from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held numerous executive-level, corporate positions and is a gifted business strategist. In addition, Quincy is a sought after preacher, lecturer, and prophetic minister with more than two decades of ministry experience. A bishop with One Accord Assemblies, he has overseen five congregations. Quincy joined Christian Union in 2008, bringing a dynamic blend of corporate and ministerial experience to his roles, including five years as a ministry fellow. As VP of Spiritual Formation, Quincy ministers to Christian Union faculty, staff, and students, helping develop and deepen lifestyles of seeking God wholeheartedly.

Quincy's lifelong mission is to provide health and balance to the Body of Christ through holistic preaching, teaching, and deliverance. As a bi-vocational minister, he continues to serve as lead pastor of The Neighborhood Church in Darby, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. A native of Chicago, Quincy is happily married to Fay.