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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 selective and 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. 

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Michael E. Lee

Chief Operating Officer

MichaelLeeMichael is the Chief Operating Officer of Christian Union, overseeing operations, finance, and human resources, as well as various cross-functional initiatives. He came to CU from the technology sector, where he served as COO/CFO of Ladders.com and CFO of Wyng.com. Michael also has extensive leadership experience from Amazon.com, Citigroup, Kraft and Morgan Stanley.

Michael holds an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Cornell University. He attends Vision Church NYC, where he and his wife have served since 1999. They live in Manhattan with their three daughters.

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Lorri Bentch

Vice President of Operations

lorriLorri graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a degree in Politics. She served in missions in Mexico and Russia, then in 1994 she and her husband moved to Hungary to launch a new ministry among fine-arts professionals in Eastern Europe. She earned a Masters of Law in Constitutional Law from Central European University and helped plant a church. 

Lorri joined Christian Union in 2007 and served as a ministry fellow for five years before assuming her current role. Lorri and her husband, Tim, have three daughters.

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Scott Crosby 

Ministry Director, Christian Union New York

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Scott is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC. During 30 years of residence in Asia he has worked in diverse areas of the arts, publishing and missions.

Scott established a gallery for Chinese contemporary art in Shanghai, as well as models of urban ministry in some of Asia's global cities.

In 2010, Scott returned to the US to establish the New City Commons Foundation to work with churches and networks in developing sustainable and effective models of Christian engagement of culture.

Scott and his family have travelled extensively and are on a perpetual quest to locate new sources of authentic Chinese cuisine.

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Patrick Dennis 

Vice President of Communications

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Patrick oversees Christian Union's communication efforts. His career has uniquely prepared him for this role, as he has spent more than twenty years helping for-profit companies and non-profit organizations communicate well. Along with his wife, Karey, he also spent eight years on staff with Cru, ministering to college students on a full-time basis.

From 1999 to 2009, he served as the president and creative director of a brand strategy and commmunciation design firm that he co-founded in Northern Virginia. During that time, he had the opportunity to consult with and serve a wide range of national ministries, as well as organizations ranging from well-funded startups to Fortune 500 companies. Upon selling his share of the firm in 2009, he began consulting with a very select handful of clients across America. Over the last several years, he has invested a growing majority of his time in serving with Christian Union.

He and Karey live in Northern Virginia and have three children. They enjoy skiing and diving together, and Patrick has been known to be found on the golf course occasionally.

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Carol Fausnaught

Associate Vice President of Development

Carol-Team-Bio-114x152Carol grew up in Indiana, attended Princeton University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History in 1994. She worked as an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ at Princeton University from 1994-1996 under Matt Bennett.  From 1996 - 2006 Carol worked for the business consulting divisions of PriceWaterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM. Carol left IBM in 2006 to join Christian Union.  

Carol lives with her husband, Todd (Princeton '94), and their three children in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

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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.

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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.

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Linnette Pilar 

Executive Assistant to the CEO and New York City Office Manager

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Linnette grew up in the Bronx and earned a bachelor's degree in music from New York University. During her freshman year, she gave her heart to Jesus Christ under NYU's All University Gospel Choir. During her senior year, she became the choir's director. Linnette worked for seven years with The Jewish Guild for the Blind (now Jewish Guild Healthcare). Linnette is an active member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle: a former member of its 275-voice choir; leading worship for the young adults' ministry; performing in the drama company; and assisting in its food distribution ministry. During her spare time, Linnette hosts and facilitates women's Bible studies, tutors, and adventures with friends.

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