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Serving Christian Union's Financial Partners 

Juli Chezem

Director of Development

pattyJuli is the Director of Development for the Western region of the United States. She has a passion for developing long lasting relationships and enjoys connecting financial partners to help advance the mission and vision of Christian Union.

Juli has spent most of her career in various avenues of sales and marketing, responsible for growing and servicing her customer base throughout the U.S. and Europe. She started her development career with XO Marriage, founded by Pastor Jimmy Evans. During that time, the Lord revealed her love for building relationships and working with a Christian non-profit. Juli has lived in Texas all of her life and attended Texas Christian University where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Merchandising. She is blessed to call herself mom to a wonderful daughter, son and daughter-in-law. When Juli is not working, she enjoys spending time with family along with traveling to new places to experience God's beautiful creation.


David Cole

Director of Technical Services

DavidCole2021David brings over ten years of fundraising operations experience serving organizations across the religious, social service, and education sectors. David specializes in helping non-profits optimize donor databases, streamline processes, and enhance data-driven strategic planning efforts.

David is a native Texan, a devout Catholic, and an Eagle Scout. He lives in Dallas-Ft. Worth area with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters. He earned a BA in Communications from the University of Texas in San Antonio.


Landon Eckhardt

Director of Development

LandonE2018Landon represents Christian Union in the Northeast Region, working closely with ministry financial partners, including individuals, churches, and foundations. His role is to steward their participation in developing Christian leaders to impact culture across the country.

Born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas metroplex, Landon earned a BSBA in finance from Samford University in 2009, an MDiv from Palmer Theological Seminary in 2014, and an MBA from Eastern University in 2017. Prior to joining Christian Union, Landon worked in development at The Bowery Mission in New York City where he managed a team overseeing donor relations, donation processing and receipting, and various data and reporting mechanisms.   

Landon and his wife, Amanda, currently live in New York City and are avid foodies, coffee lovers, and enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.


Patty Fillman

Administrative Assistant

pattyPatty provides crucial administrative support to the development team. She graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked a variety of secretarial and managerial jobs while fulfilling her primary responsibility of raising her children. 

Patty has three wonderful, grown children: Adam, Rachel, and Hannah. Between them, she and her husband, Jim, have four children and three grandchildren.



Deborah Oladapo

Data Director

Deborah-OladapoDeborah grew up in Auburn, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama where she received her BA in International Studies and Spanish and her MBA. She spent eight years working as an IT professional with Rohm and Haas Company, The Dow Chemical Company, and with a non–profit community college before joining Christian Union. 

Deborah is married to Abiola. They have two children and live in Columbus, Indiana. 

Contact the Christian Union development staff by email using: Firstname.Lastname@ChristianUnion.org