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June 30, 2014

A Note from Founder & CEO Matt Bennett

The majority of America’s most strategic universities were expressly founded as Christian colleges. But over the years these gradually shed their religious affiliation and became secular institutions. I love these universities (I directed a ministry at Princeton for many years before founding Christian Union), including my alma mater, Cornell. It grieves me to see where they are today, spiritually and intellectually. In addition, these institutions, and the ideologies they promote, will shape American culture for decades to come.

leaders matter screenshot 2Our Leaders Matter video was created to show the remarkably disproportionate impact just a handful of universities have in America.

If we are going to change the world, we need, by God's power, to see these campuses radically changed. The Lord put on my heart to seek an increasing and dramatic spiritual revival at these very schools. So, in 2002, I launched Christian Union at the campus I knew so well by that time, Princeton. The Christian leadership development ministry would take a strategic approach to national culture change; by bringing sweeping spiritual transformation to the nation’s most influential universities and to key cities that shape American culture.

Everything in our university ministry is tailored to the academically intense and secular environments of these schools. The ministry faculty we hire is of a caliber that can teach and train students who are bright and motivated, and who take readily to leadership development, yet often know very little about Scripture. The programs tested and refined at Princeton were rolled out to additional campuses in the years that followed.

We have since launched our first city ministry in New York, to begin developing networks of influential Christian leaders, and more recently a web-based ministry with a much broader scope, Christian Union Day & Night.

What is the long-term goal? Christian Union envisions a country in which the Gospel has penetrated every people group and where Christians, filled with the Holy Spirit, are seeking God as the defining characteristic of their lives. Our desire is that this spiritual vibrancy is ongoing. 

Scripture and more recent history make plain the intimate connection between widespread, heartfelt revival and social reformation. Reformation includes rolling back destructive ideologies and reversing the harm they inflict on a society. Reformation involves men and women embracing and promoting what God loves; there is renewed emphasis on life-giving social norms that benefit all, especially the most vulnerable.

Would you join me seeking the Lord with great energy, asking God to soften our hearts and move us to desire Him more than we do today? Please explore this website to learn more about the ministry. I've unpacked our mission in five parts below. You also might enjoy this interview I did with CBN, which they ran in 2017:

We need partners like you to accelerate this exciting work, and I invite you to join Christian Union to bring God greater glory in the United States, to develop godly leaders, and, God willing, to use a transformed America to truly bless the world. 

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Matthew W. Bennett 
Founder and CEO


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Christian Union is: (1) developing leaders; (2) with spiritual depth; (3)  in strategic places; (4) for cultural engagement; (5) to change the world.
June 30, 2014

Five Crucial Aspects 

Christian Union was founded in 2002 to develop and connect transformative Christian leaders. There are five elements of the Christian Union mission, the fourth is cultural engagement.

Christian Union exists to develop men and women who are prepared and inclined to champion Christ in their positions of leadership. Our country, and the world, need Christians who are ready and able to embody the gospel and pursue cultural change that reflects biblical values. It is the call of all believers to pursue justice, to stand for the oppressed, to govern with humility, and to bring the good news to the ends of the earth. But students at these prestigious colleges are uniquely poised to engage our culture because they will find themselves in significant positions of power and influence. The goal of cultural engagement is nothing less than cultural renewal and national revival.

Inspiring Examples

Working with passionate and gifted students, Christian Union ministry faculty members have coached and developed students to lead in profound ways.

  • Courtney McEachon '15 organized what is now the annual Pro-Life Conference at Yale which aims to make the pro-life vision intelligible on college campuses that rarely hear this position.
  • At Harvard, students involved with Christian Union annually engage the atheist/humanist student group on the nature of God, goodness, and suffering, in debates that attract hundreds of students.
  • At Columbia, some required classes engage Scripture but teach it as mythology or a work of fiction. A ministry fellow was invited to teach from his doctoral thesis on Ecclesiastes in a class. This is a massive opportunity to meet non-Christian students on their turf and directly confront their biases.
  • Owing to the high level of student-athlete involvement in the ministry, Christian Union ministry faculty have served as chaplains to sports teams at Columbia, Cornell, and Stanford.
  • A student at Harvard Law School, Trenton Van Oss, penned an article for Harvard Law Review addressing religious liberty issues.

God is at work at these universities and major cities. Christian Union wants to be there as well, fervently seeking the Lord, equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, sharing the gospel, and giving glory to God.


You Can Make a Difference

  1. Pray for the hearts of those poised to lead society would turn to the Lord.
  2. Connect others to the ministry of Christian Union.
  3. Give generously to develop more godly leaders to transform American culture.

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June 30, 2014

Seeing an Opportunity, Praying & Working to Bring Change

 In 2002, Christian Union launched its first leadership development ministry at Princeton, one of the nation's foremost universities. The ministry's Founder and CEO, Matt Bennett, had long observed the influence that top secular universities possess when it comes to producing many of the nation’s most prominent leaders. He had a conviction that US culture could and would be changed as these schools were influenced by the Gospel.

As a student member of Cru in the 1980s and later as a staff member and director at Princeton for more than a decade, Bennett (’88, MBA ’89), a Cornell alumnus himself, saw firsthand the impact a campus ministry could have if it were tailored to the spiritual, intellectual, and relational needs of highly intelligent, goal-oriented students.

The ministry launched first at Princeton University with just three students constituting its first Bible course. Today, the ministry at Princeton engages more than 400 students in its weekly Bible courses. 

On each campus where it operates, Christian Union’s highly credentialed ministry and teaching fellows mentor students and lead challenging, academically oriented Bible courses designed to help students develop a robust understanding of Scripture and Christian worldview. The ministries also host conferences, leadership lecture series, and evangelistic outreach events as they seek to change the spiritual climate at very secular institutions.

Thanks to the early lessons learned at schools like Princeton, and God's gracious provision at every step, each campus launched in the years since 2002 has experienced steady, fairly predictable growth patterns.

The natural progression of supporting alumni of the ministry as they transitioned into careers in major cities such as New York, and the strategic impact of such cities, led to the launch of the Cities ministries, which serve alumni as well as professionals.

Christian Union's most recent ministry, Christian Union Day & Night, was launched in 2016. Day & Night's mission is to promote spiritual strengthening in Christians across America, helping them thrive in order to make an impact in an increasingly secular culture by covenanting together for successive spiritual initiatives. Given the spiritual state of the nation, nothing less than the full power and presence of God will enable Christians to glorify him in all his splendor.

To view our partnerships, click here.

Historic Timeline 

Christian Union Founded 2002
Princeton ministry launched 2002
Harvard College ministry launched 2008
Yale ministry launched 2010
Columbia ministry launched 2011
Dartmouth ministry launched 2011
Christian Union New York launched 2012
Cornell ministry launched 2012
Harvard Law ministry launched 2013
Penn ministry launched 2013
Brown ministry launched 2014
Stanford ministry launched 2016
Christian Union Day and Night launched 2016

Learn More

Visiting campus ministry or city ministry pages, signing up to receive campus or city specific prayer requests, and supporting the ministry financially at a specific campus or in the city.
June 30, 2014

Learn More About Christian Union

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We believe in an almighty, holy, and righteous God, who, in His divine mercy and love, provided the complete atonement for sin through Jesus Christ. What an awesome God! We are passionate about pursuing Christ and His kingdom. It is the heart of this ministry effort. We give Him all the glory, for He is worthy.

We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to transform the lives of men and women who lead American society; and every person, from the mightiest to “the least of these,” are blessed and more apt to flourish as human beings when leaders exhibit and promote biblically shaped, Kingdom-of-God values, here and now.

We believe that, while one person can bring about significant change, systemic change occurs when leaders are connected to one another, coordinating efforts, and challenging and inspiring each other to greater faithfulness and impact.

We believe that the time to develop Christian leaders to transform culture is now.  Will you help by praying or by becoming a ministry partner and donating?
June 30, 2014

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Adrian Shoonmaker

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.

Tom Campisi

Managing Editor

A veteran of 20 years in the newspaper and publishing industry, Tom began writing as a “stringer” for the Trenton Times while attending The College of New Jersey. After graduation, he worked as the sports editor of the Hopewell Valley News and as a reporter and special section manager at the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper.

In 1994, sensing the call of the Lord, Tom left the Star-Ledger and spent a year in the advertising department at Christian radio station WWDJ before becoming the publisher of the·Tri-State Voice, a monthly Christian newspaper that covers Metro New York City. In the spring of 2007, after writing two different articles concerning the spiritual history of Princeton University, Tom again sensed the Lord’s will, “expanded his tent pegs,” and joined Christian Union. Tom and his wife Christen reside in Oakland, New Jersey, and are the proud parents of two children, Victoria and Matthew.


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.


Vickie Coonan

Administrative Assistant

vickie coonanVickie joined Christian Union in 2017 to support the VP of Operations and the team in Princeton. She brings to Christian Union more than nine years of administrative experience at Star 99.1 FM, a Christian radio station in the New York metropolitan area. Prior to that, she volunteered at various organizations and Bible studies in the Princeton area in leadership roles,·all while performing her duties as a Domestic Engineer for 17 years.

Vickie grew up in Maryland and earned a BS in business and finance from Mount St. Mary's University. In 1985, she moved to New Jersey to be near her college sweetheart, John, whom she married in 1989. Vickie and John live in Princeton and have three wonderful children, Jimmy, Marykate, and Joe.


Leslie Baier Muscolo

Executive Assistant

Leslie.MuscoloLeslie joined Christian Union in the beginning of 2013 out of a desire to serve in Christian ministry and currently supports Operations and Christian Union Universities. Led to Christ in her freshman year of college, Leslie has a special affinity for campus ministry.

Receiving a degree in Social Sciences and the Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase in Westchester, NY, Leslie has had a variety of work experience ranging from photography gigs, newspaper and magazine ad layout, leading children’s music and play programs, account executive/photo research work in NYC, and managing a portrait studio.  Outside of Christian Union, Leslie keeps herself busy with her photography and floor plan business which she founded in 2008. Her husband, Patrick, joined the business in 2015 and can often teams up with her on home shoots, measuring and drawing the home’s layout.

In her free time, Leslie teaches in the children’s ministry in her church and enjoys walking or running along the canal, enjoying a mochaccino while listening to local music groups, and working in her garden. She can occasionally be found on the basketball court shooting hoops.


David Johnson

IT Director 

daveDavid grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Marketing. David served with Campus Crusade for Christ for four years, first working in their development office, in major gifts, and then as Director of Development Services. Subsequently, David earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern University. He has worked in the technology sector for EDS in quality assurance and as a marketing manager for Covad Communications.

Dave joined Christian Union in 2008. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in the Philadelphia area with their three school age sons.


Helene Ulrich

Office Manager

heleneHelene grew up in Edison, New Jersey. She taught high school for ten years and then went to work for AT&T in a variety of capacities, including Programmer, Systems Analyst, Project Manager, and Quality Manager.

After twenty years in the telecommunications industry, she joined Christian Union in 2003. She has two daughters, Elaina and Anne.


Pamela Yi

Director of Finance

PamY2019Pamela was born and raised in Minnesota.  She attended The University of Pennsylvania and earned a BS in Finance and Information Systems. Pam spent 17 years working at various companies including Citigroup, AIG, and Merrill Lynch. Most recently, she was an investor relations professional at Viacom.
Pamela lives in Queens, New York with her husband, Wayne, and her three children. 

Contact the communications staff by email using: Firstname.Lastname@ChristianUnion.org
June 30, 2014

Serving Christian Union's Financial Partners 

Cheryl Ennis Self, ACFRE

Vice President of Development

Cheryl.Ennis.SelfCheryl 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). WV is a Christian humanitarian organization with 46,000 employees working in nearly 100 countries.  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. 

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.


Jason Blomgren

Volunteer Ambassador

Jason2Jason works most closely with Christian Union alumni, friends, supporters, churches, and foundations in the Western Region and around the country.

Jason was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business with a dual focus in Marketing and Finance from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. Prior to joining Christian Union, Jason led a successful sales career building and managing a healthcare equipment division for a regional distribution company. Jason has been active as a board member with several local nonprofits in the Bay area and has spent the last 10 years serving the local Young Life in Palo Alto.

Jason and his wife, Audrey, live in Oregon and are the ecstatic and lucky parents of three beautiful children.


David Cole

Development Director of Technical Services

Bio to come.


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

Patty 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.

Dave Magnuson

Associate Vice President Strategic Gifts

DaveMDave directs the work of the directors of public affairs. He also works closely with financial partners in the Central Region and around the country.

Dave hails from Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from Bethel University in 1983 and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1992. Prior to joining Christian Union, Dave served successfully as the Chief Development Officer at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Presbyterian Homes, and The Salvation Army in Chicago. Dave has also been active as a board member with several international social service ministries.

Dave and wife, Caryn, live in the Chicago area and are the proud parents of three adult sons, Trent, Caleb, and Nathan, and daughter, Grace, who is in college.


Chin-Chin Minnear

Senior Development Associate

ChinChin2019Chin-Chin was born and raised in the Chicago area. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (IL). Chin-Chin has been privileged to work in various sectors over the course of her career, including state and federal government, non-profit advocacy, consulting, and health care. She is also a trained counselor and coach.

Chin-Chin lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband, Adam, and their two beautiful children. 


Sara Morrill

Donor Care Manager and Development Support

SaraMorrill2018Sara grew up in Nyack, New York and Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated cum laude from Taylor University in 2013 where she studied communications and viola performance. Prior to Christian Union Sara worked in Development at Trinity International University where she managed the donor relations team.

Sara and her husband, Dan, reside in Palatine, IL.


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. 


Kelly Parks

Development Writer

Kelly2020Kelly Parks graduated from Wheaton College magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology and a minor in English. During her Wheaton career, Kelly studied abroad at the University of Oxford at Wycliffe Hall through an organization called Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford. Her time abroad had a formative impact on her life, helping Kelly realize her passion for higher education.

Prior to Wheaton College, Kelly spent 15 years of her life as a missionary in Budapest, Hungary. While in Budapest,  she was involved in refugee relief during the refugee crisis of 2015 as well as youth ministry. Since graduating from Wheaton in 2020, Kelly started her career as a Development Writer for Christian Union where she has been able to combine her passion for ministry, writing, and higher education. When she is not working, Kelly enjoys painting, reading, and going on long bike rides with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Contact the Christian Union development staff by email using: Firstname.Lastname@ChristianUnion.org
June 30, 2014

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.

Chuck’s greatest earthly blessing is his immediate and extended family, including his wife, Karen, Assistant Director of CU NY. 
June 30, 2014

Developing Leaders at Strategic Institutions

Brown University

Matt Woodard, Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry 
Sheri Casali, Christian Union Ministry Fellow
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Columbia University

Stan Thomas, Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry

Jill Constantinou, Director of Cornerstone Partner Engagement 

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Cornell University

Jim Thomforde, Interim Christian Union Ministry Director
Liz Thomforde, Christian Union Ministry Fellow 
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Dartmouth College

Noah Crane, Christian Union Interim Ministry Director
Fuji Kim, Cornerstone Partner Coordinator

Alyssa Crane, Christian Union Administrative Assistant 
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Harvard College

Don Weiss, Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry 
Fady Ghobrial, Christian Union Ministry Fellow 
Renee Ghobrial, Christian Union Ministry Fellow
Justin Yim, Cornerstone Partner Coordinator 
Tyler Parker, Christian Union Ministry Fellow
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Harvard Law School

Justin Yim, Christian Union Director of Ministry 
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Princeton University

David Furbish, Cornerstone Partner Coordinator
Cam Garven, Christian Union Ministry Fellow
Qwynn Gross, Christian Union Ministry Fellow 
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Stanford University 

Justin Woyak, Christian Union Senior Ministry Fellow
Susan Brown, Christian Union Ministry Fellow
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University of Pennsylvania

Cory Lotspeich, Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry 
Caitlin Vera, Christian Union Ministry Fellow
Fuji Kim, Cornerstone Partner Coordinator
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Yale University

Ben Pascut, Christian Union Director of Undergraduate Ministry
Chitra Kovoor, Christian Union Minstry Fellow and Cornerstone Partner Coordinator 
Michael Racine, Christian Union Ministry Fellow 
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June 30, 2014

Sharing Christian Union's Mission and Vision

Patrick Dennis 

Vice President of Communications

Patrick DennisPatrick 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 communication 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.


Anne Kerhoulas

Communications Associate

anne webAnne earned a master of arts in counseling and theology from Gordon Conwell. Her degree spans mental health and family and marriage therapy. Anne completed her undergraduate degree at Luther College, studying English and art. Anne's experience includes counseling, behavioral health, and youth ministry. 

She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and two daughters.


Julie Weber

Online Communications Manager

As a senior at Cornell, Julie attended the first Ivy League Congress of Faith and Action. 

Julie is happily and joyfully married to the love of her life. Together, they enjoy discipling their children, spending time in the mountains, competing in sprint triathlons, and unsuccessfully training one golden retriever.
Contact the communications staff by email using: Firstname.Lastname@ChristianUnion.org
June 30, 2014

Serving Alumni of Christian Union Universities' Ministries 

Christine Foster

Vice President of 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.

Jill Constantinou

Director of Cornerstone Partner Engagement

Jill2018Jill studied hospitality and stewardship while earning her Masters in Applied Theology at the University of Oxford, Regents Park. She also received BA in Biblical and Theological Studies and a BS in Business Administration, both from Nyack College. At her church, Jill is on the preaching team, leads ladies Bible studies, teaches kids church, and participates in prayer ministry. She is an active member of several local civic associations and thoroughly enjoys sweet fellowship.

Jill and her husband, Andrew, live in the New York Hudson Valley. They enjoy traveling and cooking together whenever they can; or at the very least, watching traveling and cooking shows.


Fuji Kim

Cornerstone Partner Coordinator

FujiKimFuji JK Kim grew up in Philadelphia in a pastor's family. He also grew spiritually through a camp ministry as camper, director and trainer of counselors. Another stage of spiritual growth was in the college fellowship of his local church while at Brandeis University. After seven years of seminary (Gordon-Conwell and Westminster in Philadelphia), God intruded into Fuji's life to show how theology and spiritual life are about Jesus and His gospel.

After being ordained in the Korean America Presbyterian Church denomination, he has been serving and planting churches (partly  through CityNet Ministries). Since his last church plant and the advent of children, he completed a Doctor of Ministry project on gospel-driven discipleship.

Lisa was kind to marry Fuji and bear two energetic boys. His avocation is deliberating on the intersection of gospel and technology.


Contact the Christian Union alumni engagement staff by email using: Firstname.Lastname@ChristianUnion.org
September 15, 2012

Five Crucial Aspects 

Christian Union was founded in 2002 to develop and connect transformative Christian leaders. The mission can be unpacked into five aspects. This is the second of the five.

To make a difference in society, Christian leaders must be devout in their faith and able to integrate that faith with boldness and discernment in their various leadership capacities. Christian Union emphasizes in-depth biblical teaching and coaching, with an emphasis on seeking God wholeheartedly.

“I honestly cannot picture my college years without Christian Union. It’s been such a foundational community and really helped me learn what it looks like to pursue a life for God.” - Caroline, Princeton Class of ’22

“All throughout high school, I had placed reason before faith, as if it contained the greater truth….When I joined Christian Union, through the Bible Courses, and ministry fellows and directors, they really taught me to challenge that assumption I had made, as I saw that God is the arbiter of reason.”
- Timothy Kinnamon, Columbia Class of ’20

“I don’t know where I would be without this Bible Course. It has been one of the most important parts of my college experience. I look forward to seeing the girls every single week and gathering together in the Word to study it together.” Maria Siciliano, Cornell Class of ’22

“During this tumultuous period, prayer time was super refreshing for me. I was so grateful to be able to pray with my brothers and sisters in Christ and see how they depend on God in their daily lives.” - Katherine Wang, Harvard Class of ’23

“I really feel Christian Union cultivates – and helps satisfy – spirit hunger. In our Bible course, I’m learning so much I never would have considered before.”  - Josiah Jordan, Brown, Class of 2018

“Approaching the Word of God with academic rigor was really new to me, so I was excited to participate. You come away with a better understanding of what God is saying in His Word.” – Sybil Sam, Yale '13, Harvard Law School '16

“Before attending Christian Union’s Bible courses, I had never encountered the Scriptures in a rigorous, academic way...Now every page is relevant and instructional.” - Barrett Block, Penn, Class of 2016 

“I spend more time in the Word and in prayer and in fellowship than in any other time of my life.” - Rachel McKee, Dartmouth, Class of 2017 

The Spirit is stirring up spiritual hunger at these leading universities and in New York City. Will you help to change lives and US culture for Christ?

You Can Make a Difference

  1. Pray for the hearts of those poised to lead society would turn to the Lord.
  2. Connect others to the ministry of Christian Union.
  3. Give generously to develop more godly leaders to transform American culture.

At Strategic Places >
September 15, 2012

Five Crucial Aspects 

Christian Union was founded in 2002 to develop and connect transformative Christian leaders. The mission can be unpacked into five aspects. Developing leaders is the first of the five crucial aspects.

Leaders matter. In Scripture, God used Moses, Daniel, Esther, and Paul, all of whom were in highly leveraged positions, to advance His purposes in the world, and to bring glory to Himself. The top leaders of the next generation are attending a handful of universities today and working in key cities.

Leading Universities

Each fall, as thousands of students arrive at some of the nation’s most influential universities, Christian Union is there. The ministry works directly with students to share the Gospel and ensure these future leaders are, learning to seek God with energy and commitment, and gaining advanced leadership skills to be effective and influential for Him. Students who take part in Christian Union’s Bible courses, mentorship, and leadership coaching experience profound spiritual and leadership growth.

Major Cities

Role models of the movement to transform a major cultural center such as New York City include businessmen and politicians such as William Wilberforce, who abolished the slave trade, JC Penny and John Wanamaker, who built businesses on Christian principles, and numerous other Christian lay men and women who have used their positions for cultural impact. Biblical examples include Daniel who served King Nebuchadnezzar and Esther who used her position of influence as Queen of Persia to prevent a Jewish genocide.

Each of these individuals allowed God to work dramatically through them. On the way, however, each was either mentored or joined by a community of believers to challenge and encourage them. Together they accomplished far more than could ever be done by one lone person. The ministry offers professionals in New York City programs for spiritual and leadership growth tailored to demanding schedules and helps them build vibrant and interconnecting networks. 

The Spirit is stirring up spiritual hunger at some of the nation's leading universities and in New York City. Will you help share the Gospel and transform US culture?

You Can Make a Difference

  1. Pray for the hearts of those poised to lead society would turn to the Lord.
  2. Connect others to the ministry of Christian Union.
  3. Give generously to develop more godly leaders to transform American culture.

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September 15, 2012

A Process of Drawing Close to God 

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Christian Union emphasizes a mindset and behaviors considered normative by Christians for centuries which have fallen out of practice in the US, save during periods of revival. These are characteristic of the international church, such as in Uganda, China and Korea, and include frequent prayer; large intake of Scripture; repentance; humility through fasting; perseverance; promptly obeying the Spirit; and extended times of gathering with fellow believers. Something as essential as seeking God entails attention, time, and energy.

Learn more about seven characteristics of a Seeking God Lifestyle.

September 15, 2012
Christian Union was founded in 2002 to develop and connect transformative Christian leaders. The mission can be unpacked in its five crucial elements. This is the third of five elements.

Leading Universities

Imagine entering a room in which are gathered the most influential leaders in the United States. You meet editors of major newspapers, presidents of universities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Supreme Court Justices, and current and former US Presidents. As you walk through this room, you discover that more than 60 percent of those you meet attended a small pool of US colleges and universities, no more than twenty. The schools include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Harvard Law, Penn, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.

Just a few US schools and their alumni significantly shape American culture. That should give us pause. Over more than three centuries in the case of some of these universities, while extraordinary influence consolidated at these universities, they have become intensely secular. At most of these leading schools, students have little-to-no contact with Christianity; many have never even read a Bible. Click to Tweet The secularism promoted by these schools and their alumni affect us all, disproportionately shaping our economy, government, media, and education. That can change. Christian Union envisions a day when these schools bless the nation with Christian scholarship and thought leadership. God is presenting an opportunity to utterly transform the spiritual climate of these leading schools.

Major Cities

US culture is shaped by the daily decisions of industry leaders who either embrace secular values outright, or by believers who may not know how to integrate their faith and their profession, and so tacitly promote secular values. From Wall Street, to arts and entertainment, to local or national government, medicine, and other key fields, Christian Union New York is focused on helping believers to increase in spiritual maturity and fervency, connect with other Christian leaders, and gain tools to lead with excellence and in such a way as promotes godliness and genuine human flourishing.

The nation desperately needs godly leaders. Please help to develop courageous, faithful Christian leaders. 

You Can Make a Difference

  1. Pray for the hearts of those poised to lead society would turn to the Lord.
  2. Connect others to the ministry of Christian Union.
  3. Give generously to develop more godly leaders to transform American culture.

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Five Crucial Aspects

Christian Union was founded in 2002 to develop and connect transformative Christian leaders. The mission can be unpacked into five aspects; this is the fifth.

National Focus, Global Implications

The primary focus of Christian Union is the renewing of the United States of America through its leadership and cultural institutions and by encouraging all Christians nationwide. The reason for the national focus is twofold. First, the nation has experienced sharp spiritual decline that needs to be reversed. Second, the spiritual vitality of the United States has a profound impact on the rest of the globe.

God loves each man, woman and child in the United States and offers reconciliation through the Gospel. The need to promote the Gospel and to renew a declining society is pressing, and the Lord has called this ministry to work faithfully to address it in the most strategic ways that it can identify.

The focus on the US anticipates a global impact: Historically, America has blessed the world by sending thousands of missionaries, and donating billions of dollars for international evangelization, development and poverty relief. That legacy is at risk because of increasing secularization of the country through its leaders, but it can be restored. The universities and key cities where Christian Union operates are cosmopolitan. The power of the Gospel, seeking God, and reforming society will have global reach as alumni fan out across the world, as international students do likewise or return home to work, and as professionals serve in other countries.

You Can Make a Difference

  1. Pray that the hearts of those poised to lead society would turn to the Lord.
  2. Connect others to the ministry of Christian Union.
  3. Give generously to develop more godly leaders to transform American culture.
September 15, 2012

Training Christian Leaders to Engage Culture

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We need Christians to assume positions of leadership across many vocations and to take the part of (and continue to take up) issues of justice. Christians who are isolated in a "holy huddle" either socially or intellectually will not change culture.

"What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects—with their Christianity latent...It is not the books written in direct defense of Materialism that make the modern man a materialist; it is the materialistic assumptions...he would be troubled if, whenever he wanted a cheap popular introduction to some science, the best work on the market was always by a Christian." —C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics," God in the Dock


There are numerous examples of Christian leaders whose lives inspire Christian Union to develop new generations of Christian leaders. C.S. Lewis himself is one of them.

The following five examples illustrate the range of social and cultural impact that Christians have when they submit their influence to God-honoring ends:

Five Examples of Inspiring Christian Leaders

C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)
The Oxford Scholar, novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, and Christian apologist wrote such classics as the Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe etc.), Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, Surprised by Joy, and of course many other titles. He bridged academia and mass culture with popular works of fiction and non fiction, and compelling presentations of Christian worldview. We need many Christian to take the lead in academia, journalism, as essayists, cultural commentators, story tellers, filmmakers, and in many other fields, to impact our culture.

Dr. Ida Scudder (1870 –1960)
A third-generation American medical missionary in India, she was a graduate of Cornell Medical College, New York City, 1899; the first class at that school to accept women medical students. Ida had resolved not to become a medical missionary, but seeing women die in childbirth needlessly convinced her God wanted her to help as a physician. In 1918, she started one of Asia's foremost teaching hospitals, the Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, India. She dedicated her skills to God. We need Christians in the medical fields, sciences, economy, and more, to do likewise.

George Gallup Jr. (1930 – 2011)
An American, George Gallup Jr. graduated with a degree in religion from Princeton, then worked at a ministry on Galveston Island in Texas. He considered becoming an Episcopal priest until he was drawn into work for his father's polling firm, where he worked from mid 1950s until 2004. He expanded the firm's surveys into religion, becoming one of the first pollsters to ask questions about organized religion and religious teachings and practice. Under Gallup Jr. the polling firm became a barometer of Americans' views on religion and politics. Late in life, he lamented that politicians had come to follow polls so closely; still he felt polling to be good for democracy. "It's removed power out of the hands of special interest groups...It's given people who wouldn't normally have a voice a voice."  We need Christians to lead in the social sciences, media, and more, to bring Christian values and perspective to bear on the pressing issues of our time.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)
A Baptist minister, King is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Remarkably, King balanced the tension between confrontation and nonviolence, and in 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Leading up to his death, he expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War. Just days after his assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. We need Christians to lead on behalf of the oppressed, whether that means working to pass just laws, living and serving among those who suffer, or advocating for "the least of these."

Sandy McDonnell (1922 – 2012)
This engineer, businessman and philanthropist was the former chairman and chief executive officer of McDonnell Douglas Corporation, he also served as national president of the Boy Scouts of America and as chairman of Character Education Partnership. He became a Christian later in life and used his influence to institute a code of business ethics, one of the first of its kind. Following his retirement, he worked energetically to advance character training in public schools. We need many business leaders to implement Christian values in the marketplace and society.

Men and women poised to lead in their fields must be reached with the Gospel and equipped to serve effectively for God-honoring ends.

Networked Christian Leaders

Movements may be known by one leader, but it takes a network of high-level influencers to shift culture. 

One of the most successful examples of a modern network of Christians is the extraodinary group of believers who pooled their collective influence, resources, physical and spiritual energies together to form a group dubbed the Clapham Circle. In the 19th century, when a member of the British parliament, William Wilberforce, came to faith and dedicated his influence to abolishing slavery, these peers became a network - in fact, a community - of spiritual and practical encouragement. They leveraged their influence for God.

Movements may be known by one leader, but it takes a network of high-level influencers to shift culture.

After decades of toil, God used Wilberforce and this influential network of Christian believers working with him, to not only end slavery in the British empire, but also to usher in an era that honored virtue in a society that had fallen into deep darkness.

Together, the Clapham Circle—a small group that included writers, philanthropists, scholars, politicians, clergy and businessmen who were driven by their faith—literally changed the world. Their far-reaching impact included dramatic success in prison reform, education, integrity in politics, mission, medicine and cultural change.

Christian Union works to network together leaders of wholehearted devotion, who will have a greater impact together than they could ever have leading alone.

Please prayerfully consider how you can help. 
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Honoring the Lord with Excellence

The nature and significance of Christian Union’s calling compels a culture of accountability. While our primary output or product as an organization is changed lives, we hold ourselves accountable for our diligence and progress.

Metrics are a means to the end of ensuring that accountability which, in turn, flows from the desire to honor God with our best efforts. We aspire to be as organizationally robust as some of the best well-run for-profit firms. From score-carding mechanisms, to assessing year-over-year results, to post-event analyses, we seek to continuously improve our performance and effectiveness.

Christian Union is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Christian Union is audited annually by an external firm. You can view these audited financial statements. The ministry highly values the contributions of financial partners and carefully manages every gift. We will respond to financial partners promptly with questions and requests for additional information. 
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The Christian Union Difference

Christian Union tailors its ministry to people of high intellectual capacity whose knowledge of Scripture ranges from non-existent to well-developed. The ministry develops Bible courses, conferences, certifications, lectures, reading groups, and more, for our targeted audience. Christian Union ministry faculty are selected for their capacity to assess needs and to teach to this level.

The high-caliber materials and instruction Christian Union provides is tailored to its audience, not to  produce seminarians but to ensure its offerings have suitable intellectual depth to be appealing and effective.

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Imagine the United States transformed by the leadership and values of Christians of wholehearted devotion to the Lord.


Christian Union seeks a spiritually vibrant nation marked by Christian values permeating every corner of society.


Christian Union develops and connects transformative Christian leaders.


Christian Union’s two main emphases on select universities and professionals in key cities reflect our concern to reach people groups that exert disproportionate cultural influence in the United States. 


If US society was transformed by the leadership and values of Christians of wholehearted devotion to the Lord we might expect to see some of the following implications: 

  • If large numbers of business executives valued Christian ideals above all else, it would mean the spread of ethical business practices, concern that workers be treated fairly, and integrity in leadership.
  • In the field of education, if large numbers of university presidents, faculty, and administrators were committed to Jesus Christ, careers, internal politics, and ideology would take a back seat to the education of our children.
  • If the US government contained high numbers of developed Christian leaders, we would expect laws and the execution of laws in our country to more fully reflect a Christian worldview.
  • If large numbers of top media executives reflected Christian values, we would expect more programs valuing marriage, parenthood, generosity, respect, courage, self-sacrifice, and compassion.
  • There is a global impact to consider as well in the thousands of foreign students who study at these key universities. Consider the potential impact if a future president of Pakistan, China, or Russia were reached for Christ and trained to be a godly leader for their home country.

At present, the nation's most influential universities export spiritual darkness into our culture through secularized leadership.

It will take prayer, effort and financial resources to reach these future leaders for Christ. Please prayerfully consider how you might partner with Christian Union to make a difference.
September 15, 2012

Christian Union

Matt Bennett

Founder and CEO, Christian Union
Cornell BS '88, Cornell MBA '89
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School MDiv '10

Matt 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.

James Armstrong

GM of Enterprise Solutions

Princeton University, BA

Purdue University, PhD

James grew up in Leonia, NJ, a suburb of New York. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science. While an undergraduate, he attended Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, started Athletes In Action on campus his junior year, played on Princeton’s soccer team all four years, and was a member of the Cap and Gown Club.

After earning his PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue University, James returned to Princeton, NJ to work for Sarnoff Corporation. His project and team were soon spun out of Sarnoff and became Sarnoff Real-Time Corporation which was bought four years later by DIVA Systems. During these years, James was a guest speaker at the Athletes In Action group at Princeton, got married (Karen, Gordon College `88), served on the Board of Cap and Gown, and saw the founding of Christian Union on campus. James also served actively at Carter Road Bible Chapel in Lawrenceville, NJ, teaching both young people and adults.

In 2002, James moved to Los Angeles to join another startup, Movidis, Inc. While in LA, James picked up surfing and served on the board of the inaugural San Fernando Valley International Film Festival. In 2006, James left Movidis to join Symmetricom, Inc in San Jose, CA. He held the position of EVP/General Manager of its Communications business. After Symmetricom’s acquisition, James joined Spirent Communications in 2014. While at Spirent, James served a two-year stint as Chairman of Christian Union’s Princeton President’s Council and continued for another two years as an active member on the council.  In 2018, James left Spirent to spend two years attending his two oldest daughters’ soccer and volleyball games before they went off to college. During that time, James was added to the board of Christian Union.

In January 2021, James joined Sierra Wireless as GM of Enterprise Solutions. He resides in Los Gatos, CA with his wife and four daughters and is active at Hillview Bible Chapel in Cupertino, CA.

Ken Fish

Independent Board Member
Graduate of Princeton University
Masters of Divinity, Fuller Seminary
MBA, UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management

Ken Fish has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive with Fortune 500 corporations specializing in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, financial management and organizational transformation.

Throughout his life, Ken has worked with parachurch ministries, and in the 1980s he worked full-time for John Wimber for several years at Vineyard Ministries International (VMI). Among his duties at VMI, he worked on various aspects of the conferences that were a hallmark of the early Vineyard movement, including researching and ghost-writing for John Wimber. He has traveled extensively as a conference speaker, teaching on wide variety of topics ranging from leadership and spiritual formation, church growth and revival, biblical authority and exposition, to prophecy and healing and deliverance.

Liz Green

Independent Board Member
Princeton University '84

Liz (Stevenson) Green grew up in Niagara Falls, New York. She is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and learned from her mom and dad to love studying the Bible. She graduated from Princeton University in 1984 with a degree in politics.

At Princeton, Liz was involved in the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship. Upon graduation, Liz worked with Campus Crusade for Christ, now known as Cru, both in Eastern Europe and recruiting for missions on US campuses.

Liz then joined campus staff ministry with Cru at Cornell where she became friends with Matt Bennett. After Cornell, she joined the campus staff at Dartmouth where she met and married her husband, Howard, a doctor and graduate of the US Naval Academy. Liz left Cru staff in 1993. She and Howard had five children, then adopted a baby from China, followed by a sibling group of four from Ethiopia, and finally a sibling group of two, also from Ethiopia. Nine years ago, Liz, Howard, and their 12 children moved to Winchester, Virginia, where they currently reside.

Over the years. Liz has led women’s Bible studies as well as youth and young adult groups. She regularly mentors young women, helping to ground them in the Scriptures and in their walks with Christ. She and Howard periodically lead engaged and married couples through pre- and post-marital counseling.

Liz loves Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of God as a mustard seed from Mark 4:31-32 and Paul’s commission to Timothy in II Timothy 2:2, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also,” since they typify the normal way every believer can be part of God’s plan to reach the world with his love and truth.


Ed Morgan

Independent Board Member

Ed Morgan is a creative and seasoned leader with uniquely broad qualifications developed over more than 40 years of successful Fortune 10 and non-profit leadership experience. He is currently Founder and Principal of Inspirational Leadership, LLC, an organization dedicated to the needs of non-profit CEOs and Entrepreneurs. Before this, he served as President and CEO of the Bowery Mission in NYC for more than 20 years, leading the 136 year-old organization to a renaissance in reputation, program effectiveness and income. Prior to joining The Bowery Mission, Ed had a 20-year career with General Electric in Washington D.C., Fairfield, CT, and Stratford, CT, where he was in charge of creating inspirational communications for several of GE's top officers, won several management awards and founded an award-winning customer magazine. 
In addition to leadership experience, Ed has extensive Board experience. He chaired the Board at Christian Heritage School, Trumbull, CT, for 12 years during the school's accreditation and greatest growth period. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and received their Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently chairs the Vision Committee at the Geneva School of Manhattan, serves on the Board of the Family Institute of Connecticut and the Advisory Council for the Christian Leadership Alliance, co-chairing the CEO Forum for their national convention in 2017.
Ed is married to Judy and they have three grown sons and ten grandchildren, and spend time in Manhattan, Connecticut, and Vero Beach, FL.

Dian Naman

Independent Board Member
Alumna, Columbia University

Dian Naman is a wonderful woman of God and is a tremendous addition to the Board. She and her husband Vince first became acquainted with Christian Union through their children’s involvement. It started with Luke, a 2015 graduate of Dartmouth and an active participant in Christian Union activities, and then their youngest daughter Brianna, a 2017 graduate of Brown, who was also involved with Christian Union.

The Naman’s eldest daughters also attended Ivy League Schools but before Christian Union was fully formed and/or present at their respective universities. Natalia, the oldest, went to Princeton earning a BA in English, theater, and African-American Studies (2008). She also earned an MFA, Dramatic Writing from NYU in 2010. Julia attended Yale and graduated in 2012. Christian Union featured the all-Ivy family in CU: The Magazine in 2016.

While Vince is a proud Princetonian and is now a plastic surgeon, Dian attended Columbia University for nursing school and runs their medical clinic and spa, Chattahoochee Plastic Surgery. Dian and Vince have been generous advocates and financial supporters of CU over the years. They love the mission of Christian Union and enjoy the prayer and fasting initiatives from Day & Night. They have also hosted or been a key connector to CU events in Columbus, GA where they are pillars in their community.

Winston Wu

Independent Board Member
UC Berkeley B.S. Business Administration '00
After working on Wall Street for eleven years, Winston Wu has co-founded several companies, where he served as COO, Operating and Managing Member. He has also worked as a consultant and advisor to startup companies and existing businesses. He has broad experience in mortgage credit and derivatives as well as real estate, lending, capital raising, product or services testing and implementation, hiring and HR.
He previously served as the President and Board Member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Grace Church Chelsea, NYC and worked on the merger with Hope Church NYC. He is passionate about spiritual and personal development, the integration of faith and work, community formation and redemptive communication.