President Search

Posted on Feb. 8, 2024

The Foundation for Evangelism seeks nominations of and applications from exceptional Christian leaders for consideration as candidates for president.

The target date for applications is February 8-March 8, 2024.

Chartered in 1949 by a group of passionate lay people, The Foundation for Evangelism is a Wesleyan-tradition grantmaking organization created with the purpose to “diffuse the blessing of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Today, we carry out that vision by providing grants as the catalyst to equip disciples to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our approach empowers teams of pastors and laity working together to spark a movement inviting all people to join the Christian journey. To do this, we focus our grantmaking on three specific areas: Raising Up Gospel Leaders, Engaging the Ministry of the Laity, and Equipping the Local Church.

President Profile & Qualifications

The ideal candidate for The Foundation for Evangelism will be able to articulate their faith journey and  how their love for God is active and expressed through their love for others, have a warm and welcoming personality, demonstrate expertise in managing a nimble organization, and have a strong understanding of the Wesleyan theological tradition. They should be able to build a fund-raising and friend-raising trajectory, have an optimistic vision for the Foundation, and attract top-quality professionals who are committed to the Wesleyan-tradition Christian faith. Their experience should include non-profit management, knowledge of donor giving, and the ability to communicate with various Wesleyan audiences.  

We seek a president who has demonstrated core tactical competencies of leading teams and collaborating with a board of trustees, excellence in stewardship of resources, high intercultural competency, and leads by example.  

The Foundation for Evangelism board and staff find that distinct qualities are needed in our leader to ensure the Foundation’s ability to fulfill its mission. The president must affirm and advance these qualities.  

  • Evangelistic: Persuasive in inviting and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and Christian faith
  • Wesleyan: Embraces a pan-Methodist approach that respects differing viewpoints and cultures  
  • Leadership: Track record of strategic thinking and effective implementation  
  • Fundraising: Expert annual, special gift, and planned giving skills with demonstrated results  
  • Integrity: Highly ethical and trusted fiduciary  
  • Team Builder: Strong organizing and relationship skills, a nimble collaborator 
  • Catalyst: A bias toward innovation and continuous improvement 

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelors Degree in related field. Graduate degree and/or Certification in non-profit management preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years successful nonprofit management and development/fundraising experience, including donor and grant partner relations.
  • Proven experience leading and developing a staff team in a remote/hybrid workplace
  • Comprehensive understanding of Wesleyan-Methodist theology, history, and pan-Wesleyan denominations.

Work Environment:

  • The Foundation for Evangelism’s headquarters are based at Lake Junaluska, N.C. with remote staff located around the U.S. 
  • Overnight travel is required at least once per quarter. Candidate must be able to travel by car and air.
  • This position is full-time and may be remote or onsite as determined by the Foundation’s president search committee.

About The Foundation for Evangelism

For 75 years, The Foundation for Evangelism has been guided by the believe that The Church is God’s primary vessel for offering abundant life to all creation. Our work focuses on strengthening leaders, laity and congregations to be resilient faith communities sharing the Gospel and inviting others into the Body of Christ. Our work to help the Wesleyan-tradition church retain and act upon its zeal for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ has involved countless hours of resourcing, relationship-building and combined grant awards of more than $17 million.

Our approach empowers teams of pastors and laity working together to spark a movement inviting all people to join the Christian journey. To do this we focus our grant-making in three specific areas: Raising Up Gospel Leaders, Engaging the Ministry of the Laity, and Equipping the Local Church.

The Foundation for Evangelism works with Wesleyan-tradition churches and organizations. With a lay-led board of trustees and the strength of voices from the pan-Methodist/Wesleyan connection, we are able to work across geographical, theological, and cultural boundaries, so that sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is the priority which uniquely positions us to help passionate disciples of Christ to live out and share their faith.

How to Apply

To apply for consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume between Feb. 8-March 8, 2024, addressed to the President Search: president@foundationforevangelism.org