CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for CRISTA Ministries

February 8, 2019 – CarterBaldwin Executive Search and CRISTA Ministries in Shoreline, WA, have announced the appointment of Jacinta Tegman as the new president and CEO of CRISTA. She becomes just the sixth individual to serve as CEO in the 69-year history of the organization, one of the largest non-profits in the Pacific Northwest. The search firm’s founding partner Price Harding headed the assignment.

CRISTA is comprised of seven unique ministries: Christian Veterinary Mission, CRISTA Camps, CRISTA Media, CRISTA Senior Living, King’s Schools, Seattle Urban Academy and World Concern.

It is World Concern that initially drew Ms. Tegman to CRISTA 10 years ago as donor relations director, the search firm said. After serving as senior director of international operations, she was named president of the ministry in 2013. Earlier this year she was appointed as CRISTA’s chief international ministries officer before stepping into her current role as interim chief operating officer for the entire CRISTA family of ministries.

Ms. Tegman’s career over the last 30 years includes vast experience in both international missions and church leadership. She currently serves as the chair of the Integral Alliance, a global coalition of 23 Christian relief and development agencies around the world. She holds both a master’s degree from Seattle University (non-profit leadership) and a bachelor’s degree from Northwest University (organizational management).

“I am humbled at the opportunity to serve the staff, donors, customers, constituents and beneficiaries of CRISTA as president and CEO,” Ms. Tegman said. “Nearly 70 years ago CRISTA Ministries began as a dream to serve those in need and demonstrate the love of Christ. I am greatly inspired by the challenges and opportunities to make a difference in the world we live in today.”

“Twelve years ago I had the privilege of welcoming Bob Lonac to CRISTA and now I have the unique honor of seeing the role transition to Jacinta Tegman,” said Kevin Gabelein, chair of the search committee within the CRISTA board. “CRISTA has an amazing history of impacting those in need locally and all over the world, but there are many more new chapters to be written. With her faith-filled leadership, business acumen and innovative vision, Jacinta is the perfect individual to lead CRISTA into the future.”

Veteran Search Firm

Headquartered in Atlanta, CarterBaldwin provides executive search services in the healthcare, technology, non-profit, consumer services, industrial and media/telecom sectors. Its clients include a number of well-known institutions, such as KPMG, ADP, Teradata, First Data, Duke University, Pepperdine University, New York Life, Fleet Pride and Berkshire Hathaway.

Mr. Harding has been principal consultant on nearly a thousand recruiting engagements for C-level leadership, officers and directors for privately held and publicly traded companies. He also co-leads CarterBaldwin’s university and non-profit search practice.

Faith-Based Searches

Hunt Scanlon Media periodically reports on search assignments either underway or completed for faith-based organizations. Here’s a look at a few from the company’s news archives:

Houston-based Vanderbloemen Search Group, which finds leaders for churches and ministries, has been retained by interdenominational Christ Church Nashville in Tennessee to lead its search for a new senior pastor. The senior pastor should be attentive and intentional in addressing those, inside and outside the church, who are investigating the Christian faith, said the firm.

Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has been retained by the West End Collegiate Church in New York City to lead its search for a senior minister. Managing partner Kevin Chase is heading the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice. 

Executive recruiting firm the Dingman Company is seeking a senior pastor for the United Church of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Rev. Dr. Rich Kidd of the Dingman Company is leading the search. The recruiters are exploring a broad network to identify potential candidates, the firm said.

CarterBaldwin Executive Search placed Larry Griffith as CEO of Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA). The board’s selection comes after an extensive search that involved reaching out to more than 1,000 potential candidates. The assignment was conducted by CarterBaldwin founding partner Price Harding.

Diversified Search placed Sean P. Roddy as chief financial officer for Catholic Charities USA, one of the biggest charities in the country. Nalini Perkins, managing director of the recruiter’s non-profit practice, and Mark Mulvanerty, managing director of its financial officers practice, co-led the assignment.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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