Through a ten-month process of discernment, the Executive Director Search Task Force came to the conclusion that we had been led by God to nominate Tiffany Staman to be the next Executive Director of Calvin Crest Conferences. She was elected by the board and confirmed by the Presbytery of San Joaquin and we are now excited to announce that she will begin her new position in January of 2019.
This was a decision we came to with a deep awareness of its momentousness for the future of Calvin Crest, a ministry we deeply love. Our board recognizes and believes that Calvin Crest is poised for a new chapter of growth and development in ministry as we broaden our tribe of constituents. Leading this new chapter will be the calling for the next Executive Director. We felt the weight of the consequences for the staff and the many stakeholders who make up our community and are served by this ministry. Humbled by this mantle, we came regularly before God, submitting our thoughts, discussion and discernment in prayer.
Before we describe why we found Tiffany to be so well suited to this calling, we would like to say a few words about the pool of candidates considered. We were blessed with multiple candidates that we believed could successfully lead Calvin Crest. We developed our position description by surveying the staff, church leaders, volunteers and donors about what they believed Calvin Crest most needed in an Executive Director. From this feedback we drafted a job description. We sent it to nominators asking for referrals and posted it in ministry and camping sites. We reviewed 34 applicants, interviewed six and chose our best two candidates as finalists. We had outside consultants evaluate them with executive leadership inventories and skilled reference background phone calls. We brought them for live interviews with the staff, our board and stakeholder groups. This gathered feedback confirmed for us that both were capable of leading us into the future.
Sunday night after the interview weekend we spent six hours in discussion and discernment. We came to the prayerful conclusion that Tiffany was the right leader for Calvin Crest in this next season. Tiffany is a gifted strategic leader with demonstrated success in helping an organization develop and execute vision. She is an experienced and insightful manager with a heart for developing healthy teams. She is a non-denominational pastor and gifted speaker with a remarkable pastoral presence in person and in the pulpit. She has experience in nonprofit leadership and is a capable financial manager. Finally, she is a highly experienced fundraiser with the highest level of certification. Tiffany comes recommended by passionate endorsing references including her cousin John and Nancy Ortberg, pastors at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
Tiffany and her husband Cam have had a desire to work in camping ministry throughout their married life. However, Tiffany’s career led her into youth ministry and church planting, then nonprofit fundraising and executive leadership. Their dream of entering camping ministry is only now coming to fruition. Tiffany has demonstrated her ability to enter new ministry contexts effectively. In her last position as the Executive Director of a pregnancy care center she described interviewing founders and reading 35 years of newsletters to learn the ministry’s culture and values. She has warmly embraced everything she has learned of Calvin Crest’s history, ministry philosophy, culture and ethos. She is a collaborative, visionary leader who has expressed the same desire to learn from the staff, stakeholders and founders of Calvin Crest as she engages with the board to discern and lead in new directions. Tiffany is not a leader who would seek to supplant the culture, ministry philosophy and ethos of Calvin Crest. Rather she has described herself as one who would come into our culture and lead us into our next chapter from within it.
Tiffany was our very first applicant for this position. She was referred by a friend who read our description and sent it to her saying, “Tiffany this position sounds exactly like you.” Tiffany demonstrated passion and earnestness for this call at every stage of our process. She patiently communicated that she wanted God’s will for Calvin Crest whomever that candidate might be.
We thank you all for your prayer and support through this process of discernment and invite your prayer for Tiffany and Calvin Crest as we enter this new season of leadership and ministry.
In Christ’s love,
Abby Arii, Rev. Adam Knudson, Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt, Christina Melahn and Sarah Friesen
The Calvin Crest Executive Director Search Task Force