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EV Free Fullerton began in 1955, and since then God has blessed the people and the work in amazing ways.  On Sundays, the family gathers to celebrate God’s goodness, welcoming 3,000 adults in worship, along with 500 youth and 1,000 children. A history of generosity inspired by God’s goodness is reflected in their annual general fund budget of $7.75 million and an extensive campus. After an extensive search (182 pastors considered, 100+ sermons were reviewed), Darin Mc Watters was overwhelmingly affirmed by the congregation to become their new Senior Pastor.  Darin officially started on May 1, 2017.  Chairman of the elders Fred Oderkerken comments, “I believe God has incredible things in store for EvFree as part of His Kingdom work in our surrounding cities. Darin comes to historic EvFree Fullerton from his work as Teaching Pastor at Arbor Road Church, also located in Orange County. Known for his engaging teaching style and Biblical content, Darin continues the tradition of excellent biblical expositors at EvFree Fullerton.  Search Committee Chair Dan Reyneveld says, “Darin is an exceptional expository teacher, gifted by God to clearly convey the truths of Scripture. Through many months of praying, listening and searching, God allowed us to sift through a long list of candidates and led us to one man—Darin. The Search Team could not be more excited!”
Open Doors has worked for over 60 years in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors USA is presently raising $20+ million annually to financially support Open Doors International, an evangelical $110 million ministry as it brings Bibles, materials, training, support, and encouragement to persecuted Christians worldwide. In our search for a Chief Development Officer, we were also blessed to find a Director of Events.

Pete Holmes has been appointed as the new Chief Development Officer.  He has proven experience as an awarded executive sales leader and team builder and has served in ministry as a senior pastor, outreach pastor and for a complex, large multi-site church as executive pastor.

Claudia Soto is joining the ODUSA team as the Director of Events.  Claudia was a television news reporter in her native Colombia and more recently has done fundraising and events for national and local nonprofits.  She has received Awards and Certificates of Recognition from County Supervisors, LAUSD Board of Supervisors, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Belhaven University – serves 5,000 students and stands among select Christian colleges and universities with national influence, being repeatedly named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys.” The Dingman Company joins Belhaven to announcement the appointment of Mr. David Tarrant.  David has served in Christian higher education for the last 10 years at both Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho and Crown College in Minnesota where he earned his MBA. David spent 20 years in finance with the Trinova Corporation, Vickers, Incorporated and the Whirlpool Corporation.  Belhaven President Dr. Roger Parrott said, “David brings extensive Christian higher education experience, an innovative financial management record and a winsome leading and mentoring spirit. He has an unwavering commitment to our Christ-centered mission and is a remarkable match with us.”
Museum of the Bible – In 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to engage people with the Bible and to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Dr. “Tony” Zeiss was selected as the executive director to lead the daily operations.  The Dingman Company was introduced to Dr. Zeiss as he was coming to the end of his 24-year tenure as president of Central Piedmont Community College, currently serving approximately 70,000 students per year. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter for companies and colleges.  An author or co-author of several books including four books on creating high-performance employees, and a book on community college leadership.  Zeiss holds a doctorate in college administration from Nova University in Florida, and a master’s degree in speech from Indiana State University.
Scottsdale Bible Church, welcomes Scott Anderson as their Executive Pastor. SBC has an average weekend worship attendance of 6,700 and is a Christ-centered, nondenominational church Scott’s experience managing a fast growing, multi-site, evangelical church is exactly what Scottsdale Bible Church needed. Having spent most of twenty years at Eagle Brook Church in Centerville, Minnesota, and participated in its development and growth at all levels, Scott has garnered a unique set of experiences. He was in leadership when it had just 2,000 people in attendance, was in executive leadership when it was 4,000, and became the Executive Pastor when it reached 6,000. Today, with over 20,000 in regular weekly attendance spread out across six metro-area campuses and twenty four weekend services, Scott has been through much of what SBC is preparing to go through.
Seattle Union Gospel Mission,  provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people plus has synergistic relationships cooperating with other organizations in the Greater Seattle Area (SUGM) selects Candace Grisdale as Chief Development Officer. Candace combines a successful management career at Microsoft (15 years), Hewlett Packard (4 years) and Macy’s (6 years), coupled with a significant amount of volunteer work (in leadership and assisting roles) in Christian non-profits. Most recently, Candace served as President for Vision House, a $2.9M nonprofit agency serving homeless families where she also played a pivotal role in implementing and executing the organization’s succession plan. She has a dynamic, high energy personality, charisma and passion.
Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, announced the appointment of James Ackerman as its new president and chief executive officer The accomplished business leader and longtime Prison Fellowship volunteer and supporter was mentored by Prison Fellowship’s founder, the late Charles Colson. Ackerman has cultivated his specialty as a CEO by helping several television and internet media companies navigate periods of transition and growth.   The Dingman Company followed the wishes of the Board of Directors in finding an experienced business executive with a passion for prison ministry. They contacted hundreds of highly placed government, business and non-profit executives in their search for just the right leader. Working closely with a team of staff and board members, Dingman brought a panel of finalists including James and his wife Martha, whose experience leading in business and intimate familiarity with Prison Fellowship made him a natural choice to become the next CEO.
LakeRidge  & Mt. Bethel United Methodist Churches, select new Senior Pastors – Dr. Lyndol Loyd and Dr. Jody Ray respectively The Dingman Company assisted two United Methodist Churches to discern the person God would have as their next Senior Pastor. Dingman provided proactive networking that brought forth suggestions of potential candidates and worked through the church’s committee, the Bishops and the suggested candidates and their Bishops. This allowed the committee to consider more people than they may have done so on their own. Much care was taken to work within the desires of the Bishops and maintaining confidentiality.
The Board of Directors of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) recently announced that it had voted unanimously to call the Rev. Sharon T. Koh to the position of Executive Director Koh has deep roots in missions, the cause that brought Baptists in America together in 1814 to launch the agency now known as IM. After completing a degree at Westmont College, Koh went on to complete two master’s degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where she is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leading Change.The Dingman Company partnered with IM to find Rev. Koh, contacting hundreds of pastors, area ministers and missions executives before focusing on a handful of highly qualified candidates. Rev. Koh possessed innovation, drive, leadership, a familiarity with IM through their Discernment Team combined with a diverse international background to present unique qualifications to become their next Executive Director.
After an extensive national search and interview process, Jill’s House announced Joel Dillon as new President/CEO Dillon comes to Jill’s house from Trinity International University, where he has served as the AVP for Advancement. Joel also brings a background in caring for “at risk” children at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (Chicago) as well as living alongside adults with intellectual disabilities in L’Arche communities in Germany and Chicago. Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. Denny Harris, Chairman of the Board, said he is confident that Joel is the right leader for the next chapter of the Jill’s House story. “Joel’s genuine heart for those affected by disability is evidenced by his significant personal commitment and participation in disability ministry,” said Harris. “He also brings to Jill’s House solid performance in fundraising, one of our primary needs as we grow the ministry.”
Mount Hermon Association, Inc. selects Mike Romberger as CEO Mike and his family have attended camps consistently for years and he has been a friend and resource as well as a conference speaker at Mount Hermon. As observed by references and Mike himself, this role at Mount Hermon was probably the only opportunity beyond Mission Hills Church he would ever consider. He and his family trusted God to make His will clear.
Orangewood Christian School selects Don Larson as Head of School We are pleased to join with Orangewood Christian School to announce the selection of Dr. Donald Larson as the new Head of School. Don brings to the role great experience, wisdom, strong people skills, and a passion for reformed theology and Christian education. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from Capella University. Don was serving as Head of School for Brookstone Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina and prior to that as Superintendent for Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, Florida.
Bethel University Appoints Patrick Brooke as CFO The Dingman Company joins Bethel University to announce Patrick Brooke as the new Chief Financial Officer of Bethel. Brooke earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas, Arlington and he then received his MBA in finance from DePaul University. Brooke has spent the last 30 years at Wheaton College where he began as the Controller and more recently as their Senior Director of Financial Operations.”I am excited that Pat Brooke is joining our team at Bethel. His references were stellar and the collaborative spirit he has displayed over many years in an academic setting make him a great fit for Bethel,” says Jay Barnes, Bethel President. “He will bring outstanding financial skills. It will be great to have his voice as part of the President’s Cabinet and as the leader of the budget committee.
Ocean Grove Selects J.P. Gradone as Executive Director Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is a Christian seaside community and conference center in New Jersey. After over a year attempting to find a new Executive Director on their own, the Board’s Executive Committee asked The Dingman Company to help. We cast the net broadly, contacting over 1,000 people, considered about 50 people, interviewed eight in person and the Executive Committee interviewed the top four and felt each of the candidates was well qualified.J.P. Gradone, who grew up within five miles of Ocean Grove and currently living in Memphis was chosen as the new Executive Director. J.P. is a former church Executive Pastor and previously had been the President of a $45 million in annual revenue corporate division with 42 service locations.
President Selected It is with pleasure that we announce Jim Sliker as the new President of Central States Manufacturing, Inc. (CSMI).CSMI is an employee-owned company committed to excellence in the manufacturing and the distribution of metal building products. They are dedicated to personal growth and to the wellbeing of each team member.Jim’s career in the automotive industry has provided him with tremendous tools and experiences that translate favorably to CSMI. Over the last fifteen years with Valeo, he rose from being a mechanical engineer to President of this $1.2 billion entity with 3300 employees.  His leadership style, values and history of achieving results through the deployment of vision, objectives and strategies make Jim a great fit with CSMI.
Chapelwood UMC selects new Senior Pastor We join Chapelwood in announcing Dr. John Stephens as their Senior Pastor. He is a gifted preacher and leader with a keen understanding of both ministry and being a pastor. John grew up in Columbus, Georgia where Jim Jackson, as his Senior Pastor, played a vital role in John’s life when he was a teen. More recently Dr. Stephens was the Senior Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in St. Simon’s Island, GA. He has an M.Div from Emory and a D. Min from Columbia Theological Seminary. Much like Jim Jackson, John has a gracious, warm and immediately engaging style that will quickly make people feel he is their pastor and friend.
Rick  Langeloh appointed Executive Pastor for Grace Church It is with pleasure we join with Grace Church of Glendora in announcing Rick Langeloh as Executive Pastor. Grace Church has an almost 60 year history of life-changing ministry locally in the Glendora region as well as globally through its consistent support of committed missionaries.  Rick is a native of Upland, California and a graduate of Talbot Theological Seminary. His most recent position was Executive Pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.