Transforming Center welcomes Executive Director and creates new position, Director of Strategy and Programs
Following a significant search characterized by disciplined discernment, the Transforming Center board is thrilled to announce Rev. Cole Griffin (TC2) as our new Executive Director along with Charity Barton McClure (TC12) in a newly created role as Director of Strategy and Programs.
By way of introduction….
We have known Cole Griffin since he participated in Transforming Community 2 and then served as part of the Ministry Community for several communities. Cole comes to us from his role as Executive Pastor of Grace Church in Racine, WI, having served for 27 years in full-time ministry in various capacities. He has led a large staff team, provided key leadership and stability during transitions, and is a trained spiritual director and certified Christian Conciliator™. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Cole worked as a professional mental health provider for several years as part of his Master’s level training. Early in ministry as a missionary, he experienced ministry and relational challenges that opened his eyes to the need for healing among ministry leaders. These experiences, coupled with the skills and gifts he brings in the area of financial oversight, staff and process management, and pastoral care, made him a great candidate for this role.
When Cole applied for the position, he shared:
“Responding to the request to pray for the Transforming Center’s need for an Executive Director, I never expected that God would prompt me to respond personally! Several alumni reached out and shared that God had prompted them to encourage me to apply. I have taken time to fast, pray, and be silent before submitting to this process and I am applying for this position in hopes that my gifts, experience, and heart can bless the Transforming Center and many other ministry leaders in the years to come.”
Charity McClure has been working and thinking strategically in multiple roles on behalf of the Transforming Center for the past decade—planning events for donors and volunteers, consulting in the areas of donor development and fundraising, guiding our rebranding process, leading strategically in improving the Transforming Community experience and fostering diversity among us. Since completing Transforming Community 12 she has brought consistent passion and strategic thinking to the question of succession and how all facets of the Transforming Center can transition to a younger generation of leaders.
“After all the years that I have spent loving and serving the Transforming Center, this transition came together in a very unexpected way! Hearing that the Transforming Center was at a crossroads and yet knowing the Executive Director wasn’t exactly the right fit for me, I found myself in a prayerful and open posture over several months — “What, if anything, is God inviting me to bring to the future of this organization?” God met me in several ways during that time, and eventually I felt called to present myself not as “the” person but as “one” person who could bring strategic leadership to the vision and mission of the Transforming Center while maintaining a deep commitment to the essence that has sustained it for almost 20 years.”
Before the Transforming Center, Charity served as Admissions Counselor for Hope College and Director of Development at Flannel, the nonprofit organization that produced the innovative NOOMA videos. Her immersion in the essence and ministry of the Transforming Center over the years— including her roles as Creative Director and Brand Manager and (most recently) Program Director—plus her natural gifting in the areas of strategic thinking and planning, make her a natural choice for helping create synergy among all aspects of the ministry in a way that will sustain us and help guide us into our future.
Cole will begin his tenure with us in mid-October after he takes a much-needed break between his current ministry assignment and his new role with us.
Charity will transition to these new responsibilities in mid-September.
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