CRISTA Ministries and the Board of Trustees are pleased to announce Jacinta Tegman as the next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 14, 2019.
Jacinta brings 30 years of Christ-centered, service-driven and highly professional leadership with a proven history of growth and innovation. Jacinta originally came to CRISTA Ministries in 2008 as a Donor Relations Director after having served in international missions and church leadership. She took on additional responsibility as the Senior Director of International Operations for World Concern before being named President of the ministry in 2013. Earlier this year, Jacinta was appointed as Chief International Ministries Officer, overseeing World Concern and Christian Veterinary Mission, before stepping into her current role of interim Chief Operations Officer for the CRISTA family of ministries.
With her forward-thinking vision, entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional business acumen, Jacinta became a clear choice to lead our organization to deliver strong strategic, financial and brand performance. She is a faith-filled global leader who has demonstrated an amazing ability to motivate and empower the teams that she leads, as well as the donors, customers and other constituents that support the CRISTA family.
Throughout her tenure at CRISTA Jacinta’s teams have consistently reported loving the chance to work with and for her. She has cited Psalm 116:1-2, “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live,” and Isaiah 58:10, “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday,” as her life verses.
Bob Lonac, current CRISTA President and CEO, will continue serving through January 13, 2019, at which time he will take on a consulting role supporting Jacinta’s transition. We are very thankful to Bob for his 12 years of service and we pray that God continues to embrace both he and his wife Kathleen in whatever plans He has for them.
The search for the CRISTA Ministries President and CEO started with 138 candidates nationwide. The talented candidate pool was diverse and included men and women from various ethnicities, backgrounds and Christian theological traditions. It included ministry leaders, academics and senior business executives. After the candidate pool was reduced to 33, the search committee further narrowed the field to nine semi-finalists. Our partner search firm then traveled across the country to meet personally with the nine semi-finalists before narrowing the pool to four final candidates who interviewed with the search committee. The Board was presented with the top candidate, Jacinta, on Monday, December 10, 2018, and voted to affirm her as the selection to become the sixth President and CEO in CRISTA’s history.
We are tremendously thankful to God, our Father, who has led this search process and continues to hold CRISTA Ministries in the palm of his hand. We are also thankful to the Board of Trustees for their discernment and all those who helped serve the search process. There are also many within CRISTA who have served in interim roles during this process and we are eternally grateful to them as well.
Please join us in thanking Bob for his years of faithful service and leadership and welcoming Jacinta Tegman as CRISTA Ministries’ next President and CEO.