Max Henry Church - BA, MSA
Professional Career Objective: To be an Executive Director who empowers staff and volunteers to exceed expectations. I strive for teamwork in reducing poverty through participatory planning and implementation of evidence-based strategies, and to engage the donor community in the celebration of service.
Mission Statement: To improve the lives of disadvantaged communities as a service to God and humankind.
Administered all non-academic functions of the new Masters of Science in Global Community Development (MGCD) program offered by Southern Adventist University. Work included; field support, marketing, recruitment, admissions, budget, site selection, and coordination. The students were based in Tanzania where most of my work was performed.
Administered development funds working specifically in HIV Prevention Education, Nutrition Education, Service-Learning Volunteers, Appropriate Technology and Food Security Agriculture Education in villages of northern Tanzania. During my nearly 2 years of country program leadership I coordinated a staff of approximately 28 people to provide quality coordination, orientation and mobilization of international volunteers to experience working in a developing nation. Working in 20 villages, we trained farmers to understand how to apply a number of technologies that would improve their food security, such as; rainwater catchment, grain storage, double-dug beds, keyhole gardens, tree nurseries, sack gardens, 'Farming God's Way,' vaccination of chickens and cattle. We also trained them in HIV prevention as well as Nutrition.
One important responsibility was to write grant proposals to compete for funding. We were able to win one grant, funded by USAID through Fintrac, to work in 60 villages using the Rapid Results Multiplication method that I designed. I also wrote a major proposal, submitted to Rabobank Foundation for nearly $1 million to empower and train village leaders to run chicken vaccination programs against Newcastle Disease.
Worked with our team in Tanzania to build a strong and effective up-to-date organization. During those 8 years we were able to serve multiple communities through programs such as these:
Provided leadership for development projects in Burundi, a country at war. Over 2 years we were able to construct 2,000 homes for returning refugees, run an HIV prevention and treatment center, build schools, and manage the warehousing of food for refugees.
Provided executive leadership and created opportunities for donors to financially support Adventist World Radio through publications, promotional events, major grants and ongoing private donations Using a variety of media, as Vice-President. I managed a team of media and fund-raising staff to use various approaches to keep constituents inspired, including; letters, articles, DVD's, direct mail, e-letters, magazine articles and inspirational meetings so they would continue to support the radio broadcasts in 55 languages through short-wave, AM and FM worldwide programs reaching countries where the gospel of Jesus Christ is restricted or prohibited.
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