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John Pearson is the president of John Pearson Associates, Inc., a board governance and management consulting firm in San Clemente, Calif.


JOHN PEARSON…is president of John Pearson Associates, Inc., a board governance and management consulting firm based in San Clemente, California. John served 11 years as the president/CEO of Christian Management Association (now Christian Leadership Alliance) and has been consulting full-time since 2006. He retired from full-time consulting in January 2018.

His latest book, with co-author Dan Busby, was released in February 2019, Lessons From the Church Boardroom: 40 Insights for Exceptional Governance (order at Amazon:

He’s the creator of the Management Buckets workshop, the Nonprofit Board Governance workshop on “Moving Your Board Members From Myth to Mission,” and had led more than 35 organizations through the “Five Questions Every Nonprofit Organization or Church Must Answer: The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool.” He is the editor and publisher of the weekly eNewsletter, Your Weekly Staff Meeting. John is the author of the MASTERING THE MANAGEMENT BUCKETS: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit (Regal Books, April 2008), and the co-author with ECFA President Dan Busby of LESSONS FROM THE NONPROFIT BOARDROOM (Order at Amazon:

John has also written two workbooks, "Tools and Templates for Effective Board Governance: Time-Saving Solutions for the Nonprofit Board," ( and "Mastering the Management Buckets Workbook."

The co-author of "Marketing Your Ministry: 10 Critical Principles," John also served as the president of Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, Illinois (a network of 12,000 churches worldwide); was on the management team at Willow Creek Community Church; and was the executive director of Christian Camp and Conference Association, now based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and known for many years as Christian Camping International/USA.

He’s a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also served five years as the director of Christian education/camp director with the Midwest district (70 churches) of the Baptist General Conference, Chicago, Illinois (now called Converge Worldwide), and six years as the executive director of Lake Sammamish Bible Camp (Camp Sambica), Bellevue, Washington.

John has served more than 30 years as a nonprofit CEO and 25 of those years leading three associations. Well-connected and well-read, John has been the publisher of two magazines, written more than 500 issues of various newsletters on management and ministry and more than 100 magazine columns on leadership and management ministry trends, including the Management Rules of Thumb series in the Christian Management Report.

He has led more than 50 regional, national and international conferences, and facilitated dozens of day-long CEO Dialogue roundtables. John served six years on the board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), was chairman of the presidential search committee (to replace a CEO/founder) as a board member for Interdev, and served as a board member at Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, Wash.

Pearson also served six years as the board chair of Christian Community Credit Union ( and continues as a board member today, and served as the president of CEO Dialogues, Inc. John also served as a member of the Board of Reference of TrueFaced and Strategic Resource Group.

In 2006, Christian Management Association honored him as the first recipient of the TED ENGSTROM AWARD, named after Dr. Ted Engstrom, the president emeritus of World Vision.

John and his wife, Joanne, have been married for 49 years and they have had the privilege of traveling and/or teaching leadership, management and board governance in more than 50 countries. In his other life, John once owned a 100th anniversary Harley-Davidson motorcycle and also played an FBI agent (actually…just one scene) in the movie, The Genius Club ( He also wrote the Faith-Based Leader’s Resource Guide for the Rocky Balboa movie (, the leader’s guide for The Nativity Story DVD (, and the Personal Action Journal for The Hole in Our Gospel six-week church campaign (

The Pearsons are also blessed to live just one mile from family. Their son, Jason, leads PEARPOD ( where he and Melinda are the happy, but tired, parents of five, including triplet teenagers.

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