Shawn McMullen, who has concluded his service as editor of The Lookout magazine, will begin work Wednesday as vice president of partner relations with the Christian Church Leadership Foundation.
McMullen’s responsibilities will include working with Cincinnati area ministers, churches, and mission teams to present the work of the CCL Network and the Russell School of Ministry. He will identify partners to support student scholarships, library services, and network memberships. He also will closely work with representatives from the Cincinnati Christian University Alumni Association to help maintain communication and connection with the CCU community within the CCL Foundation.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity and honored to serve in this capacity,” said McMullen, who was one of the founding trustees of the CCLF, a position from which he has resigned, effective today, to accept this new role. “It has been my privilege to serve this promising ministry in its earliest stage; I look forward to staying closely connected as we continue this good work.”
CCLF’s mission is to educate current and future church leaders in theories, practices, and doctrines that contribute to healthy, effective, and relevant ministry. The CCLF operates in partnership with Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., to steward the Russell School of Ministry, the Christian Church Leadership Network, and the George Mark Elliott Library; those three key ministry assets formerly were part of Cincinnati Christian University, which closed after the fall semester.
In his new role, McMullen will also help identify and coordinate with various business partners who will help undergird the various ministry aspects being developed in Cincinnati.
Dr. David Fincher, president of both the CCL Foundation and Central Christian College of the Bible, said of McMullen: “From the first day I described the vision of this new Foundation, Shawn McMullen has affirmed and shared my passion for continuing ministry education in Cincinnati. I’m delighted that he accepted our invitation to bring his varied experiences, vast relationships, and outstanding reputation to serve our new enterprise in such a significant way.”
McMullen is a 1978 and 1988 graduate of Cincinnati Christian University, earning a BA in Christian ministry and a MA in theology. He is the author of eight books, has led churches in Indiana and Ohio, and served as campus minister and dean of students at Cincinnati Christian University. He was a founding member and director of the Energizing Smaller Churches Network and past chairman of the board at Christian Village Communities, both in Cincinnati.
Notably, McMullen also twice served as editor of The Lookout, which published its final stand-alone issue this month. The Lookout has now merged with its sister publication, the Christian Standard, which has been expanded.
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