Dr. Gordon D. Venturella CFRE
1301 W. Madison #508
Chicago, IL 60607
Gordon’s rich background includes working with a variety of nonprofits, higher education, mega-churches and international relief organizations. He has earned the prestigious CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is currently serving as Vice President of University Advancement at Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois.
Dr. Venturella has served as director of major gifts for the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a Philanthropy 400 nonprofit based in Chicago and Jerusalem and as Associate Vice President at Concordia University Chicago.
He previously was vice president of Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, and Hope International University in Fullerton, California. At both institutions he directed successful capital campaigns and increased annual funding.
Gordon also worked with two international fundraising firms; Cargill Associates, Fort Worth, Texas and as partner with Panas, Linzy and Partners in Chicago, Illinois. In both capacities, he led churches and universities across the country in raising funds for a variety of worthy causes.
In addition to broad experience in campaign and development programs, he brings a rich background to church stewardship. He was Associate Director at Lincoln Christian Seminary’s Chicago Center for Urban Mission and has served in a variety of church ministries. He has been adjunct professor of urban ministry at three Christian Colleges at both the graduate and undergraduate level. During his tenure as senior pastor in Southern California, he was responsible for significant church growth in a multi-cultural community.
Dr. Venturella has served on the boards of three new church planting organizations and the North American Christian Convention Continuation Committee. He has been keynote speaker at national conventions and conferences including Christ in Youth summer conferences and urban mission trips. His work has taken him to Israel, the Philippines, Costa Rica, China and Korea. He holds the Masters of Arts degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology, Houston, Texas and is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Theology from Seoul Christian University, Seoul, Korea.