John Cress, D.Min

John Cress has experience in religious, educational, healthcare, and other nonprofit organizations through a distinguished career in leadership, teaching, fundraising, and consulting. As a hospital development officer, college vice president, campus chaplain, pastor, adjunct professor, and board founder and officer, he has cultivated essential listening skills and expertise in helping people clarify their core values and fulfill their most important aspirations and objectives. These qualities and his proficiency in nonprofit capacity building and sustainability enable him to serve his nonprofit and charitable estate planning clients well in collaboration with the professional team members of Thompson & Associates.

John is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla, Washington—one of the West Coast’s 25 largest clubs.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Don Sherwood Fellow, and a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.  Also a graduate of Leadership Walla Walla, John was honored to receive Walla Walla University’s Community Service Award in recognition of his extensive community engagement.

Using his expertise in project creation, capital campaigns, communications, and fundraising, John helped build Walla Walla University’s international volunteer scholarship and operational funds to promote student engagement in service learning abroad and led campaigns and promotions for high-impact capital projects.

As one who believes that humans are hardwired for story and live their lives in and through their individual and interconnecting narratives, Dr. Cress is a deeply curious student and enthusiastic gatherer and communicator of life-transforming stories.

John and his spouse, Pamela Keele Cress, Ph.D., a university administrator and bereavement scholar and practitioner, share a passion for excellence in leadership, relationship building, and community service.  Walla Walla, Washington has been their home for more than three decades.  Pam and John have two daughters—one who is a publications editor and a the other a hospital chaplain--and three delightfully-lively grandchildren.  They enjoy traveling, reading, laughing out loud, storytelling, community connections, and spending time with family and friends.

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