I’m Christopher Marlin-Warfield.

I believe in the power of charitable giving to change lives: the lives of the people who have wealth and the lives of people in need. My passion, calling, and ministry is centered on helping people come together to do good through the charitable giving of time, talent, and treasure.

my experience

I’ve been a development and communications professional since 2006, when I began working at Chicago Theological Seminary. After my time at the Seminary, I worked at Northeast Ohio Medical University, where I managed the annual fund and advancement services. Since 2012, I’ve served as Church Relations Associate at Back Bay Mission, managing fundraising and communications between the Mission and its constituents in the United Church of Christ. I also consult occasionally.

In my free time, I volunteer with a variety of organizations and expressions of the United Church of Christ. In these roles, I’ve designed and created websites, implemented social media strategies, and worked with teams on fundraising and stewardship.

I hold a bachelor of arts from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where I majored in philosophy with a focus on religion, ethics, and social philosophy. I also hold a master of divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2015, I became a Certified Fund Raising Executive. In 2016, I was ordained to Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ. My current academic interests are focused on the theology, philosophy, and history of charity.



Back Bay Mission (2012 - present)

Church Relations Associate (2012 – present)

Develop and strengthen relationships within the United Church of Christ at the congregational, Association, Conference, and National levels. Manage all press relations with and grant solicitations to United Church of Christ constituents.

Provide leadership in worship services, including preaching, in congregations throughout the United Church of Christ. Provide workshops and presentations on social justice issues in congregations and at United Church of Christ events such as General Synod.

Spearhead the Mission’s thought leadership in areas related to its values, including the Mission’s response to Mississippi’s HB 1523: The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.

Develop and manage direct mail communications including solicitations, gift acknowledgements, brochures, and annual reports; and electronic communications including e-newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Designed, implemented, and maintained a new website. Increased constituent engagement across all channels.

Raised more than $1.9 million for the Mission from August 2012 through the third quarter of 2016, including the first increase in annual giving since 2010 (in 2012), the first increase in annual giving sustained over multiple years since 2006 (in 2013), and the two largest single gifts from living families (in 2015 and 2016).

Biloxi, Mississippi | thebackbaymission.org

Northeast Ohio Medical University (2009 - 2012)

Coordinator, Annual Fund and Advancement Services (2011 – 2012); Specialist, Alumni and Development (2009 – 2011)

Developed and executed a comprehensive annual fund plan, including direct mail, student-to-alumni phone solicitation, e-fundraising, and special events.

Personally identified, cultivated, and solicited mid-level donors.

Worked with major gift officers to build and strengthen the University’s major gifts program, including identifying and assigning prospects.

Managed development communications, including the University’s first e-newsletter and the development and alumni portions of the University website.

Raised more than $502,000 in annual gifts for the University from fiscal 2011 through the third quarter of fiscal 2012, including the first increase in annual giving since 2008.

Rootstown, Ohio | neomed.edu

Chicago Theological Seminary (2006 - 2009)

Special Assistant to the President (2008 – 2009); Interim Coordinator of Development Operations (2008); Development Assistant (2006 – 2008)

Provided a consistent presence during a time of rapid staff changes, including three Vice Presidents of External Affairs and two Presidents of the Seminary.

Designed and wrote for print and digital media vehicles, including feature articles for the alumni magazine (specifically around the sensitive issue of the sale of the Seminary’s historic campus), the Seminary blog, and the Seminary website. Implemented online merchandising, donations, and event registration.

Spearheaded efforts to engage non-traditional constituents who shared the Seminary’s values.

Managed the Seminary’s development database and assisted staff in navigating a database transition.

Chicago, Illinois | ctschicago.edu



United Church of Christ, Congregational (2014)

Provided training, advice, and other support for a successful $1.6 million capital campaign.

Medina, Ohio | uccmedina.org



Quad Cities Interfaith (2016 - present)

Fundraising Taskforce (2016 – present)

Davenport, Iowa | qcinterfaith.org

Church of Peace, United Church of Christ (2014 - present)

Stewardship Committee (2014 – present)

Beyond Cool Task Force (2014 – 2015)

Rock Island, Illinois | churchofpeaceucc.org

United Church of Christ, Congregational (2009 - 2012)

Endowment Committee (2011 – 2012)

Lay Preacher (2009 – 2012)

Stewardship Committee (2009 – 2012)

Website Committee (2009 – 2012)

Medina, Ohio | uccmedina.org



The Fundraising School (Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis)

Developing Annual Sustainability (2016)

Principles and Techniques of Fundraising (2011)

Indianapolis, Indiana | philanthropy.iupui.edu/the-fund-raising-school

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Fundamentals of Fundraising (2010)


Chicago Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity (2006)

Internships (through the Center for Community Transformation): Juvenile Justice Diversion Project, Near Northwest Neighborhood Network, Primera Iglesia Congregacional

Clinical Pastoral Education: Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, Illinois | ctschicago.edu

Knox College

Bachelor of Arts (2000)

Galesburg, Illinois | knox.edu

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Certifications and Endorsements

United Church of Christ

Ordained (2016 – present)


CFRE International

Certified Fundraising Executive (2015 – present)



Davenport, IA

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