Who I Am

My name is Christopher Marlin-Warfield.

I’m a pastor and a nonprofit development and communications professional. My passion, my mission, and my calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on serving people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

I am ordained in the United Church of Christ. I have been educated at Knox CollegeChicago Theological Seminary, and the Fundraising School at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. I used to be a Certified Fund Raising Executive (you can read about why I’m not one anymore here).

And I am absolutely committed to the charitable mission of the Christian Church.

Want to learn about charity, fundraising and communications, and my experiences as a pastor? Read my blog!

What I'm About

Radical Charity

Charity is love in action. I believe in charity’s power to both provide concrete help to people experiencing poverty and help others grow closer to God through their love of others. “Faith, hope, and charity abide,” writes Paul, “and the greatest of these is charity.”

Extravagant Hospitality

The church is called to welcome all people. That means more than being open to strangers. It means enthusiastically embracing people in all of their brokenness. No matter who you are, or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome.

Christian Community

All Christians are ministers by virtue of our baptism, and all of us have both the privilege and responsibility to serve our neighbors according to our gifts. All of us have a role to play in making this a world of greater justice and mercy.

My Experience

First Congregational United Church of Christ | DeWitt, Iowa | Pastor (2018 to Present)

Back Bay Mission | Biloxi, Mississippi | Church Relations Associate (2012 to 2018)

Northeast Ohio Medical University | Rootstown, Ohio | Coordinator, Annual Fund and Advancement Services (2011 to 2012); Specialist, Alumni and Development (2009 to 2011)

Chicago Theological Seminary | Chicago, Illinois | Special Assistant to the President (2008 to 2009); Interim Coordinator of Development Operations (2008); Development Assistant (2006 to 2008)

Consulting | Various | Churches United of the Quad City Area (2016 – 2018); Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities (2016); United Church of Christ, Congregational (Medina, Ohio) (2014)

My Education

The Fundraising School | Indianapolis, Indiana | Developing Major Gifts (2017); Developing Annual Sustainability (2016); Principles and Techniques of Fundraising (2011)

The Council for Health and Human Services Ministries | Cleveland, Ohio | Nollau Institute (2017)

Association of Fundraising Professionals | Columbus, Ohio | Fundamentals of Fundraising (2010)

Chicago Theological Seminary | Chicago, Illinois | M.Div. (2006)

Knox College | Galesburg, Illinois | B.A. (2000)

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