ABOUT Church Training Center

Mission: To equip and empower church leaders to be effective in areas of governance, mission, budgeting, finance, and administration.

We provide consulting, coaching, and training for church leaders, focused specifically on council leadership, strategic planning, budgeting for mission, financial oversight and healthy administration that supports effective ministry.

Meet The Team

Keith is known for a positive approach to any situation and the ability to listen to every viewpoint in a room and bring people to a common understanding.  He enjoys teaching, training, and coaching.  Keith has served the church as a judicatory leader for over eight years with responsibilities for finance, administration and communications, along with working with congregations in crisis.  He has served several nonprofit boards and is passionate about helping congregations do finance right.

He is a Certified Public Bookkeeper, a Certified QuickBooks Advisor, and has a M.A. in Ministry, Leadership & Service from Claremont School of Theology.  His undergraduate work was focused on Business Administrations and Church Ministries at Simpson University.    He is a Commissioned Minister for Finance, Administration & Communication.

Zulima is a joyful, caring spirit who both love people and working with details. She was the first woman in Colombia to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores, 2005). She received her Master’s Degree in Senior Management from University Militar Nueva Granada. She has been certified in Supply Chain Management, Human Resources Management, Negotiation, Training High Performance Teams, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. She has worked as a Production Supervisor, Production Planner and Master Scheduler for a multinational corporation based out of Colombia and a Fortune Top 100 Company here in the United States.

As a volunteer in her church and community, she has taught personal finance, business accounting, and basic business management to entrepreneurs, helping them understand government regulations and best practices.

Zulima is passionate about improving processes and making the work of teams easier. Her skills in engineering, analysis, production and process management; along with her authentic compassion, positive outlook and genuine desire to serve people enable her to guide teams to more effective and productive activity. She is often called upon to train and teach production, process improvement, safety and new process. She quickly assesses performance and guides groups towards their potential, improving process, morale and productivity.

“Our session yesterday was all I had hoped for and more.  Thank you so much for your patience and ability to track with my many interruptions with such ease, giving me the answers I needed (or felt I needed).  You can see the bigger picture and know where to steer the conversation without letting my questions derail your course.   That’s amazing, I think.  And rare.”

Judy Mahoney, Treasurer, Fellowship Baptist Church

Keith is an experienced, visionary leader. He has the uncanny capacity to translate mission into strategy, keep track of details without losing sight of the big picture and build consensus. Keith has been a trusted counselor in the area of mission, finances, and organizational systems. He is passionate about what he does. He has been instrumental in developing a new working model for our board of directors. I know few people who have a better understanding finances and their integration of the overall mission of an organization. I highly recommend him to any organization. I base this recommendation on his intelligence, experience, knowledge, commitment, integrity, and honesty.

Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, CEO and Conference Minister, United Church of Christ in Southern California and Nevada

Whenever our church has questions regarding how to better manage our finances, establish financial procedures, or develop our vision for responsible stewardship, Keith is our go-to consultant. We are eternally grateful for the expertise that Keith brought when we went through a staff transition and were without a bookkeeper for 6 weeks. Keith literally kept us afloat by coaching us on how to deposit all our checks for income and write checks to pay our bills. If you are reading this because you know that your organization needs help with its finances, don’t hesitate- call Keith and move from uncertainty to clarity!

Rev. Samuel Pullen, Pastor, Community Congregational United Church of Christ

Keith has proven his extensive expertise in the Financial Control and Procedures Auditing of our financial records. He then helped us “Spring Clean” our accounting procedures by updating our accounting software to QuickBooks in order to present clear and concise financial reporting to the Board of Directors. Keith is an “answer to prayer” and an asset to Harbor Christian Church.

Cindy Barr, Treasurer, Harbor Christian Church

“Keith brought knowledge, experience, and a lot of heart which resulted in a clearer understanding and unified approach to UCCLM’s financial policies and procedures. With his ability to speak so others could hear transformation resulted. What a blessing! What a gift!”

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth, Transitional Minister, United Church of Christ of La Mesa

Keith helped us to identify the questions we needed to ask and helped us establish a sense of direction with developing structures and procedures needed for an efficient ministry.

Rev. Bob Wallace, Interim Minister, First Baptist Church of Glendale

Keith is clear, concise and transparent. In just 3 months he has helped our church reimagine what fiscal fitness and stewardship looks like in a 21st century context. Keith effortlessly weaves business acumen with the witness of scripture and has been proven to be just what we needed at this stage of ministry.

Rev. Edward Anderson, Senior Minister, McCarty Memorial Christian Church

I am pleased to recommend Keith as a compassionate, competent and inspirational leader. As an ecumenIcal colleague, I have had the privilege of witnessing Keith’s in strategic planning, financial leadership, and board participation. He is careful, thoughtful, collegial, and talented. He would be an asset to any non-profit organization

Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, President, Bethany College

Keith is a skilled administrator, a compassionate spiritual leader, and a wise church consultant regarding change management, transitional leadership, motivation and training of laity, and (of course) business administration.

Rev. Mary Scifres, Interim Minister and Leadership Consultant, United Methodist Church

Keith is a creative and energetic manager who stays on top of current activities while reading and exploring other resources to plan for the future. He’s proactive and is a good communicator.

Dave Coatsworth, Director of Fundrasing & Board Development, University of Arizona

When Keith commits to an assignment, he brings enthusiasm, dedication and an eagerness to learn that are an inspiration to those privileged to work with him. He enjoys the people he serves and responds positively to challenges. I appreciate all these qualities and would recommend him without hesitation.

Rev. Donald Smith, Presbyterian Church USA