Governance and Accountability of Christians for The Mountains (CFTM)
Christians For The Mountains is a Christian advocacy and outreach ministry.
Christians For The Mountains has 501(c)3 nonprofit tax exempt status as a project of World Stewardship Institute. PO Box 7348, Santa Rosa, California 95407. Contact Person is Fred Krueger. Telephone 707-573-3161. FEIN 77-0422218. The website is ecostewards.org/ CFTM has a seat on the Board of Directors. World Steward Institute including its projects such as CFTM has an annual audit review.
A Steering Committee oversees the projects, operations, and finances of CFTM. All incoming funds are sent to our Treasurer, Dr. Bob Marshall, who deposits funds into a bank account. Expenditures are receipted and mailed to the treasurer in monthly reports by the Coordinator (Allen Johnson). The Coordinator also mails in hours worked (now volunteer), along with a monthly report (emailed to other Steering Committee members. Conference calls are held when needed.
The Coordinator (Allen Johnson) handles most correspondence, project implementation, and supportiveness and coordination with other persons and groups.
Anyone who provides financial support or purposeful prayer and encouragement support is considered a member of CFTM. CFTM is Christian. That is, we seek to follow Jesus. However, we do not impose any test of belief upon those who wish to join with us in any capacity of our mission and projects.
OUR STEERING COMMITTEE
Janet Keating has served on the CFTM Steering Committee since our founding in 2005. Janet is well-respected for her leadership in developing Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC). During those 24 years, the last 9 as Executive Director, she was nationally recognized for the organization’s effectiveness and strong collaboration with other groups.
Janet gives CFTM her wise counsel, cheerful encouragement, and gratitude. She is now retired from OVEC, enjoying her life-long birdwatching hobby, and enjoying life on a small farm in Mason County, WV. She has a married daughter and grandchildren that give her great joy.
Pat Hudson was a co-founder and Executive Director of the Lindquist Environmental Appalachian Fellowship (LEAF) that offered Tennessee churches free Creation Care materials including DVD’s (like CFTM’s Mountain Mourning) and books that highlight the ongoing environmental destruction caused by this practice, but also present positive ways Christians can respond to the crisis. LEAF introduced the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act into the Tennessee Legislature, calling for a ban on mountaintop mining in the state.
Pat Hudson contributes her experienced knowledge, encouragement, and creative ideas. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband.
Robert Russo is our newest Steering Committee member. However, he is far from being new to CFTM. For many years he was CFTM’s pastoral support and outreach worker. He has a remarkable gift to connect with a wide spectrum of people.
As a student at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, he was a cofounder of Mountain Justice, where he picked up the nickname, “Sage.” Later, he received an MDiv from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Robert is married to Jessica Nixon. They enjoy parenting their three active sons on a small homestead near Weaverville, NC. Robert works in social services, does part-time carpentry, and is in pastoral leadership in his church congregation.
Bob Marshall is co-founder, original Steering Committee member, and Treasurer of Christians For The Mountains. He brings to us kindness, thoughtfulness, and cheerful helpfulness.
Bob has been involved in Christian creation stewardship advocacy for many decades. He continues his long-term service as Treasurer of the WV Highlands Conservancy.
Bob is a respected veterinarian in the Charleston, WV area. His wife Beth and he enjoy endurance horse riding. They live on a farm in Jackson County, WV.
Allen Johnson co-founded CFTM in May 2005. During the next several years, Johnson served on the Steering Committee as a volunteer Coordinator. Johnson oversaw the development of the Mountain Mourning DVD, put together the early correspondence and outreach, and reached out regionally and nationally to develop partnerships with religious and secular environmental organizations.
Johnson also develops the website and is editor of our Mountain Vision newspaper. In 2012 the Steering Committee contracted with Johnson as a paid Coordinator in a full-time capacity, but in recent years Johnson volunteers his time as Coordinator.