Plenary Speaker

Janet Stump, MA, CFRE

With 32 years of advancement experience, Jan Stump understands the power of an integrated approach to mission-driven budget/finance, strategic planning, and advancement in building sustainable and flourishing Christian schools. She has seventeen years of experience leading comprehensive school development programs. For fourteen years, Jan served the Association of Christian Schools International as the Director of Development and Public Relations, consulting with hundreds of schools in the area of mission advancement, marketing, board governance, and strategic planning. She became the first executive director of the ACSI Education Foundation, whose mission is to promote strategic growth, influence, and effectiveness of Christian education worldwide—a position she held for five years. Most recently, she was the Director of Development for the Colossian Forum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jan is the Principal, Owner at Upstream Advancement, Pursuing Purpose with Passion.
Her services include preparing, planning and implementing plans for mission-driven advancement, admissions and communication. She holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Alaska and continuous certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2001.

The Transformational “Why” of Christian Schooling in Perplexing & Promising Times

Often the school’s mission seems only addressed to the instructional function of the school, but educational excellence is inextricably linked to administration, finance and development, which drive the long-term sustainability of the Christian school.  What is the role of Christian schooling in discipling and educating the next generation of Christ followers? What are practical ways in which operational school sectors—strategic planning, budget and finance, and admissions and development—integrate common vision, passion, and practices to promote and support the school’s mission?

Shape your School and Fulfill your Purpose through your Recruitment, Enrollment and Retention Process

A mission-driven admissions policy and process—from marketing to enrollment to retention—is a  powerful foundation to achieve your school’s mission and vision. In addition, the integrated efforts of strategic planning, budgeting, tuition setting, and financial policies and practices set the stage for a God honouring fund development program, inviting individuals into the life of a vibrant educational community through an investment of time, talent and treasure. How can schools intentionally draw and retain students and families who will grow and flourish within your community?

Achieving Thrivability by Harnessing the Power of your Team

Every school—whatever the size—can move from year-to-year survival to flourishing.  What are the fundamental assumptions underpinning fundraising within Christian schools? How can administration, finance, and development become a high-functioning team that connects the school’s mission to faithful stewardship of both relationships and God’s resources, cultivating a robust resource base for future missional growth and effectiveness? How do schools nurture this transformational endeavour through deliberate practice, persistent planning, and inspired communication?

Breakout Session Leaders

Cathy Kits, Director of Development

When it came time to make a decision for her childrens’ education, Cathy found herself captivated by the possibility of integrating faith and learning. She soon found herself immersed in and enveloped by the Christian school community in Langley. More importantly, she was transformed into a passionate believer in Christian education.

This led to 15 years of service as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School; years of great learning and stretching, growing the Development program from infancy to young adulthood. During this time she presented at conferences on all things related to development work in Christian schools and provided consultant services for SCSBC and Endeavour (Australia).

In 2015 Cathy joined the team at SCSBC as the Director of Development where she is responsible for providing resources and leadership to Christian schools in their development initiatives as they seek to grow enrolment, build strong community, develop fundraising strategies, engage in capital campaigns and strive to maintain long term financial sustainability. She thrives on the synergy of professionals working collaboratively to turn challenges into opportunities.

Tracey Yan, Director of Finance

Tracey brings a varied background of experience to her role with SCSBC schools – as a former student, a parent, a board treasurer, and a school business manager – which helps her consider issues from different perspectives and serves as a testament to her long standing commitment to Christian education.

Tracey began her career in a large public accounting firm, specializing in audits of not-for-profit organizations, local government and public utilities.  While taking some time off to raise children, she continued to serve on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations, including John Knox Christian School in Burnaby.  That involvement led to her taking on the role of Business Manager at John Knox in 2014.

As SCSBC’s Director of Finance, Tracey’s responsibilities include consulting with schools on financial management issues, producing benchmarking reports for member schools, administering financial health reviews, providing support for the SCSBC School Budget Template and support and review of the SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts, and facilitating conferences and discussion groups for school business personnel.

Special Guests

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from one of the following organizations during lunch on Tuesday.

Tony Kamphuis

Tony believes that Christian education is a powerful force that can influence our culture for Christ. After thirty-three years of experience in Christian education as a teacher, administrator, and now as the Christian School Foundation (Canada)’s President & CEO, he is keen to see the Foundation serve Christian schools by helping them thrive into the future, even as it serves donors by empowering them to make a real difference for God’s Kingdom. Tony received his BA from Calvin College, his MA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and holds a Christian School Teachers Certificate as well as an Ontario Teaching Certificate.


Howard Van Mersbergen

Howard is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. Howard’s responsibilities include working with the Canada and US Employee Benefit Trustee boards in providing health and retirement programs for CSI member schools. He is involved with the design, administration and communication of the plans and the investment of plan assets. A graduate of Dordt College he holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.


Todd Schilthuis

Todd is the Pension and Insurance Account Manager at Christian Schools International. Todd’s responsibilities include working with our schools in Canada and the US who are interested in adding CSI employee benefits and with schools who have their existing benefits through CSI. He is involved with the marketing, customer service, and communication aspects of the benefit plans that CSI offers. A graduate of Calvin College he holds certification as a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.


Dave Broughton

Serving CSS in Western Canada, Dave has been advising clients since he joined the team in 2010. His background and years of experience in reviewing matters related to estate planning and retirement within the insurance field benefits the clients of CSS. He has also completed the required courses for the Certified Financial Planning designation. Dave has enjoyed volunteering at his local Christian school in Duncan, BC to advance Christian education through development initiatives.



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3:00 – 6:00 

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Breakfast & Opening



Plenary 1      


Breakout workshop


Plenary 2

Breakout workshop

Optional activities* 


Free time to enjoy the hot springs, network, etc…..

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Plenary 3


Breakout workshop




*Optional Activities

Earthwise Society Farm – Guided tour – 6031 Golf Road, Agassiz (6 minute drive)

The Earthwise Farm is part of a community based agricultural movement that is revolutionizing our food system. Its certified organic farm models small scale agriculture for urban edge communities, and works to re-establish personal connections with the land where our food is grown. Through its volunteer and education programs the society is cultivating a new generation of farmers.  http://www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca/

The Farm House Natural Cheeses – self-guided tour, cheese samples & local products in the store. 5634 McCallum Road, Agassiz (10 minute drive)http://www.farmhousecheeses.com/

Harrison Heritage Walk – 5km, approx. 1.5 hours – self-guided, map available – Take an easy walk back through time, past historical buildings and landmark moments in Harrison Hot Springs history. Be sure to stop for some locally roasted coffee at the Muddy Waters Café.