Online TrainingDuring this unprecedented time globally, Prison Fellowship International has been exploring new ways to serve the association. We are now excited to introduce a series of live online trainings specifically for PF National Ministries, to take place between June and August 2020. Training Schedule
Paul Edwards is Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Gordon College, a Christian liberal arts college located on Boston’s North Shore. Prior to Gordon, Paul served as Senior Counsel for Wycliffe Bible Translators USA. In this capacity Paul led the planning and successful implementation of the Last Languages Campaign, a ten-year $2 billion drive to fund the start of the world’s remaining Bible translations.
Since 1991, Paul has served as a consultant and motivational speaker for nonprofit staff and boards. He has led seminars on the techniques of large gift solicitation and provided specialized skills training for the staff and leadership of 90 US and international nonprofits including University of Pennsylvania, American Bible Society, Young Life, and Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Paul has designed and delivered specialized training programs for organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mission American Coalition, and the Christian Leadership Alliance. In 2005 and in collaboration with the Maclellan Foundation, Overseas Council and Triaxia Partners, Paul developed and delivered fundraising training in Beijing and Shanghai for the China Non-Profit Organization Network and the Chinese Ministry of Culture.
Paul worked for eleven years at Stanford in both university and medical center development. In addition to raising major gifts, he designed and implemented all volunteer and staff fundraising training programs for the first five-year, billion dollar campaign undertaken by a private university. In 1990, in partnership with the Russ Reid Company, Paul trained the staff and volunteer leadership for seven U.S. university capital campaigns with combined goals totaling $15.4 billion. Paul joined Prison Fellowship Ministries as Senior Vice President in 1991 to run a $35 million major gifts campaign. In 1995, Paul joined Promise Keepers to lead the PR, development, and marketing drive for “Stand in the Gap,” an event attended by over one million men — the largest religious gathering in US history. He served 3 years as CEO for Hawaiian Islands Ministries, an organization committed to strengthening churches and pastors in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Paul’s for-profit experience includes 3 years as VP for new business development for Reebok CCS Fitness, a subsidiary of Reebok International.
An accomplished singer and actor, Paul has performed in over 30 theatrical productions. Not surprisingly, his three children have embarked on performing arts careers. He has a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He’s delighted to be married 40 years and is “dad” to a standard poodle and a Bouvier de Flandres.