Today, we officially welcome Kendra VanderMeulen as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) in Atlanta, Georgia.
During her tenure as President of our Northwest office serving in Seattle and Portland for the past 15 years, Kendra has become one of the NCF network’s most highly respected and experienced veterans. Now, as she steps into her new role, she shares her unique perspective on some of the unprecedented opportunities that she believes God has placed in NCF’s path.
“We are at the very early stages of the greatest generational wealth transfer in the history of the world,” Kendra says. “Much of this transfer will be charitable, and the Lord is preparing NCF for this moment. At the same time, the Lord is bringing the Great Commission to a finale, as we near the time when Scripture will be available in every heart language and a witness or church will be planted in the last known people groups. Seeing these things come together in history is no accident, and we at NCF are called to extend our ability to serve at this moment.”
She is also eager to embark on NCF’s new strategic initiatives. “I have this overwhelming sense of urgency to move us forward,” Kendra explains. “I feel compelled to see NCF step forward into our role as a major convener in God’s generosity movement. God clearly called me and invited me into this work, and I’m humbly willing to help serve.”
Earlier in her career, Kendra led organizations with the size and complexity of NCF and has an extensive technical background as a veteran of the wireless telecommunications industry. She served as the Executive Vice-President, Mobile at InfoSpace and as the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Wireless Data Division of AT&T Wireless. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Marietta College and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Ohio State University, where she also received the Distinguished Alumna award in 1990 from the College of Engineering. She is the recipient of the 1999 Catherine B. Cleary award as the outstanding woman leader of AT&T.
Kendra is personally passionate about supporting her local church, initiatives that further the Great Commission, and causes that support orphans, widows, and the poor. She also has a strong affinity for classical Christian education and gives to provide resources for families who might not be able to afford a quality Christian education otherwise.
Please join in praying for Kendra and our entire network team of more than 30 offices across the country as we press into the high calling that God is preparing for us all.