The Christian Church Leadership Foundation

Since early October 2019, the Trustees and Employees of Central Christian College of the Bible led by President David Fincher, have been working to establish legal authority, hire professional personnel, and identify financial resources to continue the legacy of ministry education in Cincinnati after the closure of Cincinnati Christian University (CCU). These efforts resulted in CCCB establishing the Christian Church Leadership Foundation(CCLF) on December 12, 2019, as an Ohio LLC.  Dr. Fincher serves as the CCLF’s President, with seven CCLF trustees to oversee its formation and finances.  CCCB provides a management contract with CCLF to maintain and operate three unincorporated ministry enterprises during the final days of CCU:  the Christian Church Leadership Network (formerly the Center for Church Leadership), the Russell School of Ministry, and the George Mark Elliott Library collection. These three entities were chosen to serve the ongoing leadership needs of Christian churches.
  • The CCL Network supports current Christian church leaders to help them thrive in ministry.
  • Russell School of Ministry produces future Christian church leaders of congregations.
  • The Library preserves and honors the Christian church stories and doctrines of past leaders.
CCCB is bringing these three entities into the CCLF to facilitate their immediate survival and ongoing work.  This allows CCCB to both operate these ministry enterprises and establish a collaborative model that will benefit other participating Christian church colleges and universities.  At the same time, CCCB is also seeking necessary approvals to start an extension campus in the Cincinnati region to work closely with the CCLF entities. The Christian Church Leadership Foundation educates current & future church leaders in theories, practices, and doctrines that contribute to healthy, effective, and relevant ministry.

Three ministry enterprises work together to support the Foundation’s mission:

David Fincher


Dr. David Fincher has been involved with Christian church higher education since 1989, as a student, a faculty member, and administrator. He leads the Christian Church Leadership Foundation to continue the legacy of ministry education in Cincinnati.

Jeffrey Derico

executive vp

Dr. Jeffrey Derico has served full-time in the local church and Christian higher education, and in the nonprofit world as a board member. He is now working with the Christian Church Leadership Foundation team as Executive Vice President.

Shawn McMullen


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Please give now

Congregations, families, and alumni are needed to provide financial support that will continue the legacy of ministry education in Cincinnati.  You can use the form below to make a one-time or monthly gift for the Christian Church Leadership Foundation in Cincinnati.  


Checks made payable to CCLF can be mailed to this address.

CCL Foundation
PO Box 14208
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250

You can leave the memo section blank to support the entire operation.  You can also designate your funds to support the CCLNetwork, Library, or RSM.  

If you choose to give online using the form below, simply choose the fund that matches your preference.  For now, your receipt will come from Central Christian College of the Bible, but your gift will be used to support the work of ministry education in Cincinnati.

  • CCCB (supporting Central’s Cincinnati extension site)
  • CCL Foundation (supporting the entire Cincinnati operation)
  • CCL Network (supporting the church leadership services)
  • Library (supporting the George Mark Elliott Library)
  • RSM (supporting the Russell School of Ministry)