CCFA recommends candidate for Conference CFO/Treasurer

October 08, 2020

The New England Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) has completed its search process and is recommending John Cardillo for the position of CFO/Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services.

Cardillo brings extensive financial leadership experience within the denomination, having served as the Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services in the Greater New Jersey Conference for 14 years. He also brings experience with other non-profits including ARC, an advocacy group for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Catholic Charities of New Jersey.

The CCFA voted unanimously to present Cardillo to the Annual Conference for approval at the session on Oct. 17, 2020. If approved, Cardillo will start in his new position on Nov. 9, 2020. 

“We believe that John is the very best fit for this position; he brings an outstanding skill set to this critical role in the life of our Conference at a time when the environment of church management and finances is ever-challenging and ever-changing,” said Rev. Nancy Bischoff, vice president of CCFA and chair of the search committee. “We believe his skills will allow us to continue to build upon the solid foundation of leadership and accountability put in place by our previous Treasurer/DAS, Bill Burnside.”

In Greater NJ, Cardillo’s portfolio included property management, investments, personnel and benefits, property insurance and health insurance, including leading the Conference through its transition to HealthFlex. 

He also brings a focus on building relationships with key constituents such as Camping and Retreat Ministries, Trustees, and the Board of Pensions. Those providing references for Cardillo affirmed his ability to work collaboratively and supportively with local church leaders both lay and clergy.

CCFA took the selection process very seriously. A diverse search committee representing key stakeholder groups in the Conference was formed under the leadership of Rev. Bischoff. 

The committee worked directly with General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). GCFA guided the search process from beginning to end, assisting with job posting (see posting sites) and the interview process.

GCFA personnel conducted the initial telephone interviews that screened 20 of the initial 25 applicants. From that diverse pool, three candidates were moved on to the Search Committee for virtual interviews. 

Once Cardillo had been selected as the final candidate, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, who led the Greater NJ Conference from 2004-2012, recused himself from the final interview. Cardillo interviewed with a team that included a representative from GCFA, Rev. Bischoff, Rev. Ralph Howe, CCFA president, and Clare Chapman, in-coming co-chair of the Personnel Committee. This team then brought Cardillo’s name to the full CCFA for approval. 
 
Bishop Devadhar responded to CCFA’s decision, saying, "I praise our Creator God in and through the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ using the words of the Psalmist ‘Bless the LORD O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits’ (Psalm 103: 1,2).”

“John is a visionary, missionary, teacher, and professional who also takes fiscal and administrative ministry as a vocation, in the spirit of Servanthood of Jesus Christ, loving all the people of God, clergy and laity alike,” the bishop said. “He is passionate about including everyone at the table. I am excited about the decision of the search committee and the CCFA and truly believe he will be a blessing to our Conference. I want to wish John, his wife, Terry, and their family God's blessings.” 
 
“I know I can speak for the entire CCFA when I say we are most excited about the leadership and abilities that John will bring to the New England Conference,” Rev. Bischoff said. “We are grateful for the interest in this position and pray God’s deepest blessings upon the Annual Conference at this time of transition.”

Search Committee

Chair Nancy Bischoff, vice chair CCFA
David Calhoun, Seacoast District Superintendent
Erica Robinson-Johnson, Director of Connectional Ministries/Assistant to the Bishop
Debbie Gagnon, Human Resources Manager
David Jackson, lay pastor, Glendale UMC in Everett, MA 
LaVergne Randolph, member CCFA investment committee; liaison to the NEAC Trustees
Wes Palmer, executive director, Preachers’ Aid Society; member of the NEAC Board of Pensions
Jackie Trotter-Dove, retired local pastor; Personnel Committee member