Founder: Greg Huston
Greg Huston was inspired to form The Crucible Project in 2002. After completing a secular men’s weekend, he developed a desire to establish a ministry for Christian men. He wanted men to wrestle honestly with the issues of their heart so that they experience grace at a core level of their soul and become men, like Jesus, who live with purpose, passion and power. Under Greg’s 13 year leadership, more than 1,700 men from across the world experienced The Crucible Project’s life-changing work. Additionally, the ministry has expanded from its initial roots in the Chicagoland area to flourishing men’s communities in Texas, Colorado and Western Australia. Greg retired from active leadership of The Crucible Project in March, 2015. He continues to serve as a weekend leader.
Before founding this ministry, Greg served as a pastor for 17 years in several churches in Philadelphia and Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN and a master of arts in religion from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. Greg and his wife Toni run Dare to Soar, a Christian ministry devoted to couples and coaching.
Executive Director: Chris Cleghorn
Chris joined our board in 2009 and serves as Executive Director with responsibility for building and expanding The Crucible Project. He runs day-to-day operations, providing strategic direction and adopting best practices in non-profit management. Chris previously led marketing and fundraising for Easter Seals’ national headquarters for 25 years. He’s also headed marketing and resource development for the International Fellowship of Christian Jews and Feed The Children.
Chris has served on the boards for Outreach Community Ministries, Growthtrac Ministries and the regional board for his denomination, the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He has actively served in his church in Wheaton, IL for many years, including its Governing Board. Chris did his initial Crucible Weekend in March, 2007, and has completed the Two-year Transformational program.
Director of Operations: John Jackson
John became Director of Operations in the fall of 2016. He is responsible for overseeing operations, developing and refining ministry systems and infrastructure to provide support for the ever expanding global reach of The Crucible Project. His background in lead operations roles for Thomas Interior Systems and MagnetStreet, while both companies were experiencing growth and change, serves him well.
John and his wife served in various ministries teaching in China, working for a Christian school and serving missions organizations like The Evangelical Alliance Mission in communications. John did his initial Crucible weekend in August, 2010 and followed with the Two-year Transformational program.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman: Tim Hoeppner
Tim joined our board in January, 2015. He is a Convene Chair in Chicago where he connects, equips and inspires Christian CEOs and business owners to grow exceptional businesses and become higher impact leaders to honor God. Tim does this by providing coaching and by facilitating a peer-to-peer board that meets monthly to discuss their opportunities, challenges and faith integration in business.
For twenty-three years, Tim was a Managing Director in the investment department of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where he managed more than $1.5 billion of private equity real estate and energy investments. In that role, he sat on and provided strategic direction to more than fifty investment fund advisory boards. Prior to working for The MacArthur Foundation, Tim worked for Trammell Crow Company and Price Waterhouse, where he received his CPA license.
Tim and his wife, Melissa, sponsor scholars at their alma maters (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and are involved in advancing the Tanadala hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Mathare Children’s Fund working in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tim completed his initial weekend in March, 2009. He also has completed our Two-year Transformational Program. Since 2016, Tim has served as the Chairman of The Crucible Project Board of Directors.
Brian joined our board in January of 2015. He is CEO of Highland Solutions, a business software development firm, which he founded in 1999. Over his 35-year career he has focused on leading organizational, technological and cultural shifts in industry, business and ministry. Brian is developing provision models for bi-vocational ministers in small church settings. He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, California, and has completed theology studies at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.
He has actively served in his church in Long Grove, Illinois, as an elder and steering board member. Brian completed his initial weekend from another organization in 1999. He has staffed TCP weekends since 2012 and has completed our Two-year Transformational Program.
Paul joined our board January of 2017. He has been the Executive Pastor of Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado for the past ten years. He previously worked in the financial world in various roles and several years as a scientist in a generic pharmaceutical R&D lab.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Paul completed his initial Crucible Weekend in October, 2014.
Kenny joined our board in January of 2017. He is CEO of Cox Family Holdings, the parent company to small and medium sized businesses. Experiencing divorce, Kenny served as the Volunteer Director of the Divorce & Relational Recovery Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in Crystal Lake, where he continues to teach on recovery and transformation. Kenny is a graduate of The Crucible Project Two-year Transformational Program and the Spiritual Formation Program through the Transforming Center of Wheaton, IL.
Through his own family of origin traumas, he intentionally lives out his mission to help men seek meaning and healing for their lives so that they can unlock their unique purpose and legacy. Kenny completed his initial weekend in June of 2013 and developed his personal 2-year Transformational Program mission around Gospel Patronage.
Cezar joined the board in January of 2017. Cezar owns a wholesale company by the name of 1st Drive and has been doing business in West Texas for 12 years. He and his family reside in Odessa, Texas. He completed his initial Crucible weekend January of 2014 and is currently staffing weekends to further his growth.
Cezar is completing second level weekends to continue his own journey and life work. The Crucible Project contributes a monumental impact on his life. He is a father to 6 wonderful children, and is proudly supported by his wife who knows the importance of this work for the world’s men. He hopes one day to share this experience with his own sons.
Michel joined our board in January of 2015. He is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado. He previously worked in the technology sector for 30 years. Michel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Colorado in Boulder, as well as a master’s of divinity from Denver Seminary.
Michel is active in growing and strengthening our men’s communities in Colorado and Mexico. Michel completed his initial weekend in June, 2014.
Jimmy joined our board in December of 2015. He is the President of Linro Investments, Black Capp Management, Blue Capp Management and Silver Capp Management and is also the Vice President of Gold Capp Management in Midland, TX. His work in the auto and commercial real estate industries has kept him busy, Jimmy still finds the time to volunteer.
In addition to serving on this board, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Unlock Ministries in Midland. Jimmy completed his initial weekend in October, 2011. He has staffed over 30 weekends and is on the local Midland Leadership team.
Chris joined our board in January of 2017. He is the founder and president of Summit Integrated Systems, a leading Audio, Video and Lighting firm for the Church market. He is also an active volunteer at Flatirons Community Church where he serves on the finance team and helps with weekend production.
Chris and his wife, Donna, have been married for 19 years, and have 4 children. Chris completed his initial weekend in October 2015, and has staffed weekends in Colorado and Africa.
Scott joined our board in 2016. He is President of DRF Trusted Property Solutions, a faith-based organization specializing in property solutions for residential and commercial properties. Scott serves clients throughout Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Michigan.
He previously worked with McDonald’s Corporation in multiple operations roles and has a long entrepreneurial history.
In addition to his extensive charity work with groups like DuPage PADS, Habitat for Humanity and OrphaNetwork, Scott is a certified Crucial Conversations & Crucial Accountability trainer. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Lombard, IL with their 3 children. Scott completed his initial weekend in 2013.
Lawrence joined the board in January of 2018. He is the Senior Pastor of House of Faith in Markham, IL and will retire this spring from the US Railroad Retirement board, a Federal agency. Additionally, Lawrence is an experienced Financial Manager, Denominational leader and a court appointed mediator (trained by the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution). He graduated from Moody Bible Institute, continuing his education in counseling.
Lawrence’s initial weekend was in 2012, having staffed 12 weekends in addition to currently leading a soul group. He brings thoughtful perspectives in urban and suburban African American experience, strategy, communication and organizational development to the board.
He lives in Hazelcrest, IL with his wife Sylvia, and is the proud father of two adult sons and a 3 year old grandson.
Walter joined the board in January of 2018. He is the Director of Teen programming and outreach at Circle Urban Ministries, as well as the founder of Male Mogul Initiative, which focuses on leadership and entrepreneurial development for urban males from 14 to 19 years of age.
Walter completed his initial weekend in 2013 (Urban) and attended soul groups, also completing his Two Year program. He is exploring synergies with Crucible’s urban work and youth, and bring a life purpose of racial reconciliation. Walter resides in the South Loop of Chicago and is newly married.
Doug recently joined the board in January 2018. He brings a wealth of experience as a CPA and CFO and will be retiring this year. With a BAA in Accounting from Harding University and CPA from Arthur Anderson, Doug has served on a variety of boards, including York College, Kibo Ministries, American Cancer Society, giving guidance in areas of compliance.
Bringing his vast business experience to the Crucible board, Doug will help in financial oversight, organizational awareness, developing relationships with women’s programs & weekends, as well as expanding the Crucible experience to his region.
Doug resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife. He has an adult son and adopted grandkids. He also wants you to know that he’s an Enneagram 8.