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: ROY WOOTEN
Roy began volunteering for The Crucible Project after his initial weekend experience in January, 2009. He served as the volunteer leader of The Crucible Project community in Houston for its first six years and has served in retreat leadership since 2014. Roy and his wife Devra are authors of the book The Secret to Lifetime Love and Life Together Forever couples retreats. He also authored Full Throttle Into Fatherhood and speaks at couples, family, mens, and pastors seminars and retreats across the US and internationally.
Roy earned his B.S. and M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University. He has served as a pastor, ministry executive, coach and counselor for nonprofits and churches. His body of work in Christian relationships was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from Grace Global Seminary in 2017. He and Devra have two married children and make their home in Houston, Texas.
woMENS programs & services Manager: Christen Burns
Christen completed her initial weekend in 2009. For a decade, she has facilitated soul work and leadership development, having staffed over 45 initiatory weekends. She is a Certified Shadow Work Seminars LLC. Trainer.
Christen is responsible for launching initial weekends, upholding group development and coaching, as well as expanding programs to further advance the mission.
Prior to The Crucible Project, she served as the Gold Group Director to our sister organization Women Revealed, providing ongoing coaching to strengthen facilitators. She previously held a position on their Board of Directors. Additionally, Christen built young adult ministries at a prominent large church in the midwest, strategically building communities from the ground up.
Christen is most passionate about her family, followed closely by her drive to make a significant impact on the world around her. Christen makes her home in the Boulder, Colorado area.
MENS programs & services Manager: bob locascio
Bob started as Manager of Programs & Services in the spring of 2016, going full time in 2017. He is responsible for overseeing all the programs and services The Crucible Project offers, including weekends, groups and coaching, as well as developing new programs to further advance the mission.
Prior to joining Crucible, Bob spent 30 years in various leadership roles in the wireless telecoms marketplace. He has also run a healing-growth life coaching practice since July of 2009. Bob did his initial Crucible weekend in Aug 2004, and was part of the first cohort through the Two-Year Program.
He is a Retreat Leader, having staffed over 100 weekends; a Group Leader, currently leading two groups; and a coach. Bob is married to Christine Colón, a professor at Wheaton College, and has an adult daughter.
Community Development Specialist: Terrance Foster
Terrance did his initial weekend in 2012, and jumped into staffing and leading weekends, specifically in the Urban community of Chicagoland. He’s staffed 16 weekends, including two in Kenya.
Working for 15 years in the corporate tech support world, Terrance left in 2014. Called to full-time ministry, he ran a mentoring/case management program at Lawndale Christian Legal Center. Moving to Lawndale Christian Community Church, Terrance had many responsibilities. From Technical Director to Youth Worker, he cultivated important relationships with House Covenant Church, Firehouse Community Arts Center, Mission Year, Chicago Semester, Illinois Department of Justice (IYC) and more.
During his time working with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Terrance completed a certificate in Christian Community Development from Northern Seminary. A workshop leader and certified facilitator, he has traveled to various states to train and open conversations in community development.
Married to his wife Jammie for 20 years, they have four children ranging from 13 to 19.Terrance loves hanging out with friends and family, and a variety of activities including hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, gaming and muscle cars.
OFFICE MANAGER: BRITTANY DUKE
Brittany became Office Manager of The Crucible Project in the summer of 2019. She is responsible for overseeing compliance with regulatory agencies and governing boards, personnel management, assists in design and implementation of policies and procedures, and other business services. Her background is diverse and includes experience in compliance, accounting, and business development and services in government, oil and gas and church organizations.
Brittany and her husband Keith live in Tomball, TX and are raising 3 children. Brittany completed her initial weekend in August 2019.
Ambassador: Chris Cleghorn
Chris joined our board in 2009 and served as Executive Director with responsibility for building and expanding The Crucible Project from March 2015 to May 2019. He ran day-to-day operations, providing strategic direction and adopting best practices in nonprofit management.
Chris previously led marketing and fundraising for Easter Seals’ national headquarters for 25 years. He also headed marketing and resource development for the International Fellowship of Christian Jews and Feed The Children. Having served on the boards for Outreach Community Ministries, Growthtrac Ministries and the regional board for his denomination (The Christian & Missionary Alliance), he also served in his local church. Chris did his initial Crucible Weekend in March, 2007, and has completed the Two-year Transformational program.
He lives in Wheaton, IL with his wife, Ruth.
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.
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.
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.
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.