Episode 16: Tami Heim, President and CEO, Christian Leadership Alliance

Episode Information

There’s a fair bit of talk about Business as Ministry these days, and that’s a valuable perspective. It’s one Tami Heim shares, but she and her organization also flip the conversation to embrace ministry as business. In other words, as much as one’s business should be an effective ministry, one’s ministry should also be a viable and well managed according to best business practices. In this insightful interview Tami discusses how this is happening with businesses and ministries around the world.

Tami Heim is the President and CEO of the Christian Leadership Alliance, which is an alliance of Christian leaders who represent over 1,200 nonprofit ministries, churches, educational institutions and businesses. You can find out more about the work Tami and her team are doing at christianleadershipalliance.org.

Her professional career includes executive leadership experience in the technology, marketing, publishing and retail industries. She has served as a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc.  After graduating from Purdue University, she entered the management-training program at Federated Department Stores and continued to serve in various leadership roles until she left in 1996. At the time of her departure, she was responsible for the operations of both the LAZARUS and Goldsmith’s chains.

Tami was certified in for-profit board governance through The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her nonprofit board experience includes serving on the boards of EQUIP, Lead Like Jesus, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Growing Leaders. Christianity Today, and Christian Leadership Alliance. She completed the Christian Credentialed Nonprofit Leader (CCNL) program in 2013 and now facilitates the online CCNL-Leadership Course for the Alliance.

Tami and her husband, Dale, are actively involved in ministry at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Since 2010, they have been leading mission teams to Haiti to love and disciple orphans. They also serve and lead in a variety of other ministries through their church.