Catholic Leadership Institute is blessed to welcome Terry Poplava to the team as Vice-President of Ministry Development and Client Services. Terry joined the team on January 2nd and will lead the organization in overseeing ministry development efforts and fulfillment services.
Terry Poplava joined Catholic Leadership Institute from Our Sunday Visitor where he most recently served as Executive Director of Product Development. While at OSV he led marketing, sales, product management and customer service organizations, including parish resources for operational health, publications including books and periodicals, and religion curriculum. Prior to OSV, Terry served as the Director for the Catholic market at ACS Technologies (PDS), as Director of e-business and value innovation at Sonoco Products Company (packaging) and in sales, development and engineering roles for IBM Corporation.
Terry has worked with dioceses and parishes across the United States to their efforts to strengthen parishes and engage and evangelize parishioners. He has presented nationally at numerous diocesan events, the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders, the Mid-Atlantic Conference and for the International Catholic Stewardship Conference. Topics have included presentations and workshops on best practices to build an engaged parish community, “Engagement as a foundation for a journey to Discipleship”, and “Forming a Thriving Parish”.
He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in English at the University of Notre Dame, and an M.B.A. from Clemson University.
Terry and his wife Sharman reside in Hartsville, SC with their most patient dog Dugan. He is Chairman of the Finance Committee, music minister, part time organist and lector at St. Mary the Virgin Mother church in Hartsville, SC. He is a member of a singing group called the Hartsville Chamber Ensemble, and also past President of the Board of the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association.
Please join is in welcoming Terry to the team!
“I am grateful to join the team at Catholic Leadership Institute and have long admired the work that Catholic Leadership Institute has been doing for our Church leaders. I felt called to be a part of the Catholic Leadership Institute mission, especially when I learned about the strategic focus on consulting and coaching for dioceses, the Disciple Maker Index and the vision for the Next Generation Parish. Catholic Leadership Institute is truly accompanying dioceses and parishes in their efforts to move from maintenance to mission and to form missionary disciples. It is a blessing to be a part of an organization who is devoted to supporting leadership in our Church.”
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