Paul Battjes

Strategic Advisor, Development, MA, CFRE

Our entire family has a King’s connection: my wife, Joanna, is involved with the Master Teacher’s program in the Education Department; our sons Ben and Phil are recent grads, and Forrest, our youngest son, is in his third year of Environmental Studies.

I graduated from Calvin College in 1981 with a BA in Business. In 1984, I graduated from the University of Western Michigan with a Masters in Organizational Development. Looking back, having a Christ-centered, liberal arts education was foundational for my life and career.

After graduating from Calvin, I worked in their Advancement Office for 3 years, heading up their Annual Giving program. I then accepted a position at Kingston General Hospital, the teaching centre for Queen’s University Medical School in Ontario, working on major gift and planned giving programs.

We moved to Kamloops, B.C. in 1990, where I held the position of CEO, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation for 19 years. In 1991, I received my Certified Fund Raising Executive designation (CFRE).

At age 50, I felt the Lord was calling me to a more balanced life, with more involvement with Christian organizations, missions, family and the outdoors. We walked the Camino Trail in Spain (800 km) and did mission work in Peru. I also spend a good portion of my time climbing mountains. Five years, ago I began assisting The King’s University with strategic fund development. I was one of the visionaries behind the Leder School of Business and directed the funding initiative that raised over $12 million. I presently work part-time for King’s as a Strategic Advisor for the Promising Future initiative and continue to live in Cranbrook, B.C. We come to King’s campus in Edmonton every three months.