“Few CEOs today have the creativity, the passion, and the energy to reach the 20-year mark in a single organization. Yet John Walling has continued to reinvent himself as president and CEO over a remarkable 40-year career at Christian Community Credit Union,” says John Pearson, board chairman for the San Dimas, Calif.-based institution.
Walling joined what was then the American Baptist Credit Union in 1972 as assistant manager. At the time, the $7 million asset credit union had one branch and 5,700 members who used passbooks to record their transactions.
Today, Christian Community has grown to more than $532 million in assets and serves more than 29,500 churches and ministries and their members in more than 100 countries.
In 1978, Walling was named general manager, and in 1984 the board of directors appointed him as president/CEO.
Walling currently serves as a board member of Payment Systems for Credit Unions, and is the treasurer of Christian Community’s board of directors.
“My 40 years have been an incredibly blessed experience in working with our outstanding staff and supportive and encouraging board of directors and supervisory committee,” Walling says. “. The Credit Union’s continued success is a collective effort of many people.”