About the President

Bob Lonac is the President and CEO of CRISTA Ministries, and brings both years of top-level leadership and a marvelous heart for ministry, to his position. He oversees CRISTA’s worldwide ministry that serves in the areas of Media, International Relief and Development, Education, and Senior Living.  With a heart to serve, CRISTA reaches 8 million people annually and sees many lives transformed.

Prior to his current position, Bob served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of International Justice Mission. He helped build one of the fastest growing NGO’s serving the victims of oppression around the world. Bob promoted and encouraged organization staff and volunteers through extensive travels to the developing countries in which they served. He also focused comprehensively on the development of both human and financial resources to see the work advanced.

From 1967 to 2000, Bob worked in various capacities in Young Life, with his last five years there as the Senior Vice President for the Western Division Field Operations. He focused on developing leadership and organization infrastructure in order to grow this world wide ministry to youth.

Bob graduated from Westmont College with a BA in Psychology and earned a Masters in Youth Ministry through Young Life’s Institute in association with Fuller Seminary.  He was ordained as a minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance.

He and his wife Kathleen live in Edmonds, Washington, and have four grown sons and eight grandchildren. Bob enjoys running, and is an avid fly fisherman and woodworker.