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Who's Presenting at the 2020 Petrus Leadership Conference?

As we continue to inch closer to the 2020 Petrus Leadership Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado on June 7-10, and we get much closer to the January 31 cutoff for Early Bird Registration Rates, we wanted to share with you some of our guests on the podcast who will be at the conference presenting to participants. If you are a loyal listener of The Petrus Development Show, you will likely have heard many of these clips already, but even if you’re new to the show, you’ll be able to pick up pretty quickly how amazing our guests are and hopefully get excited about hearing more from them at the conference. 

Registration, conference and lodging details can be found at petrusdevelopment.com/plc20 or at missionfollowsmoney.com

So who are some of our speakers? 

We’ve selected a handful of short clips as a sampling of the speakers at the conference. Before each is a brief intro and some background on the speaker and what they’ll be talking about...

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"Just Don't Let Me Look Like an Idiot, Lord" : Interview with Andrew Robison on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, we flip the mic and interview the host, Andrew Robison. Andrew shares about his background, some of the successes and failures that he has experienced after 15 years in this business and that time that he was in a plane crash and nearly died (spoiler...he lived but missed his catering job the next day).


Show Notes:

  • Andrew grew up in Texas. After his sophomore year of college, he decided to take a year off of school. He spent a year and a half living and working in Colorado - summer camp, waiting tables, moved back to Texas in 2002 to finish his degree in History at Texas A&M University. 
  • Faith was important but attending Mass had stalled. Invitation to girl in CO reignited passion for church.
  • Attended Aggie Awakening and built community. Met Cheryl.
  • Worked at St Marys doing a lot of jobs under Greg Gorman.
  • Earned MA in Philanthropy and Development from St Marys University in Minnesota. Left to work at St Thomas More Newman Center at Ohio...
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Introducing the PLC Ambassador Program

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Do you want to attend the 2020 Petrus Leadership Conference in Breckenridge on June 7-10, 2020, one of the best annual conferences for learning Catholic and faith-based fundraising and leadership practices?

Do you know other people who might like to attend as well?

Would you like to earn money back on your conference fees? 

Well...have we got good news for you!

This year, we are introducing the PLC Ambassador Program for the first time ever. Don't worry...it's very simple.

When you register, you will be given a unique code. You can then share that code with your network. Anyone who registers using your code will receive a $15 discount. And the best part is that you will then receive a $15 refund on your conference fees! See...we told you it was simple. 

There is no max to how many people can use your Ambassador code, so the sky is the limit. If enough people use your Ambassador code, you could attend the conference for free! 

The two best aspects of the Petrus...

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PLC 2019: Donor Panel with Dennis & Marie Wierzbicki


Dennis and Marie Wierzbicki, Donor Panel, 2019 Petrus Leadership Conference


In this episode, Dennis and Marie Wierzbicki, benefactors to the “One Church, Many Disciples” Capital Campaign for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City sat down with Peter de Keratry at the 2019 Petrus Leadership Conference to share about their experience as donors. Dennis is the president of Ditch Witch and Marie is a volunteer for many nonprofit organizations in and around Oklahoma City. Dennis and Marie shared lessons they have learned along their philanthropic journey, how they have encouraged their children to be philanthropic and what their experience getting involved and giving to the “One Church, Many Disciples” campaign was like. The Wierzbicki’s honestly answer questions from Peter and the audience to share a donor’s perspective regarding invitation, engagement, recognition, and more!



Giving to religious causes vastly exceeds any other category in the...

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PLC 2019: Interview with James Baxter on the Petrus Development Show


James Baxter, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Exodus 90


James has served as the Executive Director of Exodus 90 since 2015. He attended St. John Vianney Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota and St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana before discerning God was calling him to marriage and secular life. In 2015, supported by his Board, James assumed responsibility for scaling Exodus 90 from a seminary formation program into a spiritual exercise for the renewal of the Church. James presented at the 2019 Petrus Leadership Conference, which took place in Oklahoma City on June 23-26. This is the audio recording of his presentation.



For more information about Exodus 90 or to connect with James, visit www.exodus90.com or email him at [email protected]


Giving to religious causes vastly exceeds any other category in the nonprofit sector, but faith-based organizations often struggle the most with fundraising effectively. Join Andrew Robison,...

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PLC 2019: Presentation by John Flynn on the Petrus Development Show


John Flynn, Vice President of Philanthropy, FOCUS (Denver, CO)



Giving to religious causes vastly exceeds any other category in the nonprofit sector, but faith-based organizations often struggle the most with fundraising effectively. Join Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development, as he explores this topic through honest and revealing conversations with church leaders, executive directors and development professionals from the nonprofit community.

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My Reflections on the 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference

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By Ryan Kekula, Director of Development of Warhawk Catholic Campus Ministry at U of Wisconsin – Whitewater


The day I showed up at the 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, I had been a Development Director for exactly 97 days.  Suffice it to say, I had no idea what to expect from my first development conference.  Being back home and having some time to reflect, it’s more than fair to say that this conference was extremely valuable for me even as a newbie.

UW-Whitewater Warhawk Catholic Campus Ministry is starting a brand new development program, so the chance for me to go to the conference and meet people from other campuses as various stages in their development programs was a great opportunity to learn, have conversations with colleagues and hear some experienced speakers.  The conference was a great way to share ideas, best practices, and even things that didn’t work, and that really helps put us on the right track for a...

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Q&A With Andrew Robison

Q&A with Andrew Robison, president of Petrus Development

Andrew Robison, president of Petrus Development sits down and answers some questions about his new role and his vision for the future of higher-ed fund development.

What is the most important role of Petrus?

Petrus Development exists for one major reason: to help our organizations raise more money so they are better equipped to offer more ministry and bring more people to Christ. The organizations that we work with are good organizations doing good work. They are run by good people with hearts for Christ and for the Church. Our role is very simple. We want to help them hire passionate people with the potential to become great fundraisers and then train and equip those people to lead their development programs to new heights. I believe that we can provide inspiration and information to help our clients create a vision for greatness, possibly visions that they’ve never even imagined. But that is not enough, we must...

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