WHO WE ARE

OUR DISTINCTIVES

1. Fundraising is Ministry, Too: We believe fundraising is inseparable from biblical stewardship. Wealth and generosity practices, like all other things, fall under Christ’s complete preeminence. We understand money is not a necessary evil of ministry. Rather, it is a God ordained tool. We help organizations re-envision their fundraising activity as ministry, which is the bedrock of Canaan Group & Associates.

2. Relationships Over Revenue: Long-term relationships are more important than short-term results. Playing the long game for CG&A means we seek to grow abiding relationships through faithful fundraising. With over 100 years of combined industry experience, we have seen the fruits of relational development over easy income solutions.

3. Organizational Integrity: We practice what we preach. Every associate at CG&A raises money at one organization. As a business, we still do what we help you do: fundraising. We also value transparency and honesty in our relationships with clients. From us, you will get the good, the bad, and the ugly of fundraising.

OUR TEAM

Troy Duble

Troy Duble

Partner and President

Troy Duble is the President of Canaan Group & Associates. He brings over 25 years of experience in fundraising development: 2 years with Covenant Theological Seminary and over 23 years with Covenant College where he serves as special counsel to the VP for Development. He worked with his father E. Allen Duble for 10 years, serving clients across the country.

His personal experience running businesses, working with Covenant College’s board, and serving on other boards equips Troy to confidently help organizations grow their fundraising efforts. Troy specializes in major donor programs, board training, building development teams, capital and annual campaigns, nonprofit operations and management, and communications.

Troy serves as a Ruling Elder at Grace Community Church (PCA) and lives in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He and his wife Sarah have six children, 5 on earth.

Jason Coffey

Jason Coffey

Associate

Jason Coffey brings 6 years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, board training, and fundraising communications. He also serves as the Director of Operations and Fundraising for the Tennessee Valley Presbytery Church Planting Movement.

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jason received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Recently, while Jason served as Development Director for Christian Businessmen’s Connection (CBMC), the organization grew from a $5 million ministry to a $10 million ministry. This included increasing the annual fund from $1.8 million to $3.5 million and raising project funding totaling $5.2 million during Jason’s 5 years there. Additionally, he brings 7 years of prior sales management expertise and small business ownership.

Jason is a trained facilitator for Journeys of Generosity through Generous Giving and he holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Jason serves as a Ruling Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) and lives in Chattanooga, TN. He and his wife, Catherine, have two children.

Matthew Bryant

Matthew Bryant

Associate

Matthew Bryant brings over 16 years of experience in the areas of fundraising, church relations, and nonprofit communications and marketing. He is currently Senior Vice President of Development at Reformed Theological Seminary. Matthew is a fundraising consultant with CG&A and has been for the past 5 years.

Prior to joining Reformed Theological Seminary in 2017, Matthew was Vice President of Advancement at Chattanooga Christian School (CCS) in 2015. Prior to CCS, Matthew served 14 years on staff at Covenant College, working in a variety of roles related to admissions, church relations, communications, and financial aid. At the time of his departure from Covenant, he was serving as interim Vice President of Admissions. Matthew is a past President of the Pachyderm Club in Chattanooga and a past Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. He is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Board of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

Matthew’s work across a wide spectrum of activity in higher education as well as other nonprofit and political organizations gives him deep insight into how the culture of an organization informs its outcomes. He also brings expertise in fundraising, organizational team building, development assessment, admissions and recruitment, search services, and communications.

Matthew, his wife Jocelyn, their three boys and daughter live in Lookout Mountain, Georgia where they attend Rock Creek Fellowship (PCA).

Marc Erickson

Marc Erickson

Associate

Marc specializes in the area of planned giving and estate design and planning. He is a Certified Financial Planner® and he graduated from Covenant College with a B.S. in Business Administration. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Covenant College Foundation and the Director of Planned Giving for Covenant College.

He is a member of the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council and the National Association of Estate Planners. He holds designations as a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC). He previously spent 17 years in the insurance industry managing an $850,000 book of business; helping business owners, CFOs and other decision makers make strategic decisions regarding their employee benefits.

Marc serves as a Ruling Elder at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCA) and lives in Lookout Mountain, GA. He and his wife Greta have three children.
Ashley Baldwin

Ashley Baldwin

Associate

Ashley Baldwin served as CEO of a local nonprofit, Choices Chattanooga, for five years. While CEO, Ashley led the organization through a rebranding exercise, amended the vision and mission to reflect its ethos, revitalized the board, developed holistic programming and, with CG&A’s help, led a strategic planning process to ensure sustainability.

During the time Canaan Group & Associates helped Choices transition fundraising models, Ashley developed a passion for calling on donors as she implemented the recommended major donor strategies. Through her efforts, God nearly doubled Choices’ annual revenue. Her passion to invite donors to lock arms in their mission led her to join the Canaan Group & Associates team in 2018 after choosing to hand Choices’ leadership to able-bodied successors.

“I have witnessed far too many nonprofit organizations trapped in the tyranny of the urgent. It is critical for leaders to look up and think proactively about the future of the organization. Guiding strategic work builds confidence with your team, your clients, your board and most importantly your financial partners. I am so thankful to be part of Canaan Group & Associates as they show organizations the way forward.”

Ashley and her husband, Ben, live in Chattanooga, TN and attend Mission Chattanooga.

 John C. Bates

John C. Bates

Associate

John’s work over the past decade deals with the science side of fundraising—focusing on effectiveness of the work being done “behind the scenes.” As a Certified Fundraising Manager through the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, John understands the process of developing a vision, putting in place the processes, and managing the outcomes along the way. As a certified administrator for PDPWorks, John has helped several organizations by coming alongside their employees and aiding them in discovering their natural abilities, the environment in which they work, and guiding them on a path of personal growth.

John is the Founder and CEO of Bulwark Ventures. He and his wife Donna have two grown children and currently live in Brownsville, TX.
Patsy Stickel Holsonback

Patsy Stickel Holsonback

Office Manager

Patsy has worked as part of a fundraising team since 2007. She was previously an
administrative assistant in the Advancement Office at Covenant College. Currently, she still works part time for Covenant and is also the office manager at CG&A.

Patsy previously worked in IT for 38 years before retiring and joining a fundraising team. She is a member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church. Patsy is also a great-grandmother.
Cammie Messer

Cammie Messer

Intern

Cammie has been serving as CG&A’s intern since Fall 2017. She assists the CG&A team in general office work and communication. She is eager to learn from the CG&A staff as she herself hopes to pursue a career in Development and Fundraising after college.

Cammie is currently studying Community Development at Covenant College and is originally from Western Pennsylvania. She is a member of Grace Anglican Church.