Colleen Gross is a native Pennsylvanian with a God-given passion to teach leadership based on faith through Generosity. God has gifted her with a discerning heart concerning church finances, and she is obediently using this gift while serving as the Director of Communications and Finance & Conference Treasurer of the Eastern Regional Conference Churches of God. Additionally, she operates her home-based business, “Accountability,” which specializes in financial management for churches.
During her tenure as Conference Treasurer, Colleen has redefined “Treasurer Reporting” at the Conference level. Delegates to its annual Conference actually look forward to her reports. They are object lessons really – which deal, not so much with bean counting, but with building a deeper faith relationship with God and illustrating how He uses people and money for Kingdom purposes. Colleen has been instrumental in planting two churches within the Churches of God. Church planting is of particular interest to her and she serves the Conference by training and influencing the new plants through generosity and her online initiative, “3T Blend…Your Aroma of Generosity”, www.3tblend.org.
In addition to all this, she also leads seminars and classes on how to establish accountable financial practices in the church setting. She advocates fiscal responsibility and openness in church financial practices and firmly believes that effective church finances are more a matter of the heart than of money. She prayerfully considers each opportunity to share her experiences and speaks as God leads. Most of all, Colleen looks for wherever God is opening doors, and then walks through them, ready to do whatever He wants.
Colleen lives in Highspire, Pennsylvania. She has three children: Hunter (who is married to Megan), Rachael (who is married to Steve Gore) and Olivia (a Physician’s Assistant with UPMC). She’s in love with her four grandchildren, Maxwell & Miles Gross & Charlotte & Cassidy Gore! She has a sweetheart of a Golden Retriever, Maize and a full of life English Cream Retriever, Ivory. Colleen exhibits the gift of hospitality and at any given moment will share what she knows about a really good cup of coffee!