BOB CRESON: Chairman, CCI Board of Directors
Appointed President/CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA in May 2003, Bob oversees Wycliffe USA’s Last Languages Campaign, a visionary and historic effort to engage people in the greatest acceleration of the pace of worldwide Bible translation in minority languages ever witnessed. Wycliffe is committed to the mission of seeing the remaining Bible translation needs started by the year 2025.
Since joining Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1983, Bob has served in a variety of positions, including leadership roles in Wycliffe Bible Translators International and SIL International—Wycliffe USA’s primary implementation partner headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Before joining the staff of Wycliffe USA, Bob served as SIL field director in Cameroon and Chad, International Field Director for SIL, International Vice President for Personnel, and as a member of the SIL International Board of Directors. Currently Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the Wycliffe Global Alliance.
Bob received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, Seaver College, and did graduate studies in business management at California Lutheran College, and in linguistics at the University of Oklahoma (Norman) and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Active in CCI since it’s founding, he currently serves as CCI Board Chairman.
Bob and his wife, Dallas, have four adult children and reside in Orlando, Florida.
BOB KLAMSER: Executive Director
Bob Klamser is the co-founder and Executive Director of Crisis Consulting International, a non-profit organization that provides security and crisis management services to the missionary, humanitarian and NGO communities. Crisis Consulting International conducts training seminars and consults with organizations on a wide variety of topics related to organizational and member security, especially in dangerous and hostile environments. The organization also provides hands-on assistance during emergencies. These services include hostage negotiations, evacuation management, response to extortion, risk assessments, site surveys, etc.
Bob retired from a twenty-three year law enforcement career in 1994. During that career he held a wide range of responsibilities, including command of a criminal investigation unit, command of a hostage negotiation team and command of the operations section of a municipal government’s emergency operations center. In addition to his responsibilities with Crisis Consulting International, he has served as the Missions Pastor and Administrator of a large Southern California church. He also serves on the Professional Services Network of the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies.
Bob has presented training seminars and conducted consultations involving literally hundreds of organizations throughout the world. He has personally participated in hostage negotiations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has provided other crisis management and security services throughout the world.
Bob earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in management and executive leadership. He has published professional articles and has conducted pre-publication editorial review for two international security management books. He is a frequent conference and workshop speaker and has appeared as an expert commentator and as a technical consultant on several major television networks. He and his wife, a retired police officer, reside in Southern California.
For security purposes, we do not post personal information regarding our staff that would identify them or raise their profile. However, our staff consists of a group of true experts, with years of experience and real-world “on the ground” expertise; including:
- Over 350 years combined law enforcement, intelligence and security management experience, including
- Tactical team commanders
- (Retired) Chiefs of police
- Hostage negotiators
- Major incident commanders
- Secret Service presidential protection
- Over 100 years combined missionary experience throughout the world; including:
- National directors
- Agency directors
- Field security directors
- Crisis management leaders
- Local church leadership experience, including leading short-term mission teamsWhile serving with CCI, these staff have participated in hundreds of projects for missionary, humanitarian and church organizations throughout the world, including:
- Hostage negotiations throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Site surveys and risk assessments at missionary schools, hospitals, clinics, churches, residential compounds, airports and aviation programs
- Training programs and seminars focused on field security issues; risk assessment, policy development and contingency planning; and crisis management
- Personal protection and travel security for high-profile executives of faith-based organizations traveling in high-risk environments
- Security management for conferences and events throughout the world
- Coordination of disaster and emergency response by faith-based agenciesWhat distinguishes CCI from other organizations is our staff, and what distinguishes our staff includes:
- A commitment to the work and ministry of faith-based organizations founded in our personal faith commitments
- A desire to work in ongoing ministry partnership and relationship, and not simply in a client-provider role
- Years of proven accomplishment in the security and crisis management arenas, and hands-on expertise in applying that knowledge and expertise in the missions and faith-based environments