Development Office

Director of Donor Development

David Pineschi, MBA

dpineschi [at] jessup [dot] edu
(916) 577-1809

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David Pineschi has been working in the Christian Higher education industry for the past ten years. His passion for Christian Higher Education intensified while attending Hope International University where he obtained an MBA in Nonprofit Management. It was during his service as a Financial Aid Director at EPIC Bible College and his education at Hope that helped David see the need of private funding among Christian Universities.

David has become an advocate for Christ-centered higher education at WJU where he loves to serve our President’s Circle Members, WJU partners and students. On a personal note, David is an avid 49ers fan and loves to spend time with his family. In the summer of 2014 he entered into an exciting new chapter of his life when married his Fiancé, Gina.

Romans 5:6-9
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!


Development Officer

Ed Jones

edwardjones [at] jessup [dot] edu
(916) 799-4006

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Representing Jessup in the role of Development Officer, please welcome Edward Jones. A former Bay Area employee (7 years), Ed will build and foster generosity for the glory of God through Christ-centered Higher Education. He will spend 3/5 of his time logistically in the Bay Area region developing significant partnerships and increasing awareness of the Jessup mission. Over the last 12 years, Ed has worked in Development for the largest and seventh largest banks in the nation. Ed represented the Evangelical Christian Credit Union and helped cultivate a 50 percent increase in deposit growth to nearly $30 million. He spent the first half of his professional career in full-time ministry, teaching for seven years as a Bible and History teacher in Fair Oaks at Freedom Christian School and also spent seven years as a youth and worship pastor at Lifepoint Church also in Fair Oaks.


Director of Athletic Development

Michael Harper

mharper [at] jessup [dot] edu
(510) 207-5446

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Michael now serves Jessup as associate athletic director of donor development where he will identify, expedite and cultivate athletic donor relations activities to support and enhance our expanding athletic programs. He comes to us from Acres of Hope, a long-term housing program for homeless women and children, where he served as Development Director. Michael is a graduate of USC where he played football from 1979–84 as a teammate of Heisman Trophy winners Charles White and Marcus Allen. In 1984, he was drafted into the NFL as a wide receiver by the Los Angeles Rams and later played four years with the New York Jets beginning in 1986 and retired in 1990. Michael has also worked in the sales and marketing arena as well as regional and channel sales. In addition, he was director of community outreach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions Football Club where he developed community fundraising programs.


Director of Church Relations

Jim Jessup

jjessup [at] jessup [dot] edu

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Jim Jessup is the grandson of William Jessup. Jim graduated from San Jose Bible College (now WJU) and was ordained into pastoral ministry in 1987. He received his master’s degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Illinois in 1991. He served as a pastor for 11 years and since 2003 he has been the Director of Church Relations for William Jessup University. He speaks frequently in various churches, retreat gatherings and at Christian schools on the West Coast. His work is primarily in resourcing The Church and encouraging partnership and support from all Christ-centered Churches. He has been married to Liz since 1985 and has two grown, married children (all WJU grads) and two grandsons (future alumni).