Tim Geiger – Executive Director
The Rev. Timothy Geiger is Executive Director of Children’s Jubilee Fund in Philadelphia, PA.
Tim grew up the oldest of five children in a lower Northeast Philadelphia rowhouse and attended public school. Now as a parent and a longtime advocate of better educational opportunities for city students, Tim understands the hard choices and hard realities that many families face. He wants city students to thrive, and to overcome many of the financial, social, and societal obstacles he faced growing up. He wants to see city-based families become stronger, and city neighborhoods become places of safety, pride, and blessing. One of the first steps of that change takes place through stable, affirming, and encouraging schools that meet students where they are and challenge them to use God’s good gifts to their fullest potential.
Tim did his undergrad work in Behavioral Health at the Community College of Philadelphia and earned a M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to working with Children’s Jubilee Fund, Tim spent 16 years working with Harvest USA, including seven years as Executive Director and then President. His other professional experience includes a career in management with the Internal Revenue Service and several years with The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. His interests include jazz and swing music, hiking, and gardening.
Tim is also a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife Susan live with their daughter in Glenside.
Daniel Gutekunst – Operations Manager
Dan studied marketing at Penn State University and gained valuable fundraising experience while working in campus ministry. As the Operations Manager, Dan manages much of the behind the scenes work of Jubilee. In addition to working with Jubilee, Dan also serves as the Associate Pastor Resident of Citylight Church’s newest congregation in Upper Darby. Just as he manages many of the details of Jubilee, Dan oversees, leads volunteers, and helps to plan all that goes into making a church service possible in a middle school. Dan’s commitment to seeing urban schools thrive goes beyond his hours at Jubilee as his wife Allison serves as a school counselor in the Philadelphia School District.
Eydie Rodebaugh – Scholarship Manager
Eydie was an educator in the Philadelphia Public Schools and in two area Christian schools – Cedar Grove and Bensalem. She retired from teaching in 2008. Eydie has volunteered at Jubilee since 2003 and became the Scholarship Manager about 6 years ago. She is the proud mother of 2 and grandmother of 9. Eydie is an active member and organist at Olivet Covenant Presbyterian Church. In addition, she is a member of AMAC and serves as a delegate representative in the 13th Congressional District for AMAC.
James C. Petty, Jr. – Director Emeritus
Jim Petty gave himself passionately to the city in 1968 when he began to do evangelism at the University of Pennsylvania. While a student at Westminster Seminary, he participated in starting a church oriented to reaching students from the “counter culture.” The church was successful and he pastored there until 1982 when he accepted a position at Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. In 1978, he took the lead in forming Spruce Hill Christian School and continued as its volunteer board chairman until 1993. At CCEF he became a staff counselor, and in 1986, he became their first Director of Development. In 1997 his counseling ministry moved into conflict counseling and conciliation. He was appointed the volunteer director of CCEF’s newly formed Christian Conciliation Services. He remained as the senior development officer at CCEF until September 2004.
From 1993 to 1996 Jim led in the establishing Children’s Jubilee Fund. He served as board chair until 2003 when he became the first professional staff employee for Jubilee. He led as Executive Director until July 2013 when he transitioned to Director Emeritus.