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David Richardson

President and Chief Executive Officer

David Richardson is the founder of the Assumptions Institute and its Chief Executive Officer.  Dave served for 30 years on the staff of Cru, devoting most of his ministry to university professors.  He founded the Christian faculty ministry in Atlanta beginning at Georgia Tech in 1996.  

Dave earned a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Portland.  He has a M.A. degree in Theological Studies from the International School of Theology.  Dave also holds a MTh. degree in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford.  His dissertation “Accepting Christian Faith in the Academy” was an important exploratory study of the religious attitudes and beliefs of university professors and how to reach them for Christ.  He understands education and educators very well.

Dave is the innovator who discovered the power of assumptions.  His research about assumptions enabled him to create the Critical Assumptions Test™.  He is the author of the groundbreaking popular book Transparent: How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You.  It is a book for everyday people which reveals everything Dave has learned about assumptions.  Dave's research, writing, teaching, and speaking is at the heart of what we do at the Assumptions Institute.

Dave raises 100% of his own support to direct the Assumptions Institute.  Your tax-deductible investment covers Dave's salary and expenses so he can lead uninterrupted.

Pat Pearce

Vice President, Marketing & Communication

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Pat believes his life purpose is to harness media to advance the Great Commission. Led to faith in college through the Four Spiritual Laws, he joined Campus Crusade for Christ in 1977. For 12 years he served at the International Headquarters in a variety of media related roles, including Media Relations and six years as Director of Mass Media.

In 1989 he launched a ministry division that offered the most effective resources to churches and individual believers. As capacity developed distribution services were provided to other divisions including New Life Publications and the JESUS Video Project, which successfully distributed more than 20 million copies of the JESUS film on video and DVD into homes across America.

In 2001 Pat assumed responsibility for materials distribution to Cru staff members and in 2003 for publishing the organization's core materials, which include the Four Spiritual Laws, Transferable Concepts, and the Ten Basis Steps toward Christian Maturity series.

Pat served with Cru for 40 years before retiring in 2018.

Prior to joining Cru, he was account executive for the NBC affiliate TV station in Birmingham, Alabama, a VHF station in a top 50 market. The fulfillment he experienced serving as media coordinator for Campus Crusade’s "I Found It!" campaign led to his decision to enter Christian work.

Pat served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam veteran. That experience contributed to success in many areas of life.

The Assumptions Institute equips people to discern what is True and False among today's multitude of messages, helping people avoid being manipulated by the many agendas of deceit that oppose God's message of Truth revealed in Scripture. 

Board of Directors

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