RSI Team | Terry Goolsby
Terry Goolsby joined RSI with more than 20 years experience in Christian ministry. An accomplished team-builder and motivator, helping communities of faith turn a vision for ministry into reality inspires Terry. As a Senior Vice President with RSI, Terry has assisted churches in raising over $300 million. He has demonstrated expertise working with independent churches as well as churches in each of the mainline denominations. He has worked extensively with congregations on projects including construction, renovation, relocation, debt-retirement, mission, and budget enhancement efforts. Terry earned a BS in Southern Illinois University and a MA at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
When did you join the RSI team?
What did you do prior to joining RSI?
I have 20 years experience as Associate Pastor, Director of Music Ministries.
What initially drew you to the RSI team and what causes you to continue to enjoy this ministry?
While in Christian ministry, I participated in three capital campaigns led by RSI. To see the lasting effects it had on our church in stewardship, vitality, and ministry focus encouraged me; and I see those same things today as I work with various churches.
What are some of the victories you are most proud of in your ministry with RSI?
I’ve been blessed to witness some amazing transformations within churches. A few that really stand out for me are successful campaigns in unique situations such as campaigns during a pastoral interim; campaigns in churches where parishioners appear skeptical at the beginning of the process and are then ʺtransformedʺ as the campaign unfolds; seeing churches raise far more money than they ever thought imaginable.
What is one thing you know now that you wished you knew before you began working in the area of stewardship ministry?
That stewardship is a matter of the heart not the wallet.
What questions are churches asking related to church stewardship?
Some of the things I hear most often from church leaders is: how to keep an annual stewardship focus; how can we best fund missional needs; and what’s the best way to teach basic stewardship principles.
What about your family?
I’ve been married to my wife, Pam, for 34 years. She’s Associate Director of Continuing Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. We have two sons, Courtland who is AVP at Amegy Bank in Dallas, Texas; and Cameron who is Hospitality Director at Hagafen Wines in Napa, California. We also have two dogs, Scooter, an 11-year old Miniature Schnauzer; and Abbie, a two-year old Welsh Terrior.
What are some of your “favorites?”
I have many favorites. I love all things Italian – food, music, and touring Tuscany. I love jazz music and attend the Monterey Jazz Festival every year; and I love the beach and oversea travel destinations.
What is on the bookshelf?
A Wing and a Prayer by Katherine Jefferts Shori; and Pillars of Faith by Ken Follett