Todd Hiestand

Portland, OR Clackamas, OR.

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, three dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I am a former church planter/pastor and currently help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Three Essential Elements of Successful New Year’s Resolutions

If you are like me, your resolutions (whether they are for the New Year or not) constantly fail. Let’s look at three successful elements of what makes lasting change possible.

Join Me in Supporting Our Friends in La Limonada

I am inviting you to join my little giving community where we will come together to each give $15/month to support Lemonade International and the people of La Limonada in Guatemala City. Here’s why?  I am a firm believer that together we can accomplish more than we can alone. It is sometimes hard to feel like you are […]

When A Public Figure Doesn’t Agree with you. Oh the Horror!

I’ve been trying to place my frustrations from watching what happens to people when they disagree with a Christian Celebrity – or really any kind of Christian public figure. It’s amazing how crazy people get when they come across something this “celebrity” believes that they disagree with. I been saddened today as I’ve watched some well known […]

A few thoughts on PPSD – (Post Pastoral Stress Disorder)

A friend messaged me this afternoon… I call this PPSD. Post Pastoral Stress Disorder. Here’s a challenge: Don’t only meet with your pastor when you have something to complain about. In my unscientific research, I’d say that at least 90% of the time when someone wants to meet with a pastor, its because they “need […]

My Journey into Never Writing

I struggle as a writer. Wait, there are already problems here. I am not sure its fair to call myself a writer. I think it would be more accurate to call myself an “aspiring writer.” I mean, I do not really ever write. I am now, of course, but this is literally the first time I’ve […]

Open Your Door to the Problem of Racial Injustice

Dr. King once spoke the following words: “No American can afford to be apathetic about the problem of racial justice. It is a problem that meets every man at his front door.” This is so very true. However, so very many of us in the world have become so very good at closing our front […]

Racist Like Me

I’m afraid it will never go away He walks into the coffee shop, by instinct I prepare myself for what he might do. I do not try and think this, It just happens. I’ve been taught this way of thinking since I was a child. It was rarely explicit, but constantly implicit. Black skinned men […]

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I have been using technology to solve problems since my first job out of college in 2000 as a security officer at my college.

  • I spent 14 years as co-founder and Lead Pastor of The Well, a church community outside of Philadelphia, PA.
  • I served on the board of directors of an international nonprofit, Lemonade International for 6 years.
  • I dedicated 3 years working in the crowdfunding and technology space at Pure Charity where I consulted and interacted with hundreds of nonprofit leaders.
  • I have been helping nonprofits and small businesses use the web to tell their stories since 2004. I currenly do this at 343 Consulting.
  • I worked on the development team of Compassion First, a nonprofit dedicate4d to rescue and aftercare of women and girls who have been sexually exploited in Indonesia.
  • I am an elder and member of the preaching team at Theophilus Church in Southeast Portand.

My wife and I parent four boys, four goats, two dogs, two chickens and we live very close to, but not acutally in, Portland, OR.

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