It was an open house with a purpose at the Center for Community Transformation—and only partly because the office, at 4888 E. Townsend Ave. on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, is a converted private home.

Friends, colleagues, clients, staff and others who know ice cream is the best way to beat a hot Fresno afternoon filled the building in the afternoon of Thursday, August 18, 2022, to celebrate CCT’s 10th anniversary. And not just any ice cream! Flavors such as root beer float, orange delight, peanut butter and chocolate swirl, cherry-pomegranate, and lemon pie were handmade and scooped by “Mr. Jim,” of United Christian Church, Fresno.

For 10 years, the CCT has given hundreds of leaders and congregations the skills they need to build God’s shalom in our Valley. The celebration continues on a more formal note September 22 with a banquet in the new Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, also on the main campus. CEO and co-founder of Bitwise Industries Jake Soberal will be the keynote speaker. Reservations are required; for more information go to

Here’s YouTube video about the event and the work of CCT:

Photo: Mr. Jim (left); Randy White, D.Min., CCT executive director; and a couple of guests get ready for homemade ice cream at CCT’s 10 anniversary celebration. (Photo and video by Carolina Mueller)


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations