Jim Canning is a CPA by training and at one time was a partner with Ernst & Whinney, one of the largest CPA firms in the world. While there he specialized in serving non profit organizations and worked with a number of Christian organizations including World Vision, The Salvation Army, Wycliffe Bible translators and many others. After leaving public accounting, he served for 15 years as vice president and chief financial officer of World Vision International. He attended Biola University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian education. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an MBA in management from California State University and a doctorate in executive management from Claremont University.