CBMC has had a long history of reaching out to business and professional men with the Gospel in New England. CBMC men were meeting as early as the 1950’s, and CBMC continued for many years as a volunteer led ministry in the Massachusetts area. A CBMC staff was established in New England when Ernie Truax moved from his CBMC position in Pittsburgh, PA and set up an office in Leominster, MA in 2001. In 2012, Kent Kusel joined the staff to establish the nationwide CBMC Leadership Institute and develop CBMC activities in the metro Boston area.

Ernie Truax

Ernie Truax, who continues to develop the CBMC New England presence from central Massachusetts, has been involved in workplace ministry with CBMC for nearly 20 years and now serves CBMC in the New England area as full-time CBMC New England Area Director. Before joining the staff of CBMC in Pittsburgh, he served CBMC as a volunteer leader while working in the computer industry in Boston, Massachusetts; Dayton, Ohio and Rochester, New York. He has worked full time for CBMC since 1995, serving in Rochester, NY; Pittsburgh, PA and now in the New England states.

Ernie moved from secular employment to a full-time staff position with CBMC in 1995 after 30 years of active service in the computer industry. He left the computer field while Manager of Business Development for Systemhouse Inc. Systemhouse is a computer systems integration company, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and offers clients fully integrated computer-based systems, combining hardware, software and communications. Prior to joining Systemhouse, Ernie contributed to the formation of Eastman Kodak's corporate strategic plan for electronic imaging, and served as a Business Manager for Eastman Kodak's Dayton, Ohio Operation.

Ernie holds a BA and BSEE degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and has been an invited guest speaker at computer industry seminars and conferences in the United States and Europe. He has also authored technical papers appearing in computer trade publications and technical journals. He is now a regular invited seminar leader for the popular Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s conferences, and has spoken to men’s retreats throughout New England.

Ernie currently makes his home in Leominster, Massachusetts with his wife, Joy. The Truax’s have been married 54 years, and have three grown children, ten grandchildren and a great-grandson.