Chris Brooks is a Pastor, Radio Host, Dean and Community Developer! Since 2004 he has served as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. Chris is also a Dean at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He is a popular national radio host of Equipped with Chris Brooks, which is heard on over 200 stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Asbury Theological Seminary where he is studying the Integration of Economics and Theology. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah and Sophia.
Pete Ochs is founder and chairman of Capital III, an impact investing enterprise focusing on creating economic, social, and spiritual capital in private companies. The Vision of Capital III is to Entreprenuer World Change, the Mission is to be an absolutely trusted investment manager, and Values are to Honor God by serving people,pursuing excellence, and stewarding resources. Capital III currently has investments in the US, Mexico, and Honduras. Economic capital is created through investments in manufacturing, energy,and real estate. Social and Spiritual capital are created by leveraging the economic platform into venues (private education, prisons, third world countries) that all work in concert to achieve avirtuous, values driven enterprise (a Stewardship Enterprise).
Prior to founding Capital III, Mr. Ochs spent 8 years in the commercial banking industry. Mr. Ochs graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business and finance. He currently serves on the boards of UTG, Inc., the American Independence Funds, World Impact and Trinity Academy. Mr. Ochs is married to Deborah and they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
Charlie Self serves as director of city expansion at Made to Flourish, bringing leadership to the efforts to expand regional networks into new cities.
Charlie is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has served as an associate and senior pastor in several congregations in California, Oregon and Washington, D.C., and has served as an interim pastor six times. He currently also serves as professor of church history at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches courses in apologetics, church history, mission history, leadership development, and discipleship. He is also co-developer ofdiscipleship dynamics, a new research-based tool for churches and individuals to assess the effectiveness of their discipleship programs.
Charlie is the author of three books: The Divine Dance, The Power of Faithful Focus(with co-author Les Hewitt) and his most recent work with The Acton Institute, Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship.
He has an M.A. in history on the church and social change in Latin America (1992) and Ph.D. in modern european history, with foci on Belgian Protestantism and studies in virtue ethics and the holocaust (1995), from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also has an M.A. in philosophical and systematic theology from The Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.
Charlie is married to Kathleen, a professional artist, and they have been married and on mission for 36 years. They have three adult children.
Chuck Proudfit began following Christ in 1997. He was seeking practical ways to live out Christian faith at work, and quickly discovered just how hard it is. The marketplace didn’t like to talk about “religion and politics”, and the local church was largely disengaged from the tough spiritual realities of modern work life.
Applying his research background from Harvard University, Chuck spent several years studying how Christians live out faith at work, and how scripture speaks to our experiences. He uncovered a consistent set of spiritual struggles faced by all working Christians, and a compelling set of spiritual solutions drawn straight from God’s word.
These insights formed the framework for At Work on Purpose, launched in 2003. This community is now connected to over 8,000 working Christians across the Greater Cincinnati area, and has become the nation’s largest city-wide marketplace ministry. Chuck is also the Founder and President of SKILLSOURCE, a business building consultancy employing over 30 contractors and delivering sustainable client growth through applied Biblical principles.
Chuck developed his general management expertise at three industry-leading firms: The Procter & Gamble Company, The Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, and LensCrafters Corporation. At Harvard University, he pioneered the school’s organizational development curriculum. An avid educator, Chuck has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Great Oaks Institute and Cincinnati Christian University.
Chuck has received the Angel Award for community service from the Smith Family Foundation. He has led SKILLSOURCE® to a TriState Success Award for exceptional business growth, a Torch Award ethics commendation from the Better Business Bureau, a Perfect 10 Certified Corporate Culture designation, and a C-Suite recognition from LEAD.
Chuck is an executive board member of Self Sustaining Enterprises, generating profits for philanthropy through entrepreneurial ventures; for Nuway Foundation, combatting poverty in Nigeria; and with GoodCities, revitalizing communities. He is an Elder at Grace Chapel, a member of the Corporate Leadership Team for Transform Our World, and a Co-Founder of NET (Neighborhoods Embracing Transformation).
Chuck is the co-author of BIZNISTRY: Transforming Lives through Enterprise, and the author of Citywide Marketplace Ministry in a Box. Chuck holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under U.S. Olympic Coach Hong Kong Kim. He and his wife Jeryl have two children, Aidan and Maya, both adopted from South Korea.
Lonnie Riley, the director of Meridzo Center Ministries has an AA in Civil Engineering (University of Kentucky), a BA in Religion ( University of the Cumberlands) and furthered his study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). He has been awarded the Missionaries of the Year award for US and Canada (2004), Chamber of Commerce Community Development Award, Youth Development Award, and the Tony Turner Leadership Award (which he says is the highest honor ever given).
Lonnie Riley serves as Founder/CEO of Meridzo Center, Inc. since 1999 has served as a director since September 2003. Mr. Riley is from Lynch in Harlan County, Kentucky, where he serves as Founder/Director of the Meridzo Center, Inc. Over 14 ministries have been launched within Meridzo. Ministries including a Fitness Center, Horse Stables, Retreat and Education Centers, Youth Camps and more offer multiple ways to connect The Gospel with the community.
Lonnie has faithfully served in Lynch, Kentucky 20 years. A community bathed in mist & shadow on the woody margins of Harlan County. A town where 10,000 people once gathered from around the world to extract high quality coal from seams underneath Black Mountain. A mining operation that set world records, and fueled wartime steel production. But it was not to last.
Another war set in … the war on coal. Decisions made from afar devastated Appalachia, putting thousands of men out of work. As the drills, conveyors, and whistles went silent, community porches and meal tables were emptied of life. Christmas lights blinked out, and summer parades were no more. In time, the community’s complexion was marred by rusting mine equipment, broken windows, and collapsed roofs. Drugs and rain seeped in, whole hope for the future seemed to trickle out on the silt-laden waters of Looney Creek.
Only it didn’t. Just when Lynch’s story looked like it was ending, things started to get interesting. Behind the scenes, a handful of desperate prayer warriors like Lonnie would not let go. It all started with faith, and a little cookie dough.
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Emily Moon, former Asbury Project Winner and Owner of By Grace Designs has launched a social entrepreneurship that empowers women in Africa and India through