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Panel Discussion: Strategies for Marketplace Ministry

Steven Denney is a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager for Golden Construction, LLC. He started a career in construction in 1997, and he has worked at Golden since 2002. He is a recent graduate of Southeastern Bible College with a degree in biblical studies and Christian thought and history. Steven lives in Hoover with his wife Stephanie and daughters, Giuliana and Alexandria. He volunteers at the Wellhouse by leading a weekly Bible study in their immediate care facility and helps his company with sponsoring a local Christian-based woodshop called Magic City Woodworks. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing bass guitar, camping, and spending time with his family. With a unique story of being adopted, Steven shares his story as a way to minister and help others who are in any way related to the adoption process.

Matt Gore joined Regions in 2002. As a Consumer Sales Manager since 2008, he oversees 14 branches in the North Central Alabama area. In this role, he leads an overall team of 161 associates towards greater success in quality service and needs-based revenue. He develops leaders through coaching, creating vision, one-on-one interactions, and writing/facilitating training seminars. He has been a four-time Chairman’s Club winner and a graduate of the Leaders At All Levels program. He earned a degree in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Bible College in 1997.

Amy Snow has worked in the field of International Education since starting as an ESL instructor in 1998.  She is now the Director of Academic Programs for INTO UAB where she serves students from over 40 different countries as they pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at UAB.

Rob Genin is a men’s discipleship pastor to Young Business Leaders (YBL). YBL connects men in the Birmingham marketplace through small groups and one-on-one mentoring. He holds an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and a B.S. in Business Management from Biola University in California. Rob has worked in the marketplace in both operations management and sales. Along with the gospel, the great joys of his life are his wife Carla and his two young sons, Noah and Matthew.

Panel Discussion: Practical Approaches to Business as Mission

Michael Britton is a pastor and local missionary in the Greater Birmingham area. He serves with Common Thread Network as Developmental Director and Founder of Purpose Place Thrift Market. Purpose Place is a thrift store that provides job training and employment for those with special needs. Purpose Place was begun as a platform to provide an increased opportunity to walk with those that have special needs in a community setting. Michael also works as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for St. Vincent’s where he counsels families losing loved ones to terminal diseases and provides ongoing grief counseling. Michael is an alumnus of Southeastern Bible College (‘08), Beeson Divinity School, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (‘11).

A former SouthTrust Corporation management consultant, Tracy True Dismukes has owned Collage Designer Consignment for more than 20 years and has two stores in the Birmingham area.  Located ‘On the Curve’ in Downtown Homewood and at the Vestavia City Center, Collage is known for being exceptionally selective in the items accepted to sell on consignment.  Clients include news anchors, government officials, pageant winners, actresses, professionals and soccer moms who all know they can find anything from boutique brands to high-end designer labels, from GAP to Gucci, with all the benefits of a cozy and friendly full-service boutique – all at prices less than wholesale.

Tracy is Past President of NARTS, the National Association of Resale Shops, charter member and current Board Director of ARI, the National Association for Resale Innovation and is a longtime member of NAWBO.  Tracy was a top ten finalist for the National NAWBO/Wells Fargo Trailblazer Award which recognizes women business owners who have built successful businesses with unique products, services or delivery channels and are serving as role models for others to follow.  Tracy was the host of the CW21 television show, Consignment Chic, and the founder of the web community, ConsignmentChic.com. She serves at Hunter Street Baptist Church where she is a member and she also the director for her Sunday School class and nursery teacher.

Andrew Clark engages with clients across the country through his development practice, Wherewithal.  His collaborative work style enables executives and teams to sharpen their ability to accomplish goals, or find wherewithal.  As a co-creator and producer of The Lion’s Den in Birmingham, he also travels internationally to advise other groups on developing entrepreneurial communities that are missionary-driven. His personal mission is to unite professionals to grow businesses of lasting value.

Andrew’s entrepreneurial experiences have taken him through sports, coffee, e-commerce, real estate deals, brokering diamonds, and since he was 15, investing in the stock market.  He is an avid learner across a variety of disciplines from history, economics, psychology, art, sports, politics, religion, among others, but as a favorite quote goes: “the great aim of education is not learning, but action.”

A graduate of Samford University, he also serves as an advisory board member for their Arts & Science College and Samford’s Honors Program, University Fellows. He is a deacon at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Rotarian, and mostly importantly, gratefully married for 13 years. He lives in Hoover, Alabama.

Panel Discussion: Partnerships Between Businesses and Nonprofits

Lifeline Children’s Services

Krisha Yanko earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – International Business from Auburn University in 2007. She is humbled and thankful to be part of the Lifeline staff as Development Director where she has the great joy of planning events, fundraising, and being an ambassador for adoption through Lifeline. She said “each morning is a gift, but to work towards the mission of placing precious children in loving homes where Christ is present is ‘immeasurably more than all I could ask or imagine.’ “

Onin Group

At age 20 Jim Weaver left the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire to pursue his dream of becoming a professional drummer.  After living out of a van for three years while performing with an indie rock band on the Eastern Seaboard, Jim returned to college at Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he met his wife of 20 years.  In 1999 Jim moved to Nashville to tour with artist Kevin Sharp.
With the life of a road musician wearing on Jim and his fledgling family, Jim took a sales job with Onin Staffing in 2001. As the company grew rapidly from $8 million in total revenue to $300 million today, Jim’s role evolved as his scope of responsibility grew exponentially.

Since 2010, The Onin Group achieved an average annual top-line, organic growth rate of more than 36 percent while increasing net profit margins and remaining debt-free.  The staffing group is listed in the Inc. 5000 for being one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and is listed by SIA as one of the largest and fastest growing staffing firms.

Today as the company’s COO, Jim oversees sales and operations for 84 offices. Jim has focused on developing the infrastructure, teams and systems to stimulate growth and cultivate a healthy corporate ecosystem.  Jim considers The Onin Group as a Kingdom business. As such, he has taken the lead role in uncovering, defining, developing and promoting the company’s brand, core values, core purpose and vision to ensure the company is a blessing to people and brings God glory.

Golden Construction

Steven Denney is a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager for Golden Construction, LLC. He started a career in construction in 1997, and he has worked at Golden since 2002. He is a recent graduate of Southeastern Bible College with a degree in biblical studies and Christian thought and history. Steven lives in Hoover with his wife Stephanie and daughters, Giuliana and Alexandria. He volunteers at the Wellhouse by leading a weekly Bible study in their immediate care facility and helps his company with sponsoring a local Christian-based woodshop called Magic City Woodworks. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing bass guitar, camping, and spending time with his family. With a unique story of being adopted, Steven shares his story as a way to minister and help others who are in any way related to the adoption process.

Magic City Woodworks

Lawrence Sheffield

Blanket Fort Hope

Alexa James has served in a multitude of roles when it comes to growing businesses and revenue streams. She owned and managed her own distribution company for ten years. Alexa also draws from her experience as Major Account Manager for FedEx Kinkos, where she was responsible for growing relationships and penetrating sales in named major commercial accounts such as regional and national law firms, corporate legal departments, and regional and state universities. Alexa learned the power of developing lasting and profitable business relationships. She recognizes her calling to use these business development skills to generate awareness, education, and fundraising in a ministry capacity. Alexa is a recent graduate of Highlands College with an emphasis on human trafficking, women’s ministry, and missions work. Her time in this program of study fed her passion for social justice and led her to Blanket Fort Hope. Alexa is a recipient of an FBI award  as well as National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) recognition for her work with trafficking victims.

Business to be Named

Panelist to be announced.

Additional Session Speakers

Tom Steffan – Plenary Sessions

Dr. Tom Steffen is emeritus professor of Intercultural Studies in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University, La Mirada, California. He served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 in the Philippines. His latest book is The Facilitator Era: Beyond Pioneer Church Multiplication.

Other books include:

  • Business as Mission: From Impoverishment to Empowerment (editor with Mike Barnett)
  • Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions (with Steve Rundle),
  • Business as Usual in the Missions Enterprise? Caring for the Harvest Force in the 21st Century (editor with Doug Pennoyer)
  • Encountering Missionary Life and Work (with Lois McKinney Douglas)
  • Passing the Baton: Church Planting That Empowers
  • Reconnecting God’s Story to Ministry: Crosscultural Storytelling at Home and Abroad.

J.D. Payne – Careers for the Kingdom

Monday 10:35-11:30

J. D. Payne (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker, church planter, and currently serves as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and as an associate professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting.

J. D. has written extensively in the areas of missions, evangelism and church growth and he speaks frequently for churches, networks, conferences and mission agencies. He is the author of books such as Unreached Peoples, Least Reached Places; Missional House Churches; Discovering Church Planting; Strangers Next Door; and Pressure Points.

Jon Potter – Equipped for Marketplace Ministry

Monday 1:15-2:00

Jon Potter is the pastor of Canvas Church, a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-generational fellowship in Hoover, AL.

In addition to Canvas, he and his wife Lisa have a unique marketplace ministry where they serve as “chaplains” to corporate businessmen and their wives. Jon graduated from Lee University in 1989 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After Lee, he attended the University of Georgia, where he completed a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in rehabilitation counseling in 1991. Jon spent eleven years in corporate America. This tenure ended when he accepted the call to full-time ministry in 2001.

Dan Stafford – International Business as Mission

Partnerships: Challenges & Opportunities

Monday 3:30-4:30

Having lived, traveled, and worked on projects in over 40 countries, including Asia, Europe, and North America, Dan brings a global perspective to the Business as Mission movement.  For the past 14 years, he has been involved in microfinance, small to medium size business development, community transformation, BAM and mission teams, and businesses fighting human trafficking.  He is keen to see organizations and professionals use their business skills to bring hope to disadvantaged communities, through both short and long term involvement. Dan graduated from Wheaton College in 1997 with a B.A. in Business/Economics, and completed his international MBA at Rotterdam School of Management in 2006.  He runs an IT consultancy in the southeastern United States, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Expo Participants:

Tuesday, February 21 (1:15 pm – 2:00 pm)

Alabama Baptist Children’s Home

Birmingham Baptist Association

Blanket Fort Hope

Brother Bryan Mission

Clerestory

Dex Imaging

The Foundry

Grace Klein Community

Hope Inspired Ministries

Jimmie Hale Mission

Legacy Credit Union

Lifeline Children’s Services

Mission Birmingham

MPower Ministries

New Water Farms

Onin Group

Principio Coffee

Purpose Place

Raleigh’s Place

Sav-A-Life (Vestavia)

Sav-A-Life Shelby

Sozo Children

Tactical Faith/Guilded

UPS Store – Caldwell Mill Road

Young Business Leaders

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