Gary G. Hoag (Ph.D. New Testament – Trinity College, Bristol, UK) is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. He serves as President / CEO of the international entity launched by ECFA, Global Trust Partners. GTP multiplies disciples of faithful administration and mobilizes peer accountability groups to increase gospel participation in every nation. He’s an ordained minister who trains pastors on stewardship and generosity, a biblical scholar who serves as a visiting professor at seven seminaries in four countries, and he’s written or contributed to more than ten books. He’s known widely as the Generosity Monk as he’s dedicated his life to encouraging Christian generosity and has posted a daily meditation for more than ten years.
Debbie Swindoll loves to recognize how God integrates the different roles in our lives to equip us for ministry. Growing up in the church, being a wife, mother and grandmother, studying spiritual formation and training as a spiritual director all influence her perspective as she envisions and develops Grafted Life’s formation studies. Alongside her work at Grafted Life, Debbie writes, speaks, and consults on issues of relational theology and spiritual leadership and ministers as a spiritual director for both individuals and groups. Building strong relationships with God and others has become the passion of Debbie’s life. She and Curt have been married since 1981 and enjoy their relationships with their adult children and growing grandbabies. Debbie received her training in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University, completing her degree in 2007.
Fred Smith is a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School. Fred spent several years as teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina and The Stony Brook School in New York before moving to Tyler and joining Bob Buford in founding Leadership Network, where he served as President for 12 years. Fred was also the Founder of Fourth Partner, a local foundation that was focused on philanthropy and community development within the East Texas area. Additionally, Fred is the Founder and President of The Gathering, connecting an international community of givers focused on the support of Christian Ministries. His good friend Steve Garber of The Washington Institute has said this about Fred’s work. “…he has read widely and cared deeply, resisting the easy black-and-white responses that most of us are all-too-willing to live with…his personal beliefs do not find a home in the partisan politics we know so well. And over time, he has earned the trust of good people all over the country.” Despite a lifetime of accomplishment, Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher and it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They also have three well-loved grandchildren.
Scott Talbot has over 30 years of experience in the field of financial planning, including 20+ years in planned giving. Prior to joining Dallas Seminary Foundation, he served as the Senior Executive Director of Planned Giving at World Vision, where he assisted donors with their planning needs and oversaw the planned giving team. Other organizations with which Scott served include Campus Crusade for Christ, where he provided leadership to a team of gift planners and assisted ministry partners with their plans. Previous to that, he served as Gift and Estate Design Specialist in the northeastern region of the United States with In Touch Ministries. Scott has earned the designations of Certified Financial Planner™, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®. In addition, he is a Bible college and seminary graduate. Scott is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania but now resides in Dallas, TX. He is married to Susan, and they have a son and daughter-in-law—Austen and Julia—who currently live in Tokyo.
Patrick is the founder of GenerousChurch and has a passion to see a revolution of whole-life generosity flourish in churches. Over the last 15 years, he’s partnered with Leadership Network, the Wesleyan Denomination, Converge and other church networks to equip leaders to unleash generous disciples. Leveraging the power of Scripture and story, the products and experiences that he’s created have been used by over 2,000 churches to transform the hearts and minds of Jesus-followers toward generosity as a way of living versus an act of giving. Currently, Patrick directs the vision of GenerousChurch and lives in Olathe, KS with his wife, Jennifer, and their children.
Danny has been a pastor in the local church for over twenty-five years. He also has experience as a student pastor, campus pastor and currently serves on the Directional Leadership Team at Cross Timbers Church. Danny loves the world of generosity and stewardship, which led him to partner in consulting with the team at Generous Church and serve as a facilitator with Compass Texas.
Before founding Generosity and Stewardship Strategies and co-founding Financial Freedom International, Gunnar Johnson was a local church Pastor and business owner. He had the privilege of serving as an Executive Stewardship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake Texas for 11 years. Prior to 13 years of vocational ministry he owned a Drywall business in Florida, and a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning company Texas while serving on staff with Howard Dayton and Larry Burkett at Crown Financial Ministry. Gunnar has taught and written extensively about generosity and stewardship in the church context. In 2016 he published: Generous Life Journey: The Road to Financial Freedom. Gunnar has a passion for teaching Biblical Generosity and Financial Stewardship to individuals, churches, non-profits and businesses. Recently he started a new organization called Learn Generosity, which focuses on consulting, workshops, and training for churches and leaders. Gunnar has been married to Missy for more than 21 years and has three kids. Faith is in her freshman year of college, Katelyn is a high school sophomore and Elijah is in 6th grade.
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