Center for Christianity in Business Networking Event

The HBU Archie W. Dunham College of Business and the Center for Christianity in Business invite all business professionals to our next CCB Networking Luncheon…

Friday, September 28, 201812-2 p.m.

McNair Hall and Belin Chapel in the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University


Managing Non-Profit Organizations: A Faith Leadership Perspective

A panel discussion featuring:

  • Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Michael Mantel, CEO of Living Water International
  • Hank Rush, CEO of Star of Hope Mission (Houston)
  • Jonathan Wiles, Senior Vice President, Living Water International (moderator)


Pierce Bush is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, the largest BBBS agency in the country that includes Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and West Central Texas. Under his leadership, the agency launched the new strategic plan Vision 2×22 that will guide the agency in doubling its reach by 2022, with an increased focused on meeting the needs of local communities served and allowing the agency to effectively reach more children with life-changing mentor relationships. Through Pierce’s leadership, BBBS completed construction and fundraising on a new $8 million headquarters near downtown Houston. Pierce started his journey with BBBS as a volunteer mentor and, believing that BBBS embodies the American spirit of volunteerism and service to others, Pierce left his career in private equity to join the staff full-time in October of 2012. Pierce became CEO of Lone Star in August 2015 with the vision to build on its recent success and impact more children across the state. He is a member of the United Way Young Leaders giving circle, the Board of Directors for the Promising Youth Alliance, and a past board member for the KIPP Young Professionals, the Memorial Park Conservancy, and the Houston Center for Literacy. Together with his Little Brother Jaylyn, Pierce enjoys attending church at Ecclesia, playing baseball, riding bikes, and volunteering in the community. Pierce earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Texas in Austin.

Hank Rush is the President and CEO of Star of Hope Mission and has served in this role since the fall of 2008. Under his leadership Star of Hope has grown in its capacity to serve Houston’s homeless and near homeless population through its Vision 2020 plan. Star of Hope is dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children by providing structural programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. As president of Houston’s 111-year old and largest mission serving Houston’s homeless population, Mr. Rush recently oversaw a $54 million capital campaign, the city’s largest ever campaign for a human services organization, to build Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community transformational campus, home to Star of Hope’s Women and Family Development Center which provides homeless women and families with both emergency help and longer-term recovery and educational programs in one location just as it does at its Men’s Development Center. Through all its programs in 2017, Star of Hope served 6,522 homeless men, women and children, 965 individuals dedicated their lives to following Jesus Christ, and 5,892 rededicated their lives to Christ. Prior to joining Star of Hope Mission, Mr. Rush served in senior executive roles in three Fortune 500 companies and built two start-up organizations in his 30+ year career in Houston, including as CEO or Chairman of the Board of three organizations over a 20-year span, ranging from information technology development and outsourcing, to construction, to real estate information services.

Dr. Michael J. Mantel is President and CEO of Living Water International, a Christian, global implementer of water solutions in 17 developing countries. Prior to joining Living Water International in 2008, Mike led World Vision’s teams in the central United States for 17 years. Mike is a graduate of Calvin College with a BA in Business Economics and of Benedictine University with a Ph.D. in Organization Development. Mike serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University and as an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church. Mike is married to Natalie, his wife of 34 years who is an attorney and mother to their four daughters.


Jonathan Wiles is a nonprofit executive and strategist with 15+ years of cross-cultural leadership experience and a passion for integral mission. As Senior Vice President of Programs at Living Water International, he is responsible for the organization’s operations outside the United States: 230+ staff across 17 countries who serve 300,000 people per year through church- and community-centered WASH programs, along with the US-based teams that directly support them. He also advises other organizations on strategy and change, and serves on the board of the Accord Network (North America’s largest association of Christian relief and development agencies), where he recently completed a term as Chair. Prior to joining Living Water ten years ago, Jonathan spent six years at Schloss Mittersill—an intentional Christian community and study center in Austria. He completed postgraduate work in biblical and cultural studies at Regent College and earned an MA in International Development from Eastern University, where he is now a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership. Jonathan lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Maridyth and their four children. LinkedIn profile:



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