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…

“Biblical Investing: Managing God’s Assets by the Book”

  • Guest speakers: Chuck Bentley, Robin John, Mike Kern, III, and Howard J. “Rusty” Leonard
  • Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Time: 12-2 p.m.
  • Location: Dillon II Conference Room, Hinton Center @ Houston Baptist University Campus
  • RSVP by April 20


About the speakers…

Chuck Bentley (moderator) is the CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, which was founded in 1976 by the late Larry Burkett. Today the ministry has outreach in 104 nations. Chuck has traveled throughout the world teaching biblical financial principles to the affluent, middle class, and the poor. He is the author of four books, including his most recent, The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible, And How You Can Avoid Them. A new marriage book on love and money will be published soon. Chuck is the executive producer of the God Provides™ film series, starring Dean Jones. The films are now used throughout the world in 30 languages with the potential to reach 2 billion oral and visual learners. He writes and produces a daily radio broadcast heard on over 1,200 outlets in the USA. Chuck is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Christian Economic Forum, an annual gathering of select marketplace leaders dedicated to improving the world through the advancement of ideas that work, with a focus on God’s economic principles. Chuck also serves on the board of Foundations for Farming, an initiative aimed at bringing transformation to individuals, communities and nations through sustainable agriculture and faithful stewardship of the land. Chuck and his wife, Ann, both graduates of Baylor University, have been married since 1978 and reside in Knoxville, TN. They have four sons, a daughter-in‐law, and four grandchildren.

Robin John is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eventide Asset Management, a Boston-based Registered Investment Advisor that serves as the Advisor to Eventide Mutual Funds. Under his leadership, the firm has grown into a leader within the socially responsible and faith-based investment marketplace, and currently has approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Robin was named to the “2016 Ten to Watch” list by Wealth Management Magazine. He leads all business development efforts for Eventide and oversees daily operations. He has a degree in Economics from Tufts University.




Mike Kern, III, is the President & CEO of Capstone Financial Services, a Houston-based financial advisory and asset management firm. Mike started his professional career in 1996 as an analyst at Stout Risius Ross (SRR), a national financial advisory firm. He spent the next 19 years at SRR in a variety of roles including Managing Director in the Valuation & Financial Opinions Group, Head of the Investment Banking Group, CFO, COO and finally President, a position he held for the last six years of his tenure with the firm. Raised in the Detroit area, Mike graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Business Economics from Wayne State University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as the Series 7, 63, and 24 securities licenses. In 2006 he was the recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 Award, which is given to young professional leaders. He is a member of the CFA Institute and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Embrace the Truth International, as well as his local church (Crosspoint Church). Mike also is a past board member of Convoy of Hope, and International Aid. Mike currently resides in Houston with his wife, Amanda, and four children.

Howard J. “Rusty” Leonard is the Founder and CEO of Stewardship Partners Investment Counsel, Inc., a Charlotte (NC) based investment manager dedicated to helping Christian investors align their investing with their biblically-based worldview. Stewardship Partners is a recognized leader in the field of Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) and serves institutions and individuals using separately managed accounts. Prior to forming Stewardship Partners, Rusty was Executive Vice President of Templeton Investment Counsel, Inc.  During his 10+ years at Templeton, Rusty served on the firm’s Portfolio Management Committee, managed $3.5 billion of mutual fund assets, and played an important role in the success and rapid growth of Templeton’s institutional business. Prior to joining Templeton in 1989, Rusty served as the Director of Investment Research for First Pennsylvania Bank and earlier as a securities analyst at Provident National Bank. He received his CFA designation in 1984, one of the youngest ever to receive this prestigious designation.

Rusty also owns and serves as CEO of the Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) Institute, the leading organization that compiles information on the actions of public corporations that might be of concern to Christian investors. Rusty has served as Treasurer of the Philadelphia Society of Security Analysts, member of the Board of Regents of the CFA institute’s Financial Analyst Seminar, member of the CFA Institute’s Global Financial Reporting Advocacy Committee, and board member of the Strategic Resource Group, a non-profit ministry seeking to mobilize and direct prayer, people and funds into partnership with churches and key ministries in the Middle East and North Africa. Rusty and his wife Carol are co-founders of Wall Watchers, a ministry that provides insightful research reports on Christian ministries for use by current and prospective donors to those organizations ( has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The O’Reilly Factor and Good Morning America as well as in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and many other media outlets. Rusty, who holds a BBA (double major in Finance and Economics) from Temple University, resides with his wife of 32 years, Carol, in Chester Springs, PA. They have three children, Derek (30), Amy (28) and Jessina (24).

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