Online Speaker Series
In this series, our CEO Anthony Flynn interviews distinguished professionals who exemplify living at the center of work and faith, making it a priority to reflect Christ-centered lives while empowering others to do the same. We’re excited to hear from Jamey next month and learn from the ways God is using his to affect change both in Houston and around the world.
July 14th / 9am CST
Former President of the
Jamey Rootes has been one of Houston’s leading executives for more than two decades. For twenty years, Rootes served as President of the Houston Texans and was responsible for all business functions related to the club. He maintains an active role in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Partnership, United Way of Greater Houston, and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Recently, Rootes became a #1 International Bestselling Author upon the release of his first book, The Winning Game Plan: A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success.
Senior Vice President of
Human Resources for FedEx Ground
In our or June Work + Faith Online Speaker Series we had the honor of hearing from Heather Broeder, Executive Vice President of People at Refined Technologies, Inc. Heather shared with our community the immeasurable impact that valuing people over profit has in the corporate business sector as she said, “it is more important to be right with people than being right”. In her experience at RTI, through servant leadership and second chance hiring, they have lowered attrition rates and increased profits. Heather also shared with us her heart for the Lord and encouraged leaders to “offer what is broken to God, and watch him redeem it.”
In our May Work+Faith Online Speaker Series with Danny, Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries, he shared the impact of growing up with multi-cultural immersion and his successful career in the NFL. Danny provided insight on remaining humble in the midst of success through faith and the encouragement of community that prioritizes a servant-leadership mindset. Danny's heart for the underdog inspired his interest in the work of Desire Street Ministries. We hope you are inspired by the organization's 31 years of experience of revitalizing neighborhood ministry leaders through the intersection of work and faith.
Terrica shared with us her powerful life testimony of overcoming abuse, homelessness, and poverty to become a top realtor and developer in Louisiana. Her story of redemption is a living example of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD”. Terrica has not let rejection from her childhood or professional endeavors stop her from believing that God has a plan purpose for her life. She is now living that out through her $14 million development, Madeline Cove, for Lafayette’s lower-income residents to find safety, stability, and a roadmap to long-term wealth through homeownership.
To kick off the New Year, we had the blessing of learning from Lee Behar on the topics of stewardship and generosity. Lee serves as the Director of Finance and Strategy Director for The Maclellan Foundation, which is one of the largest Christian family foundations in the world. In our time together, Lee shared with us 5 principles for Biblical generosity and the difference between the mindset of “how much can I give” vs. “how much do I keep”. We hope this conversation encourages you to give generously because God has first given to us.
In our December Work + Faith Online Speaker Series we had the honor of hearing from Scott Sabin, CEO of Plant With Purpose. During our time with Scott, he shared about the impact of how viewing work as a privilege, and a gift, has helped people around the world realize that God has given them a way to contribute to society. We are encouraged by the life changing empowerment Plant With Purpose is making around the world through the connection of work and faith!
We were able to hear about Barbara's calling from God while in Germany, and how she made her "Nehemiah Walk" around the city of Houston to see where resource gaps were for those in need. Realizing the need for employment resources, Barbara wanted to be sure the faith component was there to provide purpose and a stable foundation, while also giving people an opportunity to gain the skills to find meaningful employment. We hope you are as encouraged as we are by Barbara's story and reliance on God!
In our October Work + Faith Online Speaker Series, we talked with our friend Chris Winton (Senior Vice President, Human Resources FedEx Ground). Chris shared with us about his experience finding a career through nontraditional paths and allowing adversity to shape and grow him positively. He shared how living out his purpose of helping people reach their full potential launched him into his current position. I hope you were as inspired as we were from our time together.
In our July Work + Faith Online Speaker Series, we talked with our friend Kem Wilson III (Principal at Kemmons Wilson Companies). Kem shared with us how he learned by example to carry on his grandfather's legacy of treating others with dignity and respect. We also heard about Kem's heart for giving back, both personally with a South Memphis youth outreach and professionally with KWC staff volunteer hours. I hope you were as inspired as I was from our time together.
In September, we spoke with our friend Candace Matthews (Amway's Chief Reputation Officer) in the Work + Faith Online Speaker Series. We heard about Candace’s experiences of relying on God to open windows when the doors are closed, finding a network of support as a means to take care of oneself and one’s career, and investing time and energy into others. I hope you were as inspired as I was from our time together.
In our July Work + Faith Online Speaker Series, we talked with our friend Andy Crouch (partner for theology and culture at Praxis; M.Div. Boston University School of Theology). Andy discussed topics from his book Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing. We heard about Andy’s perspective on power, and how to utilize authority and vulnerability so that we may flourish in our everyday lives, and in our experiences with others.