I was sitting in the break room at work and noticed a sticker for the PGS program in the paper. Later that week I saw it again, I made the call, and the rest is history.
When I decided to attend Cornerstone life was a breeze. My wife and I had one child and I worked about 15 minutes from the campus. About three months into the program I accepted a job that was almost an hour drive to the campus. My staff size tripled and the demands of the job increased. I had every reason to put school on hold, but I decided to stay committed to myself and my fellow PGS classmates. It was the right decision. God's timing is amazing; it seemed like every class became a case study in real life. At work I would be dealing with an issue that we covered the night before in class. The instructors had real life experience so the material was relevant and informative. I was blessed to have a University that was such a great resource for real life challenges.
By attending PGS my life has been transformed in more than one way. The most notable is in my world view. It is so easy in today’s environment with goals and factors to lose sight of what God would want for us to do. I learned invaluable lessons about becoming a kingdom business. By putting priorities into perspective, we can truly make a difference in the micro and macro scale. I approach work with a verse that helps me put life into perspective. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says that whether I eat or drink or in whatever I do, I should do it all for the glory of God. It is with that passion and focus that I approach my day. Whether I am spending time with my sons, my wife, friends, or a business client, I do it all for the glory of God. It feels like my time has been multiplied. I didn’t get more hours to my day; I just learned how to engage each hour to add the most value to each interaction.
I graduated on 2/1/2012, and on 2/19/2012 it was announced in my organization that I had been promoted to Vice President of Member Relations. In my last class I worked on a management project and used the outline as a visual during my interview. I showed the way I would strategically align my region and provide value back to our members. The core of my presentation was on creating a Kingdom Business. By investing in my staff and communities we would create an inherent value to the members who choose to partner with United Federal Credit Union. It is my mission to make a difference one member/employee at a time by sharing God’s favor and love with those I interact with. My wife bought me a desktop calendar for Christmas 2011. It is titled “Encouragement for Dads”. The day my promotion was made public I flipped my calendar like I do every morning. With that flip I was reassured that I was walking in God’s favor. I would like to share with you that verse: 1 Peter 5 6-7 says "So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; He'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God. He is most careful with you" (The Message).
To say my life was impacted by Cornerstone is an understatement. I hold the University and its instructors in high regard. It is refreshing to know that there are institutions that believe in the basic foundational values that I hold as a follower of Christ.
Vice President Member Relations United Federal Credit Union
Board of Directors, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce; Ambassador to the Chamber' Stewards of Southwest Michigan; United Way Funding Committee
Pictures with classmates
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