Dr. Timothy C. Tennent has served as President since July 2009. Prior to his coming to Asbury Seminary, Dr. Tennent was the Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he served since 1998. Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1984, he has pastored churches in Georgia, and in several of the largest churches in New England. Since 1989, he has taught annually as an adjunct professor at the New Theological College in Dehra Dun, India. He is a frequent conference speaker around the country and throughout the world, including numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Dr. Tennent received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is also a 2008 graduate of a three year mentor project in Academic Leadership sponsored by the Lily endowment.
Dr. Tennent is the author of numerous books and articles. His books include, Building Christianity on Indian Foundations (ISPCK), Christianity at the Religious Roundtable (Baker Academic), Theology in the Context of World Christianity (Zondervan) and Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the 21st Century (Kregel Academic).
With the advent of global Christianity and thousands of Christian movements, networks and denominations, Dr. Tennent will help us explore the mission of the Church in the faith-work movement. He will address what the Church can expect from the institutions charged with preparing its leaders for the full range of expressions of Christian service including pastors, counselors, cross-cultural workers, teachers, marketplace ministers, social entrepreneurs, and others.
Visit Dr. Tennent’s Blog at timothytennent.com
William G. Messenger is the Executive Editor and member of the Steering Committee of the Theology of Work Project, an international organization dedicated to researching, writing, and circulating materials about how the Christian faith can contribute to the workplace. Its materials are free of charge. The TOW Project also helps faith-and-work organizations, pastors and Christians in the workplace work more closely together to equip their members for meaningful and fruitful work in the world. Previously, Will was the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2008, and an adjunct faculty member there. He created and led the seminary’s doctoral and master’s degree programs in workplace leadership and business ethics. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School (Auckland, New Zealand), guest lecturer at Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA) and adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).
Will is a member of the Board of Directors of ArQule, Inc., a biotechnology company near Boston, where he chairs the compensation, nominating and governance committee and is a member of the audit committee. He previously worked as a sales representative at IBM, corporate finance associate at Goldman Sachs, consultant at McKinsey & Co., and vice president of sales and marketing Advanced Metabolic Systems. Will is ordained in the Episcopal Church and formerly served as pastor of Charles River Church in Boston and assistant rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Belmont, MA. He was awarded a B.S. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
As Chief Services Officer, Lisa Schultz is responsible for the alignment of CNL Financial Group’s strategy, brand, culture and leadership to accelerate organizational performance. She facilitates the development and communication of CNL’s strategic architecture and integrates those plans with business management systems. In addition, she oversees all facets of the private alternative investment firm’s marketing, communications and human capital management. This includes corporate and product messaging, investor communications, community development, public affairs, brand, leadership development, performance management and total rewards. She also serves as a member of the CNL Financial Group Board of Directors.
Mrs. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and financial services, including leadership roles with Bank of America, NationsBank and Barnett Bank. She holds an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University.
A strategic and discerning leader, she is passionate about making a difference in the community. Mrs. Schultz uses her unique combination of skills to serve a variety of organizations:
The Dream began in 2005. We had been envisioning a gathering place for the community to do life together. Not just a place about the coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, panini and desserts, but rather a place about people in the community coming together around a cause. A place about helping those in need: locally, nationally and internationally. A place about giving instead of taking. A place where guests are not just numbers, but people with stories to tell. We wanted to find a way to tangibly touch the lives of people in need: orphans, human trafficking victims, the poverty-stricken, those without potable water, etc while creating a place that unites the local community. So, we decided to give all the profit away in hopes of changing the world…one cup of coffee at a time.
The name was born out of this dream. Axum is a city in Ethiopia. In Axum, there are 45,000 people. The is no fresh water, inadequate medical care, 1000 orphans on the streets and 1000 beggars who are old, blind or physically impaired in some way. Most people walk over 5 miles each day to collect water from a reservoir that then needs to be boiled to be relatively safe. Over the next 10 years, with the right funding and committed people we can bring fresh water to the city, enhance medical care, sponsor orphans back into homes of relatives or friends and help care for the old, the poor, the blind etc. If we do these things the city will experience total transformation and our impact will be felt for generations to come. We are currently working in Axum and hope that in 10 years this WILL be our story. Axum will always be a picture of our dream for cities around the world. Let’s change lives one city at a time!
This is our story. Join us and make it your story!
We would love to hear about local, national and international causes that are near and dear to your heart. Enjoy our coffee and more at various locations.
Yanet Herrero is the President and CEO of Kings Service Solutions, and Kings Financial Group. The daughter of Cuban entrepreneurs, Mrs. Herrero was born in Havana Cuba and came to the United States at the early age of seven. Following the entrepreneur spirit her parents instilled in her, Mrs. Herrero founded Kings Service Solutions, LLC in 2007.
Kings Service Solutions provides facility maintenance services throughout the state of Florida. In 2013, Mrs. Herrero founded Kings Financial Group, which specializes in providing tax services to low income families. With an unyielding drive to provide customer service and deliver an excellent product, Mrs. Herrero has taken Kings Service Solutions from a startup company to being recognized in 2011 by the HBIF, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Central Florida as “Success Story of the Year.” Later in 2011, Mrs. Herero’s leadership was again recognized when Kings Service Solutions received the Don Quijote Award-Hispanic Business of the Year under five years, presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando and the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund.
In 2013, Mrs. Herrero was interviewed by MSNBC for their nationally televised “Your Business” show featuring her as a woman entrepreneur who stays profitable and efficient by tracking everything. During Hispanic Heritage Month 2013, Mrs. Herrero and Kings Service Solutions were featured by the Small Business Development Center at University of Central Florida, which later received both state and national recognition. In 2014, Mrs. Herrero was recognized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando, Vision Magazine as one of 25 most influential persons in Central Florida. Mrs. Herrero serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. She earned her M.B.A. from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. In addition, Mrs. Herrero is very proud to have recently being named Latin Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by Latina Style Magazine. Kings Service Solutions and Kings Financial Group are Christian based companies who give 10% of their earnings to local organizations and charities.
Dr. George Cope serves as the Director of Church Ministries of Vision Orlando, a trans-denominational ministry seeking to bring unity and renewal through the Body of Christ in Central Florida to affect positive community transformation. Vision Orlando offers a wide variety of resources to help people become more productive in their communities.
Dr. Cope received his B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College, his M.A. in Leadership Studies from Vanguard University and earned his D.Min. in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His ministry began in Waukegan, IL serving as a Youth Pastor while pursuing his studies at Trinity Seminary. Rev. Cope assumed the pastorate of Belmont Evangelical Church in the inner city of Chicago. Following, Cope led Abundant Life Christian Center in Alton, IL for six years and served at his third church, Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam, MA for nine and half years. While at Bethany, he was elected Assistant District Superintendent of Assemblies of God.
Dr. Cope served as President of Zion Bible College in Barrington, R.I. from March 2000 to December 2005. In January 2006, he was elected Lead Pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Winter Park, FL where he served until 2013. Cope has traveled extensively outside the United States in ministry. Four trips to the former USSR resulted in the establishment of two churches and one orphanage. Several past mission trips include Jamaica, Haiti, Europe, India, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.