Alan came to Christ in high school at a Young Life camp in Colorado. He has an amazing wife, Katherine, and six children (ages 25, 22, 20, 18, 15, and 12)
Alan has a boring resume—he has worked for the same company since he was ten years old and has had the same position since 1986. Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company is a Heavy Lifting and Heavy Transport company based in Memphis, TN with offices in 20 cities in the United States. By God’s grace, the company has grown an average of 22% per year for 25 years. Barnhart provides services to heavy industry and construction, focusing on power plants (wind, nuclear, and fossil fuel) and the petrochemical industry.
A fear of affluence brought Alan to the decision to cap his lifestyle. His passion for missions has taken him to over 50 countries. The company profits are invested in strategic missions and Barnhart team members and their spouses take part in the decision-making process. Over 40 team members have traveled internationally in that effort.
Alan is active at First Evangelical Church of Memphis and in the Boy Scouts.
Michael is President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Freight. He provides strategic direction for the corporation’s less-than-truckload (LTL) companies throughout North America and for FedEx Custom Critical, a leading carrier of time-sensitive, critical shipments.
During his FedEx career, he was Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Express and President of its international business. He was President of FedEx Express Asia Pacific in Hong Kong for four years where he led the Southeast Asia and Middle East regions from Singapore, as well as Southern Europe from Milan.
He serves on the executive committee of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and as a member of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors. In addition to being on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations for the Obama administration, he also serves as Chairman of the International Policy Committee, Executive Board Member and Vice Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as a Board Member for the Coalition of Service Industries, The Salvation Army, Amway Corporation and International Flavors and Fragrances.
Born in Chattanooga, TN, he received his M.B.A. from a joint program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Charles A. Fowler
Charles has been married to Sandra for 27 years. They have two daughters, Anna (23) and Sarah (16). A new season of life begins for their family this summer when their daughter Anna marries Justin Mullins, a soldier in the U.S. Army. Sarah is a junior at Collierville High School.
Charles came to faith in Christ at 12 years old in his hometown of Corinth, MS. Following high school, he graduated from Union University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Ph.D. in Leadership from Mississippi State University.
Prior to coming to serve Germantown Baptist Church as Senior Pastor in August, 2010, he served at Union University for 15 years and concluded his service there as Senior Vice President for University Relations and Professor of Christian Ministry and Education. While serving at Union, he served local churches across the Mid-South region in an interim capacity while churches were in transition.
Most recently he has edited and released a book entitled, Reclaiming the Gospel at Home: Biblical Truths for Men.
Bill French is the new President and CEO of the Armed Services YMCA based in Springfield, VA. He retired in October 2014 as a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy after 35 years of service. He spent the majority of his career going to sea in submarines including command of the USS SALT LAKE CITY (SSN-716), and command of a submarine squadron. As a Flag Officer, Admiral French served in three Regional Commander Assignments in the Northwest, Guam, and the Southwest. His last assignment was as the Commander, Navy Installations Command, where he was responsible for the Navy’s 70 bases and the oversight of all shore support for Navy operations.
Admiral French is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and was commissioned in the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program in May 1979. He subsequently earned Master’s degrees from both the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College.
Al Gilbert is the Vice President of Evangelism at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Alpharetta, Georgia. There are six areas of focus in Evangelism at NAMB: chaplaincy, church, revitalization, collegiate, Disaster Relief, Networks, and LoveLoud.
Prior to joining the North American Mission Board in September 2011, Al served for nine years as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Al served on the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive committee and also spent five years as special assistant to the president at the International Mission Board. From 1988-1997, he pastored Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia. He also pastored a church plant in Northern Virginia and served on church staffs in Texas and Georgia. He graduated from Georgia College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Al and his wife Karen, known as KK, have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Scott serves as Vice President for Global Strategic Mobilization with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In this role, he oversees the board’s marketplace advance initiative to significantly increase the strategic involvement of marketplace professionals in fulfilling the Great Commission. He also oversees the Board’s human needs ministries and creative access strategies.
Prior to serving in this role, Scott served as the Associate Vice President of Global Strategy, supervising the board’s Affinity Group Strategy Leaders, the director of the Global Research Department and the director of Orality Strategies.
Scott earned his Ph.D. in the study of organizational leadership and has research the impact of trust on the transfer of knowledge within organizations. He has coauthored articles for the Academy of Management, the Journal of Knowledge Management, Mission Frontiers, and other publications. He is a contributing author to Discovering the Mission of God (InterVarsity Press, 2012).
Before moving to Richmond, Scott and his wife Janie served in southeast Asia, northern Africa, and Europe. They have three sons and three grandsons. Scott and Janie attend Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.
Keith serves as vice president of government affairs for Baptist Memorial Health Care where his primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with government officials and strengthening Baptist’s community outreach partnerships. He also serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church—Broad in Binghampton where he is leading the revitalization of that community through GREATER WORKS, Inc., an organization he founded. He also sits on the board of directors of the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission, is a Board Trustee at Christian Brothers University, and is a Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Commissioner. He also serves as president of the NAACP’s Memphis chapter.
A graduate of Morehouse College, Norman has studied community revitalization and church/corporate partnerships at Harvard Divinity School as well as the Invitation Strategies for Church and Community Partnership at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Todd Starnes is the award-winning host of FOX News & Commentary — heard daily on hundreds of radio stations around the nation. He also writes a column for FoxNews.com and is a regular contributor to Fox News Channel programs. Throughout his journalism career, Todd has covered a number of high profile stories — taking him from Wall Street to the White House.
Todd is the author of three books – the most recent being “God Less America” – a collection of essays documenting the war on religious liberty. Other books written by Todd include “Dispatches From Bitter America” and “Gravy on the Dipstick,” documenting his open heart surgery in 2005. He also authored an “A Portrait of Christ,” an anthology of Christian plays, and “David’s Homecoming,” a one-act play.
Todd is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. In 2014 he was awarded the National Religious Broadcaster’s Board of Directors Award.
He is a frequent speaker at churches, Christian conferences and Christian universities. He has also spoken at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California and the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue.
Joseph is the Managing Director of Olive Technology with the responsibility of managing the company’s overall business planning and strategy. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Biola University in California, and an MBA in Information Systems from Georgia State University.
He serves as the Senior Associate of Technology for the Lausanne Movement and is a member of the Boards of Global Disciples, Partners International, SIIRG and TENT India. He also serves on the Advisory Board of BAM Global and the Editorial Board of BusinessasMission.com.
Born in Hyderabad, India, Joseph now lives in Colorado Springs, CO. He and his wife, Suneetha, have three sons and a daughter.
Along with his focus on global IT solutions, Joseph has years of experience in Christian ministry around the world and is an advocate in the Business as Mission movement that is striving to affirm the missional role of Christian business people everywhere.