Mrs. Laura Abernathy
Laura and Robert Abernathy have been supporters of Haggai International for 15 years, and their daughter, Elizabeth, worked at the Haggai International Mid-Pacific Center as a summer intern. They are residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and Neenah, Wisconsin.
Laura is a leader in community and global Christian organizations. She currently serves on the National Leadership Council for World Vision and co-chairs their Mother and Child Initiative. Laura and her husband, Robert, have been married for almost 40 years and have lived across the U.S. and overseas, as a result of Robert’s work with Kimberly-Clark and, most recently, Halyard Health. They are the parents of two grown, married children, with two granddaughters.
Laura is an ordained deacon and a member of Wieuca Road Baptist Church. She serves on the Children’s Ministry Team and is a trustee of the Wieuca Road Baptist Church Foundation.
Mr. Alex Barron
El Paso, TX
Alex was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso. In 1995, he graduated from University of Texas at El Paso with a 4.0 GPA in civil engineering and then attended Stanford University from 1996-2001 to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in structural engineering and construction management.
After finishing his graduate studies, Alex began his Wall Street career in 2001 with the real estate team at Franklin Templeton, focused on the housing sector, before moving to the sell-side at JMP Securities, an investment bank. Since 2010, he has been the president and CEO of Housing Research Center – the premier independent equity research firm focused on the housing market.
Over the last few years, he has become active in his community and has served as founder and president of Dare to Dream Foundation, Options 12 Investment Club, and Financial Freedom and Success International. Previously, he served as an advisory board member for the UTEP College of Engineering. Alex has known Christ as his Savior since the age of 14. His calling is to be a Christian capitalist – to make money to expand God’s Kingdom and share the Gospel. He has a passion to teach financial freedom and help over one million people become debt free over the next decade.
Alex wants to motivate people to become millionaires, with the goal of them making a difference in this world through their giving and thus serve God with money. The Dare to Dream Foundation is dedicated to helping poor children around the world receive a Christian education and developing them into the leaders of tomorrow.
Mr. Austin Day
Austin is an entrepreneur in the New Ventures group at Kenzie Lane Innovation, a venture founded in Atlanta, backed by Cox Enterprises. Kenzie Lane builds technology companies from the ground up, with more than five companies in development at any point in time.
Austin’s team is responsible for the formation of these businesses – identifying consumer problems in day-to-day life, developing technology solutions to these problems, building a go-to-market strategy, starting the company, running it in the early stages, hiring a CEO, and subsequently continuing in a consultative role to ensure success.
Austin followed in the steps of his grandfather, Cecil, and his father, Peyton, in attending Georgia Tech, where he majored in business finance, with an interest in investment banking and consulting. After graduating, he was hired by the strategy group of Deloitte Consulting, working in financial services, specifically in the banking and insurance sectors.
Mr. Clinton M. Day
Clint is certified as a master Christian life coach by the Board of Christian Life Coaching, an affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors. A 1982 graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in business, he has served as a Georgia state senator, a member of the Georgia Ports Authority board, the chairman of a bank, a director on many nonprofit boards, and in numerous other leadership capacities.
He and his family currently live on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The significant challenges Clint has overcome in his own life have given him an unusual degree of wisdom and empathy for serving his clients. His extensive professional experiences as a leader in business, banking, politics, and the nonprofit sector have uniquely equipped him to coach leaders in a wide variety of fields. “My goal as a life coach is to enable leaders, with God’s help, to identify and eliminate the obstacles that hold them back, so they can live prosperous lives in the fullest sense of that term,” says Clint.
During their times of trial, Clint comes alongside his clients as a coach to encourage them, to help them see what needs to be changed, and to help them develop a renewed vision of how God designed them to be.
Dr. John Edmund Haggai
John Edmund Haggai has spent a lifetime studying and teaching leadership. An internationally acclaimed author, preacher, teacher and “leader of leaders,” he is the founder and chairman of Haggai International.
Established in 1969, the International prepares Christian leaders – who will train others – to reach their own people for Christ.Haggai International trains leaders in Asia, the Middle East and Maui – and has offices in 13 countries to serve more than 101,000 alumni in 188 nations.
Dr. Haggai travels extensively every year and has circled the globe more than 100 times. He counts among his friends many of the world’s most distinguished and illustrious leaders. He and his wife Christine live in Atlanta, Georgia; however their influence touches millions around the globe.
Dr. William “Bill” Hall
San Clemente, CA
Bill has been an active certified financial planner since 1985 and has been with Securities America, Inc. since 1991. He also co-founded The Executive Committee (TEC – now Vistage) on the West Coast in 1969. Vistage is now a worldwide organization with over 20,000 members. In addition, he held positions as executive vice president and chief financial officer with Vedax Corporation, the former parent of Vistage.
Bill was a registered professional engineer while working offshore for Shell Oil and in marketing operations with Mobil Oil. He served in the U.S. Army as an officer in Germany. He was a professor at Pepperdine University and California State University at Fullerton, in the School of Business.
His academic credentials include a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia International of Technology. Bill’s past activities with nonprofit organizations include serving as chairman of California Baptist Foundation and vice chairman of the SBC Foundation, as well as chairman of the Board of California Baptist University.
He frequently serves as an adviser to CEOs of nonprofit organizations, and he has served on several advisory boards for Southern California Companies. He currently serves on the Mission Hospital Foundation Board and the Haggai International Board of Trustees.
Mr. Hunter Hall
Hunter Hall was first elected to the Haggai International Board in 2012. He and his wife Shelly live in Covington, GA. Together, they have four children ranging in ages from 10 to 19, and they attend Eastridge Community Church.
Hunter currently serves as COO/Business Development for Kelly Products, Inc. They are an agribusiness servicing the chemical pesticide and landscape industry, software for the Department of Agriculture, and retail sales for locally sourced and grown foods.
Prior to joining Kelly Products, Hunter served as the president of the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce. He and Shelly served 11 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in Colorado, Texas, and Arkansas before moving to Georgia.
Hunter states, “Shelly and I were introduced to H.I. years ago through Shelly’s dad, Bob Rutland, and his father, Guy Rutland. We have chosen to be part of the H.I. team and family because of the ministry’s effectiveness in raising up nationals to fulfill the Great Commission. In our opinion, no one does it better than Haggai.”
Mrs. Lisa Hendrickson
Lisa, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, now lives in Lantana, Texas, with her husband Jon and two children, Julianna and Joshua.
Lisa has a diverse background in education, communication, and political science. During her undergrad years, she began volunteering on local campaigns in Montana, which parlayed into running a successful statewide campaign. After the birth of their son, Lisa began to teach government and civics in secondary grades while living in New Mexico, Oregon, and California. She completed her Master of Education and returned to Texas in 2006, at which point she was led into the realm of marketing and public relations.
Lisa spent seven years in television and product marketing before stepping out on her own in 2013. She volunteers for various political campaigns and causes and is heavily involved in fundraising and event management for several campaigns and nonprofits.
In addition, she was elected chairman of the Denton County Republican Party in early 2016. Lisa sits on two boards and is an active member of both Christian and political organizations in Texas.
Mr. Terry Johnson
Upon graduating from Auburn University in 1983, Terry joined his father, Buddy Johnson, at the newly acquired Johnson Industries. At the time, the company had annual revenues of $1 million, with five employees. In 1996, Terry was named president of Johnson Industries and later CEO in 2001, serving the company in that position until his departure in 2004. He led the company domestically and internationally through hyper growth and change, reaching annual revenues of $300 million.
Johnson Industries was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the U.S. foremost leading companies in retaining and motivating associates. Terry has acquired or sold over a dozen companies successfully and has incubated and launched many new businesses.
Now CEO of Jeremiah Partners, an investment and advisory firm with numerous real estate holdings, Terry continues his passion of growing companies and developing organizational cultures that empower and inspire individuals to heightened personal and professional growth.
His calling in life is to prove that the intersection of faith and business, purpose and profit, is not only an achievable and powerful combination, but also a tangible force of positive change in the world. Terry enjoys reading, fishing, listening to music, and spending time in the Caribbean.
Mr. Kevin King
Signal Mountain, TN
Kevin has been a financial adviser for 20 years. He is one of a select group of UBS financial advisers who has earned the “Wealth Advisor” designation, which ranks him among the top advisers in the firm.
Kevin was born in Alabama, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) at Auburn University. Now the senior vice president of wealth management with UBS Financial Services, Inc., he works in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attained the certified public accountant designation while working in public accounting after graduating from college. Kevin also obtained the certified financial planner designation and has provided financial planning services to a select group of business owners and executives.
Outside of UBS, Kevin is a member of numerous associations, including: AICPA, TSCPA, the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council, and the CFA Society. He currently serves on the board of FACES and the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council and is actively involved with Young Life.
He is an avid snow skier and enjoys watching college football. Kevin lives in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, with his wife Martha, and, together, they have four children – Caroline, Matthew, Lauren, and Kate.
Mr. Joseph “Joe” Moderow
Dana Point, CA
On Joe’s first birthday, he was hospitalized with polio, but by God’s grace, he recovered with few side effects. Growing up, though, he had verbal and emotionally abusive father, who ultimately refused to speak to Joe because he believed Joe to be a “disappointing failure who would never amount to anything in life.”
In fact, the opposite came true. With the help and support of his grandparents, Joe obtained a job with UPS and became the first in his family to graduate college, earning his business degree in economics from California State University at Fullerton. After marrying, he entered a six-year stent in the Army National Guard before returning home to accept a full-time position with UPS and begin law school.
Joe ultimately became senior vice president at UPS and a member of the General Counsel and Board, and he passed the California Bar Exam. In addition, for a two-year period during the Regan administration, he served as an appointed presidential exchange executive at the U.S. Department of Labor.
As a result of his heavy workload, Joe developed ulcerative colitis, which required multiple surgeries and harsh steroids. Shortly after, his son, Michael, endured a severe car accident and more than four months in a coma. Through all of his success and adversity, Joe asserted, “A person’s life cannot be defined in terms of achievement at work or at home, but by the character forged by both the blessings and challenges of living.”
Now retired, he serves on the boards of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Shepherd Hospital, the Brain Injury Resource Foundation, and the Haggai International. He is also a trustee of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and advocates for ethics in corporate governance at the CSUF business school.
Mr. James “Jim” McCormick
Mr. Sam Naff
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Sam began working for Kraft Foods in manufacturing. While at Kraft headquarters in Chicago, he was responsible for all of their U.S. cheese plants. During that time he also completed his M.B.A. at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
After 23 years with Kraft, Sam resigned, and he and his wife, Sarah, joined Campus Crusade for Christ, working with Dennis Rainey and the Family Life Ministry in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1988, Sam began working for Haggai International and was instrumental in obtaining and setting up the Mid-Pacific Center in Maui.
Sam became a licensed real estate agent in 1997 and bought a Century 21 office in the mountain community of Big Canoe. In 2008, he and his business partner formed The Crown Business Group. In 2000, Sam and Sarah, along with four other couples, helped form Foothills Community Church near Big Canoe.
Married for 52 years, Sam and Sarah have two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. On a personal note, Sam and Sarah are forever grateful to Dr. Haggai for preaching an evangelistic message one Sunday in September of 1963 at First Baptist Atlanta, where Sarah received Christ as Savior.
Mrs. Amory Scott
Amory is the executive director of the Scott Foundation in Opelika, AL. The foundation is the corporate giving mechanism of Scott Bridge Company, which has been a supporter of Haggai for many years. In her professional life, she has worked in development with both the Hudson Family Foundation and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association’s Alexander-Tharpe Fund. After her work with nonprofits, Amory worked for COMM-360, a political consulting firm in Atlanta, GA, on various campaigns including Senator Johnny Isakson’s 2016 re-election bid.
Amory graduated from Auburn University with a degree in finance from the Harbert School of Business.
Amory enjoys when personal and professional worlds come together, and she serves as a member of the Young Alumni Council for Auburn University’s Harbert School of Business. A graduate of the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellowship Program, she has had the opportunity to share her leadership skills as a guest lecturer at Auburn University in the Introduction to Nonprofits course.
Amory resides in Auburn, AL, where she is a member of Auburn United Methodist Church and enjoys singing in the chancel choir.
Mrs. Grace Marie Small
Grace Marie is the third generation of the Dunkin family to begin a career with the agency. While attending Auburn University, she became the first college student to intern with Johnson Outdoors. Grace Marie officially joined the group in September of 2009, dedicated to learning each and every aspect of the business. Grace Marie is actively pursuing opportunities for the company to grow and brings fresh perspective to the group.
Mrs. Jeanne Allen Stroetz
Jeanne has been a supporter of Haggai International for more than 25 years. She was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. She also had the privilege of accompanying Dr. John Haggai and Haggai team members for five around-the-world vision trips.
Jeanne is married and has one son. She and her husband reside in Thomson, Georgia, where she serves as a member of Christ Presbyterian Church. Jeanne grew up in Pennsylvania and then graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music Education.
She has always had a passion and a gift for music, and after attending music camp when she was younger, she became a music teacher and taught children’s music for 35 years before retiring.
Mr. J.P. “Jody” Stubbs
Jody, a 1974 graduate of Georgia Southern University, is an accountant by training and a CPA, as well as CEO of Stubbs Oil Company in Statesboro, Georgia.
He and his wife, Beth, are members and long-time Sunday school teachers at First Baptist Church Statesboro, where Jody has served as chairman of the Board of Deacons. They were introduced to the work of Haggai International by Cade Willis and have been enthusiastic friends and supporters since 1997.
In 2011, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce named Jody 2010 Business Leader of the Year. Jody and Beth have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Mrs. Lynne Tahmisian
Santa Barbara, CA
Lynne is president of the La Arcada Investment Corporation. She administers family owned commercial properties as well as a family foundation. Lynne’s business background includes leadership training, communication, and education.
Lynne graduated from Westmont College and is serving on their board.
She taught a Community Bible Study for many years, is active in mentoring young adult Christian women, and is involved in the Women’s Economic Venture.
Mr. Whitney James “Rusty”
Rusty has been involved with Haggai International since 1990. He was first elected to the Haggai International Board of Trustees in 2006. He and his wife Terry have supported Haggai for the last 25 years.
Rusty was the president and chief executive officer of Tolleson Lumber Company, an independent company based in Perry. He is currently retired and lives with his wife in Greensboro, near Lake Oconee, where he is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. His daughter and son-in-law (Whitney and Stephen Baily) live in Brooklyn, New York.