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Greg Baumer and John Cortines share their testimony at the 2016 Annual Conference. Baumer and Cortines surveyed 200 Harvard MBAs, seeking to understand how a person’s Christian faith influenced their financial decisions. What they found among the few “outliers” of the study changed the course of their lives and careers!
A native of Indianapolis, IN, Greg Baumer earned his BS in finance, business economics, and public policy from Indiana University in 2008. Greg began his career with McKinsey & Company, serving clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. He then worked as an investment professional for the private equity firm Advent International, where he focused on investments in the healthcare sector. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015, Greg joined Nashville-based healthcare technology startup naviHealth as vice president of business development.
It was while taking a Harvard Divinity School course called God & Money that Greg began to think deeply about the intersection of faith and finance. As he came to the startling conclusion that underpins God and Money (formerly titled Through the Needle)—that Christians are called to a radical level of generosity—he began to move beyond tithing and embrace a financial strategy centered on giving. Greg now hopes to experience the incredible joy and satisfaction that comes only through generously serving God with his wealth. He also aspires to participate in the mobilization of God’s church to launch a wave of generosity never before experienced on earth.
Greg is blessed to be married to his beautiful, loving, and gracious wife of six years, Alison. Greg and Alison are parents to a happy, outgoing toddler, Grant, and are expecting their second child in May 2016.
John serves at Generous Giving as Vice President of Operations and Innovation, with responsibility for managing internal operations and helping drive innovation and growth initiatives. A native of Texas, John began his career as a Petroleum Engineer, spending time everywhere from the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, to the offshore platforms of the Gulf of Mexico. While studying at Harvard Business School, he began a journey of discovery on the intersection of faith and wealth which culminated in a decision to leave behind a lucrative post-MBA job to work, speak, and write full-time on generosity (his book Through the Needle, co-authored with Greg Baumer, will be out in 2016).
John's greatest blessing in life comes from being married to his beautiful and gracious wife, Megan, and sharing in the joy of their two young children, Jack and Anna. John holds degrees from Harvard Business School (MBA, 2015), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (MS Earth Science, 2011), and Texas A&M University (BS Chemical Engineering, 2010).