1. David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving as well as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He arrived at IUPUI in 2014 after serving as Assistant Professor of Christian History at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He earned a BA in History from Samford University, a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Historical Studies, Graduate Department of Religion from Emory University. He is the author of the recent book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism (UPenn Press 2019) that traces the almost seventy year history of World Vision, the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organization in order to investigate the evolving understandings of religious identity, international development, and public policy within the history of international relief and development organizations. He is also particularly focused on congregations. As the Co-PI of the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices, (NSCEP) the largest nationally representative study of congregations’ finances conducted in a generation, he is helping to build a new field of research on how congregations receive, manage, and spend resources. As an ordained minister having served local churches and national faith-based organizations, he is fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors, and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving. He routinely teaches leaders around the country through Lake Institute’s executive training courses as well as through speaking at universities, professional conferences, and religious gatherings. In recent years, he has been interviewed in national outlets such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, Religion News Service, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more about David King, visit him at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy webpage.
2. Paul H Grier is the Vice President, Project Regeneration at the Presbyterian Foundation. He joined the 2003, after serving as a volunteer. During his first nine years he worked with congregations and their members to cultivate and develop gifts for ministry purposes. Currently, Paul works with congregations and institutions of the Church that are exploring new ways of undertaking their mission, and the financial implications that such reinvention entails. Whether working with a Presbyterian-related college that has been offered a gift of investment real-estate in a distant location or assisting a congregation that is seeking to discern whether they should sell air or water rights, or divest themselves of some of their campus property, Paul draws upon his business and financial-management background to aid Church leaders in the repurposing of their properties and assets for sustainability and continuing mission-effectiveness. An eighth generation Presbyterian, Paul is a ruling elder and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He is active in community and charitable organizations, having served on local, regional, and national boards of foundations, arts organizations, healthcare providers, advocacy groups, trade associations, and community non-profits. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Erskine College in South Carolina and a M.H.A. in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
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