Neal is the Director, Global Strategy Enablement at Cook Medical. He graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Marketing in 1990. He is an Elder at Westside Community Church in Bloomington, IN and serves several faith-based organizations. Otherwise, you will likely find him with family or fly fishing.
Depending on your answer, you are categorized. You are either trusted or mistrusted, based on your label. The real question is “are you going to live within the characterization of your labeled self?”
We need to identify patterns in our relationship gaps. We are worn down & polarized by societal unrest. We begin to posture against anyone/anything that doesn’t align with our views or worldviews about people & their choices. Can you spot the gaps, swap shoes & build bridges?
To begin a TrUSt movement, The Gap Between Us will unpack 4 concepts to build US back up. We will introduce US to 4 pillars of EI and 4 Shared Values. Powerful together, they answer the questions that build a bridge of TrUSt for generations to come.
Please join us on May 30th to hear Neal’s insights on the topic of The Gap Between Us: Which Side are You On?
To register, please go to: menslifebloomington.org/rsvp
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Ron is convinced that Christians better handle their personal finances when they are counseled objectively with the highest technical expertise and from a Biblical perspective. To get this message out he founded the Ron Blue financial planning firm in 1979.(www.ronblue.com).
Ron retired from the firm in 2003 in order to lead Kingdom Advisors (www.kingdomadvisors.org). This is an international effort to equip and motivate Christian financial professionals to serve the body of Christ. The goal is to help participants by implementing Biblical wisdom in their lives and practices.
He is the author of seventeen books on personal finance from a Biblical perspective, including the best-seller, Master Your Money. His most recent book is Faith Based Family Finances. He received the honored designation of DISTINGUISHED ENTREPRENEUR from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, his alma mater.
This entire life of mine has been preparing me for something like this…The ability to have this opportunity to share my story and passion for life. To have an idea of how to make the body and mind work and how to bring them back from such a catastrophic injury, I’m really fortunate. All these things play a major factor in making sure I get the most out of my life and to inspire others to find there passion regardless of obstacle and circumstance.
Col Jamie Crowhurst retired from the Air Force in May of 2017 after 30 years of military service. His 15 military postings included commands at the squadron and wing level; multiple Pentagon and other headquarters tours; instructor positions in four different aircraft type; and a final tour as Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché in Bulgaria. Additionally, Col Crowhurst deployed five times including two separate squadron command tours supporting combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jamie is an Air Force Academy graduate and a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He also holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Webster University and served as a National Defense Fellow at the Congressional Research Service. After serving our country, he and his wife Lisa now make their home in Bloomington.
Rising to the Occasion
Richard (Rick) A. Alvis has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheeler Mission since 1990. He is a 1977 graduate of Ft. Wayne Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education and is an ordained Christian Union minister. Just prior to assuming his duties at Wheeler Mission, he served as the Executive Director of the Evansville Rescue Mission for 10 years. In 1992, he was listed in “Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans” and is a recent recipient of the distinguished Sagamore of the Wabash award. Rick has served the Citygate Network in several capacities, including Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He has also been on the national Board of Directors of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. He lives in the Greenwood area with his wife, Julie, and enjoys spending time with their three adult children and their families.
Living a Rich Life
James Lenhoff is a graduate of Miami University with a degree in marketing. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, he worked in financial planning with a large national firm before helping to found Wealthquest Corporation in 2006.
James is the author of Living a Rich Life: The No-Regrets Guide to Building and Spending Wealth and he has also launched the Rich Life Podcast, which focuses on changing the conversation around money. It’s easy to view our money as if it is a math problem. But James believes the math is the easy part. He contends that it is the emotion, the relationship, and the human brokenness that we bring to money that makes it feel difficult to handle and we should be focusing on these issues if we want to make financial progress. Married and the father of three, James spends much of his free time on service projects through his church, including financial literacy education programs, and mission work in Haiti.
Please join us on May 22nd to hear James insights on the topic of Living a Rich Life.
February 5, 2019 Raising Boys the Zeller Way Steve Zeller
During Steve’s career, he worked in a leadership role for 28 years. He has coached basketball, as well as trained their sons to elevate their games to the highest level. Today, Steve works full-time for Zeller Xperience, a nonprofit business that conducts basketball training and teaches character training. At Zeller Xperience, Steve and Lorri teach fundamentals to the athlete, while also working to instill high character, self-confidence, and life leadership skills. Their goal is to make players better at the game of basketball – but also to make them better people off the court. Together, Steve and Lorri have also written a parenting book, titled Raising Boys the Zeller Way. The book is full of lessons about raising their three boys. Luke, Tyler, and Cody each finished at the top of their high school class, won Indiana’s famed Mr. Basketball award, went on to play basketball at Division I universities, and play in the NBA.
October 24, 2018 As Iron Sharpens Iron: Discipleship 101 & IU Basketball
Ed Schilling and Clif Marshall
Ed and Clif were on two separate journeys before they intersected within the coaching staff of Indiana Men’s Basketball program. They will share how God directed each of their individual lives and how they now work together to lead team chapel, hold each other accountable, and partner together. It is a true “Iron Sharpens Iron” story (Proverbs 27:17).
Ed Schilling, a native of Lebanon, Indiana, is in his second season at Indiana after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at UCLA.
Clif Marshall is in his second season as the team’s Director of Athletic Performance after spending 10 years as the Performance Director at Ignition Athletics Performance Group in Cincinnati.
May 16, 2018 Q & A With IU Football Coach Tom Allen
A year ago, Coach Allen shared with us, stories about how God has guided his life and the goals he had set for the 2017 football season. This Q&A will give us an opportunity to follow up on that session. Please join us on May 16th to be inspired as you hear what Coach Allen has to say.
Tom Allen, a 26-year coaching veteran, was named IU’s 29th head football coach in December 2016. He made his coaching debut in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl. In 2017, IU finished ninth nationally in third down defense (29.9% – best program mark since 1992; 3rd in the Big Ten), 17th in passing defense (179.7 ypg – best program mark since 1995; 4th in the Big Ten), and 26th in total defense (340.1 ypg – best program mark since 1995). A school record, 13 Hoosiers earned 2017 All-B1G honors, including six defenders, which matched 2016’s program mark. Five Indiana players participated in the NFL Combine, which Ted a school record.
Prior to becoming the head football coach at IU, Tom was IU’s associate head coach/defense. In 2016, Tom engineered one of the top defensive turnarounds in the country. IU’s defense improved in every major statistical category against a schedule featuring four top 10 opponents, a program first. He was a nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award, honoring college football’s top assistant coach. Prior to coming to IU, Tom served as defensive coordinator at the University of South Florida. Before that he served as Assistant Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at various NCAA schools; including posiTons in the SEC and Sun Belt Conference, we well as being a successful high school head coach in Florida and Indiana (Ben Davis High School). Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin in 1992, and his master’s degree from IU in 2002. Tom and his wife, Tracy, have three children, Hannah, Thomas, and Bribney. For Coach Allen’s full bio, please visit IU Football Webpage.
February 21, 2018 A Car Dealer’s Journey Down a Road Less Traveled (Cary Curry)
Cary is the fourth generation owner of Curry Auto Center here in Bloomington. They have been selling new General Motors automobiles for over 100 years. He loves, honors, and serves customers, employees and the entire community around him. He established an endowment through the Community Foundation of Bloomington. This will enable long-term support for mentoring and faith-based community programs.
To capture his story, he wrote the book An Unlikely Discipler. It is a story that includes the car business, his family roots and the intersection – and tension – of faith and work. He talks about building trust and helping young men find their purpose. This is the heart of his calling – to disciple college men. Cary will tell parts of his story and he has invited a few of the young men he has discipled to share insights as well. Flyer
October 27, 2017 Life Reflections (Tom Abernathy)
Tom was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. While playing for the Indiana University Hoosiers in the 1970s, he was a member of four Big Ten Championship teams. In 1976, he was on the IU team that won the National Championship, which remains the last college basketball team to finish a season undefeated.
After his IU days, Tom played 5 years in the NBA. Tom is the owner of Indiana Basketball Academy (IBA), in Carmel, Indiana – impacting kids since 1996. Tom and his wife of 40 years, Susie, have three sons and eight grandchildren. Their three sons all played collegiate basketball as well.
May 17, 2017 How To Lead (Tom Allen)
Tom Allen, a 25-year coaching veteran, was named IU’s 29th head football coach in December 2016. He made his coaching debut in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl. Prior to that, Tom was IU’s associate head coach/defense. In 2016, Tom engineered one of the top defensive turnarounds in the country. IU’s defense improved in every major statistical category against a schedule featuring four top 10 opponents, a program first. A nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award, honoring college football’s top assistant coach, Tom led a program record six defensive players (Scales, Fant, Green, Oliver, Crawford, and Ball) to All-Big Ten honors and the program’s first All-American at linebacker since 1987, Tegray Scales, who earned second team honors from SI.com. Over the last 22 years, the teams for which Tom has been a member of the coaching staff have posted a combined record of 222-69 (.763). Prior to coming to IU, Tom served as defensive coordinator at the University of South Florida, and before that, has worked in various college-level and high school-level coaching roles. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin in 1992, and his master’s degree from IU in 2002. Tom and his wife, Tracy, have three children, Hannah, Thomas, and Brittney. For Coach Allen’s full bio, please visit here. Coach Allen lives his life with the right priorities. God’s guiding hand has been evident throughout his coaching career. The passion and focus he shows on the field will be seen as he shares stories and perspective on footfall, faith and leadership. Please join us on May 17th to hear Coach Allen’s inspirational message.
March 8th, 2017 A Passionate Perspective on Finding Purpose (Ben Lanius)
Ben Lanius has spent the last nine years growing HighPoint Global (HPG) from a one-man operation he started in his basement to one of Inc. Magazine’s Top
500 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Today, Ben and his team of more than two hundred employees work with government clients to evolve and elevate the citizen in different agencies. HighPoint was founded with the basic belief that the process and communication experience among citizens and government agencies can continually be improved to result in a superior customer experience. As CEO, Ben oversees HighPoint’s operations and corporate affairs development. Ben’s accomplishments as a successful business owner and leader were solidified in 2015 when Ben was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Ohio Valley Region. Ben is also a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group developing the new Project Management Standard within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Ben’s presentation will focus on the insight he has gained from looking for ways to lead well, learning from failures, showing respect to all employees, and providing an open work environment that allows people to thrive. Flyer.
November 30th, 2016 When Open Doors Surprise You (John Laskowski)
John “Laz” Laskowski won basketball letters for the Hoosiers in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Nicknamed “Super Sub,” he averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 84 career games. Laz helped the Hoosiers win three straight Big Ten Titles and advance to the Final Four in 1973, win the Collegiate Commissioners Association Title in 1974, and post an undefeated regular season before finishing with a 31-1 record in 1975. With the Hoosiers firmly entrenched as the No. 1 team in the country, he became the first IU basketball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated on February 3, 1975. Laskowski was then drafted by the Chicago Bulls and played two seasons, averaging 7.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. Laz was elected to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. He has spent 33 years covering IU basketball on TV, and in October of 2016 was elected to the IU Athletics Hall of Fame. Flyer.
May 18th, 2016: Too Good Not to Be True – Steve Moore (Steve Moore)
Steve Moore has had an interesting life. He’s been a gofer, a policy director and a speechwriter on Capitol Hill. He’s traveled the world making friends and praying with leaders. He’s enjoyed great successes and defeats. These days he grieves deeply over the death of his wife of 37 years. And through it all, it’s been one long, fascinating adventure of following Jesus. He sends out a daily first-thing-in-the-morning email “Scripture of the Day” read by little pockets of believers all over (including Bloomington!). He believes “the world is not made of atoms, but of stories.” We look forward to hearing his stories of laughter, struggle, joy, pain and hope, because of what he’s seen Jesus doing in his own life all over the world. Flyer
February 4th, 2016: Weathering Life’s Storms with Chuck Lofton
Chuck Lofton is a Broadcast Meteorologist at WTHR (wthr.com) in Indianapolis, IN. Known for his upbeat and friendly style, Chuck keeps viewers informed with up-to-the-minute SkyTrak weather on Sunrise from 4:30am to 7am and throughout the morning on NBC’s Today Show. In 2007, Chuck was named National Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association, the greatest honor of his professional career. A frequent speaker to churches, schools and civic organizations, Chuck has been named Prodigy of Indianapolis for community service. He currently serves on the Board Of Directors for Kingsway Christian School in Avon. Chuck graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and in 2010 was named an honorary alum of Taylor University. He grew up in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois. He and his wife Mary Lou have three sons, Timothy, Paul and Phillip and daughter-in-law Heidi. Flyer.
September 16, 2015: Morris Michalski (aka “Coach Mo”), Basketball Specialist
Coach Mo Takeaways
Morris Michalski (aka “Coach Mo”) is a Basketball Specialist with Athletes in Action (athletesinaction.org), an international outreach with a storied history of impacting lives through the platform of sports. Coach Mo landed with Athletes in Action (AIA) full-time in 2004 after more than 15 good years of ‘partnerships’ with AIA and more than 25 win-soaked years of coaching, mostly at the collegiate and international level. Multiple professionals at every level have trained with Coach Mo, including those currently in the NBA.
Coach Mo currently serves as chaplain/life coach to USA Basketball’s Senior National Team, the team that currently represents our country in the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup. His chief passions include helping others to skillfully negotiate life and move forward in faith and confidence, coaching, writing often, tackling about anything competitive, family fun, dating his wife, and making others smile. Bottom Line: Coach Mo coaches people not just sport, pushes skillfulness and strategy, and preaches life balance, redemption, renewal and rest. Flyer
May 20, 2015: Doug Sherman, Business and Ministry Builder
We welcome Doug Sherman to our May 20th Men’s Life Luncheon. Doug graduated from the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot trainer. He then earned a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Seminary.
Over the years Doug has deployed his leadership and visionary gifts to found Career Impact Ministries, and then in the workplace he was Founder and CEO of DSG Consulting, and later went on to build two real estate development firms — Aspen Heights Student Housing LLC and Innovative Real Estate Companies LLC. Most recently he founded Trading Up (www.tradingup.org), a ministry committed to helping Christ-followers experience God in the active hours throughout each day.
Doug’s background of building ministries and businesses gives him a unique perspective on how we can take small steps throughout the week that will result in BIG life change in the trajectory of our view of God and our entire life. Doug recorded a one-minute video about his coming. View Doug’s Video Flyer
March 11, 2015: Lauren Libby TWR Worldwide Radio Broadcast CEO
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We welcome Lauren Libby who brings decades of experience in the broadcasting and communication fields. He is President and CEO of TWR which broadcasts to 160 countries in 230 languages. He previously held leadership positions within The Navigators and is co-founder and Chairman of The New Horizons Foundation, and is co-founder of Educational Communications of Colorado Springs, a non-profit that owns and operates 44 full power radio stations and translator stations in Colorado. Flyer.
October 15, 2014 : Athletes on a World Stage and the Foundation of Faith
We welcome four athletes whose journey’s have included performing at a level where the world was watching. We will have a panel comprised of Shelby Wilson (1960 Rome Olympics), Anthony Thompson (Heisman Candidate and NFL) and Brian Maisonneuve (Hermann Award, World Cup and MLS). The panel emcee will be former pro basketball player and Indiana Hall of Fame member John Laskowski. Flyer