Many times, we're asked by givers how they can be certain that National Christian Foundation will be the same Christ-centered organization 25 years from now that it is today. This question is important because so many have included us as a beneficiary in their wills, trusts, insurance policies, and retirement plans.
One answer is the character, mission, and stability of our board of directors. The following guidelines help ensure the continuity and strength of our board for years to come:
Our board members know they are charged with a great responsibility. Their goal is to make certain every dollar that comes to us is ultimately distributed according to our Christian mission and the desires of the givers we serve.
Jay Bennett (Chairman of the Board) has been married to his wife, Sally, for 43 years and has three grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren. Professionally, Jay has led a "parallel career" of practicing law and engaging in a wide variety of business transactions in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis), domestically and internationally for the past 35 years while also leading a Christian foundation serving Christian ministries for 26 years. To integrate his passions to see the Lord's resources flow generously into high impact ministries, Jay founded National Christian Foundation Twin Cities in 2000, a Christian Community Foundation and NCF affiliate. He serves on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards including service as Chairman of the National Christian Foundation as well as Chairman of the Dallas based Halftime ministry serving marketplace men and women moving "From Success to Significance."
Phil Drake (Vice Chairman of the Board) is Founder and Chairman of Drake Enterprises, a group of 18 businesses based in Western North Carolina. The Enterprise group provides jobs to more than 450 individuals, making it one of the largest employers in the area. The company strives to demonstrate that biblical principles apply to every walk of life – including business decisions. Phil is also the Chief Technical Advisor to Drake Software, the flagship company of Drake Enterprises. He began developing tax preparation software in 1977. In 1985, Drake Software was one of the first companies to electronically file tax returns. In 2004, the company won the IRS Modernized e-file Pioneer Award for its efforts. Drake Software also does work for Crown Financial Ministries, developing and maintaining Crown Money Map software, and Career Direct On-line. Phil and Sharon, his wife of 33 years, live in Franklin, North Carolina, near their children and grandchildren.
Katherine Barnhart, the daughter of the Most High, wife of Alan, the mother of Nicholas, Nathan, Janie, Kepler, Marah and Noah is a servant catalyst who loves God and lives intentionally. She received a B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in English from Memphis State University. Katherine co –founded and gives leadership to The GROVE Group, a Kingdom resource. She has given board leadership to several local and international boards and movements including The GROVE Group, Memphis Leadership Foundation, ETEN, Issachar, The Jesus Film, IVCF and World Relief. Her interest in missions and the fulfillment of the Great Commission has taken her all over the world for creative partnerships in this urgent endeavor. Katherine knows how to pack light ... for trips and for life.
Jess Correll is a founding member and has served as president and chairman of First Southern Bancorp since 1987. He is chairman of the board and CEO of UTG Inc., and also serves on the boards of Crown Financial Ministries, Generous Giving, and Friends of Good Samaritans in India. He is married to Angela Correll and has three children Adrienne, Preston, and Leigh.
Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Prior to joining Nuveen in 2012, he held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including Blackrock, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), and Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. Bob appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News. He has a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is both a CFA and a CPA. Bob and his wife, Leslie, live in Princeton, New Jersey, and have three children. He is choir director at his local church and holds leadership positions in the NYC Movement Project and the Global Executive Leadership Forum within the Lausanne Movement. Bob serves on a number of boards, including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, Cairn University, and the Wharton Graduate Executive Board.
James B. "Buck" McCabe
James B. “Buck” McCabe served on the executive committee of Chick-fil-A, Inc. for 35 years, helping steward the company from a small group of restaurants in the Southeast to a $6 billion asset that was named America’s most beloved fast food chain. He retired as executive vice president in 2015 and joined the company’s Board of Directors in the same year. He was Chief Financial Officer from 1981-2014, responsible for all financial departments, information technology, corporate administration, legal, and Cathy family financial planning. He was honored in 2008 by Atlanta Business Chronicle by being named CFO of the Year. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Mr. McCabe spent four years as an auditor with international accounting firm, Peat Marwick, which is now KPMG.
Mr. McCabe holds a master’s degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in accounting from The College of William & Mary. In 1991, Mr. McCabe graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served his country as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Mr. McCabe attends a non-denominational Bible church and spent five years as a men’s group leader for Bible Study Fellowship International. He is a current member and former Chairman of the Board on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' National Board of Trustees. He is active in the Atlanta Metro Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mr. McCabe serves on the board of trustees for The National Christian Foundation. In 2008 he was selected to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Mr. McCabe is married to the former Susan Metzger and has three children, Karen, Jim and Nancy, and four grandchildren.
Lloyd Bentsen is Chairman of the Investment Committee of National Christian Foundation (NCF). Lloyd has over 35 years experience in the venture capital arena and in investment banking. In 2006, Lloyd helped to cofound, and was the initial Chairman, of National Christian Foundation Houston, an affiliate of NCF. Prior to that, Lloyd was managing director of Cogene Ventures, co-founder and managing general partner of Triad Ventures (one of Texas’ first venture capital funds) and co-founder and managing general partner of the AM Fund (one of the nation’s first venture funds partnering with a major university). Prior to managing venture capital for 15 years, Lloyd was an investment banker concentrating in private placements of capital and corporate mergers and acquisitions. From 1999 until 2003, he was the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Houston Technology Center. Lloyd was the founding Chairman of the Board of the Nehemiah Center, benefitting inner city children through academic programs in a Christian environment. In addition to the NCF Board, Lloyd serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of National Christian Foundation Houston and is a member of the board of The Barnabas Group Houston. He is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from Stanford University. Lloyd, his wife Gayle, and their two sons, Lloyd and Ryan, are members of First Presbyterian Church, Houston.
Terry Parker founded NCF in 1982 with Ron Blue and Larry Burkett. Terry is active in the Christian philanthropic community, serving or having served on numerous non-profit boards, including Crown Financial Ministries, Christian Legal Society, The Gathering, and Family Research Council. He lectures at no charge throughout the country on behalf of the ministries served by The National Christian Foundation on issues involving donor-advised funds, private foundations, supporting organizations, the transition of wealth from one generation to the next, and the tax and spiritual issues involved in charitable giving. A well-respected name in the world of giving, his expertise and 38 years of experience in wills, trusts, estates, and tax-exempt organizations have made him a sought after counselor.
Terry retired from the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice, PLLC, in 2003 to devote himself full-time to NCF. His law degrees include a Master of Law in Taxation and a Doctor of Law. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts. In addition to being admitted to the practice of law before all Georgia state courts, the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court, he is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
His military service includes the JAG Corps of the United States Navy. Terry and his wife, Paula, reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have three children and nine grandchildren.
Kendra VanderMeulen joined National Christian Foundation Seattle in 2007 as its first President. She is a veteran of the wireless telecommunications industry, having served as the Executive Vice-President, Mobile at InfoSpace and as the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Wireless Data Division of AT&T Wireless. She is currently an active Board Member and Advisor to a variety of companies in the wireless Internet arena, as well as being active in her church and other non-profit work. Kendra also helped found SoulFormation, a ministry which provides spiritual direction and encouragement to Christian leaders, particularly pastors and missionaries.
In addition to her work with NCF, she currently serves on the boards of SoulFormation, B-Square, Inc., and Inrix, Inc. Kendra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Marietta College and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Ohio State University, where she also received the Distinguished Alumna award in 1990 from the College of Engineering. She is the recipient of the 1999 Catherine B. Cleary award as the outstanding woman leader of AT&T. Kendra has been married to William Snider for more than 30 years and has two adult children.
Larry Burkett, NCF Co-Founder / Board Member (1939-2003)
NCF was co-founded by Larry Burkett, a pioneer in the teaching of Christian financial stewardship principles. Larry served on NCF's board of directors until his death in July, 2003. In 1976, Larry formed Christian Financial Concepts (CFC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the biblical principles of handling money. In September 2000, CFC merged with Crown Ministries, creating a new organization, Crown Financial Ministries. Larry published more than 70 books, sales of which now exceed 11 million copies and include several national best-sellers. The four radio programs, "Money Matters, " "How to Manage Your Money, " "MoneyWatch, " and "A Money Minute, " are carried on more than 1,100 radio outlets worldwide. Prior to his death, Larry founded the Larry Burkett Cancer Research Foundation.
Ron Blue, NCF Co-Founder and Founder, Kingdom Advisors
Following his graduation from Indiana University with a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1967, Ron joined the management group of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and worked with the firm in New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco.
In 1970, Ron founded an Indianapolis-based CPA firm that has grown to be one of the 50 largest CPA firms in the United States. Leaving the CPA firm in 1977, Ron became Administrative Vice President of Leadership Dynamics International. While with Leadership Dynamics, he was involved in developing and teaching Biblically-based leadership and management seminars in the United States and Africa.
Since 1979 Ron has had held a God given passion to help Christians plan and manage their finances in order to be able to maximize their giving to Kingdom purposes. God has allowed him to work this out over the last almost 35 years in several ways. Dr. Howard Hendricks influenced him to begin what later became a financial planning firm. He has written several books on this topic and in 2003 he helped to found a ministry training Christian financial advisors to integrate God’s financial wisdom in their advice and counsel.
In 1982 Ron and Larry Burkett helped Terry Parker found the National Christian Foundation, which over the years has assisted Christians in giving over $5 billion to Christian and charitable causes worldwide. In January, 2012 Indiana Wesleyan University, a leading Christian university established The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning which is dedicated to multiplying the over 40 years of professional experience and intellectual property of Ron through curriculum development and other products in multiple outlets worldwide. Ron and Judy, his wife of 48 years, live in Atlanta, Georgia. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Terry Parker, NCF Co-Founder / Board Member
Terry is active in the Christian philanthropic community, serving or having served on numerous non-profit boards, including Crown Financial Ministries, Christian Legal Society, The Gathering, and Family Research Council. He lectures at no charge throughout the country on behalf of the ministries served by The National Christian Foundation on issues involving donor-advised funds, private foundations, supporting organizations, the transition of wealth from one generation to the next, and the tax and spiritual issues involved in charitable giving. A well-respected name in the world of giving, his expertise and 38 years of experience in wills, trusts, estates, and tax-exempt organizations have made him a sought after counselor. See full bio above.