Christian business and financial representatives from at least 15 nations and 40 U.S. states are expected to attend the 2nd Annual Kingdom Economic Yearly Summit (K.E.Y.S.) April 22-25, 2009 in Austin, in the midst of one of the worst financial crises in modern history.
Austin, Texas -- March 30, 2009 -- “God is moving powerfully in the marketplace,” said Dr. Bruce Cook, convener and host of K.E.Y.S. “What’s happening is both a market correction and a marketplace reformation,” he added, “and the global financial turmoil and shaking of economies, nations, markets, institutions and currencies has helped create or trigger widespread fear and a crisis of belief in many people. In contrast, a growing number of business men and women are turning to God, discovering prayer and Biblical principles, choosing faith over fear, and re-examining their assumptions and beliefs about finances, investing, debt, retirement and stewardship in light of current conditions,” he stated.
Patterned loosely after the World Economic Forum, but with a Christian focus and perspective, K.E.Y.S. will feature a number of internationally-known speakers and authors such as Dr. Richard Blackaby, President of Blackaby International, Jonesboro, GA; Dr. Lance Wallnau, President of Lance Learning Group, Keller, TX; Dr. Pat Francis, President of Elomax Inc., Pat Francis Ministries and Kingdom Covenant Centre, Mississaugua, Ontario; Dr. Bill Hamon, founder and Bishop of Christian International Ministries, Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Dr. Sharon Stone, apostolic leader of Christian International Europe, Anslow, Burton-Upon-Trent; Rick Joyner, founder and President of Morningstar Ministries and Kingdom Business Association, Fort Mill, SC; Dennis Peacocke, founder and President of Kingdom Ministries Inc. and Strategic Christian Services, Santa Rosa, CA; Arthur Burk, President of Sapphire Leadership Group Inc. and Plumbline Ministries, Anaheim, CA; David van Koevering, Physicist & President of Elsewhen, Cleveland, TN; and John Muratori, President of John Muratori Ministries, Senior Pastor of Calvary Life Family Worship Center and Executive Director of Turning Point Christian Center, Cheshire, CT.
In addition, the 4-day Summit will include Carolita Oliveros, President of Oliveros & Associates PC, Tucson, AZ; Ken Beaudry, President of Beaudry Oil Co., Elk River, MN; Morris Ruddick, President of Ruddick Intl. and Global Strategic Initiatives Foundation, Denver, CO; Gary Friesen, Executive Vice President of Peacemaker Ministries, Billings, MT; Lee Domingue, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services / AppOne, Baton Rouge, LA; Dr. Matt Mannino, President, Source Trainings LLC, Gilbert, AZ; Mike Rovner, President of Rovner Construction and Marketplace Ministries Intl., Simi Valley, CA; Dan Stratton, President of ProVision Network and Pastor of Faith Fellowship, New York, NY; Doug Spada, President, His Church at Work, Alpharetta, GA; Dr. Marlene McMillan, President, Liberty Ministries, Irving, TX; and Dr. Bruce Cook, President, VentureAdvisers Inc. and Glory Realm Ministries, General Partner of Kingdom Venture Partners, and Partner of Wealthy Wares Inc., Leander, TX. Additionally, 16 marketplace panels and 20 breakout sessions are scheduled dealing with business, finance, economics, ethics, sales and marketing, intellectual property, corporate strategy, philanthropy, wealth management, insurance and investing.
Cook, 56, is an ordained Christian minister, private investor, and business and financial consultant, and has served as President and Founder of VentureAdvisers Inc. since 2000. Previously he was Research Director for The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) (focused on private equity), and was a marketing communications executive for 12 years for several universities, a software company and technology incubator, and a bank manager for five years. Cook holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin (1994) and wrote his dissertation on fundraising theory.
Venue for K.E.Y.S. will be PromiseLand Church, located near I-35 and Capital Plaza at 1504 E. 51st St. Schedule is registration 3:00-7:00 pm April 22nd and opening session 7:00 -10:00 pm, then 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily April 23-25. The event is also being webcast. Registration fee includes all meals on site. Group rates are also available, with a 10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. For more information on K.E.Y.S., visit their web site at http://www.KingdomEconomicSummit.com.
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