A native of Indianapolis, IN, Greg Baumer grew up attending Indiana Hoosier basketball games and working with his dad every Saturday in the family business. He went on to earn 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 product development and innovation.
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.
After launching his career in the Texas oilfields, John Cortines has recently decided to advance the biblical message of generosity full-time, joining the leadership team of Generous Giving. Turning down a lucrative expatriate job to serve this mission has been the defining moment in his own generosity journey – a journey in which God has proven tremendously faithful. Previously, he worked for oil companies in several locations across Texas and Louisiana, most recently as a petroleum engineer for Chevron, where he conducted complex decision and financial analyses of deepwater oil and gas projects. He holds engineering degrees from Texas A&M University (BS, 2010) and KAU of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (MS, 2011), and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2015).
In the research that informs God and Money (formerly titled Through the Needle), John brought his pragmatic analytical approach to a question that has always intrigued him: how should wealthy Christians handle their money? What does scripture suggest about the dispensation of riches? The result was a simple yet radical framework for managing wealth that John himself, a lifelong Christian steeped in biblical teaching, found transformative. Once content to live simply, give some, and save aggressively to attain personal security, he now sees active giving—sharing resources joyfully and generously—as central to a way of life that serves God.
John is deeply blessed to be married to his beautiful and gracious wife, Megan. They have a growing family that currently includes Jack (2) and Anna (0), and now reside in Orlando, FL.