BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder, Bigelow Homes
Board President, Homes for Hope
Perry Bigelow is the founder of Bigelow Homes. In 2005, the company was honored by Professional Builder magazine as the recipient of the prestigious “Builder of the Year” award. The award recognizes one building company in the nation that best represents replicable ideas that can be emulated by other builders. Bigelow Homes was selected for “Doing Good by Doing Right.” Perry was named “Energy Builder of the Year” for eight consecutive years by the Chicago Sun Times. He has been featured twice on public television’s “This Old House.” Bigelow Homes is currently developing HomeTown in Aurora, IL, a spiritually, culturally, and environmentally sustainable community of 1,300 homes located in nine real neighborhoods. Perry is perhaps best known for guaranteeing heating bills on his homes throughout Chicagoland for the last 25 years. His desire to use respectfully God’s gift of the earth is the foundation of his business philosophy.Born in Michigan and raised in Florida, Perry received a B. A. in Mathematics from Taylor University and a B. S. in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University. Perry was a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Environmental Building Association and an Adjunct Professor of Housing and Urban Development at Eastern University Graduate School of Business.
CEO, Grand Homes
Stephen Brooks, CEO of Grand Homes, is a third-generation builder, with over 33 years of experience in producing over 21,000 house units with residential and commercial projects valued in excess of 2 billion dollars. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, and holds an MBA from the University of Miami. Mr. Brooks has three sons, the oldest of whom is Vice President of Land Acquisition for Grand Homes. In 1996, Mr. Brooks earned the prestigious Lee Evans Award for Excellence in Business Management by the National Association of Home Builders, and was named by Builder magazine as “America’s Best Builder” in 1996 and 2011. In the past two and a half years Grand Homes has built two homes for hope – with proceeds exceeding $400,000. He has a passion both for Homes for Hope, the HOPE International mission and for helping those in need work their way out of poverty.
Vice President & CEO, Providence Homes
Board Treasurer, Homes for Hope
Bill Cellar, Vice President and CEO of Providence Homes, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, has been involved with Homes for Hope for five years. After years in the banking industry and commercial construction, Bill decided to pursue his dream of founding his own homebuilding company. Since that time he has been involved in numerous community and global initiatives. He was motivated to build a Home for Hope after learning of HOPE’s vision and the self-sustaining model of microfinance.Bill graduated from UCLA with a BA in economics and received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Bill has been involved with various organizations including The International Foundation, the Christian Family Chapel, the I.M. Sulzbacher Homeless Center, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Young Presidents Organization, and Leadership Florida. In his free time Bill enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as skiing, surfing, tennis, and golf.
Co-Founder, FoxBuilt Homes
Board Secretary, Homes for Hope
John grew up in Harrisburg, PA. He was raised in a Christian home and began working construction at the age of 16 for a local contractor. He worked in construction five years while attending a Bible school in New York. In 2001, God called him to step out on his own to start his own business with his wife… with $2.00 in his bank account. Before long his brothers, Paul and Steven joined him and FoxBuilt was established. Over the past 10 years, John has led his company to become an award winning and reputable custom home builder and remodeler in central PA. The Fox team has been striving towards excellence in their business while being passionate in serving others.
President, HOPE International
Peter Greer joined HOPE in July 2004, following extensive education and experience in the field of microfinance. Peter received a BS degree in International Business from Messiah College, and he earned an MPP with a concentration in Political and Economic Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to his education at Harvard, Peter served as Managing Director for URWEGO Community Banking in Kigali, Rwanda for three years. He also served as a technical advisor for Self-Help Development Foundation (CARE Zimbabwe) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and he worked as a microfinance advisor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While at Harvard, Peter studied HOPE’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a graduate thesis project. He says his interest in working for HOPE grew as he saw “its unique desire to combine physical and spiritual ministry through the tool of microfinance.”
Chief Advancement Officer, Hope International
Chris Horst is the chief advancement officer at HOPE International, where he employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of faith and work. In addition to his role at HOPE, Chris spends an alarming percentage of his free time tending to his yard with all of the loving care normally afforded to newborn children. He and his wife, Alli, have four human children of whom they are even prouder than their lawn—Desmond, Abe, June, and Mack. As a dad to four kiddos, Chris has recently undergone a radical transformation from self-proclaimed foodie to a man who prepares far more trays of chicken nuggets than avocado toast. He wouldn’t change it.
Chris serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Mile High WorkShop. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission Drift, Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals with Peter Greer. Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association named Mission Drift a book of the year in 2015. Chris was a very average student, but he did graduate with both a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and an MBA from Bakke Graduate University.
CEO, Steward Title
Matthew Morris (Matt) serves as Senior Executive Vice President for Stewart where he serves on the Leadership Team, sits on various governance councils and boards, and guides many enterprise initiatives designed to grow Stewart’s market presence as well as streamline costs and operations.
Matt’s primary responsibilities are encompassed in his role as President of Stewart Professional Solutions (SPS), the business group in SISCO aligned to provide best-in-class support services to Stewart Title Guaranty, Stewart Title Company, and all of their subsidiaries. Forming the core of SPS are Marketing, Sales Development, Information Technology Services, Employee Services, Finance and Accounting, Strategy and Program Management, and Audit Services. SPS works to provide greater efficiencies, reduce costs and provide support for all Stewart business unit strategies.
Matt rejoined Stewart in May 2004 where he served as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for Stewart. In that role, he oversaw Mergers and Acquisitions and other growth initiatives. Prior to Stewart, Matt most recently served as director for a strategic litigation consulting firm offering trial and settlement sciences and communications strategy. In his professional career, Matt has held roles in Finance, Marketing, and Operations and has utilized a broad base of knowledge gathered across industry lines to encourage integrated strategies and innovation.
Matt received his BBA in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from the University of Texas with a concentration in Finance. Matt sits on the board of several organizations and serves as an elder at Grace Bible Church. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Houston, Texas with their three boys.
President, Rosewood Communities
Mark is Founder and President of Rosewood Communities located in Greenville SC. Mark’s company has developed over 800 lots and built almost 300 homes in South Carolina since 1999. He attributes the success of his company during the recent down times to God for the vision of designing homes for the Baby Boomer generation. Mark is originally from Kokaola, Finland, he moved to the USA in 1994, married in 1995, He and his wife have four beautiful children: two biological and two adopted from Guatemala. Mark’s passion for the poor stems from his involvement with several ministries in Guatemala. Mark has a comprehensive understanding of the effect of handouts and consequently has become a believer in giving “a hand up, not a hand out”. Therefore, Homes for Hope’s concept of “Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs” through microfinance with a holistic approach to alleviating poverty has become Mark’s charity of choice
CEO, Keystone Custom Homes
Founder, Homes for Hope
Jeff Rutt is the founder of HOPE International and currently serves on the boards of both HOPE International and Homes for Hope. Jeff worked as a dairy farmer for almost a decade before becoming the founder and president of Keystone Custom Homes in 1992. The business has grown exponentially under his leadership. Jeff has been named the winner of the “Builder of the Year Award,” by Builder Magazine, a record three times and is the only homebuilder in the country to do so. Jeff founded HOPE International in 1997 and has acted as Chairman of the Board since then. His vision for international ministry, specifically microfinance, is centered on the gospel. Jeff believes that HOPE’s work in microfinance and other complementary activities should be transforming lives both spiritually and physically and providing permanent solutions to poverty. In 2008, Jeff was awarded the Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award for his philanthropic contributions.
Director of Development, Homes for Hope
Matt brings over 15 years of experience in the Non-Profit sector to his role as Director of Development for Homes for Hope. He spent the last 4 years as the Director of Corporate Engagement and Gift-In-Kind Procurement for the humanitarian arm of Cru called Global Aid Network (GAiN). While in that role he built and managed strategic partnerships, facilitated logistics, researched industry trends, planned and emceed volunteer events, coordinated disaster relief efforts, interfaced with donors, oversaw all aid procurement efforts, and was a featured contributor on podcasts.
Matt is an experienced networker who strives to build partnerships in a way that glorifies God. He loves people and making strategic connections that cultivate a transcendent impact. What matters most to him is being an ambassador for Jesus Christ and to be used by God to make Jesus known. After having been greatly influenced by Peter Greer and Chris Horst’s book Mission Drift, he began to learn more about HOPE International and its valuable work across the globe. Matt counts it a great privilege to serve as the Director of Development for Homes for HOPE, and is looking forward to how God will use him for His glory in this role. John 3:30
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