BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Perry Bigelow

Perry Bigelow

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.

Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks

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.

Bill Cellar

Bill Cellar

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.

John Fox

John Fox

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.

 

Peter Greer

Peter Greer

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.”

Matthew Morris

Matthew Morris

Matthew (Matt) Morris is an active Board Member, Advisor and Investor with industry expertise in the Real Estate, Financial Services and Technology sectors. Prior to February 2020, Matt was the President and CEO of Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC) where he served in various executive roles starting in 2004 as Vice President of Planning and Development and ultimately assuming the role of CEO in 2011. Matt currently serves on the board at Stewart (NYSE:STC) as well as the Cornerstone Funds (NYSE: CLM) and (NYSE: CRF). Matt has recently formed Lutroco, LLC targeting purpose driven strategic investment opportunities.

Prior to his time at Stewart, Matt served as the COO and Managing Director of a strategic litigation consulting firm after serving as Director for Choice Ministries/Passion Conferences and Metro Ministries.

 

Matt was recognized as the gold winner in Executive of the Year, large company category, in the Best in Biz Awards, a Gulf Coast EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and has been recognized in the Swanepoel Power 200 ranking of real estate industry leaders.

 

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 is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, The C Club of Houston and the CEO Forum. He has served in board positions for various non-profits including the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Baptist University, Homes for Hope and the National Christian Foundation, Houston. Matt and his wife Melissa have been blessed with four boys and reside in Houston, Texas.

Erin McCall

Erin McCall

Co-owner, McCall Homes

Erin McCall is an owner of McCall Homes along with her husband and family. McCall Homes has been empowering people and building community in the beautiful Big Sky country of Billings, Montana since 2000. McCall Homes has been involved with Homes for Hope for 5 years. Erin and her husband were excited to share the opportunity of partnering with H4H to their team and trade partners after going on a trip to the Dominican Republic and seeing the Christ-centered micro finance and saving groups in action. Their mission as a company lines up beautifully with the mission of Homes for HOPE and it is an honor to partner with entrepreneurs around the world. Erin graduated from University of Montana with BA in Education, and later became certified in interior design to help out with their growing home building company. Erin has a heart to share the light of Jesus to a hurting world. She serves on several Christ-centered boards that help women choose life during pregnancy and another that helps women who are victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. Erin and her husband have four children. They enjoy camping, surfing, traveling, skiing, and spending time together.

Frank Ballif

Frank Ballif

Founder & President, Southern Development Homes

Frank Ballif is the Founder and President of Southern Development Homes which he established in 1999 in Charlottesville, VA.  Frank received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is actively involved in the management of both land development and home construction. Contributing positively to the community is important to Southern Development Homes and Frank personally. Frank serves on the Board of Directors of the local Homebuilder’s Association and on the Salvation Army of Charlottesville Advisory Board.  He is also very active in his church. Frank learned about Homes for HOPE through a friend and became excited about their mission. In 2020, Southern Development Homes completed their first Homes for HOPE project and Frank went on a HOPE trip to the Dominican Republic with his family.

Jeff Rutt

Jeff Rutt

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.

Matthew Baehr

Matthew Baehr

Executive Director, Homes for Hope

Matt Baehr brings over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector to his role as executive director of Homes for HOPE. He has a wealth of experience in fundraising, public speaking, event planning, writing, procurement, strategic planning, leadership, and launching new initiatives. Matt loves people and is an experienced networker who strives to build partnerships and make strategic connections in a way that glorifies God. What matters most to him is being an ambassador for Jesus Christ, and to be used by God to make Jesus known. John 3:30

 

Contact Matthew Baehr at mbaehr@homes4hope.org