The Academy features two keynote presenters. Rev. Scott McKenzie, Ph.D. is a partner and Senior Vice President with Horizons Stewardship. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church from the Western Pennsylvania Conference. He has over 20 years of experience in stewardship development, capital campaigns, vision discernment and conflict management. He has authored and co-authored several books on the topics of generosity. Dr. McKenzie passionately believes stewardship is ultimately a question of faith development and discipleship. As a national workshop leader and conference speaker, he teaches stewardship as “grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer and lived in faith.” Rev. Craig Miller has been a Ministry Strategist with Horizons Stewardship for 15 years. He has worked with small to very large churches, spanning 20 denominations, with a variety of projects ranging from new construction to debt retirement and including building additions, remodeling projects, annual budgets, and endowment work. His heart has always called him to ministry over money, and he counts changing the church’s stewardship culture as his primary goal.
Additional presenters include Rev. Dr. Jay Rundell, President of Methodist Theological School in Ohio; Rev. Jeff Taylor, President of United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc.; and Kim Matthews, CLM, Vice President of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc.