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Scott Friesen of Verdant Frontiers

As an adolescent, Scott Friesen, the co-founder of Verdant Frontiers, thought the pinnacle of business success would be a millionaire’s income.

The result was an approach where people were seen as a means to a business end. But changes in his life concerning business and his faith in God transformed his barometer of success, and with it the manner in which Scott operates his businesses. Now a dedication to work as a service to others has led him to opening Verde Beef in Ethiopia. Despite the warnings of financial advisers, Verdant Frontiers invested heavily in Ethiopia, and now Verde Beef is a multi-million dollar company that, more importantly, employs over 400 people in skill-based careers.


In Partnership with FAITH & CO

Faith & Co. is a documentary series by Seattle Pacific University ( which highlights the struggles, triumphs, and stories of people like you: businesspeople wrestling with what it means to live out business as their calling. Through these inspiring examples, filmed across three continents and 18 U.S. cities and featuring a wide range of industries — high tech, health care, retail, and property development — we seek to provoke questions and provide insights about what it means to act as faithful followers of Christ in business. Whether you are a business professional, a minister, a student, or simply someone interested in exploring how the Christian faith is lived out in the global marketplace, Faith & Co. challenges traditional assumptions and hopes to inspire you to re-imagine business practices to more closely align with God’s creative and redemptive agenda. Learn more at