The Top 100 Video Stories for Faith Driven Entrepreneurs
There’s nothing like an authentic story. It has the power to inspire and validate what God is doing in a powerful way—practical, inspirational, but not prescriptive. We’ve hunted, gathered, and collected the top video stories. Our hope is that you’ll watch these and realize you're a part of a larger community of entrepreneurs driven by their faith. God is at work around the world. You’re a part of a movement of God’s people. May these videos encourage and inspire you on your journey.
Please note, we’ve also left this list with room to grow. We’ve intentionally left a few spaces blank because we want to hear from you. What are some of the other stories you’d like to see us highlight? Share with us here.
David Morken and Henry Kaestner of BandWidth.com
Henry Kaestner and David Morken talk about the values of Bandwidth.com, a successful internet connectivity business. See how their company employs a work/life/family balance philosophy and how their Christian values have affected their business practices.
Dick And Pat Turanski of Glory Bee
GloryBee sits squarely in an interesting cultural nexus: Christian-owned, organic food that is committed to environmental sustainability. The company, started out of a backyard selling honey for 40 years, aims to provide the world with food that is not only nourishing for families but is also good for the planet. See how the company has grown to international scope and recently became a certified B-Corporation (verification of social and environmental commitments) while maintaining an explicit commitment to honoring God in all it does.
Maggie Tucker of Magpies Girl
For Maggie Tucker, children between the ages of 8 and 13 are not "tweens," because "tween" implies an in-between space and an unknown. Magpies Girl is a store specifically for this age range, dedicated to celebrating the special part of childhood that moves young people into adolescence. The franchise exists to connect with people who are in a space in life where society is attempting to push them into “fitting in” or even “conforming.” Watch to see how they use connection and community to celebrate the age and the individual, letting the customer know that they already fit in not only in this store but in society.
John Solheim of PING Golf
In 2014 PING earned 15 gold awards in Golf Digest's "Hot List"—more than any other brand for the third straight year. Both John Solheim, Chairman and CEO of Ping, and Bubba Watson, their most high profile athlete, give God the glory for their success. Watch the video interview below to learn how John believed in Bubba's potential early on, and how he leads PING, keeping the family's commitment to "run the business to glorify the Lord."
Jeff and Ally Davidson of Camp Gladiator
For fun, Ally decided to try out for the American Gladiator television show the morning of her wedding. She ended up winning and then used that opportunity to start Camp Gladiator fitness boot camps all across America. Watch this video to see how Ally and her husband Jeff are intentional about honoring God in this opportunity and blessing clients both in their physical and spiritual health.
HANS HESS OF ELEVATION BURGER
Wanting to create a healthier version of the All-American meal of burgers and fries, Hans Hess founded Elevation Burger in 2005. Beyond health-conscious decisions in food preparation, Elevation Burger is dedicated to creation care and sustainable practices in development and production. Watch their story to hear why they believe in using grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, eco-friendly building materials, and Forest Steward Council (FSC) paper products.
ALAN BARNHART OF BARNHART CRANE AND RIGGING
Good businesses make a profit. That’s part of what being an entrepreneur is about. But for Barnhart Crane Company, their work doesn’t stop with profits. See what they do after the money is made to have an impact outside of their work in God’s Kingdom.
PETER KOCKELMAN OF SUMMIT STEEL WORKS
Peter grew up in an abusive home. This led to addiction and heartache. But as God worked in his life, he found forgiveness and peace. Watch this video to hear his story and to see how he now uses his past experience and his steel manufacturing plant to provide employment and support for people in his community that need a step up.
JACK MCMILLAN OF NORDSTROM
Jack McMillan began his career at Nordstrom in 1957 as a women’s shoe salesman before eventually becoming the Co-President & Co-Chairman. In this video, Jack shows how he has learned the powerful lessons of unity in leadership as well as the redemptive power of Jesus Christ throughout his career.
WES GARDNER OF PRIME TRAILER
Wes and his team decided the best thing they could to serve their neighbors would be to create jobs—and not just jobs, but good jobs. Out of this vision, Prime Trailer was born. Watch their story to see how they’re using business as a vehicle for impact in their community.
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