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Business as Mission: What Does It Look Like In Practice?

Panel Discussion: Business as Mission: What Does It Look Like in Practice? with Cliff Benson, Bill Boddie, Sidney Hinton, and moderator Preston Parrish

Date: March 25, 2014, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Southeastern Seminary Campus, Jacumin-Simpson, Eitel Auditorium

The Business, Vocation, and the Great Commission Panel Discussion is co-sponsored by the L Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, and its theme represents a convergence of the mission of both organizations. Our calling as believers in Christ includes the vocation of business. A biblical theology of economics and ethics provides the blueprint for how we conduct business.

Acton Institute is an educational organization committed to exploring the foundation of faith, work, and economics with the goal of human flourishing. Acton develops resources to equip Christian leaders and those whom they influence to understand the intersection of faith, culture and public life. Their resources include a new film series/docu-drama For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles on the topic of human flourishing, other church small group video-based curricula such as Our Great Exchange, its premiere annual event, Acton University, and the Abraham Kuyper Translation Project. These are a sampling of resources that represent a rich 24-year history; engaging in seminal scholarship, providing unparalleled educational experiences, and equipping leaders with unique resources to engage the broader Christian community. To learn more about these and other resources visit


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prestonPreston Parrish serves as CEO of Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA). Based in Wake Forest, NC, CCA specializes in recruiting and placing trained, full-time chaplains in workplaces, who develop caring relationships with employees and their families in the hope of gaining permission to share with them the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Founded in 1996, CCA works with companies coast-to-coast, as well as internationally, in order to accomplish its mission. Before joining CCA, Preston served for over two decades in multiple leadership positions with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) as well as Samaritan's Purse, both of which are led by Franklin Graham. Most recently, he served as Vice President of My Hope America with Billy Graham, an unprecedented nationwide and grass roots relational evangelism initiative across the United States, which culminated in November 2013 in conjunction with Billy Graham’s 95th birthday. Preston also served as Executive Vice President for BGEA, Vice President at Large, and Special Assistant to the CEO. In addition, Preston founded and served as President of AWAKENINGS, an interdenominational ministry of evangelism and spiritual renewal, assisting churches and church-related groups. Preston has ministered on six continents and spoken extensively in many settings including local churches, radio, civic and men's groups, law enforcement personnel and correctional facilities. He has trained thousands of people in biblical principles of evangelism and discipleship. He has collaborated on and published numerous magazine articles and books, including “Windows into the Heart of God: 31 Life-Changing Glimpses of Jesus,” (Harvest House Publishers, 2007). In March 2011, the book “Finding Hope in Times of Grief,” (also from Harvest House Publishers) was published. Co-authored by Preston and his wife Glenda following the January 2006 deaths of his father and their 25 year-old son Nathan in the same week, they have written candidly out of their personal experience, in order to offer the help and hope of Christ to those walking through grief. Preston holds degrees from Montreat College, Wake Forest University, and Wheaton Graduate School. He is ordained as a minister of the Gospel. He and Glenda were high school sweethearts and have four children and four grandchildren.


cliffCliff Benson III is a Managing Partner at American Homesmith LLC, a North Carolina homebuilding company serving eastern N.C. He has worked in the areas of investment and asset management since 2001, managing several operating companies. Mr. Benson serves on the board of Ewater America LLC and is also involved with several 501C-3 organizations. He is currently serving as Chairman of the board of National Christian Foundation Raleigh and Mission Increase Foundation Raleigh. Mr. Benson is also serving on the board of directors at St. David’s School in Raleigh and Finding Purpose Ministry, a ministry to men in Raleigh, and is a deacon at Capital Community Church. He lives in Raleigh N.C. with his wife Anna and their three children.

billWilliam Lewis Boddie is President and Chief Executive Officer of Boddie-Noell Enterprises. Bill is a graduate of Rocky Mount High School, Louisburg College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bill began working for Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. in high school and joined the company full-time in 1977. He began his career as crew member at Hardee's in Chapel Hill and then worked in many levels of the company including operations and marketing. Bill was named President and CEO in 1995. Bill is a board member for N. C. Baptist Children’s Home, Communities In Schools of Rocky Mount, Wesleyan College Board of Visitors and Independent Hardee’s Franchisee Association. Bill is an Eagle Scout and is on the Executive Committee and Board of the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts. Bill, an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, is a member of C12. Bill previously served as Chairman of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and board member for Rocky Mount United Way, NC Hospitality Education Foundation, Rocky Mount YMCA, Nash Community College Foundation, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, RBC Bank Local Board and Payments Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Bill and his wife, Kim, have four children and reside in Nashville, NC.

sidneySidney Hinton founded PowerSecure in 2000 and is the Chief Executive Officer of PowerSecure International (NYSE: POWR). PowerSecure partners with utilities and major commercial and industrial customers across the country to optimize the generation, transmission and utilization of electricity. Specifically, PowerSecure provides distributed generation, utility infrastructure and energy efficiency solutions to utilities and commercial & industrial end customers. During his 30 year career serving utilities and the energy industry, Mr. Hinton has developed and successfully introduced some of the industry’s most innovative solutions. Prior to founding PowerSecure, Mr. Hinton spent 15 years in a number of senior finance and management positions at the Southern Company and Georgia Power Company, ultimately founding and leading Southern’s efforts to deliver unregulated energy services which allowed its large commercial, industrial and institutional customers to better manage their energy costs. After leaving Southern, he served as an Executive-in-Residence for Carousel Capital, a successful private equity firm based in Charlotte, NC, and directed market planning and research for Carolina Power & Light (today known as Duke Energy). Mr. Hinton holds a BBA in accounting from Georgia State University and an MBA from Emory University.

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