General session I
Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D.
Council for Christian
Colleges and Universities
Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D., is President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. She became the seventh president in September 2014 after serving at her alma mater, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., first as a member of the board of trustees and then as vice president for student life for 15 years. While at Calvin, Ms. Hoogstra also served as a cabinet member and was co-host of Inner Compass, a nationally televised program on PBS.
Prior to her tenure at Calvin, Ms. Hoogstra spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a law degree with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and has been admitted to practice law in Michigan and Connecticut, as well as before the U.S. District Courts of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Tax Court.
General session II
Center on Wealth and
Philanthropy at Boston College
Paul G. Schervish is Director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College and a Professor of Sociology. He has served as Fulbright Professor of Philanthropy at University College, Cork, Ireland, and was selected five times to the Non-Profit Times “Power and Influence Top 50.” He received the 2013 Distinguished Career Award from the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association.
Mr. Schervish is the author of Gospels of Wealth: How the Rich Portray Their Lives and co-author with Keith Whitaker of Wealth and the Will of God. He is writing Aristotle’s Legacy: The Moral Biography of Wealth and the New Physics of Philanthropy. Mr. Schervish joined John Havens to co-author the 1998 report, Millionaires and the Millennium, which predicted the now-well-known $41 trillion wealth transfer. Recent findings are reported in The Golden Age of Philanthropy Still Beckons: National Wealth Transfer and Potential for Philanthropy.
Mr. Schervish helped found and is a faculty member of Legacy Associates’ Wealth Coach Network, a training forum for financial and fundraising professionals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Detroit, a master’s degree in sociology from Northwestern University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
General session III
President and CEO,
Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global, Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining HOPE, Mr. Greer worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia, technical advisor for Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and managing director for Urwego Community Bank in Rwanda. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Messiah College, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and an honorary doctorate from Erskine College.
As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Mr. Greer has been a speaker at conferences such as Catalyst, Passion, Harvest International’s Development Conference and Jubilee, and has been featured in Christianity Today, World, Forbes, CNN and RELEVANT.
He wrote The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014, selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Stop Helping Us (2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son, Keith, 2014), and 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015).
Mr. Greer and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with their three children.