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    The Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) is an organization created in the United States in the 1990s to further Christian education in colleges and universities. As of 2009 the organization had a total of 400 Christian business faculty members currently employed at colleges and universities. [1] The CBFA holds an annual conference that brings Christian business faculty together from the USA and around the globe. The CBFA provides opportunities for college students and faculty to be able to travel overseas and study abroad. [2]

    The CBFA is led by an eleven-member board. Seven of the board positions are elected by the membership. Each year two new members of the board are elected at the annual conference for a three-year term. After his or her first year on the board, one of those individuals is chosen to become the vice-chair/ chair-elect of the board; that person then becomes the chair of the board, and then serves an additional year as the immediate past chair. The year in which each board member’s term ends is given in parentheses.

    Four board positions are appointed by the elected members of the board: the secretary, the treasurer, the senior editor, and the program chair


    The association began in April, 1980 when the leaders of the American Studies Program and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (then known as the Christian College Coalition) organized a meeting of 12-15 business professors from member schools in Washington, D.C. The group kept growing every year. Over 40 professors attended the year after in Washington, D.C. Also Regional conferences started at several member schools in 1982 and 1983. In 1984 over 70 faculty attended a convention at

    Seattle Pacific University on business ethics sponsored by the CCCU with a grant from the Murdock Foundation. The convention created friendships and interest that pushed the professors to have more meetings. In 1987, the association appointed a steering committee with regional representatives that decided to increments services to the membership, and the creation of a regular newsletter.

    Mission, Vision, Values

    The stated mission of the Christian Business Faculty Association is "We empower Christian business faculty to transform the world for the glory of God."

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    The CBFA's vision consists of three goals: "The Christian Business Faculty Association strives to be an organization recognized:

    For its commitment to Christ as the focus of all its activities,

    For its leadership in faith-business integration, related scholarship; and

    As a community of support for Christians devoted to teaching business."

    Additionally, the CBFA has a list of values they adhere to: "The Christian Business Faculty Association operates according to the guiding values:

    Biblical - We are committed to God's Word. We are faithful.

    Relational - We are eager to connect with and energize others. We are community.

    Scholarly - We are compelled to explore and teach about God's world. We are intellectually curious.

    Ecumenical - We embrace diversity within the body of Christ. We are welcoming.

    Edifying - We invest in others to make them better. We are encouraging."


    The CBFA awards three honored recipients each year:

    The Chewning Award was established to perpetuate the passion and commitment toward integration of personal faith and business as modeled by its first recipient, Dr. Richard C. Chewning.

    Past recipients also include:

    2017 Dr. Terry Truitt

    Anderson University

    2016 Dr. Vince LeFrance Messiah College

    2015 Dr. John Kiser Dordt College

    2014 Dr. Ken Bates Houghon College

    2013 Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett Grace College

    2012 Dr. Kent Saunders

    Anderson University

    2011 John D. Beckett

    R.W. Beckett Corporation

    2010 Dr. Becky Havens

    Point Loma Nazarene University

    2009 Dr. Doyle Lucas

    Anderson University

    2008 Dr. Steven L. Bovee

    Roberts Wesleyan College

    2007 Dr. Joe Walenciak

    John Brown University

    2006 C. William Pollard

    ServiceMaster Corporation

    2005 Dr. Yvonne S. Smith

    University of LaVerne

    2004 Dr. Robert H. Roller

    LeTourneau University

    2003 Dr. Linwood T. Geiger Eastern University

    2002 Dr. Ken Armstrong

    Anderson University

    2001 Dr. Sharon G. Johnson

    Cedarville University

    2000 Dr. John A. Bernbaum

    Russian American Christian University

    1999 Dr. Lisa Klein Surdyk

    Seattle Pacific University

    The Johnson Award recognizes God-honoring intellectual contributions by individuals who incorporate learning, business, and faith. For the creation of dynamic process promoting Christian faith integration in business championed by its first recipient, Dr. Sharon Johnson.

    Past recipients also include:

    2017 Dr. Kent Saunders

    Anderson University

    2016 Dr. Timothy Redmer

    Regent University

    2015 Dr. Bruno Dyck University of Manitoba

    2014 Dr. David Burns Xavier University

    2013 Dr. Michael Cafferky

    Southern Adventist University

    2012 Dr. Margaret Edgell Calvin College

    2011 Dr. Yvonne Smith

    University of LaVerne

    2010 Dr. Monty Lynn

    Abilene Christian University

    2009 Dr. Steve Vanderveen Hope College

    2008 Dr. Brian E. Porter Hope College

    2007 Dr. Richard C. Chewning

    John Brown University

    2006 Dr. Sharon Johnson

    Cedarville University

    The Barnabas Award is named after

    Barnabas , a disciple of Jesus Christ in the first century, who exhibited many qualities necessary for keeping Christian organizations strong and vibrant. This award recognizes individuals who have served CBFA by serving and participating joyfully and enthusiastically and contributing to CBFA’s effectiveness and esprit de corps .

    Past recipients include:

    2017 Dr. Julia Underwood

    Azusa Pacific University

    2016 Dr. Yvonne Smith

    University of LaVerne

    2015 Dr. Kevin Hughes

    Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

    2014 Dr. Keith Starcher

    Indiana Wesleyan University

    2013 Dr. Don Daake Olivet Nazarene University

    2012 Dr. Sharon Johnson

    Charleston Southern University

    2011 Dr. Robert H. Roller

    Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

    2010 Dr. Tim Redmer Regent University

    2009 Kenneth Bates

    Houghton College

    2008 Dr. Larry Rottmeyer Taylor University

    2007 Ronald Walker

    Cedarville University

    2006 Richard A. Halberg

    Houghton College

    The Teaching Award celebrates the Christ-like teaching of individuals who emulate the character, engagement, and calling of Christ to the work and ministry of trnasformational education.

    Past recipients include:

    2017 Dr. Monty Lynn

    Abilene Christian University

    2016 Dr. Chris Neuenschwander

    Anderson University

    2015 Steve Cosentino

    Point Loma Nazarene University

    2014 Dr. Michael Wiese

    Anderson University (IN)

    2013 Dr. David Hagenbuch

    Messiah College

    2012 Dr. Margaret Britt

    Mt. Vernon Nazarene University


    Membership is open to college and university faculty members, current or retired, full-time, part-time, or adjunct who agree with the following:

    That Jesus Christ is the Son of God and through His atonement is the mediator between God and man.

    That the word of God expressed in the Bible is inspired by God and is authoritative in the development of Christian faith and practice.

    That the Christian faith has significant implications for the structure and practice of business.

    That developing Christian education for business practice should be undertaken as a cooperative venture of this organization.

    Members pay annual dues of $50.


    The CBFA also publishes a journal known as The Journal of Biblical Integration in Business (JBIB). This journal has a yearly publication and is sent out to members of the association who have subscribed through the membership dues of the CBFA.

    The Journal states that its proposition is "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:16-17)."

    The CBFA states that purpose of the journal is for faculty and business professionals to share ideas and perspectives on how to best prepare students to be able to live their Christian faith in the professional workplace.

    Michael Cafferky is the editor of JBIB .

    CBFA also publishes the "Christian Business Academy Review (CBAR) with the purpose of promoting Christian business education that focus on 1) creative instruction, 2) curriculum development, 3) professional issues and 4) research in business education. It is also published yearly and sent out to members of the association. Emmett Dulaney serves as the editor.


    1. ^ Christian Business Faculty Association (2009). "Archived copy" . CBFA History. CBFA. Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved


    2. ^ Christian Business Faculty Association. "Archived copy" . Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved



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