Our Vision

Revolutionizing the way people think about work

Do you connect worship on Sunday with work on Monday? Many Christians don’t.

They don’t know their work is significant to God and that every workplace is a strategic place for serving Him. God values all kinds of work and those who do it.

LeTourneau University established the Center for Faith & Work to revolutionize the way Christians think about work and to help them experience Christ’s transforming presence and power in every workplace in every nation.


What We Do

The Center for Faith & Work revolutionizes the way people think about work ...



In Workplaces

Live workshops and online resources inspire and arm Christians with wisdom to live out their faith at work.


In Churches

Proven resources help pastors equip and deploy Christians to their workplace mission field, and extend God’s kingdom influence.


On Campus

Exceptional co-curricular programs help students define their calling and develop a vision for serving Christ in their work.


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Team Members

Bill Peel

Bill Peel is the Founding Executive Director of The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University created to help Christians understand their work’s importance to God and experience Christ’s transforming presence and power in every workplace in every nation. For more than 30 years, Bill has coached thousands of men and women to discover their calling, grasp their significance to God’s kingdom, and become a spiritual influence in their workplace. 

Before coming to LeTourneau University, Bill served on Promise Keepers’ leadership training faculty and as Director of the Paul Tournier Institute for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. He is an award-winning author/co-author of seven books (in multiple languages) including Workplace Grace, What God Does When Men Lead, and Discover Your Destiny. With his friend Dr. Walt Larimore, Bill is the co-creator of the continuing medical education courses, Saline Solution and Grace Prescriptions, and has taught healthcare professionals worldwide to effectively speak about faith issues with their patients. 

Bill holds a doctorate in workplace theology from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and did his undergraduate work at SMU. Bill and his wife, Kathy, have three grown sons and six grandchildren. They live in Dallas.

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Advisory Council

Erin Botsford

Erin Botsford began her financial planning career in 1989 as a stockbroker with A.G Edwards and Sons.  In 1995, she formed The Botsford Group, and today company has offices in Frisco, Atlanta, and Princeton, NJ, and manages over a half-billion in assets. Erin is the author of The Big Retirement Risk: Running Out of Money Before You Run Out of Time. The story of Erin’s rise from a life of poverty to a top Financial Planner has been featured in numerous publications, including Barron’s magazine Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in 2008, 2009 and 2014, Top 100 Independent Financial Advisers, Kemper’s Success Stories, Investment News, Dallas Business Journal, and the Dallas Morning News.  She has been listed as one of the “Best Financial Planners in Dallas” by D Magazine and has made appearances on CNBC. She serves on the Board of Goodwill Industries and is involved with Campus Crusade’s Military Ministry. Erin and her husband Bob attend Covenant Church in McKinney, TX.

David Gowdey

David Gowdey is a founder and CEO of Barrington International Ltd., manufacturers of quality leather products.  Five years ago, Barrington opened a factory in Xiamen, China where they pay above-market wages with health insurance and maternity leave—an anomaly in China. Workers also receive financial planning, continuing education, and summertime camps for their kids. In a society that shuns the disabled, Barrington hires the physically challenged and invests in orphanages that minister to children with special needs. David holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, an MEd in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of North Texas, and an MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary. He teaches two Bible studies weekly and is passionate about workplace ministry. David and his wife Charlene are members at Park Cities Presbyterian Church where he serves as an elder.

Pat Hamner

Patrick F. Hamner joined Patriot Capital, a family of private equity/mezzanine lending funds currently investing out of its $260M Fund III as a Managing Director in November 2012. Mr. Hamner served for 24 years with Capital Southwest Corporation, [NASDAQ: CSWC], a Dallas, TX-based SBIC, rising to Senior Vice President with responsibility for developing and monitoring venture capital and private equity investments, and facilitating add-on acquisitions. He served on fourteen boards during his tenure at CSWC. He was the founding Chairman of Heelys, Inc. [NASDAQ: HLYS] from 2000-2007 and joined their management team from 2006-2008 last serving as a Senior Vice President.

After having co-founded a $69 mm non-leveraged SBIC in Dallas from 2009-2011, Mr. Hamner was appointed an adjunct lecturer at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2012 and continues to teach in the Professional MBA program.   Mr. Hamner served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of NASBIC (now Small Business Investor Alliance) in 2001-2002. He serves on the local steering committees of the DFW Private Equity Forum, the Southwest Venture Forum, and the Alliance of M&A Advisors and is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth.  He is Chairman of the SMU MBA Venture Fund and a Fellow with the Baylor Angel Network.  

Mr. Hamner is an advisory member of Marketplace Ministries’ Foundation and the LeTourneau University Center for Faith and Work, a Ruling Elder at Park Cities Presbyterian Church and a former Scoutmaster with BSA Troop 125, where his three sons all achieved Eagle Scout. Since 2007, he has won seven masters national rowing championships, including in 2015, the mixed E double (55 to 60 year olds), while rowing for the Dallas Rowing Club.     

Mr. Hamner is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (MBA and Dean’s Award) and SMU (BSME cum laude) and he is married to Janie S. Hamner, MD, a pediatrician.  

Bill Henry

Bill Henry is President and CEO of McQueary Henry Bowles Troy, L.L.P, the largest independent insurance firm in North Texas and second largest in Texas, providing superior risk management solutions to both business and individual clients. He leads a family of employees numbering 200 specialists in property & casualty, employee benefits, financial services, surety, and personal lines of insurance. Bill was recently named Best CEO in Dallas.  He holds a BBA Finance (Money & Banking) from Texas Tech University. Bill and his wife Cheryl are active members at PCPC where he serves on the Workplace Ministries Task Force.

Phil Hurley

Phil Hurley is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer London Broadcasting Company, overseeing new acquisitions and operations of all of LBC’s television properties in Tyler, Waco, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi.  Phil began his career with Southwestern Bell where he held several top management positions before moving to Interfirst Bank, where he served as senior vice president for five years. In 1983 he became General Manager of KLTV in Tyler, then went on to organize, build, and sell numerous stations over the coming years, holding executive positions at Nextstar Broadcasting and MaxMedia.  Phil is a graduate of the University of Texas. He and his wife Jenise are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Randall E. (Randy) King

Randall E. (Randy) King is Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy and Power, offering financial advisory services to the oil and gas industry. From 1998 until 2006, he was a principal in the energy investment banking firm, Petrie Parkman, managing their oil and gas divestiture business until the firm was sold to Merrill Lynch in late 2006. Prior to that he worked for Exxon and an engineering consulting firm. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Dallas ADAM energy group. He received a B.S. with honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alabama. Randy and his wife Kathie are members of First Baptist Church.

Nancy Lovell

Nancy Lovell is a gifted writer and a founding partner of Lovell-Fairchild Communications, a marketing and public relations firm. Prior to co-founding Lovell-Fairchild, Nancy worked for many years at A. Larry Ross Agency, representing clients such as The Billy Graham Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, and the H. E. Butt Foundation. Clients of Lovell-Fairchild include Sherwood Pictures' “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” and “Courageous,” Sony’s “Soul Searcher” (Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt) and “Get Low” (Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek), and numerous authors, including T. D. Jakes, Dr. Gary Chapman, and Chuck Norris.  Nancy is an active volunteer with The College of St. Thomas More and the C.S. Lewis - J.R. R. Tolkien Society.  She attends Church of the Resurrection.

Robert Ray

Robert Ray is principal owner of Robert Ray Realty with over 30 years experience in commercial real estate and property management. Born and raised in Dallas, the extended Ray family has been actively involved in the Dallas community and area ministries for many years. Robert hosts a Bible study for young men at his office every week. He earned a B.A. from SMU, and he and his wife Ann are members of Park Cities Baptist Church.

Ken Perry

Ken Perry is the former owner and CEO of Bluebonnet Tool, a wholesale distributor of industrial machinery and equipment which he sold in 1998.  In 1994 he acquired Jordan Supply and Services, a provider of tools and equipment to the construction industry, where he currently serves as CEO. Ken has served in church leadership roles and has been involved in discipleship and workplace ministry for many years. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas. He and his wife Debbie attend Northwest Bible Church.

Pretlow Riddick

Pretlow Riddick is President and Principal for Criterion Development Partners, a real estate operating company that specializes in development, construction management, and asset management of investment-quality multifamily communities.  Prior to co-founding Criterion, he spent more than 14 years with JPI Partners Inc., managing the development of more than 50 apartment communities and 15,000 units in 14 states. Pretlow earned a BBA from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MBA from George Washington University. In 1999, he established A Better Neighborhood Foundation to invest in faith-based community developments in the inner city, which he continues to support today. Pretlow and his wife Stacy are members at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.

Tom Rhodes

Tom Rhodes is Principal of The Rhodes Group and has sold over $1 billion in houses and properties in the Park Cities and other Dallas neighborhoods. He is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). He has been consistently recognized over the last decade as one of the "Top 10 Realtors in Dallas County." Tom is also listed in Who’s Who in Residential Real Estate and serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the Metro-Tex Board of Realtors. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife Suzy attend Highland Park Methodist Church.

A. Starke (Tracy) Taylor, III

A. Starke (Tracy) Taylor, III is President and CEO of Watson Taylor, Inc. He is past Chairman of the International Self Storage Association, past President of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and past Chairman of the Board of Priority One, an international missionary organization. Tracy has also served on the Board of Trustees of Dallas Theological Seminary, the Dallas County Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and the board of Young Life in North Texas. He is the Founding Chairman of the Board of the Park Central Athletic Club and a past member of the Board of Directors of MBank Preston. Tracy and his wife Diane are members at Park Cities Presbyterian Church where he serves as an elder.

Jay Turner

Jay Turner is a partner at CapitalSouth Partners, which provides private equity and mezzanine capital to lower middle-market companies. Before joining CapitalSouth, he served as a partner at GuideCap Partners, as Managing Director of BankOne Mezzanine Corp., and CFO of KBK Capital (KBK:AMEX). Jay received his BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, his MBA from Southern Methodist University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He has served on numerous boards, and is actively involved with SMU/Cox Southwest Venture Forum. Jay and his wife Nancy are members of PCPC where he serves as a deacon.

About LeTourneau University

It all began with one man's commitment to serve Christ in his workplace.

LeTourneau University was founded in 1946 by R.G. LeTourneau, one of the great inventors and industrialists of the twentieth century. A devout Christian, he refused to separate his faith from his work. Conceiving and building massive earth-moving equipment, as well founding a university to shape young minds, were both extensions of his faith. 

Consistently ranked in the top tier of “America’s Best Colleges,” LeTourneau University serves over 20,000 alumni and 3,000 students from all 50 states and 40 countries. From its main campus in Longview, Texas, online learning center and off-campus education centers, LeTourneau prepares students to serve Christ in every workplace and every nation. Undergraduate, graduate and professional programs include:

  • Aeronautical Science
  • Biblical Studies
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business, Accounting and Economics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Engineering and Engineering Technology
  • Health-Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • Psychology

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