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DOCTRINE OF SCRIPTURE: The Bible is God’s unique revelation to mankind, the inspired, infallible Word of God. As such, it is the supreme and final authority and without error in what it teaches and affirms. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

DOCTRINE OF GOD: There is only one true God. He exists eternally as three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other. God is the creator of everything.

DOCTRINE OF SIN: Everyone, regardless of race, gender, social class, or intellectual ability, is created in God’s image and for communion with God. But because of sin, that communion was broken and all of humanity was separated from God, the source of all life. Because of the fall, everyone deserves God’s judgment.

DOCTRINE OF SALVATION: Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and God gives salvation and eternal life to those who trust in him. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that is received by repentance, faith in Christ, his death on the cross, resurrection from the grave and testified through baptism.

DOCTRINE OF JUDGEMENT: At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence.

DOCTRINE OF CHRIST: Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary — he was God in human flesh. He lived a sinless human life, yet willingly took upon himself our sins by dying in our place and on our behalf. He rose bodily, victorious over death. He ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator. Someday, he will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.

DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus. He indwells all believers and is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives. The Spirit gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve fellow believers and reach out to a lost and needy world.

DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH: All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The local church is a group of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, community with each other, and as a witness to the world.

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Earl is the founder of CBF and co-founder of N2 Publishing, a niche publications company serving over 500 neighborhoods in 48 states. Earl cut his teeth in door-to-door sales, progressing to record-breaking branch and division leadership positions before co-founding N2. N2’s average growth per year has trended around 75% and has been recognized by Inc. 5000 magazines as the 17th fastest growing media company in the U.S. for the past 3 years.

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A seasoned small business entrepreneur who spent his early career as a Chef and restaurateur, Joseph segued into executive and management recruiting in 2000. 2 years later he founded Strategic Hospitality Search (SHS), a values-driven agency in the hospitality niche. SHS has grown from a one-man operation to a successful nationally-recognized recruiting firm. Along the way, Joseph completed numerous operations consulting assignments, co-founded a private label food manufacturer, and serves as Director of Career Services at an internationally-renown culinary school.

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A professional entrepreneur with multiple successful company launches under his belt, Joe is now founder of BOSI Global – operating partner to venture-backed and privately held companies. Winner of numerous awards for his impact on global entrepreneurship, Joe is author of Entrepreneurial DNA (McGraw Hill 2011) – picked by entrepreneur magazine as one of the top business books to read in 2014. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS and the Wall Street Journal as subject matter expert in small business, entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

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With over two decades of international consulting in sales and marketing effectiveness, LaVon Koerner is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in diagnosing and transforming sales and marketing organizations. Since co-founding Revenue Storm in 2001, LaVon remains zealous in his pursuit to provide organizations a comprehensive suite of proven tools and techniques that drive profitable revenue growth. As Chief Revenue Officer, LaVon helps organizations like EDS, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, British Telecom, Ernst and Young, and Microsoft achieve revenue acceleration through demand creation and reap immediate, sustainable gains.

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Founder of AcuCare Total Health, Dr. Renee McMurry Gilman has had over twenty years as a healthcare provider and small business owner. Renee and her husband Brit have a strong desire to make Christ known. Pastor Brit and Dr. Renee have served ten years in missions and nine years at Harvest Bible Chapel. Together they teach and train others to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Trei spent five years in securities regulation management, raising capital, and real estate development. With ten years of experience in roles similar to CFO and COO, he has successful business experience as well as ministry leadership acumen. Currently, Trei leads the Stewardship Ministry for Harvest Bible Chapel and its affiliates ministries (Walk in the Word, Harvest Christian Academy, Harvest Bible Chapel, and Camp Harvest) while advising CBF on strategic issues and spiritual direction.

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Amber graduated from North Park University with a B.S. in Accounting. Amber has worked in large corporations in both the retail and financial industries and has worked in small business for the last 11 years. She and her husband, Matt, own Wasco Nursery & Garden Center (St. Charles, IL). Amber and Matt are active members of Harvest Bible Chapel (Elgin, IL). Together they have two sons; Caden and Tage who attend Harvest Christian Academy. In her free time, Amber enjoys cleaning, rollerblading and watching her boys play sports.

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Prior to God’s dramatic call on his life to serve the poor and vulnerable, Bruce started and led a successful multi-office law office as a trial lawyer, arguing cases all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court. Author of Gospel Justice published by Moody, an accomplished attorney, a pastor, and founder of Administer Justice (one of the nation’s leading Christian Legal Aid organizations), Bruce now serves as President & CEO of Gospel Justice Initiative, an organization committed to engaging Christ followers to serve the legal and spiritual needs of the poor. He has shared 24 wonderful years of marriage with his wife, Helen, and has 15-year-old twin sons, Joseph and Daniel.

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Shajan graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in Media Arts and Animation. Early on he had the opportunity to teach at a career-focused school as the Program Chair of both Video and Web Design programs, overseeing faculty, teaching and advising students while developing its curriculum. Since then, he ventured to build his own organization, In the Light Studios, LLC (ILS), a creative agency providing media services for organizations and individuals needing to enrich their visual presence in areas of print, video and web.