Involvement with FGBMFI
(Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International)
My very first exposure to the organization
FGBMFI was at the 1990 North American Congress on the Holy Spirit and World
Evangelization in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a young professional
computer programmer, I desired to attend the dinner meeting sponsored by the
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. Unfortunately, by
the time that I tried to purchase a meal ticket, all the tickets had been sold
for this (obviously popular) dinner event and thus it would be another year
before I would come in contact with the actual men in this organization.
early 1991, the Tampa chapter of FGBMFI invited Franco Gennaro
to be their monthly speaker at their breakfast meeting. Franco was my
pastor from 1984 to 1988 and then became a missionary to Latin America.
Since Franco knew that I was a young professional who might enjoy the company
of other professionals (and be a good support for him), he invited me to attend
his speaking engagement. I thought it was "neat" to see other Christian
business men and professionals meeting together to share their faith and testimonies
in a public setting and fellowshipping around a meal at a hotel. Having
filled out a guest card at the meeting, I was contacted faithfully every month
by the secretary of the organization, Max Means. He informed me
of the upcoming speaker and encouraged me to attend.
following month, I also knew their speaker Luis Capdevilla. He
was the first charismatic preacher that I heard when I visited Franco's church
for the first time. I wanted to see and hear him again, so I attended
the next meeting. Little by little, I gained more and more of an interest
in the fellowship and the vision of what FGBMFI was trying to accomplish.
Though there were two months that I had to miss, Max was faithful to call me
every month to remind me of the upcoming meeting. To see Spirit-filled
men that were faithful to the Lord was an encouragement to me. I wanted
to be in the midst of them and I soon signed up for membership and attended
my first members-only meeting where the officers discussed the business of
the fellowship and prayed for the upcoming meeting.
The men asked if I would be their main speaker
for November. I humbly accepted the opportunity to share my life story
and testimony with the members and guests at the breakfast meeting held in
a Ramada Inn off of I-275 and Bush Blvd. in Tampa, Florida. The entire
presentation can be heard on my Audio Sermons Page.
God has done many marvelous things in my life and has used me to be a witness
for Jesus to many people. Elections came up later that month and several
officers were moving to other cities, and thus there were some openings.
The current president, Hank Furr, nominated me to be the new Vice President.
Amazingly, the members then voted in favor of this nomination and I became
Vice President of the Tampa FGBMFI chapter starting in January of 1992.
As the youngest member of the FGBMFI in Tampa,
many wonderful mature men nurtured me in the ways of FGBMFI. I
had a part in planning and speaking at the monthly meetings as well as under-girding
it in prayer. It was a pleasure to see many of my acquaintances and friends
be blessed by the meetings. We even saw a few salvation decisions along
the way. As I attended countywide and statewide events with FGBMFI, the
leadership at each of these levels took a liking to my youthful zeal, enthusiasm
for the Lord, and accomplishments. Ed Tunkel, the Field Representative
for the area, was one of those men who continually encouraged me in my growth
and rejoiced with me each step of the way. He enthusiastically introduced
me to many leaders within Florida, including Larry Tipton.
served as a National Director in our area and was a role model to
me in many ways. When I first met him, he gave me his card and said that
I could call him if I ever needed anything--he was a great friend. I
remember Larry visiting my church for the first time and he treated my pastor
and his entire family and me to a beautiful (and expensive) Sunday
brunch. From Larry, I acquired a greater desire to be a blessing
to others through nice meals and fellowship. John Baldwin, the
state chairman, and other leaders in Florida asked me to work at the state-level
as the treasurer for Florida. I helped account for all the monies
that came in and went out, especially at our yearly Lake Yale Men's Advance
that drew members and friends from all over Florida to the Leesburg area.
It was a pleasure to serve in this way.
Soon, I was introduced to the new state
chairman, Charles Crisafulli, who took a liking to me as a person, my
"mathematical genius", my youthful zeal and potential. We became good friends.
He encouraged me in my spiritual growth and my involvement with FGBMFI. Charlie
was in his mid-70s at the time and had gone through trials and triumphs as
a businessman in the citrus industry and then in real estate development. He
had accomplished much and had a great love and faith in the Lord. He was (and
is) a wonderful role model for me.
I traveled with GTE (now Verizon) to countries such as Venezuela and
Portugal from 1995 till 2000, the Lord led me to share the vision of
FGBMFI with other successful Christian businessmen/professionals. After
a while, I had a group of individuals who were interested so I invited them
(at my expense) to a dinner/business meeting where I and another Director could
share with the guests and birth a chapter in Caracas and Lisbon.
These were exciting times and many wonderful things happened in both of these
As of January 2001, I am no longer traveling
internationally with Verizon, but I am serving as a National Director in
Tampa, Florida. I enjoy attending our State Advances and the World
Conventions and seeing and encouraging other men at these events. One
of my favorite events to visit is the Georgia Men's Advance where over 1,000
men will attend the weekend gatherings that are held during two weekends in
January. For the past 4 years, Jimmy Rogers has invited me (and other
Directors) as a special guest for the weekend. It is amazing to see so
many people come into a relationship with Jesus by faith and to receive the
baptism of the Holy Spirit at these meetings every year! These men then
go back to their cities and usually become faithful servants in their church.
I have had the privilege of sharing my
testimony at dozens of chapters, conventions, and rallies throughout the United States
and abroad. FGBMFI provides people who have been touched and changed by the
Lord to have a platform from which to share with others the good things of
God. Audiences also learn from the struggles that the speaker has gone through,
as real life stories are shared, often within a spiritual context.
(Dr. Steve Davis, a Ph.D. in psychology says, "People
relate more to your failures than to your successes" in your life story)
In my spare time, I enjoy serving the fellowship
by updating the Florida FGBMFI web
site as the webmaster. I think that it helps to knit all the chapters together
and give us a bigger picture of how God is working in our midst. As of March
of 2004, I was asked (and volunteered) to be the webmaster for the
international FGBMFI web site. They really
needed the help, and I am glad that I can be of help and service to them
and to the fellowship in this way.
Position Held in FGBMFI
Member, Life-time member
1991 - present
Brought many co-workers and friends to our chapter meetings
Vice President of Tampa chapter
1992 - 1995
Brought many co-workers and friends to our chapter meetings
State Treasurer (and Field Representative)
for the State of Florida
1994 - 1999
Produced detailed reports of all income and expenses for
the directors in Florida; Helped with yearly Men's Advance in Florida
International Director at Large
1999 - 2002
Started FGBMFI chapters in Lisbon, Portugal and Caracas,
Venezuela; Encouraged chapters in Germany, & Angola.
2002 - 2013
Liaison between International HQ and those interested in
Webmaster for the International FGBMFI
2004 - 2009
Create and maintain web pages for
2009 - present
One of 70 International Directors having a vote at
World Conventions and serving internationally at FGBMFI events
USA Southeast Regional Director
2014 - present
Liaison between International HQ and chapters of FGBMFI
in Southeast USA (FL, GA, NC, SC, AL, TN, MS, and 1 in VA)
Pictures with FGBMFI friends and leaders in Florida,
Spain, Germany, Angola, Belgium, England, Portugal, Venezuela, D.R. of
Congo, Panama, Togo, and Ghana.
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