The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board functions in a role of advice only and does not make any decisions regarding the management of the Company.

Joseph M. Stowell III

Advisory Board Chairman

Dr. Joseph M. Stowell serves as the President of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He loves students and desires to provide an educational experience in which they are intellectually and spiritually stimulated to engage their world with the love of Christ.

Joe’s life is marked by a deep love for Jesus, which is reflected in his desire to value people regardless of gender, race, or class; to aid the poor and marginalized; to build a strong and vibrant community where the presence of Christ is evident; and to govern and lead in ways that engender mutual confidence and trust. An internationally recognized conference speaker, Joe has written numerous books including The Trouble with Jesus, Simply Jesus and You, The Upside of Down, and Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders. He also writes devotionals for Our Daily Bread.

Joe has a distinguished career in higher education and church leadership. He served as senior pastor of Southgate Baptist Church (Southgate OH, 1970-76), Bible Baptist Church (Kokomo IN, 1976-81), and Highland Park Baptist Church (Southfield MI, 1981-87). From 1987-2005, he served as President of Moody Bible Institute, with oversight over the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools, Moody Publishers, and the Moody Broadcasting Network. Following his time at MBI, he served as Teaching Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in suburban Chicago, prior to assuming the presidency at Cornerstone in early 2008.

Joe also serves on the Board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Wheaton College. He is a graduate of Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary and was honored with a doctor of divinity degree from The Master’s College in 1987 and from Huntington University in 2011. He and his wife, Martie, are the parents of three adult children and ten grandchildren.

Brian R. Coffey

Advisory Board Member

Brian Coffey has been in ministry for over 30 years and has served at First Baptist Church of Geneva, Illinois, since 1986, initially as Youth Pastor, and has served as Senior Pastor since 1994.  He is the author of four books including Splendor in the Ordinary, The Quick and Easy Guide to Bible Prophecy, and The Quick and Easy Guide: The Life of Jesus.  He also contributed in the TouchPoint Bible and The Rock Study Bible for teens (Josh McDowell Ministries).

Brian is a graduate from Ball State University and has a M.A. in Counseling; a M.Div from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a D.Min from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Brian and his wife, Lorene, are the parents of four sons – Jordan, Jesse, Micah, and Canaan.  The Coffeys make their home in Batavia, Illinois.

James N. Hallene

Advisory Board Member

Jim founded Capital Concepts Holdings, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm, in 1998 and currently serves as its principal. He is also a founding partner of CapX Partners, an equipment leasing fund and a licensee of the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company Program. Before Capital Concepts, Jim co-founded and later sold the data-consolidation company, MaxMiles. For 15 years, Jim was employed at American National Bank, a subsidiary of Bank One Corporation, where he oversaw credit, mortgage, treasury management, and technology-business units during his tenure.

Jim serves as vice chairman of MB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: MBFI) and is on the corporate boards of KeHE Distributors (the largest specialty food distributor in the US), HallStar Corporation (specialty chemicals), VSA Partners Holdings (brand strategy), and Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund (title insurance). His civic boards include Wellness House and the Chicago Fellowship.

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois in 1983 and a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1988. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois with his wife, Suzanne, and their four children.

Roger W. Spoelman

Advisory Board Member

Roger Spoelman serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Health, a regional network of hospitals, physician organizations and health network operations in Western and Northern Michigan. He is also a Regional Executive for Trinity Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States. Roger has held positions of leadership in healthcare for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, community health improvement, leadership development, physician integration, physician groups, and governance.

Throughout Roger’s career, he has received recognition from regional and national organizations as an innovator and leader in healthcare and community service. He has been recognized as an Emerging Leader in Healthcare by the Healthcare Forum and received many other awards for community leadership including: the Reese Award for Exemplary Service to the Community from the American Red Cross, the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, Trinity International University Distinguished Alumni, Patricia B. Johnson Award for Community Leadership and Innovative Grant making, the Alliance for Health Hillman Award, and Michigan State University Patenge Award.

Roger’s commitment to making West Michigan strong is demonstrated through his volunteer service where he supports such organizations as International Aid, Muskegon Health Project, Muskegon Community Foundation, and TALANT 2025.

He also plays a leadership role in healthcare and other organizations throughout the country and internationally, serving on many boards including International Aid, CURE International, Open Doors International, Mary Free Bed, Munson Healthcare, the Grand Rapids Economic Club, and the West Michigan Policy Forum.

Roger also feeds his passion for Leadership Development by serving as Advisor and Business Coach to numerous leaders, companies, and organizations.

Roger is a graduate of Trinity International University where he met his wife Jan. They have two children and five grandchildren.