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Luncheon General Session
April 20, 2017 | 1:30 PM

The Journey of a Reluctant Philanthropist

Breakout Session

April 20, 2017 | 2:30 PM

The Christian Philanthropist: Their hopes, needs, and fears.

Steve Perry, Sacred Harvest Foundation

Once upon a time, there was a young man, Steve Perry, who passionately followed an anti-wealth philosophy.  He held on to an uncommon belief that poverty was more virtuous than prosperity.   Everything changed when he fell in love with the girl of his dreams in college and married the love of his life, Susie.   She turned out to have come from one of Orange County’s pioneering families – the accompanying internal struggles forced him to reconcile his beliefs with his reality.   


In his Luncheon General Session he will share with us his journey as a reluctant philanthropist and the many tactics he has developed and used over the years to have meaningful and impactful giving.


The Breakout Session will be a more personal discussion with Q&A.


Steve authored the book, “Living With Wealth Without Losing Your Soul: A Pastor’s Journey from Guilt to Grace” which explains and details his journey and the unique needs, fears and concerns of the Christian philanthropist. 


Steve Perry married Susie in 1975 after graduating from Azusa Pacific University. After his ordination in the Lutheran Church, he served local congregations for 17 years in Orange County, CA.  In 1996, as he and Susie considered the tremendous responsibility of living with wealth, they helped launched the National Christian Foundation office in California, with the objective of establishing a safe environment where the Christian of capacity could grow and learn how to exercise responsible generosity. As a next step in their family's spiritual quest, they established the Sacred Harvest Foundation in 2003 as a philanthropic headwater for Orange County, CA., Maui, and Mindanao, Philippines where they have worked with local non-governmental organizations and churches since 2005. 

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