2017 Financial Freedom Academy


Clif Christopher
Clif founded the Horizons Stewardship Company in 1992 following a challenging career in pastoral ministry.  He serves as the company’s CEO to this day.  In his twenty years as a pastor, he led numerous major building and capital campaigns.  Since founding Horizons, he and his strategists have led consultations in over 2,000 churches, conferences, synods and diocese in all phases of building, finance, and church growth.
Dr. Christopher is a certified church growth consultant and has earned the coveted title CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive).  In 1995, he was given the National Circuit Rider Award by the United Methodist Church for outstanding leadership in developing vital congregations.
Under Clif’s leadership, Horizons Stewardship has helped secure over three billion dollars for churches.  He has personally worked in over 42 states and is a frequent speaker at stewardship seminars around the country.  He is the co-author of the book Holy Smoke, the author of Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate Is It?, Rich Church - Poor Church and The Church Money Manual published by Abingdon Press.  Dr. Bill Easum, noted consultant and author, said, “No one knows more about local church stewardship than Clif Christopher.”  Mega church pastor, Adam Hamilton said, “When I have a stewardship question, I call Clif Christopher.”  Foundation director, David Atkins said, “Clif is one of the most effective communicators in the field of church fundraising today.”  Author and highly successful pastor, Mike Slaughter said, “Clif Christopher is one of the top authorities on church finance and stewardship in America.”
Clif has been an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church since 1975, is a combat veteran of the Gulf War, and is married and living in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Michael D. Reeves
Dr. Reeves joined Horizons in 2014 as Director of Educational Services.  He has spent his life in Christian service, connecting faith and money.  As a long time Consultant, Adjunct Professor, Foundation Executive and CEO, and as a Pastor of Financial Discipleship, Michael has become a popular speaker and teacher throughout North America on a variety of topics related to generosity.  He has served as a regional and national instructor for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Christian Stewardship Association, the Christian Stewardship Network, and various Conferences and Districts as well as the National Association of United Methodist Foundations.  He has additionally designed and facilitated a variety of clergy think tanks on the topics of faith and money.
In addition to this vast experience, Michael holds a MA in Christian Education and a PhD with majors in both Educational Psychology and Church Administration (nonprofit management).  He is the author of Extraordinary Money, Faith and Money, Creative Giving, and Extravagant Generosity.
Dr. Reeves believes that the changes being experienced in the economy, generational distinctives, communication venues, and emergence of universalism present unique challenges in advancing the Kingdom of God.  Generosity must be redefined for the Kingdom to advance.  The next few years are critical to defining a new direction for the church and the culture from decline, survival, accumulation and consumption to mission, evangelism and service for the purposes of God.
Michael and his wife, Mary, have two sons and four grandchildren.