Everything we have comes from God—and while some of us are more richly blessed with material goods than others, we all have things to be thankful for. We all have resources that can be shared to support ministries that advance God’s work on earth. For those of us who have truly experienced the awesome love of Jesus, giving has become second-nature and fun. Churches grow and mission breakthroughs happen when every member buys into the dream—and begins to cheerfully help fund it. Even in times of economic downturn, our members still put God’s work as their top financial priority. In addition to tithes and offerings, our wide array of ministries and service dreams gives you the privilege of donating to God’s work in ways that will excite you and result in measurable victories for heaven.
Gordon Botting, Director
Gordon Botting, DrPH, CHES, has served as the stewardship ministries director for the Pacific Union Conference since 1993. In this capacity, he has developed a number of practical money management seminar workbooks, including Surviving in Tough Times, Seven Stupid Things That Smart People Do to Mess Up Their Finances, and What’s Your Financial Personality? His current workbook, Steps to Financial Health, comes out this month. Gordon has written a number of books and chapters in various book series. His latest book—designed to help parents with their children’s finances—is titled Penny Pinching Principles for Money-wise Parents. He has also written numerous practical money management articles for U.S. and Australian magazines. To assist individuals and families in both the business and congregational spheres, he has produced and written a monthly bulletin insert titled The Stewpot for the past 22 years. It is available worldwide in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Gordon is a native of New Zealand who began his career several time zones away in Australia as an assistant auditor for the South Pacific Division. He has bachelor’s degree in theology from Avondale College (1969), and he later earned a double master’s degree in nutrition and community public health and a doctorate in preventive care from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (1981). He is a CROWN certified financial counselor and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In 2007, Gordon received the Stewardship Achievement Award from the North American Division.
Gordon is an avid gardener, enthusiastic reader, world traveler, and family man. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Lincoln Hills, CA. They have two married children, Tim and Angela; three granddaughters, Savannah, Ivy, and Addie; and two grandsons, Grady and Lucas.