School of Business & Leadership Hosts Fifth Annual Networking Event
Thursday, Feb. 21, Regent University's School of Business &
Leadership (SBL), hosted its fifth networking event at The Founders Inn
and Spa. The yearly gathering provides a way for prospective students,
current SBL students, faculty and alumni to connect with business
representatives in the Hampton Roads area.
But the participants collected more than a few names and
business cards of future potential employers. They received a resurgence
of the "Christian leadership" definition by distinguished speakers who
addressed the crowd Thursday evening.
"Ultimately, there is only one leader, and that's God," said SBL
professor Dr. Cornelius Bekker. "It is our honor and privilege as
Christians to serve him."
When he first came to Regent, Bekker was a self-diagnosed "Christian
leadership agnostic." He struggled with reconciling the two words,
claiming that there always seemed to be a "missing link." But after his
time pursuing a career in the realm of higher education, he realized
that effective leaders are those who are aware and obedient to God's
"I have now become a Christian leadership convert," said Bekker.
If Bekker—or anyone else—still struggled with connecting "Christians"
and "leaders," Rachel Johnson's story of her own faith and leadership on
the frontlines would surely create an awakening of Christian leadership
While pursuing her master's in Organizational Leadership, Johnson '08
(SBL) was simultaneously serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air
Force in Baghdad, Iraq. Johnson recalled her first Sunday on her
deployment at Camp Victor.
"I had a 9mm pistol on my hip, and I didn't know a soul," said Johnson.
Despite the strangers in the room, and the odd accessory holstered by
her side, Johnson felt she had an immediate connection to her brothers
and sisters in camp that day.
"I wasn't a 'Beth Moore,' but I could start a Bible study…I wasn't a
'Dr. Phil,' but sometimes people just needed someone to listen to them,"
Johnson said, "Yes" to God's calling on her life and began ministering
to her colleagues. She remembers this as the most important opportunity
she had while serving in Iraq.
"Changing the world happens one person at a time," said Johnson.
When she returned to the United States, Johnson was able to incorporate
her faith and the leadership skills she learned while in SBL as a
special representative for Military Ministry in Newport News, Va. She is
a full-time missionary, offering aid and healing for those who have
served in the armed forces and their loved ones.
Johnson said it was her ability to follow the Lord that enabled her to
lead well and accomplish all she was designed to. She encouraged her
listeners to be willing to do the same.
"I know that each of you has your own story," said Johnson. "You may
never have worn a uniform, but you're still fighting a battle in a very
Learn more about the School of Business & Leadership.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888