When L. Brian Jenkins received his master’s degree in divinity from Wheaton College in 1993, many of his classmates pursued doctoral programs.
Jenkins, however, wanted to serve his religion in a way that brought about a change in the youth of his local community.
He started working with Lawndale Christian Development Corp., a nonprofit organization that taught young people to own and run their own businesses. It was then that he decided to leave the world of theology and help Chicago entrepreneurs – even though he had no formal training in business or entrepreneurship; he studied English and religion at the University of Iowa before going to Wheaton Graduate School.
“This transition became where I really started to see the impact,” Jenkins said. “I started to think, ‘Maybe the Lord wants to use …
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