About Business on Mission
Leveraging our Workplace for God's Glory
As a Christian in the business community, you have a unique opportunity for ministry – your workplace! God has placed you this platform to impact the lives of your employees, vendors, customers and through them, the world. Join us as we learn to use our roles in the business realm for His glory.
Why Business on Mission?
We were inspired by the Business on Mission conference, which was first held in Lynchburg in 2016. To continue exploring how to live out our faith in the workplace, a few conference attendees from Roanoke, representing several area churches, joined forces to organize local breakfasts for Christian business leaders.
Business on Mission is a grassroots, volunteer-led initiative to bring together fellow business leaders to explore how furthering God's Kingdom through our professions.
Breakfasts are hosted throughout the year where we hear from Christian business leaders about how they are integrating their faith with work through their company culture, operations and day-to-day activities. Each breakfast seeks to impart encouragement, inspiration and practical steps to live out our faith in the workplace.
Past breakfast Speakers
Brad Thompson, CEO of Columbia Forest Products
Nate Bruno, Senior Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom
Matthew Hinson, Company Care Leader for VA/WV of Marketplace Chaplains USA
Bonz Hart, CEO of Meridum (retired)
Other events hosted by Business on Mission include small group workshops and periodic studies that take a more in-depth look at the different ways businesses integrate their faith, what might be best for your company, the "nuts and bolts" of implementation and more.
Just imagine how our community could be transformed if Christians were on a focused mission for the Kingdom through the work we are already doing every day!
To receive occasional email announcements about upcoming events, please send an email to Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to you joining us for a breakfast soon!
Meet Our Team
Vice President of Operations at Beacon Wealth Consultants
COL (Retired) Todd L. Dodson is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and a graduate of Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville, Virginia. Following high school, he attended Appalachian State University.
COL(R) Dodson retired after 25 years of service in the U.S. Army, when his last assignment was the US Special Operations Command liaison to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Following retirement, Mr. Dodson returned to Botetourt County.
Upon his return, Dodson worked for the Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Inc. and Lawrence Companies, Inc, and as a consultant in leadership and personnel development for Opx Solutions, LLC, located in Roanoke. He also served one term on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors. He is newly elected Vice Chairman for the Board.
He is married to the former Lisa Hammer Crawford and they have three daughters.
Managing Chair, C12 Virginia Blue Ridge
Having spent over 20 years in the nation’s capital, Greg was called to develop the C12 practice in Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains. Prior to his business career, he served as a U.S. Army officer for over 25 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2005. Greg spent nearly a decade as a leader in a high technology company as the Vice President for Legislative Affairs.
Greg’s faith, coupled with his business and leadership experience, make him the ideal C12 chair for Virginia’s Blue Ridge region. His mission is to encourage and equip Christian business owners to lead their businesses with timeless Biblical principles. Greg’s passion is to see others succeed in their families, businesses and in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Greg and Kim have been married for over 30 years. Their daughter is a physical therapist in Charleston, SC where she lives with her husband.
Communications Director at Blue Ridge Women's Center
Facility Manager at Affordable Mini Storage, LLC
With a background in digital marketing, Carrie has worked for RYP Marketing (now 10x Digital) as a project manager and Thompson Landscaping as the business and finance director. In recent years at Blue Ridge Women's Center, Carrie has discovered her passion for graphic design, prompting classes from Virginia Western. Carrie also works with social media and web development.
Botetourt County is home, where Carrie enjoys tubing or kayaking the James River, hiking, babysitting her nephews, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway or just chilling on the front porch with a cup of coffee. Carrie always has a DIY home reno project up her sleeve, or some other pallet-inspired Pinterest project.
Director of Strategic Development and Mission Advancement at Gentle Shepherd Hospice
A graduate of Virginia Tech, Lynette has a diverse background in business/resource development and marketing communications – from the healthcare, biotech and health IT industries to engineering education/research, social services and the small business sector.
In March of 2018, Lynette discovered her true calling at Gentle Shepherd Hospice, with a divinely orchestrated position as the director of strategic development and mission advancement. Family owned and Christ-centered, Gentle Shepherd has been a "Business on Mission” since 1994.
She enjoys sharing helpful information with families affected by with serious illness, as well as inspiring stories about lives impacted by the love of Christ at the bedside and beyond – including a mission center in rural Uganda developed in partnership New Life Christian Ministries, which she and the founders of Gentle Shepherd, Don and Kim Eckenroth, attend.
Lynette grew up in Roanoke and Bedford County and has spent several years on a couple occasions living on the west coast.
Since returning in 2009, Lynette has happily put down roots on her family's mountain top farm with her long-lost love and now husband, Bill. They enjoy attempting to homestead, DIYing and hanging out with their goofy rescue mutt, Wally.
Bio coming soon