If you’re a business leader who is serious about connecting your talents and passion with advancing God’s Kingdom — you’re in the right place. We believe in integrating the Word into every arena of life. Our approach connects ancient teaching with modern day business application. You’ll learn from the Bible, from some of the world’s most renowned business leaders, and from like-minded peers.

Time is money. Lifework will not squander it. We will leverage every minute to help you set a new course for greater impact.
You’ll gain deep insights from leaders you would want to work for – successful business men and women who share your passion and have walked the talk.
It’s tough to find Christians in the marketplace. They’re either silenced by culture or they struggle to find effective ways to integrate faith at work. You’ll make these connections at Lifework.
“Are you looking for new growth and energy, purpose in life, solid principles and advice that create positive change, incredible speakers with real-life success stories, new friends who share your values…? Join this amazing journey now: it certainly changed my approach to life and put my calling into a new perspective.”


Ronel Bezuidenhout, CEO, The Capital Hotel School


Senator William Armstrong

Lifework began in 1992 when William Armstrong (1937-2016), a Colorado media executive turned United States Senator, convened a meeting of marketplace leaders to cast a vision of cultural transformation through Christ-centered leadership in the workplace. Since its inception, Lifework is fulfilling Armstrong’s original call for business men and women to exercise their talents and influence to expand Kingdom impact and lead cultural change. Lifework alumni around the globe are walking in deeper relationships with God and are maximizing their time for eternity.

Many organizations focus on transforming lives, others focus on changing society. Lifework connects the two, breathing new life into business leaders – equipping and inspiring them to live more intentional, Kingdom-centric lives and enabling them to become a greater force for God during every waking moment.


Lifework relies on a lean corporate team, local city leaders, and hundreds of volunteers. Lifework’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors deliver operational direction, governance and oversight.



Steve French


Since 2000, Steve has been the President of Lifework, supporting local city programs, leading corporate operations and and authoring course material. A New Jersey native, Steve holds his bachelors from the King’s College (BA) and Masters from Wheaton College (MA). Prior to joining Lifework, he pastored Meadowbrook Church in North Haledon, New Jersey. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Centra-Care/Florida Hospital, Open Door Haiti/US, DMH Ministries, American Values Investments and is the Chairman of Sonlife Ministries. He lives with his wife of 36 years in Orlando and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

City Leaders

Ralph Veerman

Lifework Orlando

Christine de Vries

Lifework South Florida

Tammie McClafferty

Lifework Jacksonville

Ruan Minnaar

Lifework Pretoria

Steve Singletary

Lifework Birmingham

David Hodge

Lifework Atlanta

Board of Directors


Henry L. Torres

Vice President, Oracle National Security Group
Lifework Chairman of the Board & Executive Committee

A strategic leader in the technology industry for over 25 years, Henry currently directs Oracle’s hardware business for the United States Intelligence Community, where he holds top level security clearances. Prior to joining Oracle, he led sales teams and managed revenue, profit & loss for Hewlett Packard, Brocade and Nortel Networks in the United States Department of Defense market. A graduate of Lifework Jacksonville, Henry has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and has led Lifework’s strategic planning efforts as Chairman.  Henry has been married for 25 years and has two grown children. He splits time between Atlantic Beach, Florida and the DC Metro area.


Max Hooper

Managing Director, Merging Traffic
Lifework Treasurer

Max is a proven leader in business growth and strategy and co-author, Blockchain Enabled Applications. Previously he co-founded media company, Equity Broadcasting Corporation, and led the organization to become of the ten largest in the country. A lifelong learner, Dr. Hooper has earned five doctorate degrees, PhD., DMin, ThD, and had the honor of speaking at the United Nations in New York in 2015. An Orlando Lifework graduate, he has served the Lifework board since 2010 and resides in Orlando with his wife of 38 years.


David Metcalf, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher and Director of Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL), University of Central Florida & Chairman, Merging Traffic
Lifework Executive Committee

A leader in design and research of web-based and mobile technologies for learning and healthcare, David has launched numerous multi-million dollar profit and non-profit ventures, developed over 500 online courses, and is the co-author of Blockchain Enabled Applications. David’s early career included a successful NASA spinoff. Along with his contribution to the Lifework Board since 2015, he is the Chairman of David C Cook Christian Publisher and a Board member for Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share. David is a graduate of Lifework Orlando and lives in Merritt Island, Florida with his wife and two boys.


Brad Rex

Chief Executive Officer, eHome Counseling Management Partners
Lifework Executive Committee Chairman

With over 20 years of strategic and operational leadership including the Walt Disney Company, Hilton and British Petroleum, Brad currently leads a company that is revolutionizing the behavioral health industry. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Business School and served as a nuclear submarine officer.  An author of The Surpassing! Life and national speaker, Brad is an Orlando Lifework graduate and has served the Board since 2006, previously as Chairman. Brad lives in Orlando with his wife of thirty-six years and has three grown children.


Ed Kobel

President & COO, DeBartolo Development
Lifework Board Member

Edward is carrying on his family’s tradition of excellence in the real estate industry leading investment strategy, execution and capitalization for DeBartolo Development, a company with assets of more than $4.7 Billion since 2003. In his early career, he served in the US Army as an intelligence officer and led numerous real estate development businesses. Along with his wife, Becky, of 35 years, Edward lives in the Tampa area where he devotes his time and leadership to multiple non-profit organizations. He is an alum of Lifework Tampa and has served on the Board since 2010.


James Lewis

Chief Executive Officer, Marilyn Monroe Spas
Lifework Board Member

Jim Lewis held several high-ranking positions at multiple global brands before joining Marilyn Monroe Spas in late 2015. He most recently served as the Regional Vice President of Walmart Corporation and spent 15 years within the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business segment. Lewis also served in leadership positions at PepsiCo and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is a Lifework Orlando graduate and has served the Lifework board for 2 years.  James lives in Orlando with his wife of 32 years and has 2 children.