2023 Scholars

Dr. Adeyinka Adewale

Dr. Adeyinka Adewale

Education: BSc University of Lagos, 2008; MSc, Henley Business School, 2011; PHD, Henley Business School, 2016.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Leadership Ethics and Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School.

Adeyinka’s doctoral research interest on how organizations make ‘good’ people do ‘bad’ things investigates the moral interactions between contexts and individuals especially in leadership. His works also investigates the role of faith in entrepreneurship in informal economies. He teaches Business Ethics and regularly delivers keynote addresses to private and public sector audiences around the world. He is a published author and reviewer for top management journals and leading textbook publishers. Adeyinka continues to work with individuals, organizations and communities through his pastoral work at the Transforming Church UK. He is also a member of leading policy think-tanks in Europe and Africa and serves on the board of exciting start-ups and charities in both continents.

Mason Rutledge

Mason Rutledge

Education:  M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, B.S. Washington State University

Current Position: President of New Canaan Society

Mason Rutledge, M.Div., CLC, serves as President of New Canaan Society, a marketplace ministry serving men across 40 markets. He previously led with two Seattle-based ministries, C3 Leaders, CRISTA, and spent 25 years with Young. Prior to going into vocation ministry, Mason worked for the world’s largest software reseller. Mason has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s from Washington State University. Mason has served as an Adjunct Professor at Western Seminary in Oregon and African Theological Seminary in Tanzania. NavPress published his first book, Memorize This! Mason serves as a member of the Equity and Inclusion Task Force for Everett Public School and as a Board member for the Snohomish County Public Facility District for Arts and Entertainment. He is also Board of KIROS. Mason and his wife, Brenda, have three adult children, a son-in-law, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. They live in Everett, Washington.

Rebecca Spradlin

Rebecca Spradlin

Education: Certificate Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, Certified Change Management Professional, Certified Change Management Practitioner, B.S. Business Management, B.A. Communication Grove City College; M.A. Applied Economics John Hopkins University.

Current Position: Leadership Development Consultant at The Center for Leading in Community, a non-profit dedicated to developing mission-driven leaders and their teams.

Becca Spradlin, founded On Mission Advisors to help executives and board members avoid capital “M” Mission drift from their Christ-centered purpose. On Mission’s services enable leaders to define, protect, and champion what matters most, creating a legacy of eternal impact. Becca specializes in Mission alignment workshops, organizational assessments, change management, as well as strategy design and execution. She regularly researches and writes on topics to help organizations remain on Mission now and for generations of leaders to come. In 2020, she co-authored the Mission True Workbook with the authors of Mission Drift. Becca brings over 15 years of experience in facilitating workshops and evaluations of businesses and nonprofits on five continents. She is certified in change management, adult learning, and human-centered design. She holds a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degrees in business and communications from Grove City College. She resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wlamir Xavier

Dr. Wlamir Goncalves Xavier

Education: BA Chemical Engineering, Rio de Janeiro, 1988; M.M, Rio de Janeiro, 1991; M.Sc. Engineering UFSC, 1999; PhD Business Administration and Tourism UniVali, 2011; Post-Doctorate Degree Business Administration FGV, 2014; Finance Graduate Certificate Texas Tech University, 2018; Bible & Theology Graduate Certificate, Biola University, 2021; Doctoral candidate in Higher Education Studies, Biola University, since 2021.

Current Position: Professor of International Business and Finance at the Crowell School of Business, Biola University.

Wlamir Goncalves Xavier is a professor of International Business and Finance at the Crowell School of Business, Biola University. His research focuses on higher education leadership, corporate governance, non-marketing strategies, and the performance of faith-oriented firms. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Paris Dauphine, the Wharton School, the Copenhagen Business School, the University of La Sabana, Colombia, and Chongqing University, China. His experience includes a brand manager position for IBM, consulting, and business ownership of an IT firm focused on mobile computing for the sales force and fleet automation. Wlamir is the founder and vice president of the CW7 Group, a consulting firm that provides training on leadership, and supports the creation of start-ups. He is married to Danielle, the father of Isabela and Samuel, and serves as an elder at his home church. 

Dr. Philip Yan

Philip Yan

Education: Communications Design, OCADU, 1984; Biblical Studies, Tyndale Seminary, 1987, Toronto, Canada.

Current positions: Director of the Centre for Redemptive Entrepreneurship (CRE) at Tyndale University; founder and chief experience designer of GenesisXD Inc.  

Philip led his company to cofound two social enterprises, Red Propeller and KLINK® Coffee, to employ persons with barriers to employment. Philip connects the dots between brand, experience design and technology. He sees the critical value of addressing service gaps with an entrepreneurial mindset that aligns with his conviction of the common calling. This led to his creating CRE as the first innovation hub at a Christian university in Canada with a mission to equip emerging entrepreneurs to drive kingdom influence. His ongoing engagements with young adults, serving on the Advisory Council of Workplace Ministry for the Lausanne Movement, and on the board of the MoveIn Ministry deepen his understanding and experience of the relationship between leadership, ministry, and innovation.