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About Brian Kluth

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Leadership Roles  | Personal & Family  |  Affiliations & Memberships  | Websites & Social Media

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  • Pastor Brian Kluth is a Christian speaker and writer on generosity, God's provisions, and legacy living.  His books and materials have over 650,000 copies in print and have been translated into over 40 languages.  His ministry travels have taken him across the country and to more than 50 countries.  His work has been featured on TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines.  In 2009, he was called and commissioned by his church to become a Generosity Minister-at-Large to the world.  His wife Sandi passed away after and 8 year cancer journey.  He remarried a Christian woman whose spouse also had passed away.  They make their home in Denver and have four young adult children.

  • Websites: www.BrianKluth.org (guest speaker), www.GiveWithJoy.org (radio program and free eDevotional), www.GodIsYourProvider.com (book), www.LegacyOrganizer.com (planning manual), www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org (for pastors/churches), and www.LovingOurCommunity.org (40 Day City & Country Multi-Church Generosity initiatives).

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Books/Bestselling Author (CLICK for more information or to place an order)

  • 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life Bible Devotional (550,000 copies and 40+ languages)

  • 7 Keys to Open-Handed Living in a Tight-Fisted World 30 Day Bible Devotional

  • Experience God as Your Provider: Finding Financial Stability in Unstable Times (Moody Press)

  • Because I Love You LEGACY ORGANIZER

  • eBook: 20 Truths About Tithers (5-Year Research project with 4,413 people from 50 states & 70 countries)

  • State of the Plate Annual Research on Church Giving (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

  • Pray for Our Nation & Families: 31 Day Prayer Guide (Editor and Publisher)

  • 50 Best Practices and 80 Best Websites to Increase Giving (eBook)

  • Preaching & Writing Guide on Money & Generosity (eBook)

  • Guide to a Successful Building Fund Drive for Pastors & Church Leaders (eBook)

  • Guide to Increase Church Giving for Pastors & Church Leaders (eBook)

  • 7 Steps to Dramatically Increase Funding for Your Ministry (eBook)

  • 12 Steps to Successfully Raise Ministry or Missionary Support  (eBook)

  • Church Financial Funnies Cartoon Series

  • Revolution in Generosity (NavPress, Dr. Wesley Willmer - Editor, Contributing Writer)

  • The Word for the Wealthy (eBook)

  • Christianity: A Follower's Guide (B&H Publishing Group, Peter Briscoe, Editor, Contributing Writer)

  • Out-of-the-Woods: Research and Funding Guide for Christian Camps & Conf Centers (Out of print)

  • PLUS hundred of articles in print and online publications on generosity, finances, singleness, God's provisions, fundraising, and other Christian topics.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient of the "General William Booth" annual philanthropy award by the Salvation Army in Australia. Brian was the first non-Australian to ever receive this award.

  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree by Trinity College & Seminary at the 2008 graduation commencement services for his 20+ years of service promoting greater generosity across the globe.

  • Awarded the National Stewardship Educator of the Year Award at the annual conference of the Christian Stewardship Association.

  • Endorsed by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspaper, Chamber of Commerce, and Wisconsin Manufacturers in a 1990 election bid for the State Legislature of Wisconsin.

  • Awarded a full college scholarship to Stratton College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • 1976 YMCA Youth Lieutenant Governor for the State of Wisconsin

Media Coverage

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Education

  • Received a full scholarship to Stratton College and received an AAS degree in Business Administration in 1975. 

  • Attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1975 and 1976) and Trinity International University (1990) and received a BA degree in Communications. 

  • Attended and received a certification from Asbury Seminary's Beeson Institute for Advanced Pastoral and Leadership Studies (2001-2002). 

  • Awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Evangelical Free Church of India's Trinity College and Seminary (2008).

Ministries Founded

  • www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org - Generosity materials for churches and an eNewsletter list serving over 20,000 pastors, leaders, and Christians in over 150 countries.

  • www.SandiHouse.org - 88-bed dormitory for needy girls and orphans in Africa.

  • www.LovingOurCommunity.org - City-wide and country-wide generosity initiatives.

  • The STATE of the PLATE - Annual Research Studies on Church Giving.  This annual research is done in partnership with Christianity Today, ECFA, and ECCU.

  • www.GiveWithJoy.org - Radio program providing 60 second generosity stories and a free 40 Day eDevotional to Christian radio stations and their listeners.

  • www.ChristianSinglesWebsite.org - Co-founder of a weekly Tuesday night ministry for 250-300 single and single-again Christians in the Denver Metro area that met at Mission Hills Church (2011-2013).  Videos and handouts were also used by thousands online.

  • www.HarvestCommunity.org - Brian played an instrumental role as the Church Chairman in this church plant started by Pastor Shane Houle that grew from 8 people to nearly 1000 people in 7 years.  Brian led the building effort that allowed the church to purchase a former racquetball club property valued at $2.2 million dollars for $500,000 in cash.  When Pastor Shane left the church, Brian became the preaching pastor for one year before moving and becoming the Senior Pastor at the First Evangelical Free Church in Colorado Springs.

Leadership Roles

  • Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs from 2000-2009.  In 2009, the church called and commissioned him to become a Generosity Minister-at-Large to the world in order to free him up to speak, write, and do media interviews encouraging millions of people to become more generous.

  • Past national president of the Christian Stewardship Association (CSA).  While Brian was the CSA president CSA grew to serving 23,000 people at 10,000 ministries with products, website resources, city seminars, national conferences, institute courses, and the "Stewardship Matters" magazine.

  • Brian has been on the board of National Association of Evangelicals, Headwaters Christian Youth Ministries (Board Chairman), elder board at Harvest Community Church (Board Chairman), and Fort Wilderness - a Christian Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center.

  • Stewardship think tank participant with Lilly Endowment denominational leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, United Methodists, Southern Baptists, and Assemblies of God.

  • Brian also served as a development officer at Bethel College & Seminary (now Bethel University in the Twin Cities of MN) for their $2.2 million dollar field house campaign, CEO and management roles at Fort Wilderness Ministries, and with a national Fundraising Management Consulting Firm.  In the 1990's he also founded Stewardship Dynamics, a consulting practice that conducted fundraising campaigns for churches and ministries that wanted to raise funds to build debt-free facilities.

Personal & Family

  • Brian had a wonderful marriage to Sandi for 28 years before the LORD took her home following eight year cancer journey in 2010.   Brian and Sandi adopted Joshua (from Wisconsin in 1992) and Bethany (from India in 1996).  They had a natural born son, Jeremy in 1996.  With the help of family and friends, the 88-bed www.SandiHouse.org dormitory at a Christian School in Uganda, Africa to minister to needy girls and orphans in memory of his wife.

  • In 2013 Brian remarried a Christian widow, Mary Ellen Covino, and her daughter is Alex.  Mary Ellen was a special ed elementary school teacher for 35 years and retired in 2013.  She now travels with Brian for speaking engagements and ministry work across the country and around the world.

  • Brian grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from Bay View High School in 1973.  His father, Frederick Kluth, was a Battalion & Deputy Chief on the Milwaukee Fire Department and his mother, Delores Etringer Kluth was a homemaker.   His older brother, Ronald Kluth, was a fireman and later became a high school and college basketball coach.  His older sister, Paula Davies, is an RN.  His younger brother, David Kluth, is an archaeologist with the federal government.

  • Christian conversion: Through the Christian testimony and prayers of close personal friends, Bill and Nancy Wright, Brian experienced a dramatic life-altering and eternity-changing Christian conversion experience when he was 21 years old (audio recording of Brian's testimony).  This happened in the fall of 1976 while he was attending school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Licensed for ministry by the Evangelical Free Church of America, ordained by Harvest Community Church, past president of the Christian Stewardship Association, past board member of the National Association of Evangelicals, past participant in the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (Singapore 87, Manila 89, Moscow 90), participant in the Lausanne Resource Mobilization Working Group, and a keynote speaker for the World Evangelical European Alliances.

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Brian Kluth - Cell/text: 719.930.4000

Email: bk@kluth.org

WEBSITES:

BrianKluth.org - Guest Speaking

LovingOurCommunity.org - Multi-Church 40-Day Campaigns

SandiHouse.org - Orphan Care in Africa

MAXIMUMgenerosity.org - Church Resources

GiveWithJoy.org - Radio Program & eDevotional

GenerousLife.org - 30 & 40 Day Devotionals

BrianKluth.com - TV/Radio/Media Guest

GodIsYourProvider.com book

StateofthePlate.info - Giving Research

LegacyOrganizer.com - Planning Manual

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