Leadership: A Great Investment


Jon and Mandy Bennett

Steve Burton, a man who makes his living through investing, views Maranatha as a great investment.

“I see the kind of people they’re turning out, and I haven’t met anybody yet who is not top-notch,” Burton said. “I see what an example these people have been to my son. These are the kind of people I want to help out for years to come.”

Burton’s recent gift to the College was in recognition of the influence of Jon Bennett, Carey Hall dorm supervisor. Bennett had been a friend and mentor to Adam Burton, Steve’s son, since Adam arrived for his freshman year at Maranatha in the fall of 2010.

“Jon Bennett’s ministry was important in my life because of his care and concern for my well-being,” Adam Burton said. “He would constantly see how we were doing—physically, spiritually, and in our classes. He would challenge us in certain areas where he saw room for improvement and provide loving confrontation. He was continually building relationships with the guys in Carey so he could have more effective ministry in our lives.”

Bennett and Amanda Dunford were engaged to be married during the summer of 2011. The Carey supervisor’s apartment was only a slightly expanded dorm room—no place for young newlyweds. The couple was considering off-campus housing options when Adam Burton explained the situation to his father, who contacted Director of Development John Davis in January of 2011.

“It seemed a shame that, after a year of building those tight relationships, because he had progressed in his personal life, Jon would no longer have that same personal connection to minister to the guys in Carey,” Adam Burton said.

“I just asked John Davis, ‘What do we have to do to correct this situation?’ ” Steve Burton said.

The correction—remodeling the supervisor apartment to make it suitable for the Bennetts—required money, of course. Burton is good with money.

He is the Burton, Stevefounder of Equity 1, Inc. Financial Solutions, a financial planning firm located in Chesapeake, VA. Burton recently authored a book, Retirement Money Wave, which describes potential investment vehicles for those planning for retirement. His radio show, Financial Solutions with Steve Burton, is broadcast on stations in Richmond and Hampton Roads, VA, and Washington, D.C.

Burton had earlier started a commercial cleaning business, a landscaping business, and another financial services company. He was a guest lecturer at several Business Department classes in February.

“He really connected with the students,” Davis said. “They were very impressed with his background and with what he’s accomplished.”

Burton is also active in his local church and a supporter of Christian camps and other ministry organizations.

“You can’t outgive God, and the ability to be able to give has been a tremendous blessing,” Burton said.

The gift Burton gave Maranatha actually became more significant than expected. The finished product was a beautiful apartment with all the amenities, including an office area and new appliances. A private outside entrance was also constructed.

Burton said he hopes to collaborate with Maranatha on “more substantial” projects in the future.

“He’s 100 percent behind everything Maranatha is doing,” Davis said.

If you, like Steve Burton, are behind what Maranatha is doing, consider partnering with us. Take part in a project that will bless students, and those who work with students, for years to come. To help, you can:

  • Pray: Ask God to help the college grow and become even
    more effective in training future Christian leaders.
  • Give online: www.mbu.edu/giving
  • Give by phone: Call the Development office, 920-206-2325
  • Give by mail: Send your gift to Development, Maranatha, 745 West Main Street, Watertown,
    WI, 53094