Todd has mind of an entrepreneur, the heart of a pastor, and a background in a successful family business. Those three unique passions cultivate his passion for business that matters, an eternal outlook on life, and an ability to understand CEOs and business owners having been in the trenches.
DeKruyter founded DK Financial Services, specializing in legacy and estate planning. As a consultant with private equity, enterprise business and single family offices, DeKruyter focused on where estate planning met family business. “Basically, we showed up when families were stuck. Whether it was relational dynamics around the Foundation, the grandkids entering the business, or simply normal relational conflict, we loved it.”
Trained at an elite business school, DeKruyter has also earned a seminary degree. These two passions, business and ministry, have marked him for years. He was in full-time pastoral ministry for nearly a decade and spent eight years as an executive at a wealth management and financial planning firm. Those successes allowed DeKruyter to invest in over a dozen private equity deals in the last two decades. DeKruyter achieved his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA) designations.
“Being born into a family business sets your view of hard work, and value creation,” DeKruyter says. “When it’s in your DNA it changes how you look at the world.” Excellent contribution is DeKruyter family value, along with generosity and whimsy.
Now C12 allows him to live out this tension between business excellence and eternal impact all the while challenging those around him to keep the home fires burning. “CEOs have unique pressures that only true peers can understand. Many C12 members say they’ve found their home when they attend a forum. We get to focus on all three: Business excellence, Ministry Impact, and Family Alignment. It’s quite fun to talk about all three under the authority of God’s Word.”
DeKruyter has been happily married since 2002. He and his beautiful wife, Janelle, have four not so young kids—two boys and two girls. Other passions include: backyard chicken farming, watching sports, generosity conversations, good coffee, legacy planning, finding new restaurants, and anything his kids do.