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It can be lonely at the top, but it doesn’t have to be.

We know leaders limit their potential when they lead from isolation. But, when surrounded by trusted advisors with a common goal and a biblical worldview, they can maximize performance and energize cultures. With faith as the foundation, this powerful group of peers meet in an exclusive, confidential forums in Minneapolis and St. Paul to have their questions answered and their answers questioned.

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DAVID FERGUS

David Fergus is known for his incisive analysis and winsome facilitation of small group and one-on-one business and personal meetings….

DAVID FERGUS

David Fergus is known for his incisive analysis and winsome facilitation of small group and one-on-one business and personal meetings. He has a positive outlook towards all aspects of life and is especially gifted in leading people and companies to profitable lives and businesses. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Industrial and Systems Engineering discipline, harnessing that skill set to help companies and individuals establish lofty yet achievable mission and vision. Of special concern to him is making sure that short-term tactics employed are actually targeted to intentionally achieve the mid and long-term strategies in support of the mission and vision. Prior to joining C12, David owned a machine shop and managed a high-tech manufacturing company serving the medical and aerospace industries. Prior to that, he was in operations and maintenance of both nuclear and coal power generation plants, and prior to that was an officer in the nuclear submarine force. He served on two different fast-attack submarines and taught leadership at the Naval Submarine School. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 2002 as a Commander in the Engineering Duty specialty. David is married to Susan, and they have 2 children. His daughter has served as a missionary in rural Madagascar and is currently an Office Manager. His married son and family lived in Philadelphia while obtaining his Master’s degree at Westminster Seminary in May 2016, and currently supports his family in technology and software sales. David and Susan attend Hope Fellowship in Ramsey and lead weekly Bible studies and accountability groups. In his spare time, you may find David refereeing high school soccer and basketball or officiating local and national track & field meets.

BEN PHILLIPS

Ben Phillips comes from a background of years of organizational development and ministry. He is marked by relentless loyalty and…

BEN PHILLIPS

Ben Phillips comes from a background of years of organizational development and ministry. He is marked by relentless loyalty and perpetual love of learning. Ben excels at critically analyzing systems and relationships to improve efficiency and authenticity. Ben is passionate about helping leaders discover their driving values and unafraid to ask clarifying questions. He enjoys generating and applying creative solutions that can be implemented with unwavering integrity to organizational goals. Ben is eager to disciple leaders in the way of Jesus and firmly adheres to the notion that all truth is God’s truth. Ben loves how C12 courageously champions both the necessity and utility of Biblical wisdom in directional leadership as well as in daily operation. Ben’s undergraduate study was in Christian Education, and he earned his graduate degree in Theology. Ben has put those skills to work throughout his career. First, in the business world where he worked in compliance and operations management, then as a pastor at a series of churches that led him from positions focused on students and families to operations and growth within a large multi-site organization. In his pastoral roles, Ben developed strategy, managed people and budgets, and inspired those around him as he led the church to 2,000+ attendees in three years. His impact in the Jacksonville area sparked a multi-million dollar building expansion project, and activated a strategy to launch additional campuses in the area. Ben credits his success to a very special collaboration in his life, the one with his wife Anika, who is a practicing Certified Nurse-Midwife and an adjunct nursing professor and their four children, two school-age sons and two preschool-age daughters. Ben and Anika enjoy food and hospitality, hiking and camping, and coffee. In his spare time, you can find Ben cheering for the Vikings, serving in AWANA games, hunting or learning about hunting, and fishing with his sons.

“C12 is everything I was looking for and more of what I didn’t know I needed. My peers challenge me in my blind spots, love me in hard times, and encourage me to glorify God in the way I lead my team. It’s a home for business leaders.”

Brittany Zeller, founder and director of Tiny Feet Early Intervention / South Carolina C12 member
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