Meet Moody's New Board Chairman
Mr. Randy Fairfax recently was elected chairman of Moody’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term
Get to know Moody Bible Institute's board of trustees chairman, Randy Fairfax. During the most recent meeting of Moody’s board, Mr. Fairfax was elected as chairman for a three-year term.
When did you come to faith in Jesus Christ, and who is someone the Lord used in the early days of your Christian life?
I came to Christ at an early age, making a formal declaration during camp at eight years old. I am thankful for the influence of a faithful mother and grandparents. Outwardly, I did the right activities, but inside I never felt good enough, smart enough, popular enough, athletic enough or spiritual enough.
Although I did attain some success in those outward measures, I never felt I could be used by God or that I could be important to Him. At a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp in West Virginia, through the words and actions of Kurt, a new friend who seemed to have little going for him, God made it evident that His grace was sufficient and that God could use me wherever I was if I was obedient to Him.
I did not need to seek the approval of others. These same characteristics were evident in my girlfriend at the time, Courtney, who is now my wife.
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Courtney, and I have been married for 33 years and have three adult children: Ryan, Jordan and Breanne.
Ryan and his wife, Laura, are parents to Landon (4), Emma (2) and baby Jack who is due in July 2015.
Jordan (Moody ‘08) and his wife, Rachel, have Bentley (4), Watson (2) and baby Scarlett who is due in October.
Breanne is married to her husband, Shaun Castillo.
What areas of ministry are you most passionate about in your local church?
We have enjoyed many years at The Chapel, our home church in Akron, Ohio. My greatest enjoyment is helping people see and explore the exciting and abundant life offered us in Christ as described in His Word. I have been able to do this through teaching children, junior high, high school and college students, and in adult Bible fellowship groups as well.
I love sports and have helped start a number of sports ministries through our church as both a player and coach. Basketball is a particular favorite. I have also been privileged to serve on the Trustee Board and on our Missions and Camp boards.
Where do you serve the Lord vocationally and how is He using you in that area?
My personal mission statement is “to help people understand they were created for a purpose and to exercise that purpose with passion and an intentional plan.”
I am responsible for the private client practice at our consulting firm, Highland Consulting Associates in Cleveland, Ohio. My vocation allows me therefore to work with individuals and families, many of whom have had great success by our world’s standards.
I learn much from them about how many different businesses work and become successful. And I help them understand how to steward well what they have and help them answer key questions, such as:
- What are the best strategies to grow your wealth in both tax-efficient and family-effective ways?
- How do you protect and conserve your assets and your family, faith values?
- How do you transfer what is valuable to the next generation or ministry efficiently and effectively?
What led to you being involved with the board of trustees at Moody?
I joined the board in May 2008, just as my son Jordan was graduating. After prayer and consulting with my wife and trusted colleagues, I determined there were a number of compelling reasons to serve on the board.
Among others, I was impressed with the character of those currently serving on the board and their hearts for the Lord. Moody had retained its historical commitment to the Bible as foundational in its mission and teaching. While its methods may have changed, the mission has not.
I had just a glimpse of the transformational impact of Moody faculty on graduates, graduates on ministries and in our world, and the influence of Moody’s radio and publishing in advancing ministries, churches and inspiring and equipping individuals and communities throughout the world with the good news of Jesus.
During your time on the board of trustees, what has been the most enriching experience for you?
I do not cease to enjoy and be amazed at the individual, life-on-life ministry that occurs when sharing in and living out the truth of Scripture. We board members are privileged to hear how the faculty impact students, how students impact each other, and just how wide, deep and diverse are the places they serve, as each lives out Christ.
We also get to hear listeners and readers share how God’s truth has influenced their lives and how this ripples to their churches and communities. God is moving person by person, and Moody has a hand in that.
As chairman, what are your primary responsibilities and focus moving forward?
Matthew 6:33 provides me my primary focus: “Seek first the Kingdom of God…” I pray that I will do that well. The Lord’s command in Micah 6:8 to seek justice and love mercy provides me the guide to evaluate my service.
We have a wonderful team of leaders at Moody, from our executive leadership, faculty and radio/publishing, to many other departments. I look forward to being aware of and responsive to God’s leading as we dedicate Moody’s significant resources to keeping Christ and the truths of Scripture central in all that we do.
We want to be good and faithful stewards.
What excites you most about the future of Moody?
I believe that we are at an exciting and challenging time. The culture has shifted in a manner that will afford Moody the ability to shine a much brighter light on following Christ and loving our world through truth. Our challenges may increase but so will our opportunity to see how God works.
I am confident that we will experience a strengthening of faith as we witness an even greater and more obvious impact of Christ at work in our world. We have many ways to engage our culture, and to help meet the deep and unmet needs of so many for understanding, truth and love.
How can we pray for you, as well as the entire board of trustees?
I would appreciate prayers for me and all those in leadership at Moody that we will continue to grow personally in our walks with Christ and that we would be protected in our commitment to Him. The board needs prayer as we consider any decision or input with our leadership team.
We seek wisdom and discernment that we will steward well all that has been entrusted to us and to Moody. Pray as we consider new board members. We recognize there are decisions we will make that will impact generations we may never meet. Pray for us to serve well and faithfully.