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Rich Stearns, President, World Vision


February 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM EST


Chesterton House – Residence


Alan T. and Linda M. Beimfohr Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Rich Stearns shares his journey from Cornell to the heights of Corporate America and then to the poorest villages in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Today, as president of World Vision, one of the largest relief and development organizations on the planet, Stearns believes that the end of extreme poverty is in sight. Whether the world succeeds in this unprecedented quest depends on the values of individuals, which ultimately shape the values of nations. This generation has the resources, the tools, and the technology to finish the job. The only thing that hangs in the balance is the will to make it happen.


Rich Stearns is president of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations with 45,000 staff on the ground in nearly 100 countries. Stearns joined World Vision in 1998, after serving as CEO of Lenox Inc and Parker Brothers Games. Stearns earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stearns’ first book, The Hole in Our Gospel, was named the 2010 Christian Book of the Year. His second book, Unfinished, was released in May 2013.

“Rich Stearns calls us to exhilarating obedience to God’s life-altering, world-changing command to reflect his love to our neighbors at home and globally.” –Gary Haugen, President & CEO, International Justice Mission


Richard Stearns is a contemporary Amos crying ‘let justice roll down like waters.’ Justice is a serious gospel-prophetic mandate. Far too many American Christians for too long a time have left the cause to ‘others.’ ” –Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC


“With passionate urging and earnestness, Rich Stearns challenges Christians to embrace the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ by embracing the neediest and most vulnerable among us.” –Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship


View videos about World Vision and Stearns’ work:

We Believe in Children

“Unfinished” by Rich Stearns

Rich Stearns on Christian Witness

Check out this recent article by Stearns:

The Software of Sponsorship


Chesterton House Painting