John Cortines


After launching his career in the Texas oilfields, John Cortines has recently decided to advance the biblical message of generosity full-time, joining the leadership team of Generous Giving. Turning down a lucrative expatriate job to serve this mission has been the defining moment in his own generosity journey – a journey in which God has proven tremendously faithful. Previously, he worked for oil companies in several locations across Texas and Louisiana, most recently as a petroleum engineer for Chevron, where he conducted complex decision and financial analyses of deepwater oil and gas projects. He holds engineering degrees from Texas A&M University (BS, 2010) and KAU of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (MS, 2011), and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2015). In the research that informs God and Money (formerly titled Through the Needle), John brought his pragmatic analytical approach to a question that has always intrigued him: how should wealthy Christians handle their money? What does scripture suggest about the dispensation of riches? The result was a simple yet radical framework for managing wealth that John himself, a lifelong Christian steeped in biblical teaching, found transformative. Once content to live simply, give some, and save aggressively to attain personal security, he now sees active giving—sharing resources joyfully and generously—as central to a way of life that serves God. John is deeply blessed to be married to his beautiful and gracious wife, Megan. They have a growing family that currently includes Jack (2) and Anna (0), and now reside in Orlando, FL.

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