Strategic Partners

Asset Based Giving Team

Bringing more financial resources to high performing, Kingdom serving, non-profit organizations through integrated asset based planned giving within current development strategies and improved results of current giving programs.

Steve Francis - Planned Giving Coach
T: (231) 359-0687

Steve Francis dedicates his expertise in business, trust and estate planning law, philosophy, and planned giving to advancing Kingdom causes.

For nine years, Steve has worked as senior philanthropic planning advisor for The Salvation Army in northern Michigan. In this role, he has worked with individuals and families in developing and implementing philanthropic plans to reach their charitable giving, estate planning, and personal wealth management goals. During this time, Steve has made regular appearances on regional radio programs, at professional organization events, and service club meetings as an authority on the legal, spiritual, and philosophical aspects of legacy planning. He has also donated his time in advising regional non-profits on issues of human resources, current development and planned giving.

Steve received his B.S. degree from Michigan State University and, while working to build a successful family business and national marketing network, earned a Juris Doctor degree at night from Wayne State University. After a sale of the business to an employee ownership group, he earned his LL.M. in environmental law and Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Utah, minoring in public administration. While teaching constitutional law for many years at both the U of Utah and Grand Valley State University, Steve received a certification in trust and estate planning from the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Steve is one of just 1000 professionals nationwide to have earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) professional designation from The American College of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work for The Salvation Army, Steve has served for ten years as a pro bono allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom and has been inducted into its attorney Honor Corps for outstanding service. The ADF is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans can freely live out their faith, with a focus on religious liberty, protecting life, and defending the family.

Steve lives with his wife Deb on beautiful Elk Lake, where they enjoy many forms of recreation out in God’s creation. Steve is an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church USA, and now attends New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg.   


Bryan Miesel MBA - Planned Giving Coach
T: (719) 439-5276

Bryan’s passion is to journey with ministries to discover God’s abundant resources for mission advancement. Bryan’s desire is to be a servant leader who sows in the hearts of stewards the amazing truth that they have the privilege of participating in the fulfillment of the great Commission.

He has an extensive background in international business development, marketing and ministry partner relations in both corporate and nonprofit settings. Bryan has a missionary upbringing with educational and living experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in France. As the son of missionary parents, his eyes were opened at an early age to the importance of financial matters in ministry.


Bryan holds a BA in Economics and French from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL and an MBA in International Business Development from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ.    


Bryan and his wife, Carrie, reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have three adult children. Bryan is an active Board member of a faith-based organization dedicated to serving French ministries and enjoys visiting his children in other states, traveling through Europe and outdoor activities such as biking, running and hiking.



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