OVERVIEW / VISION OF MINISTRY
Founded in 1981, Young Business Leaders (YBL) is a Board-directed organization whose purpose is to reach businessmen and professionals and to offer the tools and environment that facilitate holistic growth. We accomplish this by providing venues such as banquets, small group opportunities and one-on-one contacts with proven and established leaders. YBL’s impact is made primarily by establishing men in the essentials of their faith, and equipping them to share and express time honored values with their colleagues in the business community.
Young Business Leaders of Birmingham, (YBLB), was begun in response to a perceived need for a vibrant Christian ministry outreach to young business executives in the Birmingham area. Being non-denominational, this organization centers totally on the person of Jesus Christ as the source of meeting their personal needs of young professionals in the marketplace. YBLB has sought to use the common and neutral ground of the Business environment as a comfortable medium through which to generate interest in the Christian faith. It is hoped that as a young executive incorporates Christian principles into every aspect of his life, there would be a ripple effect among his fellow employees. This would ultimately result in a more positive business environment and greater ethical practices based on biblical teachings in the marketplace. For individuals who express a desire to learn more about the Christian walk, there is a planned follow-up which involves mature Christian men meeting in small groups to teach about Jesus Christ and His plan for daily living.
To impact businessmen in every area of their life with the person of Christ using biblical principles. To be involved with fulfilling the Great Commission by impacting businessmen. (Matthew 28:8-20)
By teaching businessmen how to have true success. (Psalm 1)
By reaching businessmen with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8)
By building businessmen into mature disciples of Christ. (Col. 1:28)
By equipping businessmen to lead other men to maturity in Christ. (II Tim. 2:2)
By sending businessmen into other areas and spheres of influence to impact the world for Christ. (Acts 17:6)
Christlike businessmen who are actively reaching others for Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We are a national organization with offices located in Birmingham and Huntsville, AL; and Jackson, MS. Please feel free to visit the individual cities here on our website for more information about each one!
YBL Ministry Director
Phil came to Birmingham in 1984 at the invitation of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Young Business Leaders. After spending his post college years working for Campus Crusade for Christ, and meeting his wife Anne, Phil and his family tackled the task of growing the 3 year old organization. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Religious Education from Birmingham Theological Seminary. Phil is a graduate of the University of Georgia and enjoys his permanent underdog status in the state of Alabama. He has two daughters, Catherine and Ginny, and enjoys playing golf in his free time.
Birmingham City Director
Rob Genin has joined YBL as the City Director for Birmingham. He has 12 years of experience working in small business, technical sales and education. He graduated from Biola University in California with a B.S. in business management, and received his Masters in Divinity from Reformed Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He and his wife Carla are enjoying the challenge of raising two energetic young boys, Noah and Matthew. Rob loves playing with his children, spending time outdoors, watching an excellent film or reading a good book. He is excited at the prospect of continuing to build the business community in Birmingham one friendship at a time.
Huntsville City Director
Bob is a native Huntsvillian! He has been the YBL Director of North Alabama since 1998. He graduated from Grissom High School, has a BA from Auburn University , and M. Div. from The International School of Theology in Southern California. He and Jenni have been married 28 years and have raised 3 wonderful young men: Robert, John, and William. Bob loves all kinds of boating and fishing—and he is passionate about helping men walk with Christ in every aspect of their lives.
Jackson City Director
Jay comes to YBL with over 25 years in church ministry including two years as a corporate chaplain. Jay earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies education at Southeastern Louisiana University, and has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with emphases in student ministry and family counseling. His church ministry includes many years as a youth pastor as well as leading college and singles before “graduating” to adult discipleship and administrative leadership roles. Jay has been married to Nikki for 27 years, and they have two grown children, daughter Kasi (husband Jon) and son Jonathan. Jay has a passion for discipleship and leadership development based on Biblical principles.
Women Business Leaders Director
August was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia but has called Birmingham home since 2012. She graduated from Samford University with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Upon graduation, August married her college sweetheart and served on staff with a local college ministry, Campus Outreach. Most recently, August has been working as a Business Development Manager for Warren Averett CPA’s & Advisors.
August has been involved in WBL for the past three years and has enjoyed co-leading a Small Group with her peers at Warren Averett. She is thrilled to step into this new role and support women in Birmingham as they seek to know God and glorify Him with all aspects of their lives – specifically with their work and their careers.
August lives in Bluff Park with her husband Luke and their baby boy, Calvin. Her proudest achievement of 2019 was being promoted to “Mama”.
Carly is a 2016 graduate of Samford University. While at Samford, she studied Human Development and Family Life. She also worked as an assistant for a Birmingham wedding planner, where she learned many skills that are helping her in the non-profit world. Carly works as the administrative assistant for YBL and works with communications and events for WBL. When she isn’t working at YBL/WBL she is coaching volleyball for Briarwood Christian School and a club team. She also owns a wedding and event planning business located in Birmingham. Her passion and love for the Lord is shown through all she does for our ministry.
Deb and her husband, Duff, have been married 31 years and first met in elementary school at Brookwood Forest. Both are huge Auburn fans! Deb graduated with B.S., M.S., D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees while Duff earned his B.S. at Auburn and later a J.D. from Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. Deb’s favorite education, however, is through Birmingham Theological Seminary where she earned a M.A. in Biblical Studies and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful teachers, students and resources. She’s thrilled to be a part of the ministry at YBL after working professionally for USDA, SRI and UAB. She and Duff enjoy cooking, gardening, horseback riding their Morgan horses and tracking with their Belgian Tervuren dogs. They love being members of Briarwood as their church home.
YBL Ministries Executive Board Members
Oliver Harris – Retired
Doug McDaniel – McDaniel and Register
David Cooper – Retired
Roger Cartwright – Retired
Becky White – Sain & Associates
Oscar Price – Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC
Loring Muir – Iberia Bank