MEET OUR CORE TEAM
Financial Stewardship is the largest firm of its
kind in the Midwest, serving the unique tax and
compensation concerns of churches and pastors.
We have been the pastorís tax consultant since
1985. Founded by Russell T. Jones around the
kitchen table, Financial Stewardship has grown
to a team of more than ten (10) associates
serving thousands of pastors, Christian school
teachers, missionaries, and other church and
non-profit employees throughout the United
States with reliable and up to date clergy tax
advice and preparation.
Since 1988 Financial Stewardship has served over
10,000 clergy, church staff, treasurers and
church board members from over 100 denominations
in 36 states. Our senior staff has spoken
before statewide conventions, universities,
colleges, circuit and district meetings of
virtually every church denomination.
Below are the six
members of our Core Team.
Russell T. Jones, Founder and President
Russ is the author of several workbooks on
Clergy & Church Staff Compensation as well as
Personal Christian Stewardship. He is the
Founder and President of Financial Stewardship,
a firm that specializes in preparing clergy tax
returns. He speaks frequently at clergy
conventions on tax and developments. He is a
former infantry officer, serving in the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam TET Offensive, Adult
Bible Teacher, and graduate of Oakland
University. Russ resides in Clarkston, Michigan
with his wife Paula.
Randall Riepma (248) 269-4115
Randy is a 1989 graduate of Western Michigan
University, with a music degree. After teaching
school, he joined the Financial Stewardship team
in 1993. Randy also serves as Pastor of Music
and Worship for his church in Shelby Township,
MI. In his leisure hours he enjoys golfing,
fishing, travel, para-sailing, and playing the
trumpet and piano. Randy and his wife, Annette
make their home in Macomb, MI.
Keith Kenward, CPA
Keith is the manager of the Tax Department at
Financial Stewardship. He received his BS in
Accounting from Wayne State University in
Detroit, and has been with Financial Stewardship
since 1993. Keith has over 20 years of
accounting and tax preparation experience, and
he prepares a significant number of ministersí
tax returns each year. He services clients all
across the country, and his client base includes
small businesses as well as individuals and
clergy. Keith resides in Shelby Township,
Michigan with his wife Debbie and their three
sons. The Kenwards attend a small local church
in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Sally Hawk, E.A.
Sally joined Financial Stewardship in 1994. She
is an Enrolled Agent, licensed to represent
clients before the IRS. Sally's specialty is
tax preparation and counsel. She prepares the
tax returns of many pastors and church staff,
missionaries, and Christian School teachers.
Sally, her husband Ron, and their two children
are active in their local church in Flint, MI,
where they also reside.
Washburn (Northern California Office)
Gary is a 1970 graduate (BSL) of Central
Christian College of the Bible, and spent the
first 26 years of adult life in full-time
ministry in the Michigan and Indiana. He was a
Financial Stewardship client for seven years
before joining the Financial Stewardship team in
1994. Gary and his wife Beth migrated to
California in 2002, where he works with
churches, pastors, and church staff from the
Financial Stewardship Northern California
office. He also serves as Pastor of
Discipleship with BridgePointe Church, El Dorado
Hills, CA. Gary and Beth have three adult
children in Northern California, three
grandchildren, and one Hungarian Pointer,
Samson. They make their home in Citrus Heights,
Paula Jones, Office Manager
When you phone the Financial Stewardship office
in Troy, MI, you are likely to be greeted by the
cheery voice of Paula Jones. Paula joined
Financial Stewardship in 1999 from a position as
Office Manager for a large multi-staff church.