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Business Declares the Glory of God

How real-estate developer Walter Crutchfield's gift at making money became a vocation.

Walter Crutchfield had his first conversion moment at age 18, when he accepted Christ as Lord. That year, the self-professed "serial entrepreneur" started his own auto production company, but sold it a year later to attend Bible college. "When I came to Christ, I still had the joy of business," says the Phoenix native. "But the world around me . . . told me that if you were serious about faith, you'd get involved in ministry." And so he did, becoming a full-time pastor. But his second conversion—to the goodness of work outside the church—unfolded over many years.

In this short film, featuring This Is Our City's first helicopter mission, Crutchfield takes us through the real-estate crisis that led him to use his business savvy to bless and beautify his community.