Three years ago, Chris Huxhold was invited by a friend (and a current EDGE member) to attend America’s Best Hope – the leadership conference born from a partnership between EDGE and Truth at Work. The invitation came at the perfect time.
Chris graduated from Purdue University in 2008 and had been building his finance career in Indianapolis ever since. When EDGE first came into the picture in 2014, he had been wrestling with the concept of work-life balance in regards to faith.
“I think the challenge a lot of people struggle with is the fact that there’s not really a barrier between work life and personal life anymore,” Chris says. “So how do you go boldly into the workplace with the principles you’re grounded in through your faith? And how do you do that with a humble confidence?”
Chris was seeking community and wisdom as to how others approached the balance of personal and professional life. When he learned more about how EDGE combines personal, professional and spiritual development into one mentoring experience, he applied to become an EDGE mentee.
In May 2015, Chris was placed in his EDGE group and paired with his mentor, Mike Mumau. Walking with a group of men from different backgrounds, churches, and companies opened Chris’ eyes to their unique perspectives, and their experiences have helped him as he has walked through his own.
“Everyone in my group has gleaned wisdom from each other, from the ways that we each approach struggles and hardships,” he says. “They’ve all been so instrumental in my walk with Christ. I was re-baptized this past May, and the guys in my EDGE group were the ones who were there with me.”
“Mike has such a clear, Christ-centered focus on how he leads his life,” Chris says. “He’s humble, yet has a strong confidence in his faith, and he draws from that faith in everything he does. It’s a rare quality–one that I aspire to have. Mike is the model of the man I want to become. The best lesson I’ve learned from Mike is the reminder to believe in a big God and to have an unwavering faith that He will continually pave your next best path. Mike always says, ‘Don’t make God small.’ It’s inspiring to see how he lives that out.”
“What I would say to anyone who’s considering joining EDGE is that the true value of it comes in the relationships when ‘iron sharpens iron,’ and we all lean in to each other,” Chris says. “Learning from a mentor who’s a little bit ahead of you in life is a really fruitful and rewarding experience.”