Hobby Lobby Real Estate Analyst Les Miller delivered the 2016 Minter Lecture in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry at OBU. Miller attended OBU from 1977-81 and has since been involved in commercial and industrial real estate for numerous clients and employers.
Miller, whose responsibilities at Hobby Lobby include the management of multiple states for new store development and the donation of nearly $500 million in real estate to dozens of Christian ministries, said he wanted to speak to students more about ministry than business.
“I certainly want my work to be blessed by God. We’re called to do the best job possible, we’re called to work hard,” Miller said. “As business leaders, we need to recognize, as those called to vocational ministry do, that the most precious thing on Earth is the church.”
The Minter Lectureship in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry is intended to add a sound understanding of the business world to the educational experience of church ministry majors to broaden their ability to minister effectively. The Minter Lectureship was underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The annual series began in 1991.