Monday, 18 June 2018 10:34

Glenn Wilson, Regional Mortgage Sales Manager

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RRJ:  As a regional manager of BBVA Compass, what does your job entail?


Glenn:  I manage all aspects of Mortgage Lending for BBVA Compass across the East Region.  I lead a team of mortgage banking officers and area sales managers that work directly with clients to help them finance their real estate needs.  I also work very closely with realtors, builders and developers to create product offerings specific to their client’s needs. 



RRJ:  You have been working in the financial field since high school.  What excites you about being in this industry?



Glenn:  I have been everything from a drive thru teller to a regional manager and everything in-between.  What I love the most about the banking world is being able to help clients achieve their financial goals.  There is no better feeling than to hand a first-time homebuyer the keys to their new home. 



RRJ:  We live in a world where emphasis is placed on political correctness, which can make living “loud” for Jesus difficult.  How do your employees and co workers know you are a Christ follower?



Glenn:  I believe that employee engagement is critical for all leaders.  I know my employees on a personal level.  I know their spouse’s names and their kids’ names.  I know their likes and interests.  In return, I open myself up to them so that they know me in the same manner.  I make a point to include Christ and what He has done for me anytime I have that opportunity in conversation with my employees.  In Paul’s letters to the New Testament church, he spends a lot of time pleading with the church to show humility and love.  I strive to show both to my team every day.  For some, I may be the only Bible they ever read. 



RRJ:  You mentioned that Christian seeds were planted in you at an early age, but faith didn’t sprout until later.  In what ways did God water that seed?



Glenn:  I went to church as a kid, but wasn’t ever really “all-in”.  In college, I met a young pastor named Shane Segars who really invested in me and helped me grow spiritually.  Shane was the first person to help me understand that being a Christian is about relationship and he showed me what it looked like to have a relationship with Christ. 



RRJ:  In your walk with the Lord, what are some tools and/or resources that are vital in keeping your faith strong?



Glenn:  I have a group of men who are true accountability partners.  When I travel for work, I reach out to them so they can pray for me and hold me accountable while I am away from home.  I have an app on my phone that gives those guys access to my internet search history to make sure I always stay pure with technology.  I have a Christian mentor I talk with weekly.  He is a Christian brother I can confide in, ask for advice, celebrate successes with, confess my failures to and just have general conversation without fear of judgement. 



RRJ:  You and your wife, Kim, are both children of divorce, which can affect the way one views marriage and parenthood. What steps have you taken to strengthen your commitment to each other? 



Glenn:  When I met my wife Kim she helped me take my spiritual walk to another level.  We both came from divorced families, so we both went into our marriage knowing that divorce was not an option.  We also knew that we would need God’s help in fulfilling that commitment we made to each other.  We built our marriage on a Godly foundation and continue that even now, 16 years later.  Kim is my best friend any my biggest cheerleader.  She prays for me daily.  She shows me grace when I don’t deserve it.  She is a true Proverbs 31 woman who is an amazing partner and pushes me closer to the Lord every day.  I see Christ in and through her love for me. 



RRJ:  Your wife founded the wonderful Footprints Ministry many years ago.  What was the origin of that ministry?



Glenn:  Our oldest son, John Parker, was born three weeks premature.  He spent 10 days in the NICU at Baptist South. After our NICU experience, Kim felt a calling from the Lord to do something to help families who were going through the difficult journey of having a baby in the NICU.  Kim started by preparing care packages for parents of babies in the NICU.  Soon after that, Kim founded the Footprints Ministry as her calling from the Lord.  Over the past 10 years, Kim and her team have served hundreds of families through this ministry on a volunteer basis. 



RRJ: Glenn, in the past couple of years, you have been on a physical transformation journey with much success. What brought you to this journey and how has God helped and used you along the way? 



Glenn:  Two years ago, I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life.  I was severely overweight and was borderline diabetic.  My doctor told me that I needed to make some immediate lifestyle changes.  I had never been one to go and workout on my own, so I knew I needed to find something that had programmed workouts for me.  I knew a few people who did CrossFit and they encouraged me to give it a try.  After a couple of weeks, I was hooked.  A year into my CrossFit journey, I went and got certified to teach classes.  I am now almost two years into my fitness journey and I have lost over 100 lbs.  I also teach the 6am CrossFit class four days per week at Rebar Performance. 


The fitness journey itself has been amazing, but God had more planned for me than just getting me in shape.  I have met some amazing people along the way.  I lead a men’s small group at the gym, which has been a true blessing.  Men are finding freedom and growing in their faith.  The Lord knew what He was doing when He sent me there. 



RRJ:  What would you tell a new Christian that maybe took you a long time to realize?



Glenn: I would tell them to work every day on building their relationship with Jesus.  On days when God sees their worst, God still loves them just as they are. God’s greatest desire is to spend time with us and to be in relationship with us, even at our worst moments.  As a kid and a young adult, I felt like I was always failing, and that God was constantly disappointed in me.  I felt like there was no way He could love someone like me who wasn’t living a spotless life every day.  I thought I had to earn my way to being a Christian by being perfect.  As I grew in my faith, I learned that none of those thoughts were true.  The enemy will use doubt and fear to create separation from Christ.  We must be intentional in spending time with God daily, even on our bad days.  Those are the times when He wants us to be closest to Him.



Glenn Wilson, Regional Manager of Mortgage Division, BBVA Compass. Married for 16 years to wife, Kim, the couple has two boys: John Parker, 11, and Jake, 8.  They are active members of Church of the Highlands, Montgomery Campus.


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