A conversation with Bob Merritt
and Fred Martin


  • AUG. 8, 2024

Let’s face it. Fundraising is a big part of a pastor’s job, but it’s not often the best part.

In this short conversation between friends, Bob Merritt (the former senior pastor of Eagle Brook Church in Minnesota) sits down with his good friend Fred Martin, a portfolio manager who has also been a major donor to the church ministry. They discuss the heart behind a major gift, how to engage a person of wealth in meaningful ways, and the best way to effectively engage in important fundraising conversations. 

Lunch & swag bag provided!

Fred Martin

Fred is the founder of Inspired Investment Leadership, a nonprofit that helps everyday people develop a purposeful, productive, and peaceful relationship with their money. Fred also has nearly 45 years experience as the portfolio manager and head of a major investment firm in Minneapolis.

Bob Merritt

Bob Merritt is the retired pastor of Eagle Brook Church in Minnesota, which became a church of 28,000 and 10 locations under his leadership. Today, Bob helps pastors and churches navigate the heavy load of leading and speaking that can feel overwhelming.