(The Baton Exchange was formerly known as WAM House)
“I’ve had an awesome experience with my mentor! He’s challenged me and provided insights into new ways of thinking.” Brad, President, Fisher Wealth Management
“I have traveled across the U.S. and internationally, and I have to say that the mentoring program of the WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] is one of the premier programs in the country!” Kent Humphreys, World Ambassador, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International. Successful business leader. Author of numerous books, including Christ @ Work In Your Transition: From the Campus to the Marketplace.
“The WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] has helped me to see that I can use my interests and how God has made me to minister without being in the ministry.” Heena
"During the time of WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] training, we visited several Kingdom businesses in Ohio (including the headquarters of Beckett Corp.), and I was very impressed by the work in those places. To me Kingdom business was a fresh and very attractive concept, and it changed my view of job and career.” Xing, Master’s Accounting, Ohio State University
"Whatever you give of yourself when somebody asks you to be involved in something, to give up your time [to volunteer], it seems like you will be giving more than you are going to receive. But I have received more by being a part of this with Sam…I have learned from him, and it has deepened my perspective. Now that he’s going to move, I am going to miss that time." Monty Lobb, former Assistant Secretary of State for Ohio, program mentor
"This is the most complete training model I have ever seen! Impressive job. Your model has what ours was missing." Retired award-winning Fortune 500 corporate trainer (Abbott Nutrition), Joanie Taddeo
"Thank you for matching me with my mentor, Dondra. She is an incredible lady and I really enjoy spending one hour a month with her. I'm learning a lot from Dondra. She asks great questions, she is a great listener, and gives very helpful advice. Also, I like the new curriculum a lot. It's true that I get out of it as much as I put in it. So, if I don't do much, I don't get much out of it. It's rewarding to see that some of the goals I wrote on PIP I am achieving, or at least making important steps toward achieving them. Thank you! :)" Estera Pirosca, Director of Internships, IFI. Author of Portraits of Integration
Jakarta, Indonesia – “Just yesterday I met a church friend who had started a garment factory last year. It was good in the beginning of the business, but currently it's in a dire situation, so bad that she's considering closing it down. I strongly feel that God wants her to reconstruct how she manages people and also the value of company. She asked me whether I want to help … I do really feel this is the ideal place to help if I were to apply what I've learned through WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] so far. It’s a place where I can even contribute to the company's values and structure.” Henny
"Going through the WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] and the book, “Your Work Matters To God,” …has opened up a new aspect of Workplace as Missions. It’s not necessarily a place to be alongside non-Christians, and tell them about Jesus at every opportunity, but a place to show them Jesus in how we conduct ourselves, how we work, through honor and integrity, ethical dealings, and so much more. One other lesson I was taught was that you may be the only bible many people will ever read…Most of your time is spent at work or work related activities. Why would we not take that time to live a life unto Christ and show the love of Christ through our work?" Dallas
"Connecting with WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] mentors has been a blessed experience and a tremendous source of encouragement. The best part is that my mentors have excelled in the very same professional areas as I intend to, by integrating it with their Christian calling. I am very thankful for John and his ministry and look forward to seeing other professionals be blessed by it." Benny, Abbott Nutrition
"Thank you for the opportunity to speak at your seminar this morning. I couldn't help but think several of your students could have stayed longer and had continuing discussions on leadership. If I read that correctly and they would want to talk in more detail, I would love to spend more time with them. I left their totally energized and want to further help if I can. I spoke with Shuhan Luo afterward and offered to help her as she continues to pursue her Masters in HR… Regards, Fred" (Retired UPS Executive, WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] Volunteer)
"I have truly been blessed from you and WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track]…I have enjoyed the teaching, and they have challenged me. I could list countless speakers (testimonies) or teaching, that caused me to leave on Wednesday night very inspired and challenged… They [the lessons] are of high quality, APPLICABLE, and most importantly, biblically based. The application parts usually leaves me inspired to someday own/manage a Kingdom business. Meeting and interacting with successful Kingdom business people was perhaps my favorite part of WAM House. It has changed me and introduced me to a whole network of people. May God bless your family, lives, and WAM House. Thank you." Peter, grad student, Ohio State University
"John…has done an excellent job at helping the interns from IFI who are a part of the WAM ministry [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track] to grow in vision, develop convictions, and serve others. He has imparted life to these interns and has been creative, dynamic, and cheerful in the way he has designed and implemented the internship. John is easy to work with, responsible in what he does, and godly in the way he lives. John is a great person to work with.” Rich Mendola, Executive Director, International Friendships, Inc.
"Before I came to WAM House [The Baton Exchange, Catalyst Track], I was really struggling with what I should be doing as far as vocational work or career kind of work…Through WAM House I really learned that workplace and ministry are not two separate things." David, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University