Business Name: Christian Family Credit Union
Contact Name: Karen Riel
410 Chamber Drive
Milford, OH 45150
Christian Family Credit Union is a non-profit financial cooperative that exists to further the kingdom of God by providing financial solutions to its members. We operate on sound financial principles and encourage and equip our members to work to better financial stewardship. Our mission is to glorify God by caring for His people in such a way that they can become better financial stewards.
Since 1939, Christian Family Credit Union has existed to provide personalized financial solutions for both members of faith communities, Christian businesses and churches. The funds that are on deposit with us, we are able to turn around and lend out to churches and members of the faith community.
What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I started out in credit unions because I believe in the philosophy of non-profit financial cooperatives.
How did you come to faith in Christ?
I’m so grateful to say that I really don’t remember a day when I didn’t know and love Jesus. I grew up in the church from the time I was a little girl. We were in church every time the doors were open. My mom played the organ, so we were there Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and Thursday afternoons when my mom would go to practice! My grandparents were missionaries in Puerto Rico and Colombia back in the 1940s and 1950s, and I got to spend a lot of time with them as a child. My grandma took a very active role in teaching me how to love the Lord and helped me to understand that my very life was an offering to Him. I take that very seriously today and know that my daily work and my life can be God-honoring in every way.
How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our faith informs every aspect of the way we do business here at Christian Family! My team knows the mission of our organization, we recite it before every meeting we have, so it always stays on the forefront of our minds.
We know that money is a powerful force in our world, so why not use it to build the kingdom? When members like you and I have money on deposit with Christian Family Credit Union, we can turn around and lend that money out to churches, ministries, and people of faith in our communities. That’s how we can make a real impact on the world.
What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his call to care for the widows and orphans. Here at Christian Family Credit Union, we support the local food ministry of 33 local churches in the Milford/Miami Township area, Milford Miami Ministries. We also believe in adoption and support local families who believe in the power of adoption by making affordable adoption loans.