Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Howard Dayton, Founder & CEO

Howard Dayton graduated from Cornell University and served two and a half years as a naval officer. After developing a successful railroad-themed restaurant in Orlando, Florida, Howard began his commercial real estate development career in 1972, specializing in office development.

After a business partner challenged him to study the Bible to discover what God teaches about handling money, Howard’s life was profoundly changed. The Lord gave him a passion to share these life-changing principles, resulting in the authorship of five books, Your Money: Frustration or Freedom, Your Money Counts, Free and Clear, Your Money Map and Money and Marriage God’s Way. He also has authored five popular small group studies and produced several video series.

Howard founded Crown Ministries in 1985 which merged with Larry Burkett’s Christian Financial Concepts in September 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries. During his tenure as CEO, Crown became the world’s largest financial ministry teaching more than 50 million people in 80 countries. He served as host of the nationally syndicated radio programs, Money Matters, How to Manage Your Money and Ted and Tony.

Howard transitioned from the role of CEO at Crown and in 2009 founded Compass—Finances God’s Way. Compass’ primary focus is on teaching God’s financial principles through small group studies.

Howard married Beverly in 1971 and they have two children: Matthew (married to Michelle) and Danielle (married to Kyle Hasbrouck) and two grandchildren. Howard and Beverly reside in Central Florida and have led 55 small groups.


 Kyle Hasbrouck, Executive Vice-President

Kyle Hasbrouck graduated from Flagler College in 1997 with a B.A. in communications. After graduating college, he served on Young Life staff for eight years as a Church Partner in Daytona Beach, Florida and as the Young Life Area Director in St. Augustine, Florida.

In 2001, Kyle married his wife (Danielle). They were both deeply impacted through their pre-marital counseling by a Crown Financial Ministries small group study. As they started applying God’s word on finances in their own lives, they began to see the ministry opportunities and the need to take this message of stewardship to others.

In 2004, Kyle felt a calling to join Crown Financial Ministries. From 2004- 2010 Kyle served as the Area Director for Northeast Florida, the District Director of Florida and Georgia and later as a Development Officer for the Crown home office.

In March of 2010, Kyle transitioned to Compass-finances God’s way to focus on bringing the message of stewardship to people through the life changing, small group experience. Kyle and Danielle continue to live in St. Augustine, Florida and he currently serves as the Executive Vice-President for Compass-finances God’s way.


  Bruce Witt, International Managing Director

Bruce Witt has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career in marketing for Shell Oil Company. After 10 years as a marketing executive with Shell Chemical Company, Bruce was called to CBMC, a marketplace ministry, and where he worked for 20 years.He directed the U.S. field operations and authored several key curriculum for the ministry, including the Operation Timothy spiritual development series. He oversaw the national field ministry, training, resource development, and represented them globally.

In 2008 Bruce founded a ministry, Leadership Revolution, that develops leaders with a biblical perspective and best practices to significantly impact their sphere of influence for God’s kingdom. Bruce has over 30 years of experience working with, training, and mentoring executives and he regularly travels throughout the United States and the globe conducting workshops, conferences and train the trainer sessions to spread the vision and empower others to follow Christ as their leader.  Working through partner organizations and churches Bruce has trained thousands of leaders and trained hundreds of trainers who can also train others.

Bruce Is married to Dana and has two sons, Robert and Andrew who married to Amy. He lives In Marietta,GA.


Ken Battles, African-American Ministries Executive Director

Ken Battles has been given the spiritual gifts of teaching, advising and encouragement. Ken has spent years teaching God’s perspective of finances, love and leadership at Antioch MB Church of Oviedo. Under the leadership of his Pastor Charles Jones he has built a team at church that serves with excellence. His enthusiasm and willingness to serve is contagious. He also serves as a deacon and in other ministries.

As a result of the spiritual nurturing at Antioch and a mentoring and personal relationship with Howard Dayton, Ken accepted this limited capacity leadership role in the Compass Ministry. He feels empowered by the Holy Spirit to improve the spiritual health of churches and African-Americans through a holistic approach to teaching and implementing biblical principles of stewardship. His vision is to see churches and individuals discover and fulfill their God-given purpose by learning and applying God’s stewardship principles of finances, love and leadership.

Ken graduated from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1978. He met his wife Sharon there and they have been married since 1980.

Ken has had a very successful career with more than thirty-five years of diversified Information Technology experience. His skills and expertise include global service management, process management, process improvement and optimization, project management, IT general controls, IT security, and collaborative leadership.


Timothy J. Manor, Director

Timothy Manor graduated from Brown University in 1971 and from the Vanderbilt Law School in 1974. That year he joined the Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster and Kantor law firm where he currently serves as a senior partner. Mr. Manor is General Counsel for CNL, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate investment and development companies with more than $23 billion in assets.

Timothy Manor formerly served on the board of Crown Ministries and has been active in his church and many Christian organizations. He has been married to Beth for 37 years, and they have two children, Marty and Scotty (married to Rachael).


Paul Rahill, Director

Paul Rahill attended the Citadel and Rollins College. He is the former owner, President and CEO of Industrial Equipment & Engineering Company, one of the leading manufacturers of cremation equipment in the world. Paul currently serves as President of Matthews International (MATW), Cremation Division, a NYSE listed company.

Paul serves as the board of directors of The Jobs Partnership of Florida, The Father’s Table Companies and Foundation and Northland Community Church. He also served as the vice-chairman of Crown Financial Ministries. He has been married to Marcia for 29 years and they have two sons, Christopher and Collin.