Hello, my name is Chris Cagle. I am an author, blogger, and stewardship coach. My focus is on educating and inspiring others to wisely steward their resources for their good, the good of others, and the glory of God.
On this site, you’ll find some information about me, my books, and my blog at retirementstewardship.com where I write on a variety of topics having to do with stewardship. In addition to writing, my main focus is on financial and stewardship coaching, but my background is working as an IT professional, not a financial salesperson or advisor. My mission is to help others with their personal finances, and also the areas of career, business, and retirement. And when it comes to coaching or writing, my emphasis is on practicality, simplicity, and personal responsibility.
By the way, my first name actually isn’t “Chris,” nor do I go by “CJ.” My given name is Carl J. Cagle, Jr. “Chris” is a nickname that my parents gave to me when I was born and it stuck. (Better than “junior,” I guess; certainly better than “Carl Jr.” With all due respect to Carl Karcher, who wants to be named after a hamburger?)
On this site, you’ll find some information about me, my book, and my blog at retirementstewardship.com where I write on a variety of topics having to do with stewardship with an emphasis on retirement.
Although my main focus has been on writing on my blog, I have also published articles on The Gospel Coalition (TGC) blog, Desiring God Ministries, and Radical.net. Whether I’m writing, coaching, or teaching, my mission is to help others with stewardship in their finances, career, business, and retirement. My emphasis is on practicality, simplicity, and personal responsibility while trusting in God as our ultimate source and provider of all things.
My professional background is as an IT professional, not a financial salesperson or advisor. I recently retired from my job as an IT Architect/Strategist for a large regional bank, and I have previously been a social worker, social work administrator, account executive, telecom/network engineer and planner, marketing technical consultant, IT architect, IT consultant, IT manager, and IT director.
In terms of my educational background, I have a B.S. degree from Rollins College, earned an M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology, and have done post-graduate work in computer information systems (CIS) and theological studies.
I am a trained Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach* (Ramsey Solutions). In addition to my training from The Lampo Group, I am also a graduate of Dan Miller’s (48Days.com) Coaching with Excellence training program and a Coaching Core Essentials Graduate (CUCEG) from CoachU.
I currently serve as a staff deacon at CrossWay Community Church in Charlotte, NC where I focus on stewardship and generosity, faith and work integration, and ministry support. I have coordinated Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) seminars at my church, and have taught other types of stewardship classes. I also volunteer in various community outreach programs.
When I’m not busy with all those things, I enjoy reading, hiking, fishing, playing the guitar, and doing fun (and sometimes crazy) stuff with my wife of 47 years (and counting) and my two children and six grandchildren.
* I am not an employee, nor do I write on behalf, of Dave Ramsey or Ramsey Solutions. My views are my own.