Cory Akin Named TBM’s New Director of Development

July 20, 2023 | Categories: Blog, In the News

We are excited to announce today the addition of Cory Akin as Director of Development. Through this new role, Cory will lead the ministry’s fundraising efforts and donor engagement. 

A graduate of Texas A&M, Cory comes to The Bucket Ministry with over 30-plus years in the defense industry. He previously served as Vice President of Military Finance for a major helicopter manufacturer and CFO for a mid-size defense firm working with private equity ownership.  

“The Bucket Ministry has been blessed with tremendous growth over the last year, and we are grateful to add Cory to our team to steward the gifts we’ve been given to continue God’s mission around the world,” said Christopher Beth, founder, chief storyteller and director of The Bucket Ministry. “Cory’s extraordinary talents, passion and ministry heart make him an invaluable new member of our team.”

Despite working in the public sector, Cory’s heart has always leaned toward ministry. A current member of Flint Baptist Church outside of Tyler, Texas, he is an ordained deacon and has held various roles within the church body, including serving on committees, teaching Sunday School and being a member of the prayer team. He and his wife Shannon have been married 32 years and have three adult married children. 

“I have been drawn to missions since my first vision trip to China in 2005,” said Cory. “I am honored to join The Bucket Ministry and have the opportunity to marry my financial expertise with my passion for serving the Lord. I look forward to growing the impact of this incredible ministry.” 



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