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Welcome To Core 300

“Core 300 is a global, Spirit-led movement that transforms a man through a unique training model and holistic experience through our three-semester, Bible-based curriculum. Wives’ Surveys indicate that the outcome shared by over 42,000 men worldwide has been a spiritual and emotional transformation from a courageous and loving partnership with Father-God.

Using the ancient story of Gideon, a man is awakened, freed, and equipped with a sustained ability to discover and live out the purpose for which God made him. In a close community with a few other men, he invests his day “weaponized for good”–-as a husband and dad, in service to others, and at work–as a fully adopted and empowered son of our Father in Heaven.

Our East African Expedition
In 2013 we were invited to lead a 3-day pastors conference in the West Kenyan Bush, and a miraculous change came upon all 610 pastors and bishops who came. Since then we have seen the transformation of 32,000 more men—and, per our recent Attendee wives survey the marriages and family culture has undergone a 96% improvement in the 5 key “Healthy Family” characteristics.
Current assessments indicate that, if we continue on our expanding path of training with government executives, Prisoners and Prison Employees, and Ministers, within 10-12 years, this transformation will reshape the toxic culture of Kenya” – Bishop Vincent Mugun, Executive Director, Core 300 Kenya

Board of Directors

Rev. Richard Burton – Treasurer and Director, Rich has a broad range of experience in both ministry and business endeavors. He launched a risk management consulting firm which he operated for 19 years, and prior to that he worked for large corporations leading their safety and risk management departments.

He and his wife Dorothy were simultaneously deeply engaged in pastoral work and began by planting a church and served there as co-pastors for 14 years. He also served in other associate pastor roles. Richard has led and/or served on dozens of short-term mission teams to third world nations, sharing the Good News, training leaders, and praying for the sick, as well as doing construction and medical-related work. His first novel was Messy Hope, and he is actively writing his second novel.  Rev. Burton now assists the Foursquare International Headquarters by serving on two of their International Boards–Finance and Insurance. Richard and his wife Dorothy have four adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Pastor Wes Harding – Executive Director and Secretary, has served churches in the roles of men’s pastor and executive pastor for the past 10 years. He brings this deep experience and passion for developing men to serve as our church leadership liaison, helping them prepare and kickoff our Core 300 curricula at their church. However, his true indispensability is how he supports, encourages, and often straightens out the path of our founder. Before the pastorate, Wes was previously an entrepreneur and led sales and marketing for several organizations. Wes lives in El Segundo, CA with his wife Jeri. They have two grown sons and a daughter.

Art Hobba – Founder and Chairman of Core 300 and PBL, Art has a unique blend of business leadership and pastoral experience and perspectives. He was a church planter and senior pastor for 14 years. He also has 2 years of experience serving in executive roles for several companies including 2 public technology companies and a global accounting firm. He founded Transcende in 2001, where he integrated Psycho-sociology and cultural transformation into a unique consulting and coaching firm serving mid-market to Fortune 500 companies.

Rev. Hobba wrote the popular men’s book “Called to War“, and Core 300’s boot-camp-style curricula, The Warrior, The Priest, and The King. Art and his wife Sharon have 5 grown sons together, one grandson, and two granddaughters.

Bishop Vincent Mugun, serves Core 300 as Executive Director of Principle Based Leadership (PBL) in Africa. He is married to Teresa, and they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren together. Vincent leads the overall operations for PBL in East Africa. His calling to Core 300 first came during a three-day pastor’s conference in his hometown of Bungoma, Kenya.  Overseeing 60 certified Pastor-Coordinators, and our entire Prison rehabilitation rollout to all prisons in Kenya, he leads many volunteers who continue to bring this transforming message to Kenya and Uganda. PBL is a registered NGO Leadership Training ‘Association’ (or nonprofit) organization in Kenya.

Stephen Stebbins – Director, has been a founding member of our Board for almost a decade. Currently, he serves as Western US Area Vice President at Realtor.com. His passion is building men into disciples and helping Core 300 establish bridges between the somewhat estranged generations of Baby Boomers and Millennial men. He and his wife Kim live in Leucadia, California.

Al Sutcavage – Secretary and Director, has been a long term friend and business associate of our founder for over 25 years. As a multimedia and video expert for the last 30 years, Al consults and serves Fortune 100 corporations with high-level communications solutions, he founded Video Advisors in 2014.

Advisory Board

We are blessed with an active, multi-talented and godly team of advisors. Some of these Advisors also regularly attend our Board Meetings, contributing their ideas and tactical and strategic perspectives.

Anthony Barton – has been a close friend of our Founder and to Core 300. His passion for awakening and developing men is only exceeded by his gift for connecting like-hearted, action-oriented people together for the purpose of loving and bettering the human condition worldwide. Anthony Founded and led The A Specialists, selling the company in 2018, a founded Safe Kitchens soon thereafter. He and his family share a deep passion and calling to Africa. He lives in Agoura with his wife, Yolanda and they have 3 children together.

Stanley Gerlach – Has served the marginalized on boards like Union Rescue Mission for over 2 decades, and has traveled on numerous extended mission trips to developing nations to train and serve indigenous leaders alongside international relief organizations. Known in the Los Angeles area as a leader of integrity and generosity. With three decades of success in commercial real estate, “Stan” is Senior Vice President at CBRE. He lives with his wife Linda in Pacific Palisades, California

Bishop Joseph Michieka – As Foursquare Missions President of Kenya, Bishop Joseph is a close friend, counsel, and door-opener for our PBL team in East Africa. As President, his responsibility is to oversee and manage the wellbeing of over 300 churches in Kenya. Joseph also chairs the Foursquare Council of all 8 nations in East Africa, and is a “city father” to Nairobi, serving as Co-Chair of the Nairobi Pastors Association. He lives in Nairobi with his family.

John D. Tayloe – John has over 30 years in international and US radio broadcasting experience, many in executive leadership. He founded and serves “Voice of Hope” as President. John and his wife Heather also founded Strategic Communications Group in 1998, a ministry vision that is ever-expanding. Strategic Communications Group’s purpose is to “reach the world, with God’s Word, through radio”, and their coverage exceeds 500 million people per day–many of whom are Muslim. Their African station covers 75% of the continent. John and Heather live with their children in Moorpark, California.

2013-Our Kenyan Prototype: Since 2013 we have sought to understand and serve the nation of Kenya for Good–and we do it through bringing transformative and liberating education to men.–working out a Spirit-led strategy to bring cultural TransforNation to Kenya, one servant-leader at a time, by 2030

2020-Our US Expansion – By mid 2019 we sensed that the processes and principles that were app;lied in Kenya and East Uganda had both sufficient momentum and previously unheard of results to provide a “proof of concept” to prepare a soft expansion into the US.

Values and Beliefs

We prescribe to the Nicene Creed (modified to include the Holy Scriptures):

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through Him, all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

We believe in the power of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, inerrant in its original writing, God-breathed and written down by anointed mortal men in service to God by the Holy Spirit; The Word is discerning, insightful, and illumination into the human heart; He is our Convictor of sin; Builder of faith; Bearer of sorrows; Physician-healer, Bread of Life for our spiritual nutrition, and our Light and General into victorious warfare. And our Holy Spirit uses it to apply it all to the seeking human heart and mind instruct us in righteousness, grace, love, and truth.

  • The Flesh, or carnal human nature 
  • The world system 
  • The Devil and his minions 
  • All of which was overcome by Christ in us, if we walk in Him.

Financial Leadership

Integrity is derived from the Latin word integritas, used for wholeness, unity, excellent, oneness, and complete. This is the quality of heart and excellence in execution that has been embraced by our Stakeholders, Staff, Volunteers and service professionals.

Transparency is important and our books are open to any interested investor or Partner. We are committed to transparency in all we do–and in following best practices in our financial stewardship. We subscribe to Intelligent Philanthropy, which has evaluated our annual financials and ministry results and accounting for the last 6 years. Recently we have enjoined GuideStar as well. Feel free to review our 2017 and 2018 Profit and Loss statement here OR call or write us any questions you may have regarding our operations, policies, and accountability.


Training 10,000 inmates, chaplains and prison guards in Kenya in 2019

Training 10,000 inmates, chaplains and prison guards in Kenya in 2019

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