Ashland University Lecture to Feature John Beckett

Ashland University Lecture Series to Feature John Beckett

2/26/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Gordon E. Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business at Ashland University this year will feature a lecture by John D. Beckett, chairman of R.W. Beckett Corp. and author of the book, “Loving Monday: Succeeding in business without selling your soul.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, March 21, at noon in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus. Ashland University and In His Steps Foundation are sponsoring the event, which is hosted by AU’s Richard and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics.

The Gordon E. Heffern Lecture on Christian Ethics in Business is an event that invites a guest speaker to share their experience in applying Christian ethics in the business world. The event is free and open to the public and those interested in attending should RSVP by March 9 to or 419.207.5553.

“We are excited to have John Beckett here for our event this year,” said Dr. Elad Granot, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. “This event reflects Gordon Heffern’s legacy of integrating his strong Christian faith with a successful business career.”

Granot said friends and family of Gordon Heffern have created an endowment with AU, which supports the ongoing lecture series. “In His Steps Foundation, founded by Gordon Heffern, is providing matching financial support and strategic advice to help make this lecture series a success,” Granot said.

Beckett is chairman of R.W. Beckett Corp. in Elyria, Ohio, one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial heating systems. He has also been named “Christian Businessman of the Year” by the Christian Broadcasting Network (1999), manufacturing “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young (2003) and oil heating industry’s “Man of the Year.”

Beckett was born and grew up in Elyria, and graduated from M.I.T. in 1960, after which he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry. In 1963, he joined his father’s small manufacturing business, and became president in 1965 upon the death of his father. The company has grown to become a worldwide leader in producing engineered components for residential and commercial heating. The company, with its affiliates, employs some 1,000 people.

Beckett is a founding board member of The King's College in New York City, and serves on the board of Campus Crusade for Christ International. He also helped found Intercessors for America and serves on its board.

His first book, “Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul,” was published in 1998, and is now available in 19 languages. His second book, “Mastering Monday: A Practical Guide to Integrating Faith and Work,” was released in 2006. 

Beckett received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Spring Arbor University in 2002 and The King's College in 2008. He resides in Elyria, Ohio, with his wife, Wendy, to whom he has been married since 1961.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###