received a bachelor’s degree in accounting, embezzled $300,000 from the
government, been blackmailed by the mob and convicted of a felony. But
Cross says the excitement of his cinematic life story doesn’t compare to
the exhilarating life he now leads in Christ. He travels the country
teaching that true riches can be found only through biblical financial
Cross says he
spent most of his early years chasing riches. “My god was pleasure, and
it was so satisfying. The problem is, it wears off like a drug,” says
Cross, who is president of Cross Stewardship Ministries in Roswell, Ga.
He successfully embezzled more than
$300,000 from a Florida sheriff’s office where Cross was an accountant.
Members of the mob heard of Cross’ operations and threatened to kill his
girlfriend if he didn’t embezzle $50,000 for them. After Cross stole
more money for the mob, they turned him in for reward money.
Cross said he hit rock bottom when he was
sent to jail and finally surrendered his life to Christ. Despite his
new faith, he was convicted of a felony, given 15 years probation,
ordered to pay back almost $70,000 and found himself homeless and
working dead-end jobs.
for Cross the story didn’t end there. Not only did he get out of
$100,000 in personal debt within five years, he also owned one of south
Florida’s largest Christian-operated CPA firms for 17 years. He now
hosts Margin and Means financial conferences that help attendees
understand how to get out of debt and use their financial abundance to
“I learned that
doing it my own way is not going to bring me the long-lasting pleasure
like doing it God’s way,” Cross says. “I am compelled to show people the
way to … the ultimate pleasure in the richest of all the treasures in