Lawrence Funderburke

Certified Financial Planner™ | Author | Public Speaker

Lawrence Funderburke (aka Mr. Fundy) is a man on a mission to assist the body of Christ in becoming better stewards. Lawrence’s compelling story of personal brokenness is a testament to his transparent nature and semantic gift. Using his vast life experiences as the backdrop, he shares sensitive information about his struggles and God-ordained character tests in a concise and convicting manner that points others to the Cross of Christ. “Self must be crucified," he highlights, “so that Jesus can be glorified."

As a former NBA player, certified financial planner, and entrepreneur, Lawrence is a seasoned speaker who can reach audiences far and wide, from education to business to philanthropy to Christian-based settings. Lawrence and his wife Monya operate several businesses together. For over two decades this tag-team duo has offered life-transforming programs and cutting-edge curriculum to low- and middle-income communities around the country through the Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization (LFYO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Funderburkes have two children.


    A certified financial planner refers to the certification owned and awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. A CFP takes a holistic view of personal or family finances to meet life goals. The CFP designation is awarded to individuals who successfully complete extensive training and educational requirements dealing with the principles of general financial planning including (but not limited to) life planning, money management, estate planning, retirement planning, tax planning, investment planning, college planning, and insurance planning. For more information, please contact us.


    Lawrence Funderburke is the author of three books. His first publication, Hook Me Up Playa! takes a behind-the-scenes look at the financial pitfalls facing today’s professional athletes. In 2018, Funderburke published Sociopsychonomics: How Social Classes Think, Act, and Behave Financially in the Twenty-First Century.  This book examines the embedded social class mindsets, habits, and decisions that pervade our American culture, though most of us are unaware that we behave in such a fashion. His most recent publication is The Stewardship Playbook: Biblical Guidelines and Practical Tools to Handle God’s Possessions with Diligence and Care. This book will help Christians settle the issue of Lordship in stewarding the resources God the Father has placed under our care. To purchase, please contact us.

    Public Speaker

    Lawrence Funderburke is a highly sought after and seasoned public speaker on a variety of compelling topics. His inspirational story is a testament to his Christian faith while being reared in a difficult and dysfunctional, single-parent, impoverished environment. He is well-versed in addressing the issues that confront for-profit and nonprofit organizations alike, and can make a heart-to-heart connection with any demographic across the age and social class spectrum. He loves motivating and encouraging people. Please contact us if you or your organization is interested in having Funderburke as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, or leadership coach.


    Lawrence Funderburke

    aka Mr. Fundy
    Statement of Faith
    The belief system by which a Christ follower acknowledges the redemptive work of the Messiah in the context of his or her relationship with God the Father
    Funderburke preaches Christ-crucified and repentance from dead works through the power of the Holy Spirit. He maintains that Jesus is the only way to God the Father and a right-standing relationship with our Creator. The inerrant Word of God, Funderburke asserts, is the litmus test and standard of absolute truth by which Christians are instructed to live and demonstrate the love of Christ to a lost world in need of His atoning sacrifice for the remission of sin.
    Profession of Faith
    The personal testimony by which a Christ follower solidified and/or rededicated his or her life to the Lord Jesus
    Funderburke, a certified financial planner and broken vessel of Christ, accepted Jesus into his heart at the age of 12. He rededicated his life to the Lord after an NBA road game against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls on February 28, 1998, while a member of the Sacramento Kings. “I had no peace that game and knew the Lord was calling me back to spiritual intimacy with Him,” Funderburke shares. “Our team plane landed in Sacramento later that evening and I had two things on my mind: make peace with God and call Monya, who at the time, was back in Columbus and would play a pivotal role in my development. In the center of the living room, there my 6’9’’ body was curled up in a fetal position as I cried until sunrise and repented of a life in open rebellion to God. The spiritual warfare was so intense that fateful night as I renounced the deeds of darkness and entered back into the Lord’s glorious light.” He adds, “This was the first step to wholeness for me, allowing Jesus carte blanche to mold me into His image.” Funderburke’s experiences—setbacks and triumphs—are highlighted in The Stewardship Playbook to help his brothers and sisters in Christ run their race at an acceptable pace in this stewardship development space.

    Funderburke preaches Christ-crucified and repentance from dead works through the power of the Holy Spirit.