A Certified Financial Planner®, the Rev. Gwendolyn V. Kirkland has worked as a Registered Investment Advisor and General Securities Principal and Managing Principal of Kirkland, Turnbo & Associates since 1994, after eight years with Dean Witter. A dynamic speaker, the Rev. Kirkland discussed the debt crisis on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and has addressed a range of investment topics in articles appearing in Essence, Money Magazine, Black Enterprise, and EBONY . She was also recognized in the Chicago magazine as a 5 Star Wealth Manager in Chicago. A graduate of Bradley University with a MEd from DePaul University, the Rev. Kirkland earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary while maintaining her financial practice, and was ordained in 2010. She serves Covenant UCC in South Holland, IL as Associate Pastor of Stewardship, and serves on the Stewardship Committee of the Illinois Conference.