We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Hinze and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I decided to start my company to help bring sustainability to churches worldwide. I Want to be able to help people stay overseas longer and one of the best ways to do that is using real estate. Real Estate doesn’t just bring sustainability to people here in the States, it is worldwide.
We are starting our overseas efforts with building homes in Uganda and Ethiopia. It is a way to bring sustainability to families there. Ekklesia Real Estate is all about helping these people all over the world keep their families together and creating homes.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets us a part is our giving. We donate a part of every commission to building homes and schools in Africa. We want to see people taken care of and homes created all over the world.
It was hard to get here. We started with nothing and had to build. We didn’t give up equity or take on hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. We grew steadily and are still growing. It is a grind, but character and hope are built when things get tough. That is when growth will happen. Growth doesn’t always happen when things are easy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We love Sundance square. It really embodies Fort Worth and how we are a smaller town feel, while being in a pretty big city. It has great food, shows and just all around entertainment.
I would also take them to Magnolia Ave. It is a street in an area called near Southside that has boomed over the last 5 years. It is great for eating and just hanging out. It has 100 year old homes that are being flipped and is just a great vibe. A lot of locally owned restaurants are there too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Bailey. She has been a rock for me. She is not a visionary like me, but is always supporting and encouraging me throughout our adventures. We have been to over 25 countries in our 6 1/2 years of marriage and we are always helping people. The way she loves people and takes care of them embodies what we do in our real estate company. People want to be around her and she creates a safe space for them.
In the same way that is what we are doing by helping people find homes here and overseas.