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Peer Financial Wellness Program

Starting Spring 2022, the Biola Financial Planning Association will also have a peer-to-peer financial coaching department as a part of Biola University. Students will have the opportunity to meet with trained financial planning students and be coached on topics such as budgeting, taxes, student loans, credit cards, and other topics that will help students become more financially responsible.

Financial Literacy Week is April 4-7, 2022. View the schedule below.

View the Financial Literacy Week Schedule
Ava Purcell

Ava Purcell

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I am a sophomore at Biola pursuing a major in Accounting and a minor in Financial Planning. I’m a leader for Biola’s Financial Planning Association and am the Financial Controller for the Student Missionary Union. I am also part of the Torrey Honors Institute.

I want to help people live abundantly, and am passionate about helping people discover what it means to be a wise steward of the resources that God has given them. I’m excited to come alongside peers in helping them manage their resources well!

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, learning new things, and spending time with friends and family.


Westin Dawe

Westin Dawe

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Hi! I am a senior at Biola pursuing a major in business administration with a concentration in financial planning. I am the Vice President of the Biola Financial Planning Association, President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a captain of the Men’s Swim & Dive team.

I am passionate about financial planning because I see it as the intersection of business and ministry. God earnestly desires that we steward our blessings well and has left us a lot of wisdom as to how we can do this. One of my go to scripture passages for finance is 1 Timothy 6:17-19, “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”

In my free time I enjoy playing sports, working out, spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching the Phoenix Suns. I am looking forward to marrying my incredible Fiance, Ell, this summer.


Billy Chedester

Billy Chedester

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I am a senior at Biola University, am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning, and am currently the President of the Biola Financial Planning Club and President of the Biola Student Managed Investment Fund.

I want to work in the financial planning industry because I believe that helping people become good stewards with their finances can spread the kingdom's blessings to different communities and really impact the quality of people's lives. I also enjoy helping other people find their passion in helping others through the responsible and biblical management of finances.

With my role in the club, I plan to help my other club officers excel in the different projects that are being spearheaded. Some of these projects are the implementation of a biblically responsible investment fund, establishing and implementing a peer-to-peer financial coaching program, hosting networking events for financial planning students to connect with professionals, and holding meetings for all students to learn more about personal finance through the mentorship of professionals in the field.

Outside of finance, I like to spend time volunteering at my church, playing intramurals, surfing, reading, playing pickleball, and hanging out with friends.


Aidan Green

Aidan Green

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Hi there! I’m a junior at Biola University majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning. I’m currently on the board of the Biola Financial Planning Club helping plan events and run meetings. Theology 1 is the favorite class that I have taken at Biola so far, it has challenged and helped refine my worldview as a Christian in a broken world. I take joy in helping others form a plan to faithfully use the finances that God has given them!.


Jack Farrah

Jack Farrah

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I am a junior pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in financial planning as well as a minor in psychology. I also work in the warehouse on campus where you might see me delivering packages to staff and faculty around the school.

After experiencing the negative effects of financial struggles in my own family, I gained a passion for helping others who are going through difficult times financially. I love the personal aspect of financial counseling as a way to serve and help others.

In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, hammocking, playing sports with my friends, and eating waffles.


Jacob Derksen

Jacob Derksen

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Hello! I am a junior who is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in financial planning paired with a data analytics minor. In these past few years, I have been active in financial meetings with field professionals, working on the creation of the financial coaching program, and networking with financial companies.

Personally, I believe that finances can be a complicated and overwhelming topic for many people but they do not have to be. Also, finances can also be the source of stress for many individuals, couples, and families. With that in mind, it reinforces how important it is to have a proper understanding of finance. As a Christian, the Bible contains over 2,300 verses in regards to wealth, greed, money mindset, and more. Between the combination of God's Word and modern financial information, there are plenty of ways to be well-informed on how to cope with any financial situation.

Outside of the classroom, feel free to say hi and I would love to learn more about you!