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Regardless of how long you’ve been a business leader, you probably still have those days when you are keenly aware of the gaps in your knowledge and experience. The challenge for many of us is that we don’t set aside time to work “on” our business rather than “in” it. We might read books, attend industry seminars or even engage consultants, but we don’t regularly schedule time to focus on big-picture issues. The C12 Group is a unique forum for Christian CEOs and business owners who are intentional about business, ministry and personal growth.

Rick Laughridge


Rick Laughridge, a Columbia native, returns home to launch the C12 Group in Central SC and the CSRA.  With family roots in Columbia and the CSRA area, Rick was born and raised in Columbia, SC.  He received his undergraduate degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University in 1985. He also married his college sweetheart, Karen, of Atlanta, GA in 1986.  They began together in Columbia where Rick joined First Citizens Bank and Trust in Columbia as a Branch Manager where he notes, “God blessed me with the opportunity of working with people, and experiencing first hand the role of money in their lives and businesses. It provided a solid foundation as I began building my professional career.”

In 1989, as his entrepreneurial spirit began to grow, Rick joined a local start-up company providing furniture and interior solutions to corporate, government, and healthcare customers. In 1993, he joined the sixth largest commercial furniture manufacturer in the US as their representative for the state of SC. He completed their intensive Management training program and relocated to Orlando, FL in 1999, to build and manage a new team for central and northern FL.  Rick comments “it was exciting and challenging to build an organization from the ground up. God blessed me with an amazing sales team that allowed me to grow as a manager and coach.” Desiring to own his own business and expand his product portfolio, and with the full support of his current employer, in 2003 Rick launched the Kera Group, an independent firm that represented multiple manufacturers of contract furniture serving educational, corporate, healthcare, and government markets in FL.

From sales representative, to management, to owner, Rick had enjoyed a successful fifteen year career in the contract furniture industry. But after achieving his goal of owning a rep firm, at the age of forty, a once small voice began to increase in his life. Rick explains that, over the years, he and his wife, Karen had helped start a church, led small groups in their home, led others in financial counseling, and served in various ministry capacities with their church. So, in 2005, he left the corporate world and enrolled as a full time student at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL (Orlando). He graduated in May, 2009 with a Masters of Divinity in preparation for entering Pastoral ministry.

During his senior year in seminary, Rick explains that God began to clarify His vision and calling for his life. He states that “God clearly showed me that he had given me a twenty year corporate career, business ownership experience, and theological training, all for a reason. He firmly put it on my heart to lift up the business owners, President’s, CEO’s – the leaders – to call them out of the “sacred/secular divide”, and, from a Biblical perspective, help them achieve personal and professional excellence in leading their business as their for-profit ministry.” He concludes, “that is what excited me about the C12 Group. They bring it all together with proven success.  Through C12, I can devote my life to facilitating a select group of leaders in changing the world by bringing forth the kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him (the C12 Mission).”

Rick married his college sweetheart, Karen, in 1986. They have been happily married for twenty eight years and have four amazing children which have blessed them with three grandchildren.  They currently reside in Lexington, SC and attend Riverbend Community Church.

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Central SC
The Members Club at Woodcreek

Chair: Rick Laughridge
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Location: The Members Club at Woodcreek, 301 Club Ridge Road, Elgin, SC 29045

Central SC
The Members Club at Woodcreek

Chair: Rick Laughridge
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Location: The Members Club at Woodcreek, 301 Club Ridge Road, Elgin, SC 29045

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