Peter DeGraaf is known by many as as “Doctor Checkbook.” With a passion to release potential in those he serves, he will challenge your thinking, encourage you to dream your dreams, and help you avoid the pitfalls that ensnare so many. Most of his time is spent counseling. He also serves as Founder and President of Shepherds Staff Ministries, Inc, a ministry dedicated to helping people manage their finances according to the absolute principles found in God's Word. Over the last twenty five years, Peter has helped 1000s become financially free. He sells NO investment or insurance products and highly guards his ability to provide uncompromised, confidential, Biblically-based, financial counsel. Presently Peter and those he works with provide personal counsel to the employees of a number of companies located in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. As a pastor and gifted teacher he has spoken at various churches located throughout the mid-west, California, and Japan. As parents of three boys and a girl, Peter and his wife Karen understand the realities of money management. Karen home schooled their children, and uses her organization skills and gift of administration through weekly service at the Mulvane Care & Share. They and their children; Simeon (25), Caleb (23), Titus (21), and Anneke (19) are remodeling an old farmhouse in Kansas.
Born in Holland, Peter became an American citizen at the age of eight. Both he and Karen were raised in California and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While in the Air Force, he flew helicopters in Alabama, New Mexico, and Japan. Because of an intense desire to help equip people to handle money from God's perspective, in late 1986 they left their Air Force careers and moved to Wichita, Kansas to be mentored by George and Marjean Fooshee, authors of: You Can Be Financially Free, and You Can Beat The Money Squeeze, and Your Money, A Biblical Guide to Personal Money Management. From 1987 through 1991 he served as Area Director for Crown Ministries, a ministry dedicated to teaching financial faithfulness. Besides becoming ordained in 1990, Peter also passed the six-part Certified Financial Planning exam. For five years he served as an Associate Pastor at Faith Community Church. During the Summer of Mercy he served as Executive Director for Hope for the Heartland. He has also served as Vice President on the Wichita Area board of Habitat for Humanity and has taught Personal Financial Management at Cowley College. Currently, he serves as President and Founder of Shepherds Staff Ministries; a ministry dedicated to helping people become financially free.