Howard Dayton graduated from Cornell University and served two and a half years as a naval officer. After developing a railroad-themed restaurant in Orlando, Florida, Howard began his commercial real estate development career in 1972, specializing in office development.
After a business partner challenged him to study the Bible to discover what God teaches about handling money, Howard’s life was profoundly changed. The Lord gave him a passion to share these life-changing principles, resulting in the authorship of five books, Your Money Counts, Free and Clear, Your Money Map, Money and Marriage God’s Way and Business God’s Way. He also has authored six small group studies, including Charting Your Legacy.
Howard founded Crown Ministries in 1985 which merged with Larry Burkett’s ministry in 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries. During his tenure as CEO, Crown taught more than 50 million people in 88 countries. Howard transitioned from Crown and in 2009 founded Compass—Finances God’s Way. Compass currently serves in 85 countries. Since beginning in ministry, he has served as a full-time volunteer.
Howard married Beverly in 1971 and they had two children and four grandchildren. Beverly went Home to be with the Lord after a courageous five-year journey fighting breast and bone cancer. Howard married Lynn in 2019. They reside in Central Florida and Charleston, South Carolina. He has led more than 75 financial small groups.