Our Story

Over 40 years ago a group of Christian businessmen and professionals came together around a shared vision for reaching out to their younger colleagues in the marketplace. As a result they founded an organization called Young Business Leaders in Birmingham, AL. Their purpose was to offer both the tools and environment needed to facilitate holistic growth from a Christian perspective. So they began to host banquets, establish small groups, and help men form mentoring relationships. Soon their efforts began to flourish and they expanded to other areas, one of which was the Huntsville metro area.

In 2020, Young Business Leaders of Huntsville hired its second full-time staff in response to growing needs and opportunities. As the YBL Huntsville team grew, so did its vision. In order to expand their efforts they began to develop new strategies and programs, as well as strategic ministry partnerships, to more effectively reach their members at every stage of professional development. So in 2021 the board of YBL Huntsville voted to adopt this expanded vision and chose the new name Vantage Leadership Initiative. in 2022, the vision once again grew to include meeting the needs of women in the workplace. We hope you will join us for the journey ahead! 

Our Mission

Shaping tomorrow’s leaders for the glory of God and the good of our city.

Our Vision

For our city to flourish as leaders are transformed by the gospel.


Our Values

Kingdom First

Team Players

Servant Leaders

Take Initiative

Strive for Excellence

Never stop Growing


Our Statement of Faith

Vantage is a Christian organization and we affirm the historic statements of faith found in the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed. Below is a summary of our beliefs. 


  • We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three distinct roles: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • We believe the Bible is God’s Word; it is divinely inspired, without error, and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.

  • We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in unbelievers and indwells believers, enabling them to live godly lives.

  • We believe mankind was created in the image of God, but because of sin was alienated from God. Salvation is possible through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, whose sinless life, atoning death and victorious resurrection are the basis of redemption.

Our Leadership Team

Bob Boerner

Bob Boerner

Director of Community Engagement

Bob is a native Huntsvillian! He has been the YBL Director of North Alabama since 1998. He graduated from Grissom High School, has a BA from Auburn University , and M. Div. from The International School of Theology in Southern California. He and Jenni have been married 28 years and have raised 3 wonderful young men: Robert, John, and William. Bob loves all kinds of boating and fishing—and he is passionate about helping men walk with Christ in every aspect of their lives.

Amy Buckley

Amy Buckley

Director of Operations and Womens Programs

After several years as a systems analyst, Amy set her professional career aside to raise a family with husband and best friend, Richard, as he worked in vocational ministry in Texas, Alabama and Maryland. After Faith, Grace and Joi were grown, she went back to work, finding her passion in helping others achieve their full God given potential.

Amy’s personal core values are to constantly seek growth in herself and others and to live a transparent, God-centered life with focused tenacity and discipline.

Amy loves to check out all the latest restaurants and coffee shops with family and friends. She enjoys being active- at the gym, a hiking trail or a pickleball court. If you can’t find her locally, she is probably enjoying some sunshine at the family’s vacation condo in St Petersburg, Florida.

Nathan Eldridge

Nathan Eldridge

Executive Director

Nathan Eldridge is a native of Jackson, MS. He’s a graduate of William Carey University (BA) and Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv). He has served as a full time staff member at churches in Mississippi and Alabama, and spoken at churches and events throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

After 14 years of full time vocational ministry he transitioned into the banking industry, working with business finances and mortgage lending. Then in 2020 he combined his background in vocational ministry with his network of relationships in the business community to focus on leadership development from a biblical perspective. He and his wife Terry have six children and live in South Huntsville. When he’s not at work or with his family, you can find Nathan fly fishing or somewhere on the Tennessee River.

Our Board of Directors 

Barney Heyward

Board President 


Stephen Kreipe

Vice President


Skip Thompson



Kellie Andrews



Ron Klein

At Large