• The Fellows Initiative

Putting Faith to Work: Greg Menna and District Doughnut

Updated: Mar 4, 2019

by Henry Leachman

Fellows exists to inspire and equip the rising generation of church leaders for the workplace, church, and society.  Indeed, making the clear connection between work and faith in Christ is essential as we seek to earnestly steward our gifts in each of life’s many endeavors.  Using the rich experience of Fellows, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to serve others, Greg Menna founded District Doughnut, which serves the DC area with carefully curated, hand-crafted doughnuts with exceptional customer service to boot.  

Here, he shares not only the journey that led him to the opportunity, but the way he clearly connects his faith to the work before him.

Greg Menna is the Co-Founder and CEO of District Doughnut and completed the Falls Church Anglican Fellows program in 2011.

Henry Leachman currently works at District Doughnut and completed the Capital Fellows program in 2018.

Henry: After the Fellows program, did you ever imagine yourself in the position you are in now?

Greg: In short: I never even considered working in a business until the opportunity to start District Doughnut came about.

The Fellows Initiative Network of Leadership and Vocational Development Programs
Greg Menna, Founder of District Doughnut and Fellow Alum

However, I applied for The Falls Church Anglican Fellows Program because I believed that I had a calling to lead but had not found the specific path that God had designed for me to take. I am motivated physically and intellectually, and during and immediately after the program, I clamored for an opportunity that would challenge and develop both of these ways that God designed me. Though I considered a career as a military officer, a pastor, and in international justice efforts, I realized that none of these were my calling.

Then, one of my lifelong friends called me and asked me to take the reins of an idea in which he saw truly grand potential. From the moment of his request to my “Yes”, to today, my sense of calling was (and is still) not based on a belief in my own extraordinary character, piety, or leadership capability - far from it! In truth, I have struggled regularly, even daily, to take confidence in being a leader because I am increasingly aware of my great weaknesses, shortcomings, and character flaws. But at every turn, God has honored my tiny faith and often-weak and delayed obedience with unimaginable blessings of strength, resolve, perseverance, and favor in my (and our company’s) efforts.

Henry: Why is it important to not only create a great product, but deliver it with great service?

Greg: The best way to speak to the world about Christ is through a life of integrity and commitment to what He gives each of us to do. Every human being, even those who have not come to know Christ, possess both a deep need for meaning and an aversion to hypocrisy. When a company creates something excellent but does so without genuine love for the recipient, they create an ultimately unsatisfying and unstable experience.

Though we are considered one of the best-in-class for our product, this would be crumble were it not for the extensive efforts that we have taken to hunt down our customers to serve them in a special way or to correct something that was not up to standard. The truth of 1 Corinthians 13 is written into the fabric of culture and human understanding - we are nothing but white noise if we make the best doughnut in the world but care not for the very man or woman who is enjoying it.

“We are nothing but white noise if we make the best doughnut in the world but care not for the very man or woman who is enjoying it”