Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from 19 presenters at the October 2014 Faith@Work Summit.
- Katherine Leary Alsdorf founded Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Center for Faith & Work in New York City, and served as its executive director from 2002 - 2012. She established the intensive Gotham Fellows program, an entrepreneurship initiative to start new gospel-centered ventures, Arts Ministries, and numerous vocation groups. She now helps churches in other cities to establish faith and work ministries. She spent 25 years in the high tech industry in California and New York. She is co-author with Tim Keller of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.
- Will Messenger is Executive Editor of the Theology of Work Project, an international organization dedicated to researching, writing, and circulating materials about how Christian faith can contribute to non-church workplaces. He was Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2008.
- Greg Forster is a program director in the Faith, Work, and Economics program of the Kern Family Foundation. He directs the Oikonomia Network, a national learning community of theological educators and evangelical seminaries dedicated to helping pastors connect biblical wisdom, sound theology, and good stewardship to work and the economy. He is also the author of six books and numerous scholarly and popular articles, and a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
- Julius Walls is pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Yonkers, NY, and the President of Greater Centennial Community Development Corp, the non-profit arm of a 5,000+ member church. Rev. Walls has worked in business, academia, and the church. He has also served as Chief of Staff of Greater Centennial Church, CEO of Greyston Bakery (a $7 million social enterprise), VP for a $23 million chocolate manufacturing company, as an adjunct professor at the business graduate schools at NYU and BGI, and serves on several local and national non-profit and government boards. He is co-author (with Kevin Lynch) of Mission, Inc. The Practitioner’s Guide to Social Enterprise.
- Tim Liu is business Development Director for advanced control and optimization for pharmaceutical, water, nutritional and pulp and paper processes for an Asian tech company. He serves as Senior Associate for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization for Marketplace Ministry, Founder and Director of Marketplace Christian Network, Council Member of the Biblical Graduate School of Theology in Singapore, and has been President of the Graduates’ Christian Fellowship Singapore. Tim's passion is helping believers integrate faith and life; he is a resource person for the East Asia Graduates’ Conference (a movement of IFES East Asia) for the marketplace.
- John Dyer is Executive Director of Communications and Educational Technology for Dallas Theological Seminary. As a web developer he built tools for companies like Apple, Microsoft, Harley-Davidson, Anheuser-Busch, and the Department of Defense, and his code libraries are now used in more than 10 million websites. He also develops secure Bible software for closed countries, and is the author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology.
- David Gill is Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He previously taught at New College Berkeley (1977-90), North Park University (1992-2001), and St. Mary’s College (2004-2010). Ordained in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and an experienced organizational ethics consultant, he is author of seven books including Becoming Good: Building Moral Character, Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles, and It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations.
- Bill Peel is founding Executive Director of the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University. For more than 25 years he has coached thousands of men and women in discovering their calling, understanding their work’s significance to God, and becoming spiritually influential in the workplace. He is an award-winning author of seven books (in multiple languages), including Workplace Grace and What God Does When Men Pray.
- Randy Kilgore is Senior Writer and Workplace Chaplain with Desired Haven Ministries. After more than two decades in business, mostly in senior human resource management positions, Randy returned to seminary (M.Div. Gordon-Conwell, 2000). Randy has released six volumes of workplace Bible studies and two books, including Made to Matter: Devotions for Working Christians (Discovery House Publishers: 2008). He is a monthly contributor to the devotional publication Our Daily Bread, and was one of the original founders of the Theology of Work Project, where he serves on both the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee.
- Cheryl Broetje and her husband Ralph founded, own, and operate Broetje Orchards – a vertically integrated apple growing, packing, shipping, sales company located in southeastern Washington State. Its five million trees produce fruit exported around the world. The company's mission is to be “…a quality fruit company bearing fruit, fruit that will last.” Cheryl's passion is to bring people and resources together to build kingdom structures. She founded and serves as executive director of The Center for Sharing, a non-profit, faith-based servant leadership development organization with a mission to call forth the gifts of all persons through Christ-centered community.
- Larry Ward has been pastor of the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, MA for twenty years. He is a certified trainer for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Financial Education Associates (financial literacy and homeownership). He is an entrepreneurship course instructor for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Boston Campus.
- Gloria Nelund spent nearly 30 years on Wall Street as one of the most successful executives in the international investment management industry. After retiring from Deutsche Bank, she co-founded TriLinc Global, an investment firm dedicated to creating impact investment products to attract significant private capital to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. In 2013, TriLinc launched a $1.25 billion impact fund for U.S. retail investors to provide growing businesses in select developing economies. Gloria is also Chairman and Independent Trustee for RS Investments $22 billion mutual fund complex, and a frequent guest lecturer at several top business schools.
- Eric Welch is VP of Business & Sector Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, where he connects leaders with resources and fellowships to help more fully integrate their faith and contribute toward a greater level of freedom, fulfillment, and flourishing in our communities. Prior to joining the Institute, Eric served with Cru, where he contributed to strategic collaboration for Gospel transformation and well-being of cities. Eric also serves with Mission America Coalition/US Lausanne Committee.
- Paul Williams is Executive Director of the Marketplace Institute and David J. Brown Family Chair of Marketplace Theology & Leadership at Regent College (Vancouver BC). He was formerly Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ, a London-based multinational consulting and investment banking group. Paul is passionate about the church’s missional engagement with contemporary culture; he served as Academic Dean at Regent and helped pioneer a number of innovations in theological education, including the ReFrame project and a new executive program for marketplace leaders.
- Al Erisman is Executive in Residence at Seattle Pacific University's School of Business, Government, and Economics. He also co-chairs the Theology of Work Project, and co-founded and edits Ethix magazine. For 32 years he was a senior technical fellow and director of R&D in technology and mathematics at Boeing. He is author or editor of six books, including Direct Methods for Sparse Matrices and The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph.
- Mark Washington is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA's National Coordinator of MBA Ministry. For 12 years he has partnered with faculty and students to develop witnessing communities at top-tier MBA programs to transform the people, ideas, and structures of the business school. Mark serves on the National Faith & Work launching team and is convener for the Chicagoland Workplace Ministers Network.
- Tom Nelson has been senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, for more than twenty years. He is the author of Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path To Wholeness of Soul and Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church. His newest book is Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work (Crossway, 2011). He serves on the boards of The Gospel Coalition and Trinity International University.
- David Miller is Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, lectures in the Department of Religion, and serves as President of The Avodah Institute. He teaches business ethics, drawing on the resources of the Abrahamic traditions. He is author of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement. Before his Ph.D., he spent 16 years in business, including eight years with IBM, and eight years in London as a senior executive in international finance. David also advises CEOs and executives on ethics, values, leadership, and faith at work.
- Bill Pollard serves as Chairman of Fairwyn Investment Co., a private investment firm. He was twice CEO of ServiceMaster, during which time the company was recognized as the #1 service company among the Fortune 500. Bill has served as a director of a number of public companies and charitable and religious organizations including Wheaton College and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is the author of several books including a best seller The Soul of the Firm. His most recent book is The Tides of Life. He has been recognized by leading business schools, including Harvard and Notre Dame, for his business ethics and leadership in the development of people.
Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015