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Pastor Larry Ward has led Abundant Life since 1994. He is a gifted teacher and communicator of God’s Word with a heart to see believers equipped and empowered to build God’s Kingdom. In addition, he serves as a guest lecturer at the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a certified trainer for the National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship. BS Northeastern University, a Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute. He is married to his wife Virginia of 30 years and they have two adult sons, Paul and Mark.
Eric Welch serves as a strategic catalyst for the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and the National Faith & Work Association to see more leaders engaged and equipped to live their faith in every area of their life, especially their work, and to see their interdependence with others in society toward Biblical flourishing. Eric has also worked with Cru, Mission America Coalition, and others toward collective impact and city transformation initiatives. Prior to this, Eric worked for Boston Scientific in areas of R&D and Innovation Strategy. (BS, Mississippi State University; MS, Louisiana Tech University).
Amilee Watkins (Assistant Director, Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian, NYC) trains and equips New Yorkers in integrating theology and practice, facilitating learning and engagement across various channels including CFW’s Gotham Fellowship leadership development program. Prior to her time with CFW, she worked for Starbucks Coffee Co. managing stores, developing people, and serving as a brand ambassador. Amilee, her husband, Dan, and their spunky daughter, Olyvia, live in Manhattan.
Lisa Slayton is the CEO of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, where she has worked since 2005. She is passionate about equipping people vocationally and connecting them to others for the transformation of the city she loves- Pittsburgh. She loves books, wine and shoes and her husband Roger, son Zach and four legged canine, Thea.
Mike Sharrow is the President & CEO for The C12 Group (www.C12Group.com), the nation’s largest Christian CEO & executive round table operator with more than 250 peer advisory groups meeting across 32 states serving nearly 2,000 members. Mike has been involved in Gospel City Projects and Faith-Work initiatives for 20 years. (BA, Trinity International University)
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Willy Kotiuga is Senior Director of Strategic Studies in a large international engineering firm. He has authored numerous technical papers and speaks frequently at conferences as well as advising Electric Utilities and Governments on the sustainable development of power network infrastructure. Willy serves on the executive committees of several international organizations promoting faith-based dialogue in the workplace. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Matthew Henry is the Chief Information Officer at LeTourneau University (letu.edu). For over 35 years, Matthew has served in the fast paced, ever changing mission field of Information Technology. Matthew is a life-long learning seeking to understand how our faith impacts everything about our technology. Matthew’s joy is seeing those he lives and works with mature in their faith and knowledge of Christ Jesus.
Bill Hendricks is President of The Giftedness Center, helping individuals think through strategic life and career decisions, and also Executive Director for Christian Leadership at The Hendricks Center at Dallas Seminary. Bill has authored/coauthored twenty-two books, including the classic, Your Work Matters to God. Throughout his career he has been a leader in the faith-and-work movement, and sits on the Steering Committee for The Theology of Work Project.
Robert Harp, D.Min., is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Biola’s Crowell School of Business and Founder of GlobalHotelNetwork.com, a global media brand. Robert is the author of Faith at Work, an online course at Our Daily Bread Christian University. He is also the director of Emmanuel Faith Community Church’s (5,000+ members) Faith at Work ministry and a member of the Lausanne Workplace Network. (B.A., M.A., Wheaton College; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Seminary)
Marcus Goodyear, Director of Communications Operations for The H. E. Butt Family Foundation lives and works in Kerrville, Texas. He worked directly with Howard E. Butt, Jr. as a writer and editor for nearly a decade. During that time, he also served as editor of The High Calling. Since The High Calling merged with the Theology of Work Project, he has continued to serve as an advisor to the publication. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, and he is author of the award-winning poetry collection Barbies at Communion. (BA, Texas A&M; MA, UT San Antonio)
Paul Williams is Research Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College (www.regent-college.edu) and Chief Executive of Bible Society (www.biblesociety.org.uk). He was formerly Chief Economist of DTZ and Executive Director of the Marketplace Institute. He is the visionary behind ReFrame, an innovative resource for marketplace discipleship. Paul is passionate about helping the Church read the Bible in the marketplace and engage missionally in contemporary culture.
Charlie Self is the Director of City Development, Made To Flourish and professor of Church History, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Charlie has 35 years of pastoral, consulting and educational service and the author of three books, including, Flourishing Churches and Communities. Charlie is a recognized leader in whole-life discipleship and co-founder of the Discipleship Dynamics Assessment. (BA, MA, PhD University of CA, Santa Cruz; MA, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA)
Richard C. Halverson served from 1958 until 1981 as the Senior Pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, in Bethesda, Maryland and as the Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1981 until 1994. He was an associate of the National Prayer Breakfast movement starting in 1956 along with Bill Bright. Halverson was famous for sending his congregation out with this benediction, “Wherever you go, God is sending you, wherever you are, God has put you there; He has a purpose in your being there. Christ who indwells you has something He wants to do through you where you are. Believe this and go in His grace and love and power.” “And what of the church work which is done in and for the church organization? Its purpose is to equip each member to do the work for the church Monday through Saturday. All the programs within the church are for the purpose of enabling the church to do the work of ministry between Sundays when she is invisible as a congregation.” Richard Halverson, How I Changed My Thinking about the Church.
Paul Stevens joined the Regent faculty in 1987 as Associate Professor of Applied Theology. Dr. Stevens was named Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology and Leadership in 2005 and continues to teach courses frequently at Regent. Dr. Stevens is a craftsman with wood, words, and images and has worked as a carpenter, a student counselor, a pastor, and a professor. His personal mission is to empower the whole people of God to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. Books include: Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture and Taking Your Soul to Work: Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace. Photo from Regent College.
Dorothy Leigh Sayers was an Oxford-educated scholar and the contemporary of such literary luminaries as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Agatha Christie. She is a renowned crime writer, poet, playwright, and essayist, however, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to be her best work. She wrote several influential essays on the topic of vocation and work. She was an outspoken advocate of the sacredness of secular work. In her classic “Why Work?,” she argues that work is not something we do to live, but something we should live to do—and one of the chief ways we glorify God. “I asked that it [work] should be looked upon, not as a necessary drudgery to be undergone for the purpose of making money, but as a way of life in which the nature of man should find its proper exercise and delight and so fulfill itself to the glory of God.” Photo reproduced with the Dorothy L. Sayers Society’s permission; copyright holder is unknown.
John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper. He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was killed. Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. He summarizes his philosophy of Christian ministry in the “three Rs”—Relocation, Redistribution and Reconciliation. Perkins’ Christian witness included economic development, healthcare, voter registration, and so many other things from the early days of his faith journey. Dr. Perkins believes that “the best welfare program is a job.” He is one of the leading evangelical voices in grassroots economic development in at-risk communities and is the Co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association. Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, Dr. Perkins is an author and international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership, and community development. For his tireless work, he received honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.
Alistair Mackenzie is a Teaching Fellow at Laidlaw College in New Zealand. Alistair spent 23 years as a Baptist pastor. He also led Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor (a mission agency). Following postgraduate study on the theology of vocation and work, Alistair has authored three books: Where’s God on Monday?, SoulPurpose: making a difference in life and work and Just Decisions: Christians ethics go to work. Alistair is a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston-based Theology of Work Project.
Steve Bell is CEO and owner of Bellmont Cabinet Company, a 35-year-old, family-owned cabinet manufacturer dedicated to product innovation, timeless and trend setting styles. Named Washington state’s Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA and the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Steve has led Bellmont from very humble beginnings, building cabinets in a garage, to being recognized as one of the finest frameless cabinet manufacturers in the United States, employing a team of 300 craftsmen and sales topping $60 million.
C. William “Bill” Pollard joined ServiceMaster in 1977 and has served not once but twice as its chief executive officer. During his leadership of the company, ServiceMaster was recognized by Fortune magazine as the No.1 service company among the Fortune 500 and also was included in its list of its most admired companies and achieved market leadership in each of its markets and substantial growth in shareholder value. He is the author of several books including: The Soul of the Firm, The Heart of a Business Ethic and Serving Two Masters? Reflections on God and Profit. In April 2004, he received the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Business Ethics at Notre Dame.
John Terrill is executive director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, where he guides Upper|House (www.upperhouse.org), a multi-experiential ministry center at the University of Wisconsin. John has also served as director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University, as well as director for InterVarsity’s Professional Schools Ministries. (BS, Indiana University; MBA, Northwestern University; MATH & MAR, Gordon-Conwell; PhD candidate, Seattle Pacific University).
Ron Scates is Interim Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio. He earned his Doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. The principal focus of Ron’s ministry is preaching. He devotes time daily to sermon preparation, translating scriptural text from the original language. Ron has been senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
Margo Engberg is the founder and CEO of Pinkabella Cupcakes and P.B. Franchising. After 20 years of running a successful house cleaning business, she started baking cupcakes for children who had never had a birthday party. This grew to stores, franchises, and catering for large companies. She has donated more than half a million cupcakes to local charities. She was selected as Alumna of the Year for Seattle Pacific University, her alma mater, in 2013.
Bryan Carter serves as Senior Pastor of Concord Church, Dallas. Carter is hosts the E.K. Bailey expository preaching conference annually, serves as co-presenter for “33: The Series” on authentic manhood and a contributor to the “The Art of Marriage” curriculum. Carter earned his BA from Oklahoma State University and his MA from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Stephanie are proud parents of two daughters and a son.
Breon Wells is the Founder of The Daniel Initiative. He is a political and strategic communications consultant, ordained minister, and motivational speaker. Before starting TDI, Breon was a Congressional Staffer for six years. TDI can best be described as a movement with the ultimate goal of reshaping a generation of marketplace ministers. As a political strategist and policy advocate, Breon has utilized TDI to serve politicians, religious leaders, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs.
22+ year veteran of the high tech industry: pre-sales technology/business development roles for Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), NFL – New England Patriots Official Stats’ Crew. Messiah College (Grantham, PA) graduate – where he met his wife Lisa. 7 children ages 27 to 11 (6 boys and 1 girl) and one grandson. MBA in Leadership, Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). President/CEO of CBMC, Inc. Global Leadership Team member for CBMC International.
Tali Hairston is the founding Director of the John M. Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. For 12 years the Center has worked to lead Seattle Pacific University and the Pacific Northwest region in the educational advancement of Christian Community Development. As a student development program and research institute, the Center prepares and equips students, leaders, and organizations (BA, University of Washington; MAGL, Fuller Seminary; Phd Candidate SPU)
Mark Davis is the Senior Pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas where he has served in various roles since 2003. He has embraced the church’s [email protected]
Grant is the founder of INITIATIVE, a missional millennial network. In response to millennials being labeled non-commital, critical, entitled, slacktivists, INITIATIVE’s mission is to shift culture by making millennials Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making, local missionaries.
Randy Pope has been in private law practice for 37 years. He represents public school districts and other governmental subdivisions, and he has argued cases in the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. He is on schedule to graduate from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in January, 2017, with an M.A. (Religion) with an emphasis in Workplace Theology. He holds a J.D. from the University of Mississippi and a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Marc Belton is a Principal at Wisefellows Consulting and a former executive with General Mills, where he served as Executive Vice President for Global Strategy, Growth and Marketing Innovation. At GMI Marc became known as a champion for growth, innovation and people. Marc was recognized by Fast Company, who named him one of the “Most Creative Executives in the US.” Additionally, Marc has been recognized by Fortune and Black Enterprise as one of the Most Influential African Americans in Business.
Katherine Alsdorf founded Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) and served as Executive Director from 2002 – 2012. Her CFW core programs (Gotham Fellows, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Arts Ministries, and vocation groups) helped equip, connect and mobilize the 6000-person congregation to apply the gospel to their work lives and become agents of renewal within their institutions and professions. Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.
Sherron Watkins is the former VP of Enron Corp. who alerted then-CEO Ken Lay in August 2001 to accounting irregularities within the company, warning him that Enron ‘might implode in a wave of accounting scandals.’ She has testified before Congressional Committees from the U.S. House and Senate investigating Enron’s demise. TIME magazine named Sherron, along with two other whistleblowers, as their 2002 Persons of the Year, for being “people who did right just by doing their jobs rightly.”
Jessica J. Hsieh is a sales and marketing professional with 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She is currently a senior product marketing manager in the Cloud + Enterprise Marketing group at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, she worked at Quantum Corporation and AltaVista/Yahoo!, and was a sales intern at Ernst & Young LLP. She regularly speaks on the intersection of work/faith/ethnicity at churches and Christian organizations.
Pastor Christopher Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries and the Campus Dean of Moody Theological Seminary-MI. After graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Finance, he completed his M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. Christopher is the author of two books, Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He is also the host of “Equipped for Life”, airing on the Salem Network, and a national live show “Equipped with Chris Brooks”, airing daily on Moody Radio.
David Kinnaman is president of Barna Group and author of Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. Since joining Barna in 1995, he has directed nationwide representative studies of more than half a million people. David has designed and analyzed research for the American Bible Society, Compassion, Habitat for Humanity, InterVarsity, NBC-Universal, Sony, Thomas Nelson, World Vision, Harper Collins and many others. He and his wife, Jill, live with their three kids in Ventura, California.
Tod Bolsinger is the Vice-President for Vocation and Formation and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. For seventeen years, he was the Senior Pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church after serving for ten years on the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He is the author of three books and consultant in transformational leadership. (MDiv, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary)
Dr. Amy L. Sherman, a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, was named by Christianity Today in 2012 as one of the 50 Evangelical women most influencing the American Church and culture. She’s the author of six books and over 80 articles in periodicals including First Things, The Public Interest, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture. Her most recent book is Kingdom Calling. (BA, Messiah College; MA and Ph.D., University of Virginia.)
Kent Johnson is a Senior Counsel at Texas Instruments Incorporated where, in different assignments over the years, he’s had responsibility for legal support of nearly all of TI’s worldwide businesses and business functions. Kent is passionate advocate of diversity in the workplace. Outside the company, Kent has served on governing boards of private schools and churches, and is a frequent speaker on the topic of faith in the workplace. (AB, Dartmouth; JD, Villanova School of Law).
Doug Hunter is Executive Director of the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership at Charleston Southern University. He has served as CEO of two U.S. and one Chinese-based companies and two global marketplace organizations. Doug is currently a consultant with Global Cities Project of Cru, member of Lausanne Workplace Network, the Global Think Tank on BAM, and Founding Board Member of the National Faith & Work Association. Married to Janet, they have 4 children and 2½ grandchildren.
Matt Rusten serves as the executive director for Made to Flourish. Rusten received his master of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has served in churches in North Dakota, the Chicago area, Kansas City, and most recently as pastor of spiritual formation at Blackhawk Church in Madison, Wisconsin. He and his wife Margi live in Kansas City.
Chuck Proudfit is the Founder and President of At Work on Purpose, the nation’s largest citywide marketplace ministry. A graduate of Harvard University, Chuck also consults through his firm SKILLSOURCE. Author of Citywide Marketplace Ministry in a Box and BIZNISTRY, Chuck is a thought leader in marketplace ministry and city transformation through marketplace engagement. Chuck’s corporate experience comes from Procter & Gamble, The Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, and LensCrafters Corporation.
Douglas H. Napier, Esq., has more than 25 years legal experience with expertise in litigation and legal matters. A third-generation attorney, Napier believes law can provide solutions to problems and improve people’s lives. Napier serves as Senior Counsel, Executive Director of ADF International at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he is focused on defending the right of people to freely live out their faith throughout the country and world.
Ed Moy is public servant, executive, and author. He served as the 38th director of the United States Mint (2006-2011) and as a special assistant to the president for presidential personnel at the White House (2001-2006). He is a commentator to financial media, writes a weekly column for Newsmax, and is authoring an 8 book series on gold bullion. Ed also serves on the advisory board of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business & Economics and served on the board of Christianity Today.
Mark used to work in advertising and is prepared to admit it. He’s now Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Mark is a champion for workplace ministry and mission in everyday contexts, speaks widely and has written a number of books including Thank God it’s Monday, Supporting Christians at Work, The Great Divide, and Fruitfulness on the Frontline.
The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a pastor, author, leader, speaker, blogger, and consultant for Christian organizations. Mark is the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. In this role, he provides visionary, strategic, and tactical leadership for the Center, which seeks to serve leaders so they might flourish in life and leadership. In addition to serving leaders directly, the De Pree Center helps churches so they might encourage, teach, mentor, form, and support marketplace leaders. (BA, Harvard University; MA, Harvard University; PhD, Harvard University)
John Samuel is the Founder President of Transform Consulting, focusing on leadership development, business strategy and business transformation. He worked in senior positions in Government of India, including Chief Post Master General. He functioned as the consultant of Universal Postal Union, an agency of the United Nations, on various projects in Maldives and Bhutan. Widely travelled across the world, he has an abiding passion to develop leaders across the nations, who will make a difference.
John Beckett is chairman of The Beckett Companies in Elyria, Ohio, worldwide leaders in the production of engineered components for residential and commercial heating. A founding board member of Intercessors for America, as well as The King’s College in NYC, he also serves on the board of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Mr. Beckett is the author of Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul (1998) and Mastering Monday: A Practical Guide to Integrating Faith and Work (2006).
Tom Nelson is the Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He is also president of the pastors’ network, Made To Flourish, where he provides strategic leadership and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work and a contributing writer to The Men’s Devotional Bible, The Gospel for Life Series and The Gospel Shaped Work. Tom and Liz, have two grown children. (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; DMin, Trinity International University)
Greg Forster serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University, and is the author of six books. He writes and speaks widely on how the structures of culture and civilization respond to the challenge of the gospel and the ambiguous tensions of religious freedom, in order to equip the church to be good citizens of both the Kingdom of God and our human communities. (PhD with distinction, Yale University)
Denise Daniels is a professor of management in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. She has been recognized multiple times as Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year within her school, and regularly writes and speaks on the intersection of faith and work. Dr. Daniels’ research interests are primarily in the areas of the meaning of work, Sabbath, leadership, and motivation. (BA, Wheaton College; PhD, University of Washington)
John Dyer builds tools and open source projects used by Apple, Microsoft, Harley Davidson, the Department of Defense. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Communications and Educational technology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and he writes for publications like Gizmodo and Christianity Today. He is the author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. (BS, Texas A&M; ThM, DTS; PhD candidate, Durham University)
Al Erisman is Executive in Residence, Seattle Pacific University; co-chair, Theology of Work Project; editor, Ethix magazine. He was a senior technical fellow and director of R&D in technology and mathematics at Boeing (1969-2001). Recent books: Direct Methods for Sparse Matrices (Oxford Press, co-author, 1986, 2016), The Accidental Executive (Hendrickson, 2015) and The Purpose of Business (Macmillan, co-editor, 2015). (BS, Northern Illinois University; MS, PhD, Iowa State University)
David Gill David Gill is an ethics writer, speaker, and consultant based in Berkeley CA. He served as professor of Christian ethics or business ethics for 40 years, most recently at Gordon-Conwell Seminary (Boston)(2010-2016). He is the author of 7 books including It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations (2011). He is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA) and the University of Southern California (PhD).
Bill Peel is the Executive Director of the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University. For over 30 years, Bill has coached thousands to discover their calling, understand their work’s significance to God, and become spiritually influential in their workplace. He’s an award-winning author of seven books, including Workplace Grace and What God Does When Men Pray. (BA, Southern Methodist University; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; DMin, Gordon-Conwell Seminary).