Speakers

2014 EFCA Pastor Collaboration

TomNelsonTom Nelson

Tom is senior pastor of Christ Community, an Evangelical Free church near Kansas City, and author of three books. His most recent book is Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, a theological and practical exploration of vocation and the importance of work. He has two grown children and has been married to his wife Liz for thirty years.

SteveGarberSteve Garber

Steve is the founder of The Washington Institute, and seeks a renewed vision of vocation and the common good by teaching, serving and equipping people to understand their callings and careers as integral to the mission of God in the world.  The Washington Institute on Faith, Vocation and Culture is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the idea that vocation is integral, not incidental, to the mission of God in the world.

DavidKiersznowskiDavid Kiersznowski

David is founder and co-owner (with his wife) of DEMDACO, a wholesale gift company founded in 1997. DEMDACO’s headquarters are in Leawood, KS and their distribution center is in North Kansas City. The company has corporate showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas, with a sourcing office in Hong Kong. David has been involved in the gift industry since 1988, and has been involved in the areas of wholesale, direct selling, and Asia sourcing and production. He serves on the elder board with Tom Nelson at Christ Community.


2014 University All-Faculty Retreat Speakers

DavidWMillerDavid W. Miller

David W. Miller serves as the Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative . His academic appointment is Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer. Prior to this, he was at Yale University for five years, where he served as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and taught at both Yale School of Management and Divinity School. David’s signature course is, “Business Ethics: Succeeding without Selling Your Soul.” David brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the academic world, having spent 16 years in senior executive positions in international business and finance. Prior to academia, David lived and worked in London, England for eight years, where he was a partner in a private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before that he was a senior executive and director of the securities services and global custody division of HSBC Group, having held the same position at Midland Bank plc before its acquisition by HSBC. He moved to London as the managing director of the European operations of State Street Bank and Trust, a leading US securities services bank. He started his management career in the U.S., working for IBM for eight years in a variety of sales and marketing management positions. David also speaks German, having lived and worked in Germany. He is a graduate of Bucknell University.

After his corporate experience, he entered academia, receiving his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. While doing his doctoral work in ethics, David began working with CEOs and senior executives in his capacity as president and co-founder of the Avodah Institute. Through Avodah, David still conducts corporate ethics and advisory services, leadership consulting, speaking, and ministerial work. In addition to his research, writing, and teaching, David serves as an advisor to several corporate CEOs and senior executives on questions pertaining to ethics, values, culture, and the role of faith at work. He is a frequent speaker at gatherings of business leaders, corporate events, and academic conferences. His views are often cited in the media, including in theNew York Times , Wall Street Journal , Fortune Magazine , radio, and the major television networks. David’s new book, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007), challenges business academics and executives, as well as theologians and clergy to think differently about faith, ethics, and work.

Speaking Date: February 6-8, 2014

PJHillDr. P. J. Hill

Dr. P. J. Hill served as the George F. Bennett Professor of Economics at Wheaton College for twenty-five years, retiring in 2011. As a prolific scholar, as well as highly-sought after teacher and mentor, he has published many books and articles in the areas of institutional economics, property rights, and natural resources. During his forty-two year career in addition to his work at Wheaton College he has taught at Purdue, Montana State and The University of Iowa. In 2002 he won the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Much of Dr. Hill’s scholarly work focuses on the development of the frontier in the American West, where he is a third generation Montana rancher who spent his summer breaks during his teaching years at Wheaton to work on his ranch, and conduct research at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. His books include The Birth of a Transfer Society (1989), The Political Economy of the American West (1994), Eco-Sanity: A Common Sense Guide to Environmentalism (1994), Environmental Federalism (1997), Who Owns the Environment? (1998), The Technology of Property Rights (2001), and The Not So Wild, Wild West (2004). Dr. Hill and his wife Lois have three grown children, and now reside in Montana.

Speaking Date: February 6-8, 2014


Kern Scholar Students Retreat Speakers (January 2014)

VincentBacoteVincent Bacote

Dr. Vincent Bacote is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College: “One of Abraham Kuyper’s most famous quotes is: ‘There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine!’ This quote gets to the heart of the way I view theology and the Christian faith. It is important to recognize that our faith is not reserved for some kind of Christian ghetto. It ought to impact every facet of our lives and society. I hope to create that kind of passion in students as they study theology, a truly exciting subject.”

AnielkaMunkelAnielka Munkel

Ms. Anielka Münkel was born in Nicaragua and is a project manager, and program director of Poverty Cure, at Acton Institute. She holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, where she won the Grand Prize in the Social Venture Plan Competition. She earned a bachelor’s in International Relations and Business Administration with concentrations in Global Business and Finance from Ave Maria College of the Americas. The former Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, she also served as the Coordinator of the Government Investor Network at the Investment Promotion Agency of the Presidency in Nicaragua.

Past Speakers

Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise INstitute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He has authored hundreds of articles and 10 books including Wealth and Justice, an introduction to the intersections between economic systems, concerns about fairness, and lifting up the poor. His most recent book, The Road to Freedom, was a best-seller. Before pursuing his work in economics, Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. Participants will receive a free copy of Wealth and Justice.

Robert Lupton

Robert Lupton is the founder and president of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta. Through FCS, he has developed two mixed-income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregation, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. In his most recent book, Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), Lupton challenges the predominant model of ministry to the poor, bringing lessons gained from four decades of work in community development ministry. Participants will receive a free copy of Toxic Charity.


Trinity Symposia: Economics in the Local Parish

RobertSiricoFather Robert Sirico

Father Robert Sirico is co-founder and president of the Acton Institute. Acton is a non-profit organization committed to promoting a vision of free-market economics within a Judeo-Christian moral framework through seminars, publications, and research. Father Sirico has written eight books on the topic of economics, including his most recent publication, Defending the Free Market. In this book, Father Sirico argues people should embrace capitalism as a moral imperative that improves the common good.