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Faith + Work Conference - 2018


April 7, 2018 | 9am - 4:30pm
Location: Santa Monica Bay Women's Club | 1210 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

We are excited to announce plans for our next CFWLA annual Faith + Work Conference to be held this coming April 7th (save the date!). The conference theme for 2018 will be “God at Work.” We will be highlighting a wide range of examples of how the Lord is at work serving His purposes in the world in amazing ways both large and small, distant and local, through visionary leaders and yet very ordinary real people.

The format will be expanded from our conference last April to an all Saturday day event with a variety of guest speakers and panelist from international, national, and local backgrounds. Group and panel discussions, networking, plenary sessions, and Q&A will make this event a full and engaging day. We have also expanded into a larger venue this year as we’ve outgrown last year’s.

Look for more details on the list of guest participating as we get closer to the event.


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Art Lindsley - Rev. Dr. Art Lindsley is the Vice President of Theological Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics (IFWE), where he oversees the development of a theology that integrates faith, work, and economics. Most recently, he had served as President and Senior Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute since 1987. Prior to that, he was Director of Educational Ministries at the Ligonier Valley Study Center and Staff Specialist with the Coalition for Christian Outreach in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is an editor of and contributing author to IFWE’s Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017), and For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty (Zondervan, 2015). He is also the author of C.S. Lewis’s Case for Christ, True Truth, and Love: The Ultimate Apologetic. He is co-author with R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner of Classical Apologetics, and he often writes articles on theology, apologetics, C.S. Lewis, and the lives of many other authors and teachers.




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R. Paul Stevens - Paul has been a pastor for 20 years (Montreal and Vancouver), a student counselor with IVCF, a business person (Habitat Woodcraft) and a professor in an interdisciplinary theological college for the whole people of God. From 1999 until 2005 Paul was the David J. Brown Family Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, BC. His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. He does this through teaching, coaching, advocating and publishing. Gail and Paul and his wife Gail have resided in Vancouver since 1969 and travel to all continents (except Antartica) to teach, learn and contribute.

Paul is author to several books including Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture, Taking Your Soul to Work: Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace, Thoughtful Parenting: A Manual of Wisdom for Home and Family, Seven Days of Faith: Every Day Alive with God, The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity: An A-to-Z Guide to Following Christ in Every Aspect of Life, Doing God’s Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace, and is author to the Blog - Are You A Rich Fool?

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Henry Kaestner - Henry is a Co-Founder and previous CEO, and then Chairman of, a company that together with his business partner, David Morken, he has grown from $0 to $250 million in revenue. The values of have always been: Faith, Family, Work and Fitness (in that order). Prior to co-founding Mr. Kaestner founded Chapel Hill Brokers (a predecessor to ICAP Energy), an institutional energy derivatives broker that became the top ranked electricity broker in the country.

In addition, Mr. Kaestner co-founded DurhamCares, sits on the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Board of Directors of Praxis, an accelerator committed to helping Faith driven entrepreneurs. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Bandwidth, Republic Wireless, CloudFactory, ThriveFarmers, First, and RevBoss. Additionally, Henry serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America.

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Russell Bjorkman – Russell joined Sovereign’s Capital as a Venture Partner in 2015, after serving as an advisor to Sovereign’s first fund for several years. Russell’s work experience spans across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US. As an investor and advisor, Russell has invested in businesses across Africa, Asia, South America and the US. As an attorney, Russell worked for Skadden Arps and Freshfields in London and Hong Kong for ten years, guiding significant IPOs and high-yield offerings, including that of Telkom South Africa, KazmunaiGas in Kazakhstan, FIFA in Europe, and Chinese real estate companies. His transactional experience spans 14 different countries.  In Hong Kong, Russell led Skadden Arp’s pro bono work on behalf of the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which represented individuals facing persecution in their applications for asylum which were submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. 

Past Conference Archives

Center for Faith and Work Los Angeles

Overview of 2017 Annual Faith + Work Conference

Here is a small sampling of the positive feedback we received on the event:

"Great hearing appreciation and confirmation of work's value..." "I loved the idea that we can see God's glory through our work..." "Good mix of speakers, interaction, and theology of Sabbath rest..."  "David Kim's teaching, openness, inclusiveness on all vocational areas was excellent..." "Q&A times with David Kim were the most helpful..." “Speakers were wonderful, engaging and easy to follow…” “Format was great – I liked the group breakout sessions & panel discussion…” “Beautiful venue!” 

The broad consensus was that the event was a big winner! Steve Lindsey related his personal story exploring the need to integrate his faith and work followed by an overview of the theology of work. David Kim provided two excellent sessions on the need to see the purpose of the church in a “scattered” vs “gathered” model and explained the “exilic” nature to the context of our lives with Christ. There were engaging panel interviews from our community and group discussion times. The Framework Fellows Program was introduced with a testimony from Gotham Fellows Program alum Angel Lee. Margaret Lindsey provided an overview of CFWLA and its upcoming offerings.

Check out the photo gallery for the conference at the link here.