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 the 2018 Center for Faith + Work Los Angeles Conference April 7th. The conference theme for 2018 is “God at Work" and will highlight a wide range of examples of how the Lord is at work accomplishing His purposes in the world in amazing ways both large and small, distant and local, through visionary leaders and yet very ordinary real people.
Come be inspired to see how God is already "at work" with you and become better equipped to co-labor with Him for His higher purposes in your world of work.
The format for the all day Saturday event will include a variety of guest speakers and panelists 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 expanded into a larger venue this year as we’ve outgrown last year’s.
Rankin Wilbourne - Rankin is currently lead pastor at Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. He worked in corporate banking for five years before deciding to become a pastor. After his training at Princeton Theological Seminary, Rankin was Minister of Teaching and Missions at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. He likes the fact that Los Angeles is a town that turns around the idea of story and the need for a redemptive ending. Rankin is author of the recently published Union With Christ and he enjoys most any sport, poetry (especially Robert Frost), and music (especially Bruce Springsteen). He is married to Morgen and they have three children: Jack, Emi Bea, and Will.
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.
Henry Kaestner - Henry Kaestner is a Managing Principal in Sovereign's Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in faith driven entrepreneurs in SouthEast Asia and the US from it's offices in Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to co-founding Sovereign's Capital, Henry was co-Founder and previous CEO, and then Chairman of Bandwidth.com (NASDAQ:BAND) and it’s sister company, Republic Wireless (which spun out of Bandwidth in 2016). Together the companies have grown from $0 to $300 million in revenue. The values of Bandwidth.com have always been: Faith, Family, Work and Fitness (in that order). Bandwidth.com was the 4th fastest growing privately held company in the country from 2003 through 2007, a position it achieved without acquisition or institutional funding. Mr. Kaestner also co-founded DurhamCares, 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, CloudFactory, ThriveFarmers, First, and RevBoss. Additionally, Henry serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America and lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife Kimberley and their three sons.
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?
Sophia Lee So Hyun – Sophia Lee was born in Jeonju, South Korea and grew up in Singapore and Northern Virginia. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture, speaks English, Korean, Mandarin, and "adequately eavesdrops on Spanish conversations." Sophia has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and is now a features reporter and journalist for WORLD Magazine and is a self-described "coffee jugging journalist." Her interests include culture, faith, food, history, Russian literature, travel, international relations, mental health, and eating disorders. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom.
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.
Francis Su - Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. During Fall 2017, he is Chern Professor at MSRI, where is co-directing a program on geometric and topological combinatorics. He has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing, and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and is creator of "MathFeed," the math news app. His hobbies include songwriting, gardening, photography, and theology. Just like mathematics, these are modes of creative expression that blend structure and freedom, truth and beauty, reflection and action.
Sarah Jung - Founder and Creative Director of As We Dwell, Sarah Jung provides a unique and inviting space for "creatives" in the Los Angeles Arts District to form intentional relationships and cultivate a collaborative environment. Work and event spaces are available for rent in a warm and supportive setting. This includes a cooperative of "Faithful Artisans" seeking to foster community and bring curated and handcrafted products centered around sustainability and restoration while supporting a cause.
Past Conference Archives
Overview of 2018 CFWLA Conference
Here is a small sampling of the positive feedback we received on the event:
"Everyone I talked to LOVED it...." "Thoughtfully put together with good flow..." "Excellent speakers with experience..." "So much wisdom and practical examples..." "Good mix of industry professionals and academics..." “This was a wonderful conference. Such a deep interaction of theology and practice…” “Fantastic, credible, well informed…” “Great venue, food tasty, really appreciated the good coffee!”
This year's conference provided greater content and an engaging format of discussion and Q&A. Rankin Wilbourne led the day reminding us of the need to integrate our faith and work. Dr.s Art Lindsley and Paul Stevens both provided excellent plenary talks on the theology of work and God's use of our work to shape us. Henry Kaestner and Russell Bjorkman spoke to the impact of Christian led businesses in the tech industry and amazing opportunities God has opened up for influence and flourishing. Local business owners, entrepreneurs and journalists led a panel discussion on God's good work through their vocations. Dr. Francis Su wrapped up the day with a wonderful session about his journey and influence for the Lord through the field of academic mathematics.
Check out the photo gallery for the conference HERE.
Overview of 2017 CFWLA 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.