The 5280 Fellowship offers participants up-close-and-personal access to top leaders in every sector. But they don’t just listen to these seasoned leaders talk — Fellows will have the chance to visit their workplaces, see them in action, and engage in discussion about their work, calling, and leadership.
5280 Fellowship Staff will provide overall leadership, direction, and teaching for the program. Each staff member brings a strong background of academic excellence, diverse work experience, and commitment to the local church to the role. Fellows will interact with staff extensively at the Saturday sessions and weekend retreats.
Leading the 5280 Fellowship is a critical part of Brian’s role as director of cultural engagement for Denver Institute for Faith & Work. With a background in biology, he knows how central a theology of work is to both a rich professional life and a flourishing society. He holds an M.Div. from Denver Seminary, a M.Ed. in exercise physiology from the University of Texas, and a B.A. in physiology and B.S. in exercise science from the University of California at Davis. With more than 10 years in pastoral ministry and 4 years as faculty at Denver Seminary, Brian is one of Denver’s leading voices on theology of work and vocation.
Jeff is the founder and executive director of Denver Institute for Faith & Work. After graduating with a masters degree, Jeff found himself married with two children but vocationally lost and struggling to support his family. When he landed in a recruitment and marketing role at a school, he wondered how his Christian faith applied to something as “non-spiritual” as school admissions.
A speaker and writer, Jeff contributes to Christianity Today, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Leadership Journal, and Comment magazine. He holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University and an M.Div. from Denver Seminary.
Throughout the session, Fellows will learn from seasoned experts in a wide variety of sectors about key issues in the city and distinct industries. Senior leaders will meet with small groups of Fellows to share about their career, workplace, and faith in the context of their leadership. A select group of leaders will also share during Saturday teaching sessions and weekend retreats. Below are several examples of the industries and leaders that Fellows have interacted with.
Philip Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for more than 20 years, editing the magazine Campus Life and writing for a variety of publications including Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today. Through reporting he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller. Over time, his writing took a more personal, introspective turn. Philip has written more than 20 books on faith including What’s So Amazing About Grace?
Paul Andrews spent 20 years with Kroenke Sports Enterprises, where he was involved in the day-to-day business operations of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche (among other teams) and the work of owning/operating venues like the Pepsi Center and Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park. In 2010, he became the president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, a 110-year-old institution. He explained the career change to the Denver Business Journal this say, “[The stock show] aspires to be the premier center for western heritage… [It]stands for things that are good and things that are right.”
Dan Dye is CEO of Ardent Mills, a joint venture of ConAgra Foods, Cargill, and CHS launched in 2014. With annual revenue of $4 billion, Ardent Mills operates 40 mills — including mills in Denver and Commerce City — and several bakeries. Its customers are wheat farmers as well as companies who use flour in their products. Dan graduated from Bethel University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Helen Hayes was a rising star at Janus Funds where she managed two highly successful mutual fund portfolios. She left the company in 2003 to be a stay-at-home mom with her four children — although she continues to work on meaningful projects in the Denver community. Get a sneak peak of Helen’s story about faith, work and family in this Denver Institute for Faith & Work video.
Bill Kurtz founded Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), a Denver public school that consistently ranks as one of the nation’s best. Today he serves at the school’s CEO, overseeing its expansion to multiple campuses and ensuring student outcomes continue to improve year after year. Before his career in education, Bill graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and worked as an investment banker at JP Chase in New York City. Learn more about Bill’s story from this blog post by 5280 Fellowship faculty member Jeff Haanen. Twitter - @billkurtz1
Rico Munn serves as the 16th superintendent of Aurora Public Schools, where his main priority is to accelerate learning for every APS student. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System by Governor John Hickenlooper. Previously, Rico served as the executive director of both the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2009-2011 and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies from 2007-2009 after fourteen years in commercial litigation.
An award-winning sociologist and educator, Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College, and an expert on religion, culture and leadership. View from the Top, his most recent book, reports the findings of his 10-year study of senior organizational leaders — including former Presidents Carter and Bush, and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits. Michael graduated from Baylor University and holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. Twitter - @GordonPres
Dayna Matthew serves as a Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, where she teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, evidence, and a variety of health law classes. She is also the co-founder of the Colorado Health Equity Project, a medical-legal partnership focused on removing barriers to good health for low income clients by providing legal representation, research, and policy advocacy. Her forthcoming book, Towards Justice in American Healthcare, will be published by NYU Press next year.
Currently an associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Denver Seminary, Don Payne initially joined the faculty of the school with a role in the Training and Mentoring department. He earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Manchester, England, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary, and a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University. He also serves as a consultant for corporations, schools, and other ministries seeking to develop effective mentoring ministries. Don and his wife, Sharon, have three grown children and are members of Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church.
Councilman Albus Brooks is the City Council District 8 Representative for the City and County of Denver. His district encompasses downtown and Northeast Denver. He currently serves as president of the council. Previously, Albus helped elect then-Mayor John Hickenlooper as Governor, managing field and constituency outreach operations. He has also worked as director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership where he invested in emerging Christian leaders by leading a program providing full college scholarships and urban leadership training to Denver’s low-income minorities. He lives in the Cole neighborhood with his wife Debi and three children. Twitter - @albusbrooksd9
Dr. Robert "Bob" Cutillo lives with his family in Denver, where he practices medicine at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. As he has studied the healing ministry of Jesus, he has come to see people as whole people, physically and spiritually, developing a deep theology of holistic healing. In addition to his medical practice, he teaches at Denver Seminary and University of Colorado School of Medicine. Read more about his integrative, faithful vision for health in his anticipated book, Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age. He previously served on the founding board of Denver Institute for Faith & Work.
Abraham Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S., is an attending psychiatrist on the adult inpatient service at Denver Health and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned a master’s degree in medicine and theology from Duke Divinity School and is the author of The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(TM) Diagnostic Exam. Abraham skillfully integrates faith into his work as psychiatrist, a field considered to be among the most secularized of all professions.
Karla Nugent is a founding partner and chief business development officer at Weifield Group Electrical Contracting and the Denver Business Journal's 2014 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award Winner. Weifield is widely respected for its cutting edge electrical construction projects as well as its commitment to corporate philanthropy. Under Karla’s leadership, Weifield created an apprentice program that supports at-risk individuals in learning prefabrication, safety, and basic electrical construction. Karla is also a mother of two and an active community volunteer.
Jeff Johnsen has been the executive director of Mile High Ministries since 1987 and his leadership has helped Denver flourish. Originally drawn to Denver to play in a country-western dance band, Jeff is now in love with this city. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a doctor of ministry in Transformational Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He is an ordained member of the Street Psalms community, an international order of people living and serving in low-income, high-risk urban communities. He and his wife, Heidi, have three grown children.