Learn from Denver’s Experts on Theology, Work & Culture

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.

Brian Gray :

Brian Gray

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 Haanen : Coordinator

Jeff Haanen

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 TodayThe Review of Faith and International AffairsLeadership 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. The Class of 2017 will have the opportunity to hear from the following leaders.

Arts, Entertainment & Media

Philip Yancey, Author :

Philip Yancey, Author

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?

T.C. Johnstone, Gratis 7 Media :

T.C. Johnstone, Gratis 7 Media

T.C. Johnstone began his filmmaking career more than ten years ago. His work as a director has taken him to over 40 countries and helped crystallize his passion for redemptive story and world issues. While on assignment in Rwanda, shooting a story on Rick and Kay Warren (Saddleback Church), T.C. was inspired to write and direct films with redemptive themes to “allow audiences to dream.” In addition to directing, T.C. is the executive director of Gratis 7 Media and is based in Boulder. Twitter - @tcjohnstone


Ayinde Russell, Slam Poet :

Ayinde Russell, Slam Poet

Ayinde Russell is an award-winning slam poet, an internationally traveled vocalist and musician, and a celebrated speaker and trainer. He sees the performing arts as a vehicle to open dialogue. Ayinde is a National Poetry Slam Champion and Grand Slam Champion for Denver’s Mercury Cafe and SlamNuba teams. He has been a featured performer on TVOne’s third season of Verses and Flow and has toured more than 50 colleges and universities as a performance poet. Ayinde has been married to Chekita for 12 years. Twitter - @ayindetecca

Business & Finance

Matt Turner, MorningStar Senior Living  :

Matt Turner, MorningStar Senior Living 

Matt Turner joined MorningStar Senior Living in 2009 as its chief financial and development officer, overseeing all corporate growth initiatives and company financials. Since then, MorningStar has grown from 491 units to more than 2,400 and employs nearly 1,000 people. Matt focuses on much more than profit margins; it’s about “providing a context where our residents can live out their calling.” Get a preview of his story in this video by Denver Institute for Faith & Work. Matt lives in Denver and is a member of Fellowship Denver Church.

Tony Julianelle, Wells Fargo  :

Tony Julianelle, Wells Fargo 

Tony Julianelle leads the Denver Metro Home Mortgage Business for Wells Fargo and is responsible for a team of managers and sales and production staff that generate production in excess of $700 million annually. Tony began his Wells Fargo career as a home mortgage consultant in Chicago after graduating from Trinity International University. Tony and his wife Sarah have three children. He serves as an elder at Park Church. Twitter - @tjulianelle

Chad Hamilton, Mariner Wealth Advisors :

Chad Hamilton, Mariner Wealth Advisors

Chad Hamilton is vice president of practice management at Mariner Wealth Advisors where he trains advisors on best practices for managing and growing their businesses and delivering specialized advice. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy with 18 years of experience in the wealth management industry. In 2015 he published Deep Wealth: An Exploration of Money, Meaning, and What Really Matters. Chad lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and three children.

John Coors, CoorsTek :

John Coors, CoorsTek

When Adolph Coors took the reigns at Herold China and Pottery Company in 1913, the business produced oven-safe cookware. Today, the company now known as CoorsTek builds custom components using advanced technical ceramics, engineered plastics, specialty metals, and hybrid materials. According to Forbes, “What Pyrex-maker Corning is to glass, CoorsTek is to ceramics.” John Coors is its CEO, president and chairman of the board. He and his wife Sharna have nine children — the oldest four are biological, the youngest five are adopted.

Walter Rakowich :

Walter Rakowich

Walter Rakowich is co-chief executive officer of Prologis, a company that owns and develops distribution facilities worldwide. He is principally responsible for optimizing the possibilities created by the merger of AMB Property Corporation with Prologis and integrating the companies' two platforms. Prior to joining Prologis, Walter was a partner with real estate provider Trammell Crow Company. He has also been a senior audit and tax consultant for Price Waterhouse. Walter serves on the boards of a number of real estate, leadership, philanthropic, and educational organizations.

Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show :

Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show

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, Ardent Mills :

Dan Dye, Ardent Mills

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.

Wes Gardner, Prime Trailer :

Wes Gardner, Prime Trailer

Wes Gardner is founder and owner of Prime Trailer, a commercial truck rental company based in Denver. Launched in 1981, Prime Trailer has a regional presence and over 100 employees today. The company went through a period of significant change a few years ago after Wes’ view of work was transformed and he saw the purpose of his company in a new light: Prime Trailer serves its neighbors best by creating good jobs. Get a preview of Wes’ view of the value of work in this video from CityUnite.

Helen Hayes, Janus Funds, retired :

Helen Hayes, Janus Funds, retired

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.

Barry Rowan, Cool Planet Energy Systems :

Barry Rowan, Cool Planet Energy Systems

Barry Rowan is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cool Planet Energy Systems. Previously he served as EVP, CFO, and Chief Administrative Officer for Vonage, a $900 million internet communications company. He has also held executive leadership roles at Nextel Partners, where he contributed to significant growth culminating in its sale to Sprint for $10 billion in 2006. Barry holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in business administration and chemical biology from The College of Idaho.

Education and Academia

Bill Kurtz, Denver School of Science and Technology :

Bill Kurtz, Denver School of Science and Technology

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 :

Rico Munn

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.

David Buschart, Denver Seminary :

David Buschart, Denver Seminary

David Buschart is associate dean, professor of theology and cultural studies, and chairperson of the theology department at Denver Seminary. He holds a M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Drew University, an M.Div. and Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a B.A. from Wheaton College. David is also a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society. His most recent book (co-written with Kent Eilers) is Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church.

Michael Lindsay, Gordon College :

Michael Lindsay, Gordon College

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, University of Colorado Law School :

Dayna Matthew, University of Colorado Law School

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.

Don Payne, Denver Seminary :

Don Payne, Denver Seminary

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.

Ian Stone, Maple Grove Elementary :

Ian Stone, Maple Grove Elementary

Ian Stone is principal at Maple Grove Elementary in Jefferson County, Colorado. He has a bachelors degree in economics from Harvard College and a masters in school administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before becoming a teacher, he served as vice president of operations for an investment advisory firm. He and his wife have three teenage children and attend Waterstone Community Church in Littleton. Twitter - @ianrstone


Engineering, Architecture & Built Environment

Dave Geutig, Galloway :

Dave Geutig, Galloway

Dave Guetig has more than 25 years of professional experience ranging from civil engineering and project management to executive administration. He has served as president of Galloway, a full-service planning, engineering, and architecture firm, since 2006. He attended University of Colorado, Boulder and is a professional engineer licensed in 30 states. Dave attends Cherry Hills Community Church with his family.

Jason Whitlock, City & County of Denver :

Jason Whitlock, City & County of Denver

Jason Whitlock is the principal city planner in urban design at the City and County of Denver. He describes his job as “weaving the threads and storylines to continue to make Denver an innovative and wonderfully textured city.” Before working for the city, Jason worked at Visioneering Studios in urban destination development as well as on projects in the Middle East/North Africa.

Government & Law

David Boyd, Newdea :

David Boyd, Newdea

David Boyd is a founder of Youth With a Mission and the former director of The Fellowship, a ministry based in Washington D.C. that provides members of Congress with a forum to share in Bible studies, prayer meetings, worship experiences, and spiritual formation activities. David was also one of the founders of University of the Nations and now serves as an associate with Newdea, a software company that helps NGOs and government agencies track measurable outcomes.

Albus Brooks, Denver City Council :

Albus Brooks, Denver City Council

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

Wil Armstrong, Leadership Program of the Rockies : Financial

Wil Armstrong, Leadership Program of the Rockies

In addition to his day job as chairman of Cherry Creek Mortgage, Wil Armstrong is the chairman of the board at Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR). LPR is a respected program that trains emerging leaders in America’s founding principles. Wil is also a founder/CEO of Blueberry Systems, a software development and consulting firm. The Denver Business Journal recognized him as one of the “40 Under 40” (2005), and the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association awarded him the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2006). He and his wife, Kristy, have three children.

Cindy Chang Mahlberg, The Law Venture :

Cindy Chang Mahlberg, The Law Venture

Cindy Chang Mahlberg is founder of The Law Venture. She began her corporate law practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she represented clients in a variety of corporate transactions. Cindy graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. An entrepreneur at heart, Cindy has launched several ventures including Women in the Mix, an organization dedicated to helping women thrive in their mix of work-life-family. She and her husband have two young sons. Twitter - @CindyCMahlberg

Jerry White, U.S. Air Force and The Navigators, retired :

Jerry White, U.S. Air Force and The Navigators, retired

Jerry White is president emeritus of The Navigators, an international Christian organization with more than 4,000 staff in 105 countries. Jerry received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, a master’s degree from The Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in astronautics from Purdue University. Before his career with The Navigators, Jerry was active duty Air Force for 13 years followed by 24 years in the Air Force Reserves. He retired as an Air Force Major General. He and his wife, Mary, have written thirteen books on practical topics such as work, ethics, and parenting adult children.

Health Care

Bill Wright, Colorado Permanente Medical Group :

Bill Wright, Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Bill Wright is executive medical director at Colorado Permanent Medical Group, which is comprised of more than 1,100 physicians and 35 medical specialties. Kaiser Permanente Colorado serves more than half a million people. Bill has helped develop new health insurance products to meet employers’ needs using Kaiser’s integrated delivery model. He did undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma and received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He serves on numerous boards including The Colorado Trust and the Colorado Institute for Family Medicine.

Bob Cutillo, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless :

Bob Cutillo, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

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, Denver Health :

Abraham Nussbaum, Denver Health

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.

Manual Trades & Manufacturing

Karla Nugent, Weifield Group Electrical Contracting :

Karla Nugent, Weifield Group Electrical Contracting

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.

John Beeble, Saunders Construction :

John Beeble, Saunders Construction

John Beeble, chairman and CEO of Saunders Construction, has spent his entire 30+ year career in commercial construction in Denver. He has helped design the IKEA building, the new DaVita world headquarters at Union Station, and the law schools at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado. He was proud to see his passions for family and architecture work together four years ago when his daughter got married in a lodge his company built from the ground up decades earlier.

Chuck Stein, Environmental StoneWorks :

Chuck Stein, Environmental StoneWorks

Chuck Stein is the president and CEO of Environmental StoneWorks, a national manufacturer and installer of stone veneer based in Centennial. He previously served as the president of OC Masonry Products at Owens Corning and as its chief marketing officer of building materials. Chuck has an MBA from the University of Chicago and attends Platt Park Church in Denver with his wife Susan. Get a preview of Chuck’s story in this video by Denver Institute for Faith & Work.

Nonprofits & Church

Darius Wise, Denver United Church :

Darius Wise, Denver United Church

Darius Wise, executive pastor of Denver United Church, provides leadership for the church's operations, staff, and finances. He is a graduate of Morris Brown College and is pursuing graduate studies at Denver Seminary. With a background in organizational leadership and pastoral ministry, he spent 11 years on staff at New Birth Church in Lithonia, Georgia. He and his wife, Chajay, live in Aurora with their four children. Twitter - @DariusWise

Andrew Arndt, Bloom Church :

Andrew Arndt, Bloom Church

Andrew Arndt is the lead pastor of Bloom Church, a liturgical, sacramental community of house churches in Denver, where he lives with his wife, Mandi, and four kids — Ethan, Gabe, Isabella and Liam. After completing his B.S. in Business Management from Oral Roberts University, Andrew earned his M.Div. in 2006 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Twitter - @TheAndrewArndt

Hunter Beaumont, Fellowship Denver Church :

Hunter Beaumont, Fellowship Denver Church

Hunter Beaumont is lead pastor of Fellowship Denver Church, which he helped start in 2006. Prior to that, he was a CPA for eight years with Arthur Andersen and KPMG. He is deeply invested in helping professionals integrate faith and work and serves on the board of Denver Institute for Faith & Work. Hunter holds a Th.M. in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S.B.A. in accounting from the University of Arkansas. He is also a Denver, music, and Razorbacks enthusiast. Twitter - @hunterbeaumont

Rob Brendle, Denver United Church :

Rob Brendle, Denver United Church

Rob Brendle is lead pastor at Denver United Church. He sensed God’s call to pioneer Denver United after serving for eight years at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. A civil engineer by training, Rob graduated from Duke University, served as an officer in the U.S. Army, and pursued theological studies at The King’s Seminary. He is the author of In the Meantime: The Practice of Proactive Waiting. Rob and his wife, Mauri, have three kids. Twitter - @robbrendle

Chris Horst, HOPE International :

Chris Horst, HOPE International

Chris Horst is vice president of development at HOPE International, a microfinance organization helping people around the world to escape poverty. His passions come to life at the intersection of entrepreneurship and the Gospel. An accomplished author, Chris has been published in Christianity Today and co-authored a book, Mission Drift, with Peter Greer (2014). He has a B.S. in business from Taylor University and an MBA from Bakke Graduate University. He and his wife Alli have two sons and are active members of City Church Denver. Twitter - @ChrisHorst

Jeff Johnsen, Mile High Ministries :

Jeff Johnsen, Mile High Ministries

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.

Dave Runyon, CityUnite :

Dave Runyon, CityUnite

Dave Runyon is the co-founder and director of CityUnite, which helps government, business, and faith leaders unite around common causes. He also serves as a consultant for businesses that have a desire to make a difference in their communities. Previously, Dave served as a pastor for nine years at Foothills Community Church and TNL. In 2010, he launched a neighboring movement that mobilized over 40,000 people in the Denver Metro area. He graduated from Colorado State University. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids. Twitter - @davejrunyon

Brad Strait, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church :

Brad Strait, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church

Brad Strait is senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church and associate professor at Denver Seminary in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. With over 25 years of pastoral experience, he has taught all over the world and has cultivated a specialty in grief counseling. He was on the scene after the Columbine High School and Aurora Theater shootings, in south India after the 2004 tsunami, and in refugee camps of Central America ministering and counseling in the wake of these tragedies. Brad and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters. Twitter - @bradstrait

Technology & Science

Patrick Riley, Global Accelerator Network :

Patrick Riley, Global Accelerator Network

Patrick Riley is CEO of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), a network of over 80 of the top investment accelerators on six continents and more than 100 cities around the world. To date, they have helped some 2,000 companies receive over $1.4 billion in funding and create 10,000 jobs globally. Before joining GAN, he worked in business development for American Red Cross, SUNRx, and TechStars. He enjoys living in his Colorado home with his wife, Ashley, his daughter, Beatrice, and his goofy dog, George. Twitter - @RileyPat