Faculty

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

Throughout the session, Fellows will learn from seasoned experts in a wide variety of sectors about key issues and distinct industries impacting the Denver metro area. City 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. In addition to these regular contributors, Fellows have shared meals and dialogue with several national subject experts who have spoken at Denver Institute for Faith & Work events, such as Jay Jakub, Praveen Sethupathy, and Rick Lindroth.

5280 Fellowship Staff

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

Brian is the COO of Denver Institute for Faith & Work and directs the 5280 Fellowship. With a background in biology, Brian 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 13 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.

Senior Leaders

Throughout the session, Fellows will learn from seasoned experts in a wide variety of sectors about key issues in the city and distinct industries. City 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.

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 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?

Business & Finance

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. Its customers are wheat farmers as well as companies who use flour in their products. Dan is passionate about creating flourishing business culture around lived company values.

Helen Hayes, Activate Workforce Solutions :

Helen Hayes, Activate Workforce Solutions

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. Today she is the CEO of Activate Workforce solutions, helping move people from public assistance to living-wage career jobs. Get a sneak peak of Helen’s story about faith, work and family in this Denver Institute for Faith & Work video.

Education

Bill Kurtz, Denver School of Science and Technology :

Bill Kurtz, Denver School of Science and Technology

Bill Kurtz is the founder and CEO of DSST Public Schools, a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. Under Bill’s leadership, DSST won the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools for demonstrating outstanding college-readiness outcomes among low-income students and students of color.

Government & Law

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. 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.

Health Care

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.

Nonprofits & Church

Brandon Washington, The Embassy Church :

Brandon Washington, The Embassy Church

Brandon is the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at the Embassy Church in Denver, Colo. He studied Political Science at the University of North Texas and received his Master of Arts in Theology from Denver Seminary. He’s a gifted and winsome communicator and a prophetic leader. Brandon helps our Fellows to better understand their own implicit racial bias and the ongoing cultural reality of systemic racial biases.

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. 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. Jeff shares with our Fellows each year on the history of Denver.

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.