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

Throughout the program, Fellows meet in smaller, conversational environments called Community & Culture events. These relational learning gatherings happen over shared meals and focus on the leaders, industries, and issues of Denver. We want Fellows to grow in vision for their own influence at work while learning to know, love, and serve the Denver Metro area. 

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 :

Philip Yancey


Creativity in Our Work

Business & Finance

Dan Dye : CEO

Dan Dye

CEO, Ardent Mills

Creating Organizational Culture

Helen Hayes :

Helen Hayes

CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions

Job Creation as Public Mission


Hanna Skandera :

Hanna Skandera

President, Mile High Strategies, LLC

The Role of Education in Society

Government & Law

Albus Brooks :

Albus Brooks

Executive, Milender White

How City Change Happens

Nonprofits & Church

Brandon Washington :

Brandon Washington

Pastor of Preaching and Vision, The Embassy Church

Racism and Work

Jeff Johnsen :

Jeff Johnsen

Executive Director, Mile High Ministries

The History of Denver

Trades & Manufacturing

Karla Nugent :

Karla Nugent

Founding Partner & Chief Business Development Officer, Weifield Group Electrical Contracting

Meeting Company and Societal Needs