Faith & Work Symposium: Practical Gospel Application

Many marketplace leaders have a solid theology of work—that our work is for the glory of God—but desire to be more effective in putting this theology to work on a daily basis. Join Tim Keller, Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Jeff Disher, Raymond Harris and Dave Ridley as they share out of their own experience and provide practical examples and stories, affirming that for Christians there really is no such thing as secular work.

Bring a friend or a co-worker, but be sure to RSVP as space is limited. We hope you will join marketplace leaders from around the city for this special event.


meet the PRESENTERS

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Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the Vice President of City to City’s newly-launched Global Faith & Work Initiative. She founded and directed Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work (2002-2012), and its Fellows programs are currently operating in 20 cities around the world. Prior to working at Redeemer, Katherine served as CEO of several high tech companies in Silicon Valley, New York City and Luxembourg.

In 2012, she assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor, intended to serve as a basic textbook for the growing faith and work movement. She is adjunct faculty at Regent College in Vancouver and serves or has served on the boards of Fellowship of the Performing Arts, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Theology of Work Project.

She was recently recognized as a Pioneer at the 2018 Faith & Work Summit.

Katherine earned her MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia. She is married to John, and they live in New York City.


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Tim Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For 28 years he led a diverse congregation of young professionals that grew to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

Tim is a prolific writer whose books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, have sold over two million copies and been translated into 25 languages.

He is also chairman and co-founder of City to City, which recruits, trains, coaches and resources leaders who cultivate gospel movements in global cities. Tim is now full time with City to City where he is passionate to pass along what he has learned to a new generation of ministry leaders. Tim and Kathy live in NYC. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.


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Jeff Disher, owner and president of DISHER Corp, fulfilled a life-long passion in January 2000 when he started his product development firm based on innovation, technical discipline and great customer service. DISHER now has over 130 teammates. 

In October 2008, he was selected as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and in 2015 was awarded the Business Leadership Award by the Michigan Westcoast Chamber. In 2016, FORTUNE, in partnership with global people analytics firm Great Place to Work, ranked DISHER fifth in the category of Best Small Workplaces in the U.S. and fourth on the list of Best Workplaces for Giving Back in the U.S.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science from Hope College and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He also is a certified professional engineer in the state of Michigan. Jeff is married to Kathy. They have four children and reside in Zeeland, MI.


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Dave Ridley retired from Southwest Airlines in 2015 after a 27-year career. During this period, he served as a senior executive in a variety of operational, commercial and staff functions including: SVP Chief Marketing Officer, SVP People and Leadership Development, SVP Business Development and VP of Ground (Airport) Operations. From 1998 until his retirement, he served on the Executive Committee, the CEO’s staff responsible for strategy and corporate policy.

Southwest is the only airline in the world to post a profit every year for the past 47 years, and it consistently ranks in the top 10 of FORTUNE's World’s Most Admired Companies. Southwest is known to be one of the best companies in the world because of its unique and respected culture.

Dave now advises organizations on building a world-class brand based on service excellence, developing the right kind of leaders and creating a healthy corporate culture. He also serves as chairman of the I AM a Golfer Foundation, a nonprofit which creates life-changing opportunities for South Dallas youth through golf-related programs.

Dave earned his BBA at the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and received his MBA at Southern Methodist University in 1981. Dave is married Mary Flo. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.


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Raymond H. Harris has been a business professional for over forty years and is a venture capitalist in God’s kingdom. He is the founder of one of the most prolific American architectural firms. The firm was ranked as the number two retail design firm according to McGraw-Hill's Architectural Record in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

He has extensive experience leading businesses, volunteer organizations and ministry projects. Raymond has authored The Anatomy of a Successful Firm, The Heart of Business and Business by Design. He is also an executive producer for three movies distributed by Sony Pictures and Lionsgate. Raymond has hiked all of the Continental U.S. National Parks. 

Raymond graduated first in his class from The University of Oklahoma, where he was the Outstanding Senior in the College of Architecture. He is a Board Member of The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture and was selected as the Outstanding Alumni 2013-2014. Raymond is married to Marydel. They have four children and eight grandchildren.


Kevin Pinner currently serves as Business Lead of Business Solutions and Manufacturing Tech Services at DISHER, a nationally-ranked product development, talent solutions and business consulting firm based in Zeeland, Michigan. Kevin brings over 20 years of lean and continuous improvement experience to multiple industries. He has helped boost organizational performance in a variety of manufacturing and business settings by focusing on process improvements in product development, order entry, quotes, and venture capital due diligence. 

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in business administration from Wright State University and certifications in CPIM (production and inventory management) and Six Sigma Black Belt. 

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Kevin is married to Lynn. They have two adult children and reside in Rockford, Michigan.


ACTON INSTITUTE

98 Fulton ST E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

September 20, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 10:00Am

doors open at 7:30