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Cascade Fellows is a rigorous program for Christian professionals who long for a deeper connection between their faith and their daily work.

We accomplish this deeper connection through excellent teaching, relevant readings, rich community, thoughtful mentoring and pastoral care. We serve Christian professionals in a wide variety of callings including medicine, art, technology, business, engineering, education, and more. Cascade Fellows is an initiative launched by Fuller Theological Seminary in partnership with Seattle-area churches and marketplace ministries.

Cascade Fellows offers two learning communities for both young and senior-level professionals. For senior-level professionals (over the approximate age of 35) we have designed the Cascade Senior Fellows program (Click here for more information). For younger Christian professionals (approximate ages 25-35) we have designed the Cascade Fellows program which is described below.

Cascade Fellows is a nine-month experience (Sept- May). The program contains three fundamental aspects.

1) Fellows meet weekly in small groups to pray for, encourage, and challenge one another in their callings and careers.  Fellows discuss weekly readings and videos on faith, work, and culture. These small groups are co-led by both an experienced Christian professional and pastor.  Local churches host these small group gatherings. Participating churches include Bellevue Presbyterian, Bethany Community, North Sound Church, Sanctuary CRC, Trinity West, and Westminster Chapel. You can hear from their pastors by watching the video below.

2) All fellows meet together one Saturday a month to hear from local and nationally-recognized Christian leaders in the marketplace, church, and academy.  These excellent speakers cover a variety of faith, work, and leadership topics. Meetings go from 10am-3pm. The six teaching Saturdays for 2015-2016 are 10/24, 11/7, 12/5, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23.

3) Fellows gather for three weekend retreats during the year (Sep 11-13, Jan 15-17, May 20-22). These retreats focus on the spiritual and theological formation of the fellows for faithful lives of service in their careers and callings. Intentional periods of prayer, reflection and discussion are set aside for personal and vocational discernment. 

More information can be found hereQuestions? cascadia@fuller.edu

 


 
 
 

The Values of Cascade Fellows:
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Conviction
Cascade Fellows provides professionals with a rich education in a biblical understanding of work, leadership, and cultural engagement. The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of everything we do.
 
Calling
We walk with professionals as they discern their callings within God’s mission in the world.
 
Community
We provide a rich community of like-minded peers, pastors, and mentors who will encourage and challenge them to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their work.
 
Culture
We equip professionals to engage, create, love, and challenge culture through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.









Bellevue Presbyterian Church


Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.454.3082

www.belpres.org

Contact Ryan Beattie: rbeattie@belpres.org


Bethany Community Church

Bethany Community Church
8023 Green Lake Drive N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.524.9000

www.churchbcc.org

Contact Bill Brammer: billb@churchbcc.org



John Knox Presbyterian


John Knox Presbyterian
109 SW Normandy Rd
Seattle, WA 98166
206.241.1606

www.jkpcusa.org

Contact Chris Pritchett: cpritchett@jkpcusa.org


North Creek Presbyterian

North Creek Presbyterian
621 164th Street Southeast
Mill Creek, WA 98012
425.743.2386

www.northcreekpres.org

Contact David Casson: david@northcreekpres.org



North Sound Church


North Sound Church
404 Bell Street
Edmonds, WA 98020
425.776.9800

www.northsoundchurch.com/

Contact Barry Crane: barryc@northsoundchurch.com


Sanctuary CRC

Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church
204 N 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
206.478.7520

www.sanctuarycrc.org

Contact Mark Mohrlang: mmohrlang@sanctuarycrc.org



Trinity West


Trinity West
7551 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
206.939.5253

www.trinityws.com

Contact David Lee: david.lee@trinityws.com


Westminster Chapel

Westminster Chapel
13646 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98005

425.747.1461

www.westminster.org

Contact Shannon Vandewarker: shannonvandewarker@gmail.com



Program Distinctives

Cascade Fellows is uniquely designed to work with Seattle-area churches to empower Christian professionals to connect the gospel of Jesus Christ to their working lives.

Cascade Fellows represents an innovative partnership between a seminary, a collection of local churches, and a variety marketplace ministries. These communities have come together to form the Cascade Fellows out of a common desire to equip professionals with a rich and transforming vision of faith and work.

Upon completion, graduates of the Cascade Fellows program receive a non-credit professional development certificate in “Theology and Vocation” from the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture.

Topics You Will Explore:

  • Vocation — discerning God’s call in our lives and careers.
  • Experiencing God at work — investigate and understand how our callings and careers fit into the greater mission of God in the world.
  • Biblical perspectives on leadership — explore a Christ-like model of workplace leadership.
  • Workplace ethics — how to be faithful and discerning in our daily work decisions.
  • Cultural renewal — how to appreciate and cultivate products and services of cultural value, richness, and beauty.
  • Christian perspectives on economics and the marketplace — explore the major challenges and opportunities for Christians in the marketplace.
  • Spiritual disciplines for a working life — Making prayer, silence, study, and other practices a part of your daily routine.
  • Work, sabbath, and family — how to bring about a work-life balance that reflects God’s desire for both action and reflection, work and rest.

 

Readings. Cascade Fellows is a rigorous educational program. Fellows commit to a weekly study of 30-50 pages of reading. Below is a snapshot of a just few of the thought leaders we engage:
  •  Tim Keller
  •  C. S. Lewis
  •  Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  •  Dorothy Sayers
  •  Katherine Leary Alsdorf
  •  Richard Foster
  •  Augustine

Cost and Applications. We are still accepting a limited number of applications for the 2015-2016 year. Some of our groups are already full. June 30th is the final date for late application acceptance. Limited financial assistance is available for those in need. The total program fee of $1900 covers retreat expenses, meals, curriculum, books, speaker expenses, and program development. A $400 non-refundable deposit is due on June 30th.



Cascade Senior Fellows

Cascade Senior Fellows:

Cascade Senior Fellows is a rigorous training program for senior level professionals (35+) who wish to cultivate a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and its relevance for their callings and careers in the marketplace.

Cascade Senior Fellows includes an innovative combination of excellent teaching, relevant readings, guided discussion, and pastoral care. Upon completion, Cascade Senior Fellows receive a non-credit professional development certificate in “Theology and Vocation” from the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture.

 

Four aspects of Cascade Senior Fellows

  1. Readings: Senior fellows work through a curated list of readings on work, ethics, theology, and leadership (20-50 pages per week).
  2. Community and Prayers: Senior fellows meet every other week for an evening of discussion and prayer. Discussions are co-led by an experienced pastor and professional.
  3. Learning: Senior fellows gather one Saturday a month (September-May) to listen and interact with local and nationally-recognized Christian leaders in the marketplace, church, and academy. Cascade Fellows faculty cover a wide variety of faith, work, and culture topics.  Teaching Saturdays begin at 10AM and end at 3PM. The 2015-2016 teaching Saturdays are 9/19, 10/24, 11/7, 12/5, 1/9, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23, 6/4.
  4. Mentoring: A critical aspect of the program is the cultivation of a new generation of young Christian leaders through mentoring relationships. As a result, all Senior Fellows are asked to make themselves available for informal mentors conversations with our younger Cascade Fellows.

Program Topics:
  • Faith and work — investigate how our careers and callings fit into the greater mission of God in the world.
  • Leadership — explore a Christ-like model of workplace leadership and organizational health.
  • Vocation — discerning our callings throughout and even after our “careers.”
  • Retirement– how do we here and respond to God’s call in “retirement”?
  • Ethics — how to be faithful and discerning in our daily work.
  • Spirituality at Work — Making prayer, silence, study, and other practices a part of your daily routine.
  • Work, Sabbath, and Family — how to bring about a work-life balance that reflects God’s desire for both action and reflection, work and rest.
Expectations
The expectation of the program is that Senior Fellows will make every effort to complete all of the weekly readings and attend all of the scheduled gatherings. Consistent participation is critical to the integrity of the community and discussion. At the close of the program fellows are asked to consider the question “What will you do with what you know?” Each fellow will be asked to consider how they will steward their education in service to their local community, church, or workplace. A variety of opportunities and ideas for service will be provided.
 

Applications, Program Fees, and Financial Assistance 

  • Applications for 2015-2016 open January 1, 2015. Space is limited so apply early.
  • The fee for the program is $1200. This fee covers all books, videos, curriculum materials, speaker fees, Saturday lunches, and program administration. A $400 deposit is due on June 30th and the final amount will be due on September 1st.
  • Financial assistance is available for those who have a demonstrable financial need.
  • Click here to apply.








Faculty

Our faculty includes a rich collection of thoughtful, passionate, and creative Christian leaders active in a variety of cultural spheres in science, the arts, medicine, the marketplace, church, and academy.

Steven Garber

Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior, and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, he is also a contributor to the books, Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace, and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife Meg in Virginia.

Matthew Kaemingk

Matthew Kaemingk is the Director of the Cascade Fellows program and the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture. Matthew has been researching, publishing, and speaking on theology, work, the arts, and culture for the past ten years. Matthew has studied public theology, ethics, and culture at the Free University of Amsterdam and both Princeton and Fuller Seminaries.

Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the founder of the Center for Faith & Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Katherine assisted the Rev. Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor, she has been published in Comment Magazine, and speaks frequently at conferences on faith, work, and culture. Prior to this work, Alsdorf served 20 years in the high tech industry. She received an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia, and a BA in Psychology and Education from Wittenberg University and has taken seminary classes at Regent College in Vancouver.


Denise Daniels

Denise Daniels is a Professor of Management and Associate Dean at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics. Her scholarly interests are primarily in the areas of meaningful work, Sabbath, leadership and motivation.  Denise and her husband have four kids and their family attends Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington.

Scott Dudley

Scott Dudley is Senior Pastor of Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. Scott earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in English Literature, and a Master’s in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has taught numerous writing and literature courses at Stanford University and Seattle Pacific University, and has spoken at many Christian conferences. Prior to coming to Bellevue, Scott served as the College Pastor and then the Teaching Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. He is currently serving on the boards of several Universities.

Gideon Strauss

Gideon Strauss is the former executive director of the DePree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for Public Justice, where he previously served as Chief Executive Officer and editor of Capital Commentary. Before joining the Center for Public Justice, Strauss served as editor of the journal, Comment at the think tank Cardus (previously known as the Work Research Foundation), and as the Research and Education Director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada. Strauss completed his PhD in social philosophy at the then University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, with a dissertation on the ethics of public welfare.


Paul Graves

Paul Graves is principal and founder of purpose design consultancy called See Seven, specializing in design, integrating brand and innovation with business strategy. He works with a wide variety of clients from start ups to global brands.  Paul has an MBA (design management) with distinction from London, UK. He is associate pastor for Cedar Park Church.

Lori Cress

Lori Cress is the West Area Director of Operations for KPMG, one of the Big 4 Accounting firms and is responsible for the operations of the 18 offices in the West.  In addition, she volunteers as a Justice Advocate with the International Justice Mission.  She also serves on the board of directors of SAMBICA.  She attends Union Church.

Jack van Hartesvelt

Jack van Hartesvelt  has had a career in hotel management and development across the country and in many parts of the world.  He is currently senior managing director for Alvarez & Marsal Capital Real Estate. He serves on the board of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s school of theology and Bakke Graduate University. He attends Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.


Al Erisman

Al Erisman is Executive in Residence, Seattle Pacific University, School of Business & Economics; Co-founder & Executive Editor, Ethix Magazine; Board member, Theology of Work Project and KIROS business fellowship; former Director of Technology R&D and Inaugural Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company. Member, Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, since 1981.

Randy Rowland

Randy Rowland became a pastor after years of working the media. He is pastor of Sanctuary and CEO of The Green Bean Coffee House in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.  Rowland is married to Nancy and is blessed with two grown children, Rachel and Andy. Randy is also the longtime stadium voice of the Seattle Seahawks and an adjunct professor at Fuller.

Uli Chi

During his adult life, Uli Chi has lived and worked in the intersection between business, the academy and the church. He has had the privilege of serving on the boards of Regent College, the Max De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Seminary, and the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University.  Uli’s professional interest is in the field of computer science and mathematics.  He holds a doctorate in computer science, from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Richard Mouw

Richard J. Mouw served as president of Fuller Theological Seminary from 1993, and retired from that position in June 2013. Dr. Mouw now serves at Fuller as Professor of Faith and Public Life. A philosopher, scholar, and author, Mouw joined the faculty as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

Ryan Beattie

Ryan Beattie is the Director of Young Adult Ministries at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. He joined BelPres in 2009 to help launch a new ministry to those in the post-high school to early-career stage of life. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife Kristi and their three kids.

Summer Mohrlang

Summer is Associate Pastor at Sanctuary in Greenwood.  She has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary.  In a previous life, Summer served as a project manager in the Air Force working with Lockheed Martin to replace the system that should have helped prevent the tragedy of Sept. 11.


 

Scott Hardman

 

Scott Hardman has extensive experience in investment banking, finance and management. A Managing Director of Alexander Hutton for the past eighteen years, Mr. Hardman focuses on manufacturing, technology and healthcare transactions. Previously, Mr. Hardman established the international division of a financial consulting firm, where he consulted with banks and businesses across the United States and in 28 countries on questions pertaining to finance, valuation and management. Active in public affairs, he was a 1994 candidate for the United States Senate and previously served as the Chair of the State of Washington’s Economic Development Finance Authority. Mr. Hardman holds several graduate degrees, including an MBA from the University of Washington.

John Terrill

Prior to joining SPU as the first full-time director of the Center for Integrity in Business, John Terrill served as the first national director for Professional Schools Ministries with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, as well as a campus minister at Harvard Business School and national director for MBA Ministry. While at InterVarsity, Mr. Terrill co-directed multiple national conferences and led numerous vocational missions (consulting projects) to Southeast Asia and Central Africa, focusing on issues related to leadership development, ethics training, and economic development.

Jeff Vancil

Jeff Vancil is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.  He served on the Young Life staff for 30 years and is now an Associate with Leadership Development, providing executive oversight for this intergenerational mission. He and his wife Marilyn have 4 kids and 7 grandchildren.  They live near the University of Washington and regularly invest in the next generation of Jesus-centered leaders.

 

More faculty to come… 

Contact Us

Cascade Fellows is administered by the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle, WA. Cascade Fellows functions in partnership with the following organizations: KIROS, the Acton Institute, C3Leaders, Centered, and the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University.

Contact information for host churches can be found on the church pages above.

 

Contact:

 cascadia@fuller.edu

 

Fuller Northwest
9725 Third Avenue NE, Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98115

206.284.9000