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About Us

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, Sanctuary CRC, 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:
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.
We walk with professionals as they discern their callings within God’s mission in the world.
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.
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


Contact Ryan Beattie: rbeattie@belpres.org

Bethany Community Church

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


Contact Bill Brammer: billb@churchbcc.org

John Knox Presbyterian

John Knox Presbyterian
109 SW Normandy Rd
Seattle, WA 98166


Contact Chris Pritchett: cpritchett@jkpcusa.org

North Creek Presbyterian

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


Contact David Casson: david@northcreekpres.org

North Sound Church

North Sound Church
404 Bell Street
Edmonds, WA 98020


Contact Barry Crane: barryc@northsoundchurch.com

Sanctuary CRC

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


Contact Mark Mohrlang: mmohrlang@sanctuarycrc.org

Trinity West

Trinity West
7551 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126


Contact David Lee: david.lee@trinityws.com

Westminster Chapel

Westminster Chapel
13646 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98005



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. Churches participating in the Cascade Senior Fellows Program include: Trinity West, North Sound, Bellevue Presbyterian, John Knox Presbyterian, North Creek Presbyterian, and Westminster Chapel.


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.
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.

Past Speakers

Our program has benefited greatly from 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.

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; Author of The Accidental Executive:Lessons on Business, Faith and Calling from the Life of JosephCo-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.

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.


Danielle Burd

Danielle Burd has served as the Executive Vice President of Umpqua Bank since 2009. Prior to her work in banking she led a trucking company, McEvoy Oil Company and her own freelance production company. Danielle had the privilege of learning from and serving alongside Mother Theresa on two seperate extended trips. She works and serves from a place of Christ’s love and this had made a profound impact on the organizations she has worked with.



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.





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