A Changing Future for Cascade Fellows

Through a process of discernment, Fuller Seminary has recently made the decision to place the Cascade Fellows program on a one-year hiatus. While inconvenient, this year-long hiatus for the fellows is going to be critically important for both the church in Seattle and Fuller.

The hiatus will allow Fuller a year of discernment to explore two critical questions with Seattle-area churches. The first question is this: what are the church’s needs for programming around faith, work, and whole-life discipleship that Fuller can uniquely help meet? Second, what sort of new director will we need to execute this programming?

Rather than forge ahead with hiring a director for the Cascade Fellows status quo, Fuller has wisely decided to take the year to listen to leaders and churches in order to discern what the church truly needs and what sort of programming it is willing to invest its time and resources in.

Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, Dr. Mark Roberts, Dr. Uli Chi and Dr. Tod Bolsinger will comprise the  Seattle assessment team in the coming year and are going to be hosting regular gatherings of Seattle leaders to discern Fuller’s next steps together.

Through this year of hiatus, we may decide to simply develop a new and improved version of Cascade Fellows. We may decide to develop something new that we haven’t even dreamed of.  The important and unchanging thing is this: Fuller is committed to empowering local congregations to do faith, work, and whole-life discipleship well. In all future discussions it will be this vision that continues to lead us.

The official beginning of this new conversation will be on April 29th in Bellevue at our “Church and Marketplace Conference.” This event will be designed to equip whole congregations to engage the marketplace in new and innovative ways. I hope you and your churches can join us! The Director of Gotham Fellows in NYC, Dr. David Kim will be one of our featured speakers.  http://bit.ly/2mKKMC4

No matter what direction faith and work at Fuller takes, know that our mission will always be to empower the church of Jesus Christ for mission in the marketplace and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

In Christ,
Dr. Matthew Kaemingk

Faith at Work One Day Event


Faith at Work: Does My Work Matter to God?

An Introduction to the Theology of Work

Many of us spend most of our waking hours at work, and for many, work is a big part of our identity. But, does God care about our work life? Does the Church have anything to contribute to what makes our work meaningful, successful or rewarding? How do we think about our identity in our work in light of our identity in Christ?

When what we do and why we do it come together, there is real power. God made us in his image to create and to love, just as he does. Our work is a key part of that.

What if a new perspective on your work gave you more energy, meaning and satisfaction?

Hundreds have been exploring the intersection of faith and work over the last 3 years through the Cascade Fellows program, and have found new meaning, purpose and depth to their work. Come explore the conversation with us at our one-day overview event and see for yourself!

Topics Include:
  • Spiritual practices in the workplace
  • What the Bible has to say about work
  • The Church and Work
  • Vocation and Calling
Cost is $50 and there are two identical days to choose from:


March 11th, 9am-3pm at Bethany Community Church

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite using this link


9-10:15am The Bible’s Story and Our Work, Matthew Kaemingk

10:30-11:10 am Vocation and Calling, Al Erisman

11:15-11:50 pm Spiritual Practices at Work, Shannon Vandewarker

11:50-12:45 pm Lunch

12:45-1:20 pm The Vocational Reformation of the Church, Uli Chi

1:25-2 pm The Church and Our Work, Steve Aeschbacher

2-3 pm Panel Discussion: Showing Grace and Hospitality at Work; Finding Wonder, Heartbreak, and Hope in Our Work

About Our Presenters

Shannon Vandewarker

Shannon Vandewarker is the Program Coordinator for Cascade Fellows. She believes that if God meets us anywhere, it’s right smack dab in the middle of our ordinary lives. Shannon is mom to Declan and Koen, and wife to Dan, a pastor. A transplant from San Diego, she speaks and writes on the topic of finding God in the ordinary, and loves living in rainy Seattle. She holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and an MDiv from Bethel Seminary. 



Uli Chi has lived and worked in the intersection between business, the academy and the church. He has had the privilege of serving as past Board Chair of Regent College in Vancouver, BC, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Max De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Seminary, and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. He has also been involved in all aspects of local church leadership, including as a member of the adult ministries team’s teaching faculty at John Knox Presbyterian Church.



Dr. Al Erisman is the Executive in Residence and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is on the board of the Theology of Work Project and is a contributor to this project. He and his wife, Nancy, also spearheaded the founding of KIROS for Christians working in Business. He is the author of The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith and Calling from the Life of Joseph. In April 2001, Al completed a 32-year career at The Boeing Company, where for the last 10 years he was Director of R&D for computing and mathematics.


Matthew Kaemingk is the Director of Cascade Fellows and the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle. He earned an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary along with doctoral degrees in Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and Systematic Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. Matthew teaches courses at Fuller Seminary Northwest in theology, ethics, and culture. Matthew lives in Lynnwood, WA with his wife Heather, their three sons Calvin, Kees, and Cademan, and a dog named Henry.



Steve Aeschbacher served as a trial lawyer for 30 years, first with a firm in Salt Lake City and then in-house at Microsoft, where he focused on antitrust and commercial disputes. He handled many high-stakes cases, including taking several private antitrust trials to judgment in favor of Microsoft. Steve is now in the process of becoming a pastor and is seeking a call. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Fuller Theological Seminary. Steve is an alum and past leader of the Cascade Fellows program. He also attended the Center for Faith and Work’s intensive ministry training. Steve lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Alice, and daughters, Annie and Gracie.

Come to the Alumni Retreat!

Cascade Fellows is excited to announce the first 

Alumni Retreat! 


Date: October 1-2, 2016

Time: 9 am Saturday- 11 am Sunday

Location: Black Diamond Camp, Auburn, WA

Cost: $175


Come spend a night away reconnecting with Cascade Fellows alums as we engage in worship, prayer, discussion, and light teaching. Bring a friend from your cohort, or come and meet someone new. We are excited to spend this weekend reconnecting with you! 


Spots are limited, register soon!

For registration, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cascade-fellows-alumni-retreat-registration-tickets-25677766892 



visions of vocation When you register we will send you a copy of Visions of Vocation by Steve Garber. 

A Special Invitation- April 1st Event

A Special Invitation

Is There A Calling in This Career?

April 1st / 7:30-9:00pm / Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Upper Campus UC-303


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How can we hear God’s call in our career?

You’re invited to a rich evening of discussion on the topics of faith and work, calling and career.

Kate Harris is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics of faith, work, and vocation. She will be speaking on how God engages and interacts with us at work, and how we can have a deeper sense of calling, in our daily work.

We invite you to come and join us for this wonderful evening of conversation and learning.

The event is hosted by Cascade Fellows and is sponsored by Bellevue Presbyterian Church’s Faith+Work+Culture Ministry. There is no cost or registration. All are welcome!

Invite friends via Facebook.


More on Kate Harris.  Kate Harris is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics of faith, work, and vocation. Her new book Wonder Women explores the challenges of career, calling, and family life. Kate started her career working for Chuck Colson and The Wilberforce Forum on several human rights policy initiatives and then spent several years working on Capitol Hill for U. S. Senate leadership and helped to lead the vocational ministry Faith & Law. In 2007, she left Capitol Hill to help start The Wedgwood Circle, an angel investment network to fund art that lifts up the good, true, and beautiful. In 2008, her family moved to England for her husband to pursue his graduate degree where, when not busy caring for their young children, Kate worked part-time to lead business development for a boutique project management firm. She also worked on a handful of special projects for the global consulting firm Oxford Analytica. After returning to the DC area, Kate joined staff of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture as a writer in 2010. She was the director of the institute from 2011-2015. Kate graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B. S. in Journalism and B. A. in Political Science. She is wife to a very good man and mother to their four young children.

“Is There A Calling in This Career?”

Kate Harris

April 1st / 7:30-9:00pm 

Bellevue Presbyterian Church/ Upper Campus UC-303

No RSVP / cascadia@fuller.edu

A Psalm of Hope: For Work


*** This is the first of the Psalms in a series, which were written by the Fellows, on our Winter Retreat. This, and the others in the series are published on the blog anonymously. 

God I trust you to be near to me.

I wait for You in the silent shadows of the night.

I know your song by heart, and I keep it on my lips at all times.

I proclaim your goodness in every circumstance and breathe hope, when I am surrounded by toxic fumes.

My eyes are fixed on your bright promises in front of me.

I have resolved to claim them for your servant.

Guard me from shame, do not let it overtake me while I am following your good path.

I love you Lord. Remember me when I am stumbling.

Weary and harboring great joy, my feet draw me nearer, to you, my God.