Education: BSc, University of Greenwich, 2001; MATS, Regent College, 2016; MALTS, Regent College, 2022. Current Position: Director of Workplace and Graduate Ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. On completing his BSc James worked in IT, and he vividly remembers the struggle he experienced from the disintegration between his work and his faith. Since then, James has worked with college students for over 17 years (three years in the UK, 11 in New Zealand, and two in Canada) to help students integrate their studies with their faith. In 2019, he was hired by InterVarsity to help train staff to integrate vocational discipleship into their work with young people, and to explore how InterVarsity could better support young people in the transition from study into the workplace. He continues to study Emerging Adulthood and the implications of this theory for faith development in young people. James and Jen live in Vancouver, Canada with their three wonderful children, and between the five of them they hold three different nationalities.
Education: BA, Anderson University, 1996; MBA, Eastern University, 2017. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Business Administration, the College of Business at the University of Northwestern Ohio, and founder and CEO, Meeting Place Coffee. Prior to her current position, Jennifer spent over 20 years in software development and has been on the founding team of several startups, including as the CTO of myStaffingPro, a software as a service company acquired by Paychex. Her current projects include expanding the market reach of local small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas as a means of economic development, specifically through startups Meeting Place Coffee and The Coworking Center. Her research focus is on how faith shapes the roles and responsibilities of entrepreneurs and consumers in the marketplace, and the impact and feasibility of the triple bottom line. Jennifer lives with her husband, Kevin, and family in Lima, Ohio.
Dr. Susan Brownlee
Education: BA, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1983; MBA, University of Redlands, 1990; PhD, Eastern University, 2021. Current Position: Leadership Development Consultant at The Center for Leading in Community, a non-profit dedicated to developing mission-driven leaders and their teams. Susan recently completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership with a focus on employee engagement and well-being. In addition to her one-on-one mentoring and consulting, Susan has been an adjunct professor, an elected member of her neighborhood planning group, a CFO and partner in an environmental consulting business, and a financial analyst in several government contracting organizations. As a 2020 Fetzer Scholar, Susan has had the opportunity to expand her own development by researching religious diversity in the workplace and how workplace spirituality and social impact are interconnected. Susan serves on the board of Dignity Freedom Network, a non-profit that rescues, reclaims, and restores those in need in India. She and her husband live in San Diego, CA and enjoy sailing, hiking in the mountains, and walking along the beach.
Dr. Robert Gailey
Education: BA, Eastern Nazarene College, 1992; MDiv, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1997; PhD, University of San Diego, 2010. Current Position: Professor of Business and Director, Center for International Development at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), San Diego, CA. Rob completed his PhD in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Nonprofit Organizations. His dissertation focused on the role of microfinance in building social capital among rural South African women. Rob has been at PLNU since 2005 and teaches several different classes for the International Development major, Leadership classes for the MBA program, and International Business for undergraduates. Prior to his current position, Rob served with World Relief, the global Microcredit Summit Campaign, and as a missionary in Malawi. Rob is an ordained elder with the Church of the Nazarene and currently serves as the board chair for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. Rob recently co-authored a book Development in Mission: A Guide for Transforming Global Poverty and Ourselves (2021). Rob enjoys travel and board games with his family. Rob and Wanda reside in San Diego and have a son enrolled at PLNU and a daughter attending Eastern University in PA.
Dr. Adrian Petrice
Education: BA, Babeş-Bolyai University, 2006; BA, Babeş-Bolyai University, 2007; PhD, Babeş-Bolyai University, 2015. Current position: Europe Coordinator at IFES Graduate Impact. Adrian’s fields of study are political science and economics, with his PhD thesis focusing on political economy, crisis economics, and economic governance in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. His professional experience includes consulting, post-doctoral research, and business development. For the past four years, Adrian has been working with the IFES Graduate team, with a focus on helping young graduates flourish as followers of Jesus, finding purpose in their work, and learning to influence and impact those around them for good. Adrian is married to Paula. They have two children and live in Romania.
Dr. Bill Walker
Education: BBA, Baylor University, 2007; MTS, Truett Theological Seminary, 2010; PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 2016. Current Position: Director of Vocation, Christ Church of Austin; Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics Applied to Business, Baylor University. Drawing on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and the political philosophy of Enrique Dussel, Bill’s dissertation explored the relationship between the doctrine of salvation and economic ethics in the midst of drug-trade related violence in Mexico. Bill is currently studying and writing about the intersection of spiritual formation and vocational sustainability in the age of globalization. His other research interests include political theology, ecclesiology, and theology of religions. Bill has also recently been named director of Hill House Christian Study Center at the University of Texas at Austin.