About CFB

Business Can Change the World

The Center for Faithful Business is a leading think tank on the integration of faith and business. We seek to be a trusted, compelling, and prophetic voice in society, calling business leaders to integrate their faith with their work and encouraging business to embrace its full potential as a force for good in the world.

  • As a think
    , we incorporate research, scholarship, and best practice from the academy,
    business, and the church.
  • Our focus
    is on helping business practitioners integrate their faith with their work in
    business.  The questions we’re asking
    include: Can business be a holy
    calling?  Is there a Christian way of participating
    in business?  Who are a business’s major
  • We want to help both business practitioners and those who minister to them wrestle
    with the question of how to serve God through business.
  • We seek to inspire, encourage, and equip the
    business community in Seattle, across
    the United States, and around the world


Shortly after the arrival of Jeff Van Duzer as dean in 2001, the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University set out with the idea that Christian theology is relevant to business practice and scholarship, and that business can be a force for great good in the world. The result was the launch of the Center for Faithful Business (originally named the Center for Integrity in Business). 

CFB’s first director, Al Erisman, started in 2004. During Erisman’s tenure, Ethix magazine came under the auspices of CFB, SBGE developed its signature philosophy, “Another Way of Doing Business,” and CFB hosted a summit for business practitioners titled “Bridging Sunday and Monday.” 

Soon after the summit, a generous donor provided a grant to create funding for a full-time director and John Terrill started in this position in the 2008-09 academic year. Under Terrill’s leadership a wide range of initiatives and programs were undertaken—the endowment of the Hammond Marketplace Library Collection in SPU’s library, the establishment of Bruce R. Kennedy Endowment for Ethical Business Leadership, and the hosting of six nationally acclaimed conferences:

Current Focus and Major Activities

In 2015 Gene Kim was appointed executive director after serving as interim director for six months. A few years into his appointment, CFB received a large donation to be used for the creation of documentary films and an online course on the integration of faith and business. This project, Faith & Co., has been CFB’s primary focus since 2016. Faith & Co. takes what CFB has always been about to a new level, that of the total integration of faith and business.

Today, CFB continues to sponsor events, research projects, learning communities, and publishing efforts aimed at empowering people in business to lead with integrity and to shape a more just and sustainable world. Activities we’re currently involved with include the following:

  • Faith & Co., a learning experience incorporating evocative documentary films, online courses, and a group study guide–all designed to help learners explore the intersection of faith and business 
  • The Bill Pollard Faith and Business Research Fellowship, which brings scholars to SPU to conduct research on faith and business using the Pollard Papers 
  • SBGE’s Day of Calling, an annual event which provides undergraduate students an opportunity to reflect on business as a calling 
  • Participation in various conferences and summits including Business as Mission, Believers in Business, Faith at Work, and Q
  • Continuing Education classes which provide business professionals with training in faith and business. (Courses in other topics including cybersecurity, data analytics, human resources management, and business foundations are also available.)
  • Faculty faith integration workshops and seminars in which scholars who exhibit faith integration are invited to share their experiences with faculty
  • Ethix magazine, an online publication which provides illustrations of business ethics challenges through positive examples of best practices and exemplary leadership.