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Montreat Symposium on Work & Vocation

Common Good: Made to Thrive In Community

No man is an island. Thomas Merton said it, but we all live it. Community. First in families, then in school, and finally in life beyond college – in our neighborhoods and places of work and worship. Each of us is created to live in a network of relationships as we use our talents to discover our own lives and enrich the lives of others.

This year the Montreat College Symposium on Work & Vocation focuses on the theme of Common Good. Join us November 8-10 as together we explore how we are designed to thrive—in relationship with God, in community with others, and as unique individuals called to live purposeful lives.

All students, faculty, and Montreat College employees are welcome to attend.


Monday, November 8

  • 10:00-10:50 a.m. – Chapel Keynote: Dr. David Guthrie |College, Vocation and Work: Think Again! | Graham Chapel 
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Q & A Lunch with Dr. Guthrie | Howerton Dining Hall 
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Evening Session: Exploring Self-Awareness and Personal Development through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) |McGowan 117/118

Tuesday, November 9

  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. – Workshop Session 1: Roundtable Discussions
  • 10:00-10:50 a.m. – Chapel Keynote: Dr. David Guthrie | Contours of a Christian View of Work as a Calling from God | Graham Chapel 
  • 11:00-11:50 a.m. – Workshop Session 2
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Exhibitors in Lower Belk. Refreshments provided!
  • 1:00-1:50 p.m. – Workshop Session 3
  • 2:00-2:50 p.m. – Workshop Session 4
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Evening Session: Careers That Make a Difference: Montreat Alumni Share Their Stories | Library 106 (Thrive Center) 

Wednesday, November 10

  • 10:00-10:50 a.m. – Chapel Keynote: Mr. Brad Jeffery | Made Free from Human Trafficking | Graham Chapel 
  • 11:30 a.m-12:45 p.m. – Q & A Lunch with Mr. Jeffery | Howerton Dining Hall 

All students*, faculty, and Montreat College employees are welcome to attend.

*Students will be expected to attend all Chapel Keynote sessions, and 2 workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

2021 Keynote Speakers

David Guthrie

Dr. David Guthrie

Professor of Education Emeritus, Penn State University

David Guthrie is Teaching Professor of Education Emeritus at Penn State University, where he had specific responsibility for coordinating the M.Ed. program for University Park students over the last seven years. With his colleague Chris Kirk, he is currently working on an evaluation of the Campus Ministries Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Dave has over 20 years of full-time teaching experience at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, has served as a dean in both student affairs and academic affairs, and also worked for eight years in campus ministry. Dave is the author of two monographs, many journal articles/book chapters, numerous conference presentations, and directed a multi-million dollar grant focused on the theological exploration of vocation at Geneva College. His intellectual interests include the vocation of higher education in general and of church-related colleges and universities in particular; the integration of faith, learning, and living; and, connections among religion, society, and higher education.

Brad Jeffery

Brad Jeffery

CEO & Co-Founder, MADE FREE

CEO & Co-Founder of the MADE FREE® brand, A US based low profit social enterprise.

The MADE FREE® model was designed to provide sustainable social reform – addressing the root cause of slavery (including human trafficking) and poverty. Every purchase supports a day of freedom from slavery and poverty through a self-sustaining job. Brad and his wife Katherine started the company from a deep desire to use business as a force for ending one of todays most urgent human injustices, slavery. Brad’s background includes 30+ years of sales, marketing, design, leadership, and business development. He has a B.S. Graphic Design from Bradley University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. His passions include art and design, outdoor sports, distance running, international business compassion, global missions for victims of trafficking & extreme poverty, and sustainable life transformation.


Montreat is pleased to host the following exhibitors on Tuesday, November 9 in the lower level of the Belk Student Center. Drop by between 12:00-3:00 p.m. to learn more about these organizations and programs. Refreshments will also be available.