Calling and Career Week

Calling & Career Week is a biennial symposium on work and vocation, hosted by Montreat College. To guide our time, we use the narrative of Scripture as the framework for understanding how each of our stories takes shape and has meaning. For three days of keynote and plenary sessions, we hear the narrative of scripture—Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration—connected to God’s call on our lives, a call to be His people and a call to steward our gifts and abilities for His purposes. Montreat College seeks to produce graduates who are educated for responsible action, able to translate their faith to their everyday lives, and equipped for the world of work and advanced study.

2016 Calling & Career Week Schedule

Monday, October 31

Main Session # 1: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Graham Chapel)
Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Senior Fellow at Redeemer City to City, New York, NY, and Director of New City Fellows, Raleigh, NC

Screening of the film For the Life of the World, 9 p.m. (Morgan 110)

Tuesday, November 1

Workshop #1: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Main Session # 2: 10:30 a.m. to noon (Graham Chapel)
Evan Koons, Writer, Actor, and Producer, Grand Rapids, MI

Workshop #2: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Workshop #3: 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Main Session #3: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Graham Chapel)
Steven Garber, Founder and Principal of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, & Culture, Washington, DC

Concert Performance by Joy Ike, 9 p.m. (Gaither Fellowship Hall)

Wednesday, November 2

Workshop #4: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Workshop #5: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Main Session #4: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Graham Chapel)
Byron Borger, Owner of Hearts and Minds Bookstore, Dallastown, PA

Main Session Speakers

Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Senior Fellow at Redeemer City to City, New York, NY, and Director of New City Fellows, Raleigh, NC

Katherine AlsdorfKatherine founded the Center for Faith & Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and served as executive director from 2002 to 2012. Some of her innovative programs include the intensive Gotham Fellows, an entrepreneurship initiative to start new gospel-centered ventures, arts ministries, vocation groups, lecture series and conferences. The center’s mission is to equip, connect, and mobilize the church to fully apply the gospel to their work lives and become agents of renewal within their institutions and professions. Currently, as a senior fellow with Redeemer City to City, she is launching and directing the New City Fellows program in Raleigh, N.C. From 1976-2002, Katherine served in leadership roles in the technology industry in California, Luxembourg, and New York. She was CEO of the online management education company Pensare, the hardware/software products company One Touch Systems, and the satellite services company Private Satellite Network. She earned her MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School. She serves on the boards of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of the Performing Arts, the Theology of Work project, and the Castle Village Owners Corporation. In 2012, Christianity Today named Katherine one of their “50 Women You Should Know.” Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. She and her husband reside in New York City and Raleigh N.C.


Evan Koons, Writer, Actor, and Producer, Grand Rapids, MI

Evan KoonsEvan is a writer, actor, and producer. Perhaps best known for the viral sensation Church Appropriate Dance Moves, Evan was also a co-writer and host of For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles. He penned the acclaimed hospice documentary Except for Six, a film Ken Burns called “heart-felt and important.” He’s written for both the corporate and commercial world, as well as the episodic television series Exploring Kaman. As an actor, he’s worked opposite the legendary Christopher Lloyd in the film Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. His latest film, Camp Manna, a summer camp movie starring Gary Busey, is set to release this summer.


Steven Garber, Founder and Principal of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, & Culture, Washington, DC

Steve GarberThe Principal and Founder of The Washington Institute, Steven Garber is a teacher of many people in many places, focusing on the meaning of vocation for the common good. For many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, he has studied the intersection of popular culture with political culture for much of his life. Steven is a consultant to businesses, foundations, and educational institutions, including the Murdock Trust, the Lilly Endowment, the Wedgwood Circle, the Demdaco Corporation, and Mars, Inc. His most recent book, Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, was published in February 2014. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and they have five adult children whose lives have taken them all over the world.


Byron Borger, Owner of Hearts and Minds Bookstore, Dallastown, PA

Byron BorgerFor nearly 30 years, Byron and his wife Beth have owned and operated Hearts & Minds, a bookstore in Dallastown, PA. In the late 1970s, Byron served with the Pittsburgh-based Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) doing campus ministry and helping to develop their legendary Jubilee conference for college students. He briefly worked as a social justice activist with the Thomas Merton Center. He blogs about books at www.heartsandmindsbooks.com to help customers remain grounded in the Gospel while learning more about work, calling, public life, and cultural renewal.

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