Faith@Work Conference: Houston

Work is not a necessary evil. It is a holy pursuit.

Your Work: More than a Paycheck

Humanity, being in the image of God, is meant to be creative and manage our world. Yet it often seems that our daily responsibilities either become a god themselves or just serve as a distraction from serving the Lord. Work is not a product of the curse; rather it is a sacred call from God Himself!

Your Work: More Than a Paycheck is a dynamic, one-day conference on how we as Christ-followers can engage in everyday work as a sacred call from God Himself, and thereby become agents of grace in workplaces everywhere.

Darrell Bock

Darrell Bock is Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies and the Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar, for his work in Luke-Acts, historical Jesus study, and biblical theology, as well as his work with messianic Jewish ministries. Dr. Bock is a New York Times best-selling author and has written over thirty books on biblical topics. He completed his doctorate at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and postdoctoral study at Tübingen University in Germany. Dr. Bock is married to Sally, and they have three children and two grandchildren.


Scott Rae

Scott B. Rae is Professor of Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Talbot. He has a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Southern California. His primary interests are in bioethics and business ethics. He is the author of 11 books, including Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics (Zondervan, 3rd edition, 2009), Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction (Moody, 2010, with D. Joy Riley, MD), Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace, (IVP Academic, 2010, with Kenman L. Wong), and Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics (Zondervan, 3rd edition, forthcoming, 2012). He has articles in various journals, including the Linacre Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, and the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has consulted for many years with several southern California hospitals in ethics. He is married, with three sons.


Katherine Alsdorf

Katherine founded the Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) and served as Executive Director from 2002-2012. During this time she created innovative new programs including the intensive Gotham Fellows program, an Entrepreneurship Initiative to start new gospel-centered ventures, Arts Ministries, numerous vocation groups, lecture series and conferences.

The Center’s mission is to equip, connect and mobilize the 6500-person congregation 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 helps churches in other cities, including Seattle, Atlanta, and Sydney, establish contextualized faith and work ministries.

From 1976-2002, Katherine served in leadership roles in the high tech industry in California, Luxembourg, and New York. She was CEO of an online management education company (Pensare), a hardware/software products company (One Touch Systems), and a satellite services company (Private Satellite Network). She earned her MBA at 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. 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.


John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 6 million copies, including the 3 million best-selling Boundaries series, Leadership Beyond Reason, and Handling Difficult People.

For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. He is a co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live” which is heard in 180 markets with 3 million listeners.

John is founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Huntington University, which offers graduate degrees and credentialing in Organizational Leadership, Coaching and Counseling. Additionally, John conducts the Townsend Leadership Program, developing leaders at sites nationwide. He also formed the Townsend Leadership Coach Group, which trains leaders to run their own training teams.

John co-founded and directed a healthcare company for ten years, with operations in 35 cities in the western U.S. It was here that he learned the strategies for change and success which he now employs in his coaching and consulting.

Dr. Townsend is active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, a residential program for abused children. A resident of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons. One of John’s passions is playing in a band which performs at southern California lounges and venues!


Norm Miller

Norm Miller is Chairman of Interstate Batteries, working his way up for the past 52 years through the ranks of Interstate from his Father’s Tennessee distributorship to the helm of the Executive Management Team. In 1974 he became a follower of Christ and that changed the way he approached business and his personal life. Norm has maintained a commitment for spiritual development and, along with the Interstate Management Team, he strives to make God’s love and help a priority in business.


Willie J. Bolden

A graduate of Biola University, Talbot Seminary, and Southwestern Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Mission and Evangelism, Willie Bolden is an adjunct professor at Dallas Christian College and Dallas Seminary. After planting two churches in California, Willie came to DeSoto, Texas, to found These Are They Community Church, where he is now senior pastor. Willie and his wife, Loretta, have seven children. He is also the founder of W. J. Bolden Ministries.


Bruce W. Fong

Ministering at the intersection of parachurch, pastoral, and academic ministry, Dr. Fong is committed to teaching God’s Word “to anyone and everyone who will lend him an ear.” By serving as the Dean of DTS Houston and Professor of Pastoral Ministries, he is excited to minister to and train the next generation of Christian leaders. Dr. Fong and his wife, Yvonne, have five children (three children plus two in-law children that he and his wife love so much that they are counted as their own). He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family, and riding his motorcycle.

Registration Fee

  • $40/person (until 2/26/2016)
  • $50/person (until 4/15/2016)
  • $60/person (after 4/15/2016)

Discounted Fee

  • $25/person for groups of 5 or more (until 4/15/2016)
  • $25/person for DTS employees
  • $35/person for DTS alumni
  • $25/person for all students
  • Special volunteer rate available. Please contact our events team at for more information

Date and Location

April 23, 2016
Houston's First Baptist Church


Saturday, April 23

8:30 am
Registration Open
Session 1
Coffee Break
Workshop 1
12:00 pm
Workshop 2
Session 2
Conference Concludes

What is it?

This dynamic one-day conference explores how to approach your work in a fresh and energizing way as one sent to be an agent of worship and ministry.

Who should come?

Anyone who finds themselves in the workplace and wondering what God has for them there! We also encourage pastors, ministry leaders, and church volunteers to come learn about how the church can help exhort and prepare those whose daily ministry is their workplace.

This is an adult conference, we are unable to provide childcare and respectfully ask that no children under the age of 16 attend any of the sessions. Thank you.


By serving as an exhibitor at this Faith and Work Conference, you too have the opportunity to partner with us in providing these leaders with quality products, resources, and opportunities.

For questions about exhibiting at the conference, contact Katie Stripling at 214-887-5254 or