Speaker: Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Founder and director emeritus of the Center for Faith & Work at New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and collaborator with Tim Keller in writing Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work.
"People work for a variety of reasons: money, security, power, success. But work -- at least, from the perspective of the gospel -- is not about accruing benefits for ourselves", says Katherine Leary Alsdorf.
“The gospel story of work says that we’re made to work and the reason we’re made to work is to do the work that God would have us do to help the world flourish. Apart from doing that kind of work, we’re not fully human; we’re not living the lives that God meant us to live.”
Established in 2002, the center is Redeemer’s “cultural renewal arm,” helping members integrate faith into every aspect of their lives, personal and professional.
Katherine founded the Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) and served as Executive Director from 2002 - 2012. She now helps churches in other cities to establish faith and work ministries. At CFW, she established the Center’s core programs to equip, connect and mobilize the 6000-person congregation to fully apply the gospel to their work lives and become agents of renewal within their institutions and professions. These programs include the intensive Gotham Fellows program, an Entrepreneurship Initiative to start new gospel-centered ventures, Arts Ministries, numerous vocation groups and lecture series and conferences.
Prior to this role, Katherine spent 25 years in the high tech industry in California and New York. She was CEO of an online management education company, a hardware/software products company, and a satellite services company. 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, and the Theology of Work project. 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.