Hugh Whelchel

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Hugh Whelchel is the Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. He stepped out of a successful business career in the IT industry to share his experience of turning around unprofitable companies with Reformed Theological Seminary’s struggling Washington, DC, campus where he served as Executive Director and guest professor. He is the author of How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work, released in May 2012. He has served as the Executive Director and board member of The Fellows Initiative, an umbrella organization supporting and establishing church-based Fellows Programs which are designed to help young adults understand God’s vocational calling on their lives as they enter their careers. A native Floridian, Hugh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. Hugh and his wife Leslie now live in Loudoun County, Virginia and is an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, serving in leadership at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia.

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Christian Goal Setting For 2018

Christian Goal Setting For 2018

| January 10, 2018

If you knew without a doubt that you could not fail in accomplishing one major goal, what goal would you set for your life?  I have heard this question for years in business circles when the subject of goal-setting comes up. It’s also one I think about and think through what God wants me to […]

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Economic Freedom and Care for the Environment: Mutually Exclusive or Mutually Beneficial?

Economic Freedom and Care for the Environment: Mutually Exclusive or Mutually Beneficial?

| August 10, 2017

In the late 1970s, our energy outlook was not looking good. Over six years, gas prices had tripled and there were shortages and long lines at the pump. It appeared that we were at the mercy of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). Experts predicted that we would be out of oil soon, perhaps […]

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How the Sabbath Keeps Work from Being the Meaning of Our Lives

How the Sabbath Keeps Work from Being the Meaning of Our Lives

| September 13, 2015

Man was created by God for work (Genesis 2:15). For the Christian, life without work is meaningless; but work must never become the meaning of one’s life. Work is one of the primary means by which we fulfill our true purpose: to glorify God, serve the common good and further God’s Kingdom. God reminds us […]

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Can Christians in Business Transform Our Culture?

Can Christians in Business Transform Our Culture?

| July 9, 2015

Hollywood’s demonizing of business is nothing new. Who can forget iconic characters like Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life, Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, or even President Business in The Lego Movie? The anti-business themes in these movies reflect a negative perception about the role of business in our society, a misperception that almost […]

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