Jeff Haanen

For the last 10 years, I founded and built Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers, and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal.

I had the privilege of working with leaders to found national events like Business for the Common Good and Women, Work & Calling, and I built emerging leader programs like the 5280 Fellowship. I helped created networks of leaders through CityGate and launched projects like the Faith & Work Classroom and the Faith & Work podcast. In 2022, sensing a need for renewal and change, I transitioned from the CEO role at Denver Institute and handed the reins to new leadership.

During my tenure I learned that real transformation takes place “from the inside out.”  When emotional and spiritual health and the pursuit of truth gives birth to healthy work and thriving relationships, leaders are positioned to make long-lasting positive social and cultural impact.

Today I work with servant-leaders in positions of influence in business, the church, investing, and higher education who want to embody “love God and love your neighbor as yourself” in their work and arenas of influence.


Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He’s the founder of Denver Institute for Faith & Work, an educational organization that creates content and experiences around topics related to faith, work, the economy, and modern culture. Jeff writes on faith, business, entrepreneurship, and work, and he has published essays with Christianity Today, the American Enterprise Institute, and Comment. He’s the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and the forthcoming books Working from the Inside Out: A Brief Guide to Inner Work That Transforms Our Outer World and God of the Second Shift. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver, Colorado.


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