June 2019 Conference Speakers

Good Work

~ The Art of Doing Your Life Work Well ~

~ Speakers, Seminars and Breakout Sessions ~

C.S. Lewis on Human Flourishing

Chris Armstrong
Founding Director of Opus: The Art of Work, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.
Author of Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S. Lewis

Dr. Chris R. Armstrong was recently appointed Program Fellow on the Faith, Work, And Economics team at the Kern Family Foundation, Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Formerly, he served as the Founding Director of Opus: The Art of Work at Wheaton College (IL) from 2014-2018 and as Professor of Church History at Bethel Seminary (MN) from 2005-2013. He is the Senior editor of Christian History magazine and blogs at www.gratefultothedead.com. His most recent book is Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C. S. Lewis (Brazos, 2016). Chris received his MA from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from Duke University. Boardgamer. Jazz fan.

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World: Motherhood and Incarnational Work

Amy Fahey
Teaching Fellow, Thomas More College, Merrimack, NH
Home Educator, Author, Scholar, Musician, Former Managing Editor of Faith & Reason

Amy Fahey holds a doctorate in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis where she was the recipient of the prestigious four-year Olin Fellowship. A Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist, Dr. Fahey received a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College and an M.Phil. in Mediaeval Literature from the University of St. Andrews. She was awarded a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship for graduate studies and an Earhart Fellowship for work on her dissertation, Heralds and Heraldry in English Literature, c. 1350 – 1600. Dr. Fahey has also studied Renaissance Literature and Paleography at the Folger Shakespeare Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition to editing several book manuscripts, Dr. Fahey has served as Managing Editor of the journal Faith & Reason and has directed numerous conferences for the non-profit foundation, Liberty Fund, Inc. Before coming to Thomas More College, she taught courses at Washington University and Christendom College; her teaching interests include the literature of the Middle Ages (particularly Anglo-Saxon and medieval spiritual literature), writing and rhetoric, and modern poetry. Dr. Fahey served as Director of Academic Development for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an educational foundation. A homeschooling mother of five children, Mrs. Fahey is the wife of Thomas More College President Dr. William Fahey. She is an enthusiastic flautist and pianist, and in addition to her academic pursuits, enjoys gardening, knitting, and sewing, when time permits.

Being and Doing: Traditional, Modern and Biblical Perspectives on One’s Place in the World

Kelly Madden
Founder and director of The Boston Fellows, a service program of the Anglican Diocese in New England

Dr. Kelly Madden is Founder and Director of Boston Fellows, a service program of the Anglican Diocese of New England in partnership with several Boston churches and the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Boston Fellows participants are passionate about workplace excellence, about the well-being of Greater Boston, and about Christ-like living. Prior to founding the Boston Fellows program, Kelly was Director of Graduate Studies at the International Leadership Foundation, teaching Social Ethics and Personal Leadership Development and deepening the academic standards of the ILF’s six graduate schools in Africa. Working under African directors, he helped build political and community leaders with the integrity necessary to spearhead continental transformation. Before that, he lived and worked in French-speaking Africa for 13 years, first as a chaplain to university students, then overseeing chaplaincy programs in 15 countries.  He has worked in 45 countries on five continents. Kelly has a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell and a PhD in Political Theory from the University of York, England. He is the husband of Heather, the father of two adult children, Alex and Kathryn, and an ordained Anglican clergyman. And he is far too serious about fly-fishing, live jazz, and the ukulele.

Equipped, Focused and Free to be Fruitful

Kit and Tricia McDermott
Imagine/Northampton, Klesis, PLAYMAKER, Spiritual Direction and Listening in Christ Retreats

Kit and Tricia McDermott have been in full-time Christian ministry since the late 1980’s through Klesis Ministries, offering Spiritual Direction, counseling, and Listening in Christ retreats. They are both experienced lay counselors; Tricia is a certified Spiritual Director. They served on staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church – “The BARN” – in Simsbury, CT, where they lived onsite for 20 years as directors of the Center for Renewal. In 2008, Northampton, MA, became home as they planted a missional church, imagine/Northampton, centered on the arts and spiritual formation. Kit and Tricia moved to Springfield, MA, in 2016, now focusing on ministry to individuals, church and other groups, assisting people in discovering the God who is far more than they can imagine. In so doing, they are dedicated to listening to God and working hard to free people who are captive to fear, trauma and emotional wounds that distort and cripple their sense of value and meaning. A life well-lived is a life focused on fulfilling what you are made to do in all the endeavors and relationships of your life. Nothing less will satisfy and express who you are to the core. To this end, they employ the use of PLAYMAKER Profile of Motivational Design, a tool developed to free you to pursue a life path that lets you love what you do and do it well.

Listening Like Breathing: Poetry and More to Quiet the Noise

Aslan’s Table: A Feast of Creativity

Kirk Manton
Author, Poet, Photographer, and Founder: The Guild Fellowship & Amarillo’s Lewis Underground

Kirk Manton…With over 40 years of experience in Ministry and the Entertainment Industry, Kirk exemplifies the passionate pursuit of calling – occupation, vocation, and relationships. His professional journey has included youth pastor, Disney entertainment supervisor, film business entrepreneur, civic center production manager, founding organizer of Amarillo’s ArtsFest, mega-church production director and mentor. He has volunteered as a staff member of the C.S. Lewis Foundation for over twenty years and recently founded The Guild Fellowship, a non-profit organization dedicated to networking together church production technicians to grow and service the body of Christ. After ten years of higher education and a degree in religious studies, Kirk continues studying the integration of creative expression and spiritual formation. He and his wife Rachelle have four adult children, one of each kind: birth, step, adopted and god (daughter). He is an ordained minister who has known a lifetime of success, failure, pain and redemptive joy. Out of this storehouse of experience Kirk writes – he tells stories through poetry and photography with clarity, depth, imagination and heart.
Kirk is the author of two books of devotional poetry: The Grace of Rain (2017) and Listening Like Breathing, awarded the 2018 Texas Authors Association Poetry Book of the Year for outstanding poetry/photography.

More Speaker information will be added as it becomes available.

The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough? - William Morris