• WHAT: Seminar “Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to be Fixed)”
  • WHO: Jeff Van Duzer, author, former Dean, and current Provost of Seattle Pacific University
  • WHEN: March 31, 2017 7.45 a.m.—12 p.m.
  • WHERE: Hutton Hotel (1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)
  • COST: $50/person. $40/person for groups of 5 registrants. Full breakfast included.

Do you struggle with the tensions inherent in capitalism while at the same time feel dedicated to business? Do you see the effects of greed and unethical behavior but believe that business can not only be fair and ethical but is also a necessary element of a flourishing Nashville? Do you want to serve God through your business but find it hard to determine how to do that?

So did Jeff Van Duzer, Provost of Seattle Pacific University, who found himself the Dean of a business school after being raised a cynic of capitalism. As his views transformed, so did his understanding of God’s purpose for business and what is still broken.

Join the Nashville Institute for Faith & Work, in partnership with Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business, as we welcome author, former Dean, and current Provost of Seattle Pacific University Jeff Van Duzer to lead a seminar investigating “Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to be Fixed)”.

We will examine how you can integrate your faith into your business life in more nuanced ways than just ethics, evangelism, or social entrepreneurism. Our hope is that you leave with concrete concepts to apply to your immediate context.

About Jeff Van Duzer

After serving twelve years as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law, Jeff Van Duzer was appointed as Provost of Seattle Pacific University in February 2013. As Provost, Jeff has responsibility for all aspects of the university “that touch the student experience.” This includes the academic programs, student life, residence life, career services,  athletics, university ministries, student academic services, study abroad programs, and enrollment management and marketing. Prior to his appointment to SPU, Jeff was a partner with the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine where he practiced for more than 20 years. He concentrated his practice in commercial finance and natural resources. During his tenure with the firm he served for nearly a decade on the firm’s Executive Committee and served as the Partner in Charge of the firm’s largest office. Since coming to Seattle Pacific, Jeff has published a book exploring the theology of business, Why Business Matters to God (IVP Academic, 2010). He has also published a number of articles in academic and popular journals and is a frequent speaker on this and other topics. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of California in 1976, majoring in rhetoric, and received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1979. Jeff is married to Margie Van Duzer and has two grown sons, Andrew and Nate.