Missy Wallace, Executive Director
Missy Wallace founded and leads the Nashville Institute of Faith & Work (NIFW). She became inspired to study faith and work in 2013 after working in Corporate America and then the nonprofit sector for over 10 years each and realizing that work can be a part of God’s unfolding story if we allow him to guide it rather than our false idols. She launched the Institute after some divinity study and an intensive with Katherine Alsdorf, David Kim, and their team at The Center for Faith and Work at New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Prior to launching NIFW, Missy worked at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC; The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, Singapore, Bangkok and New York; Time Warner in New York, and most recently on the team that launched the high school division of Ensworth School where she worked in various roles over a decade in marketing, admissions, and college counseling.
Her combination of corporate experience, advising capability, theological focus, and nonprofit development gives her the unique ability to help those in the trenches bridge the sacred secular divide.
Missy holds a BA in economics from Vanderbilt and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.
When not working, you can usually find Missy on the Red Trail in Percy Warner Park with her husband of 17 years, her dogs, and at least one of her three teenagers.
Wes Roberts, Program Director
Originally from the Connecticut and New York City area, Wes is moving from Charleston, SC, where he has spent the last four years serving as the director of operations for a coworking and event space that served a wide array of city-leaders, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and nonprofit organizations for the common good of the city. He also helped plant a new church for a growing part of the city, serving as the associate pastor. Wes looks forward to serving as the Program Director for the NIFW, helping equip, connect, and mobilize leaders to join in God’s unfolding story for the city of Nashville and beyond. He holds his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Gordon College, and he is finishing his M.A. in Christian Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Wes moves to Nashville with his wife of 11 years (Brianna), as well as his two daughters, Charlotte (age 9) and Juliette (age 6).
Gage Arnold, Communications and Administrative Coordinator
Gage Arnold serves as the communications and administrative coordinator for the Nashville Institute for Faith & Work (NIFW). He works to further the institute’s voice and vision. Gage is a Chattanooga, Tennessee, native who graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2014 with a degree in journalism and electronic media. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the Nashville Fellows Program, where he completed the nine-month intensive course that boasts resemblances to NIFW’s Gotham Program. During his time in Knoxville, Gage secured two internships with the Knoxville News Sentinel before serving as the Chief Copy Editor for his student paper, The Daily Beacon. Gage has a passion for storytelling, loves people, and enjoys helping others connect their passions, skills, and interests with the gospel.
Bob Bradshaw, Advisor
Bob serves as Director of Ministries at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Before joining CPC’s pastoral team in August 2012, he served as Executive Director at Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Bob worked as Chairman and CEO of Boston-based MSL Corp. as President and COO of SCI Corp. in Huntsville; as Eastern Region President for Solectron Corp. in Charlotte, and as Senior Executive-Site General Manager for IBM in Charlotte. Bob holds a bachelor’s in math from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and is certified in Crown Financial Ministries. Bob co-founded a small creamery business in Charlotte with his wife, Rose. They are the parents of four daughters.
Scott Sauls, Advisory Pastor
Scott is the Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN (March 2012–present) and the author of Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides. He is a graduate of Furman University and Covenant Seminary, a former Lead and Preaching Pastor at New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and the founding pastor of churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. Scott is married to Patti and has two daughters, Abby and Ellie.