FIRST MONDAYS SPEAKER SERIES
The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to campus to challenge students, faculty, and staff to stretch their imaginations, to grow in understanding, to act boldly, and to re-creatively serve God's kingdom.
2014-15 Academic Year
February 2, 2015
Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Katherine Leary Alsdorf provides consulting support and develops resources to help churches equip their people for cultural leadership at Redeemer City to City, a Manhattan-based church planting center. She founded Redeemer's Center for Faith and Work in 2002, to equip and mobilize the congregation for its mission to serve and renew the city. There she served as Executive Director until December 2012 setting the vision and strategy of the Center's core programs, developing staff and lay leadership, and guiding strategic partnerships. At the Center for Faith and Work, Katherine launched programs including the Gotham Fellowship, Vocation Groups, Arts Ministries, and the Entrepreneurship Initiative. She also co-authored Tim Keller’s book, Every Good Endeavor, and continues to serve with him as a part of Redeemer City to City.
Prior to Redeemer, Katherine worked twenty-five years in the high tech industry, serving as President and CEO of 3 different companies from 1990-2000: a satellite television startup, a hardware/software distance learning company and a leading provider of online management education. She earned her MBA from The Darden School at University of Virginia.
March 2, 2015
Malcolm De Kryger
Malcolm De Kryger, president and part-owner of Belstra Milling Co., Inc., is a graduate of Calvin College and Purdue University Graduate School, earning a master’s degree in animal science. De Kryger works to decrease the disconnect between the producer and the consumer. Belstra Milling Company, in connection to Fair Oaks Farms, provides opportunities for consumers to see and experience a large-scale pig farm. Guests to the farm have the opportunity to perform a hands-on sonogram, become a farmer of a litter of piglets, and watch the birthing process. He is a member of the National Pork Producers Animal Health and Food Security Committee. He served on the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture Board and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Purdue Univ. He is on the board of Partners Worldwide, a Christian NGO that seeks to help develop small businesses in under-developed parts of the world. He and his wife are members of the First Christian Reformed Church of DeMotte.
April 6, 2015
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups. Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps leaders understand how to promote an appreciation for diversity and build effective collaborations with diverse groups. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (IVP, 2013), a Leadership Journal Book Award winner. Cleveland earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of California. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and beginning in August 2014 will be an associate professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University. In addition to academic experience, Cleveland brings organizational experience to her efforts to build unity. She coaches pastors and organizational leaders on multicultural issues and speaks regularly.