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FaithWorks Center

Christ College

FaithWorks Seminar

What Is a Market Economy, and What Is Your Place in It? A seminar on faith and work

Presented by Prof. Christopher “Kit” Nagel and Dr. David Loy
Sponsored by the FaithWorks Center at Concordia University Irvine

Thursday, August 18, 7:30-8:30 am in the Durbin Conference Center at CUI (doors open at 7:15). Breakfast will be provided. The event is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. Email Grace Saldana at [email protected] by August 7 to reserve your spot.

Thanks to a generous grant by the Kern Family Foundation, the FaithWorks Center is able to offer this seminar at no cost to you.

In this one-hour, interactive seminar you will explore the relationship between a market economy, your faith, and God’s work in the world. Speakers are Prof. Christopher “Kit” Nagel and Dr. David Loy. Prof. Nagel is a professor of business and economics at Concordia. Before coming to Concordia, he held positions in a variety of corporations, including stints as Marketing Manager-Asia for Int’l. Paper Co. and VP-Commercial Development for Servrite International. Dr. David W. Loy is an ordained minister, professor of philosophy, theology, and ethics at Concordia, and Dean of Christ College. He is also the founding director of the FaithWorks Center. Before coming to Concordia in 2011, he served eight years as the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Bolivar, Missouri.

Christopher Nagel

Christopher "Kit" Nagel

Professor of Business and Economics


Christopher “Kit” Nagel is Professor of Business and Economics at Concordia University Irvine. He has taught a variety of courses, including International Marketing, International Finance, Global Enterprise, Marketing Research, and the History of Economic Thought. His corporate experience includes the positions of Marketing Manager-Asia for Int’l. Paper Co. and VP-Commercial Development for Servrite International. Nagel was born in Britain of Australian and American parents. He has worked and traveled throughout the world (50+ countries) and negotiated with governments at the ministerial level. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University and AGSIM. His students have gone on to top graduate schools. He has published and spoken widely.

Dr. David Loy

Dr. David Loy

Dean of Christ College and Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics


Rev. Dr. David W. Loy serves as Dean of Christ College here at Concordia and Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics. He has nearly 20 years of ministry experience in both church and academic settings. He holds degrees from Valparaiso University, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis (M.Div.), and St. Louis University (Ph.D. in philosophy). He has designed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy, theological ethics, professional ethics, and political thought, and he has published in academic journals in both theology and philosophy. He and his wife Mary have four children ranging in age from 14 to 23.

Mission Statement

Equipping pastors and business leaders to help people find greater meaning and act ethically in their work through a Biblically informed understanding of the economic, moral, and spiritual significance of work for human flourishing.


The FaithWorks Center at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) expands the Faith, Work, and Economics activities already being conducted by Christ College in partnership with Concordia’s other schools. The center helps pastors and professionals understand the economic, moral, and spiritual significance of work by showing how it contributes to the flourishing of other people and society as a whole. As a result, professionals will find greater meaning in their work, cultivate good character to act ethically, and help other people do the same. The center will pursue these objectives using four strategies.

First, it is developing an ongoing series of interactive seminars on topics related to vocation (work as service to neighbor), the economic ripple effect of work, the moral context of economic activity, etc. The seminars will be developed and presented jointly by faculty from the School of Business and Economics and Christ College. They will be aimed at pastors and working professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. The first seminars will be offered in Fall 2019.

Second, the center will integrate the seminars into the Christians and ethics course (Thl 565) required for students in the Center for Church Leadership.

Third, the center plans is producing a book on Faith, Work and Economics for use in the Center for Church Leadership’s Christians and Ethics course; the book will be suitable for use in seminaries and in master’s level professional programs at Christian universities. The book will include contributions by theologians, philosophers, business/economics professors, and working professionals.

Fourth, the center will advocate for a required Vocation and Ethics component in every graduate-level professional program at CUI. Ideally, this will consist of a class like those already required in the nursing and the healthcare administration programs.

I'm excited to have additional funds and support from administrators for this venture of weaving faith, work and economics into our graduate professional master’s degrees. It’s something you don’t see in a lot of universities.

Prof. David Loy, Director, FaithWorks Center

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Professor David W. Loy served as a parish pastor in Southwest Missouri for eight years before coming to Concordia in 2011. He has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Valparaiso University as well as an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary and a Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University. He teaches philosophy, theology, and ethics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Read more about David Loy being named leader of the FaithWorks Center »

If you would like to support our work or have any other questions, please contact:

Professor David Loy

Professor David Loy
Director, FaithWorks Center
949-214-3396
[email protected]

Made possible by a generous grant from:

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