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Get to Know our Staff

Meet our staff: Hannah Stolze (Director), Keith Johnson (Co-Director), Ben Norquist (Managing Director), Chuck Thomas (Executive Fellow) and Erin McCord Savidge (Office Coordinator).

Headshot of CFI director Dr. Hannah StolzeDr. Hannah Stolze

Director

hannah.stolze@wheaton.edu

Visit Dr. Stolze's faculty profile.

Dr. Stolze served 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserve in ordnance and later in public relations. With her B.A. from Carthage College in International Political Economics and Mandarin, she managed operations for a packaging importer while completing her M.B.A.

Stolze earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in logistics and marketing at the University of Tennessee and was on faculty at Florida State University before joining the faculty at Wheaton College. Dr. Stolze has conducted research with over 40 companies and the Department of Defense in the areas of supply chain management and social & environmental sustainability.

Dr. Stolze’s forthcoming book on Wisdom Based Business will be released by Harper Collins Christian Publishing/Zondervan following her completion of an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Spring 2019. Dr. Stolze lives in St. Charles, IL with her husband, Rich, and children, Jamin and Riley.

Headshot of CFI co-director Dr. Keith JohnsonDr. Keith Johnson

Co-Director

keith.johnson@wheaton.edu

Visit Dr. Johnson's faculty profile.

Dr. Johnson teaches courses in systematic theology with the goal of helping students connect the best insights of the Christian tradition to their daily life and work. This goal is reflected in his book Theology as Discipleship (IVP Academic, 2015), in which he demonstrates how the study of theology can be an act of faithfulness to Christ and service to the church.

Throughout his time at Wheaton, Keith has been involved in interdisciplinary discussions to help strengthen the relationship between theology, the liberal arts, and the sciences. As an ordained minister, he often speaks and teaches in local churches.

Dr. Johnson currently is writing a theology of innovation that will help Christians in the marketplace relate the disruption of innovation to the grace of God. In addition to this research, his academic work focuses on modern theology with an emphasis on contemporary discussion related to the doctrines of the Trinity, Christology, and salvation. His recent publications include The Essential Karl Barth (Baker Academic, 2019) and the co-edited volume Balm in Gilead: A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson (IVP Academic, 2019).

Ben Norquist portrait headshot, 200x300pxBen Norquist

Managing Director

benjamin.norquist@wheaton.edu

Ben Norquist studied history and political science in college (Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee), and went on to earn his Master of Arts in Western thought from St. John's College (Annapolis, Maryland). Ben is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education department at Azusa Pacific University. In this capacity, he is studying innovation and internationalization in higher education.

As the Managing Director at the Wheaton Center for Faith & Innovation, Ben directs the programs, ensuring healthy engagement with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the broader public. He also brings his background in spiritual formation and Christian thought about vocation into our work on campus. 

Before coming to Wheaton, Ben served as Director of Spiritual Formation for seven years at Bryan College, where he and his team developed and refined mentored international internships, campus-wide lecture series, academic study tours, and other curricular and co-curricular programs. He considers his current work with the Center for Faith & Innovation to be a continuation and maturation of his previous work experiences.

Ben enjoys reading and writing, playing collaborative board games with his family, and meeting people from other parts of the world. Ben has authored a chapter on vocation in a forthcoming volume published by IVP Academic.

See Ben’s LinkedIn profile.

Portrait of CFI Executive Fellow Chuck ThomasChuck Thomas

Executive Fellow

ChuckThomas01@wheaton.edu

Chuck Thomas is the founder and president of The Valcort Group, a cadre of globally recognized, experienced and successful market leaders focused on building new and loyal customers for its clients. He is a recognized leader, speaker and author in strategic business marketing and communications. He is an innovative thinker, team motivator and hands-on creative.

Chuck is a student and practitioner of the power of trust. In 2010, he created an operational trust-building model based upon Heinz Kohut’s development of self-psychology and empathy. The proven process creates, nurtures and monetizes trust for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. It has generated thousands of new loyal customers and millions in revenues for companies who have adopted it.

Chuck successfully developed and trademarked The VALCORT® Process, seven integrated disciplines that create loyal customers and increase profitability. Utilizing VALCORT, his clients have gained significant, sustainable year over year growth.

Having learned his craft as an independent creative and brand strategist for the Chicago advertising community, Chuck has worked with top agency clients including McDonald’s, United Air Lines, State Farm, Frito-Lay, Toyota, 7-Up, AT&T, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch, Hasbro, and General Mills, among others. His work for nonprofits is internationally recognized, including work for KidsPeace: the National Center for Kids in Crisis and Tyndale House Publishers.

Erin McCord Savidge portraitErin McCord Savidge

Office Coordinator for CFI

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Curriculum & Advising

erin.savidge@wheaton.edu

Erin completed her undergraduate studies at Wheaton College with a degree in Community Art and a minor in Urban Studies while participating in the Wheaton in Chicago program. Throughout her studies, she developed skills in bringing creative approaches to design, relationships, and institutional and administrative challenges. Erin and her husband Josh met during their freshman year in the Wheaton College Gospel Choir, giving the choir a special place in their hearts.

Erin brings her love of learning and eye for detail to her work for CFI, including graphic design, marketing, event logistics, and administrative support. She views her work for CFI and Wheaton's Core Studies department as an opportunity to pursue excellence in service to Wheaton's programs and students as an act of discipleship to Christ.

During her free time, Erin enjoys playing piano, bicycling, reading books, playing pinochle with her extended family, baking with sourdough, having meals with friends, and bookbinding.

Portrait of Emily Allen, CFI's Office AssistantEmily Allen

Office Assistant

Emily is from Southern California but spent a gap year studying the Bible in Northern England and Austria before coming to Wheaton for her undergraduate education. She is currently pursuing a degree in International Relations while minoring in Spanish and Psychology. 

As a college student, Emily understands the great need for guidance in pursuing God’s callings in one’s life. She enjoys working for a center that facilitates helping students learn to think about how to best serve God not just in their future careers, but also in their unique vocational callings as students now.

Besides working for CFI and being a full-time student, Emily enjoys volleyball, playing cello, watching movies, and traveling.