A city that understands and lives out a robust theological vision for work and vocation is a city that will flourish.
Thanks for visiting! I believe a flourishing city is one where every person experiences love and gives love, prioritizes the holistic well-being of all people, and has work that provides community value and individual purpose.
In 2015, I began pursuing that vision in Evansville, IN with a desire to move people from being located in Evansville to being for Evansville through an organization I founded called For Evansville. In 2022, I had the surprise opportunity and privilege to begin serving as the CEO of Denver Institute for Faith & Work, where I continue to pursue the same vision.
In 2024, I'm excited to release my first book, Faithful Work: In the Daily Grind with God and for Others, and I'm grateful to InterVarsity Press for publishing it. It's a good introduction for anyone looking to connect their faith and their work in the place God has them.
Convener, collaborator, author, speaker.
Ross Chapman is married to a relentless city builder, Candace Chapman, and is the father of three sons. They live in Denver, CO and love the adventures of the Front Range. Their work and families have given them a chance to experience the joys and challenges of living in cities, including Chicago, Charlotte, and Evansville. He is the co-author of Faithful Work: In the Daily Grind with God and for Others.
Currently, Ross serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Denver Institute for Faith & Work, an educational nonprofit that prepares people to serve God and others in their daily work so that workplaces and cities are transformed.
He is the founder and formerly served as the President and Executive Director of For Evansville, an intermediary, movement-based entrepreneurial organization committed to cultivating collaboration among churches and community leaders for human flourishing. In For Evansville's efforts to inspire empathy, he became the Executive Producer for short films that encourage love and compassion toward neighbors through For Evansville Films (previously known as Left Turn Productions). Three of the films won an Emmy. In Charlotte, Ross was the Executive Director of CHARLOTTE/ONE, which gave him the opportunity to work alongside 50+ church partners from different theological, ethnic, and economic backgrounds to help Millennials find community and purpose.
He has a Doctor of Ministry in Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). He earned a Master of Divinity with a focus in Preaching and Teaching from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago, IL) and a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University in Business Management and Christian Educational Ministries.