Praxis Circle Contributor Dr. Hugh Whelchel (1952-2024) was the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE).  He graduated from the University of Florida and received his MA in religion from the Reformed Theological Seminary and DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2022, focusing in workplace theology, ethics, and leadership. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Hugh Whelchel because of IFWE’s mission to integrate Christianity with work and economics, along with Dr. Whelchel’s own thoughtful and comprehensive Christian worldview.

After a successful 30-year career in the IT industry, partly leading turnarounds, Dr. Whelchel became the Executive Director and a professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary. He was also an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church of America. He also served as Executive Director and board member at The Fellows Initiative and on numerous other boards of Christian nonprofits.

Dr. Whelchel authored the books How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work and All Things New: Rediscovering the Four-Chapter Gospel, as well as many articles that have been published in the Washington Post and Christianity Today, among other publications.