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Wheaton Center for Faith & Innovation (CFI)

The purpose for the Center for Faith and Innovation is to develop Christian marketplace leaders through theology and liberal arts research to create innovative solutions for business.

Innovation Scholars

The Innovation Scholars (IS) Program provides an opportunity for Wheaton students to engage directly with the work of the Wheaton Center for Faith & Innovation (CFI), receive practical training, and intersect with creative and energetic communities of Christians in the marketplace.

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Why CFI?

The kingdom of God does not end where the marketplace begins. Jesus Christ is Lord of every area of life, and he calls his followers to vocations in the marketplace as well as the church; millions of people follow Christ's call by going to work each day in businesses around the globe. There they face difficult decisions, complex problems, and new opportunities.

The Need for CFI
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Introducing CFI's Innovation Lab

Every business has a running list of problems and opportunities they’d like to get around to. The Innovation Lab at Wheaton College addresses these lists by identifying opportunities, producing resources, and solving problems on behalf of partners. A research and development hub, the Innovation Lab brings together specialized skills, project management savvy, cutting-edge tools, and passionate student teams to address projects for our partners.

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Building on a Strong Legacy

In 2014, Wheaton College launched a center called Opus: The Art of Work with a generous grant from the Kern Family Foundation. Kern extended this grant every year for a total of more than $2 million. Dr. Chris Armstrong, the Founding Director of Opus, and Ben Norquist, Assistant Director, worked to support the development of an ecosystem of teachers and mentors that laid the framework for CFI's work today.

Faculty Initiatives

CFI provides opportunities for Wheaton faculty and staff to learn more and engage with the work of the center around faith, vocation, and innovation. Programs are designed to resource and support participants as vocational mentors for students and as critical partners in CFI's innovation research.

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Faculty Fellowships

An annual program for Wheaton faculty designed to support the integration of the classroom with the world

Learn more about Faculty Fellowships

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CFI Scholars

A program for Wheaton faculty designed to support the production of new scholarship that applies the resources of the Christian liberal arts to complex problems in the marketplace

Learn more about CFI Scholars

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Vocation Seminar

A program that equips Wheaton staff and faculty to grow as vocational mentors for students

Learn more about the Vocation Seminar

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Lunch and Learn

A program that features interdisciplinary discussions about vocation and the Christian liberal arts over a catered meal

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Conference and Research Grants

A program that provides competitive conference and research grants for Wheaton College faculty

Learn more and apply

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Invest in the Wheaton Center for Faith & Innovation

An investment in CFI is a strategic gift that will help prepare students for their future vocations for many years to come.

Meet Our Staff

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Hannah Stolze


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Keith Johnson


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Ben Norquist

Managing Director

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Chuck Thomas

Executive Fellow

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Erin McCord Savidge

Office Coordinator

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  • Wheaton Center for Faith & Innovation
    501 College Ave
    Wheaton, IL 60187
  • 630.752.7297