Ryan Pemberton Joins Center for Faithful Business as Assistant Director


SEATTLE, WA — December 6, 2022 — The Center for Faithful Business (CFB), a center of the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, is pleased to announce the hire of Ryan Pemberton as Assistant Director.

An alum of Oxford University and Duke Divinity School, Ryan will lead the CFB’s operations across several key initiatives. He joins CFB after serving most recently as Marketing and Communications Manager of the Graduate Theological Union, an interreligious and interdisciplinary consortium of theological graduate schools in North Berkeley.

A Pacific Northwest native, Ryan Pemberton’s career has spanned business, ministry, and higher education. As an account executive at a boutique PNW agency, he managed accounts for international, national, and local brands, overseeing projects in the areas of public relations, marketing, and advertising. Moving to Oxford, England in 2010, Ryan was a scholar-in-residence at The Kilns Study Centre, C.S. Lewis’s former home; he served as the President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society; and he was a founding member of the Oxford Open Forum, an interreligious dialogue group. After earning his MA in Theology from Oxford University, Ryan moved to Durham, North Carolina, where he earned his Master of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity school, with a focus on Modern Theology. Ryan led University Ministries at First
Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for five years, working to bridge the life of the church and the life of the university through preaching; hosting community panel discussions; meeting with students, staff, and faculty; and overseeing a residential exploration of vocation program. In addition to his role at the Center for Faithful Business, Ryan is a Global Faculty Member for SNP Communications in San Francisco, where he serves as a 1:1 coach and teaches communications classes for individuals and groups at clients that include Google, Morgan Stanley, Nike, and others.

Ryan is the author of two books, Called: My Journey to C. S. Lewis’s House and Back Again (Leafwood Publishers, 2015) and Walking with C. S. Lewis (Lexham Press, 2017), as well as a regular contributor to Sojourners Magazine, Christianity Today, and other publications. He is a Board Member at Edible Hope Community Kitchen, a ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, where he serves as a volunteer, and a Board Member of Radix Magazine. Ryan enjoys cheering his kids on at their athletic events, running, reading, writing, and cooking for gatherings of friends.


About the Center for Faithful Business
The Center for Faithful Business is a leading think tank on the integration of faith and business. We seek to be a trusted, compelling, and prophetic voice in society, calling business leaders to integrate their faith with their work and encouraging business to embrace its full potential as a force for good in the world. As a think tank, we incorporate research, scholarship, and best practice from the academy, business, and the church. Our focus is on helping business practitioners integrate their faith with their work in business. We want to help both business practitioners and those who minister to them wrestle with the question of how to serve God through business.
We seek to inspire, encourage, and equip the business community in Seattle, across the United States, and around the world.
Learn more at cfb.spu.edu.

Center for Faithful Business

Seattle Pacific University

Dr. JoAnn Flett, Executive Director



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