Jeff Haanen

Jeff Haanen DIFW smallJeff Haanen is the founder and executive director of Denver Institute for Faith & Work.

Having previously served as a church pastor, school administrator, and missionary to Ecuador, Jeff felt called to be a missionary to America, and launched Denver Institute in 2012. He strives to integrate Christian faith with our various cultural institutions including business, education, law, media, health care, and the church.

A speaker and writer, Jeff contributes to Christianity TodayThe Review of Faith and International AffairsLeadership Journal, and Comment magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He attends Littleton Christian Church with his wife and four daughters. Connect with him on his blog at or on Twitter — @JeffHaanen.

What’s great about your job?

The people. I love meeting with donors, staff, and people in the city to hear their stories. Each person is a deep well, and when we shut off the news we realize that God is doing incredible things amongst us…

A hero of yours?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Every time I read A Testament to Hope, edited by James Washington, I marvel and say to myself, “It’s hard to believe that such a man walked the earth.”