Friday, July 14th, 2017
“Life in the Garden: Work as a Walk with our Heavenly Father”
Sebastian Mathews is a senior director at World Vision, a global Christian relief and development agency with 46,000 staff and operating in 100 countries. Sebastian is based at World Vision’s headquarters in Federal Way, WA, where he engages with US foundations around economic innovations that empower communities around the world.
Sebastian brings a range of work experiences to his current position. As a strategy consultant, he has led transformation teams at corporate, government, and non-profit clients. As an entrepreneur in New York City, he co-founded three startups. As a program director at a United Nations initiative in Atlanta, he developed partnerships with city leaders worldwide to action the UN Development Goals. As a corporate advisor in Johannesburg, South Africa, he worked on strategic transactions in the airports, energy, mining, oil & gas, telecoms, technology, tourism, and utility sectors in emerging markets. As an engineer, he started his career at a refinery in a small town that produced much of the world’s precious metals. He has been active with non-profits, chaired a community foundation in South Africa, and piloted various community projects. As an adjunct with the Open University, UK and St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, he taught corporate strategy and community development and presented research at conferences in the USA, UK, China, South Africa, etc. Sebastian holds a Masters degree in International Business from Georgia State University, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, a Bachelor of Commerce Honors in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Sebastian was born in India and grew up in Zambia and South Africa. He is married to Natasha, and they have two daughters Olivia (10) and Anna (3), who according to him are (probably) the only American-Indian-Persian-French Canadian children in the world. He has been active in short term missions in Africa, chaired the South African branch of the International Miners Ministry, and was a bible school dean in South Africa. Sebastian currently serves with Cedar Park Church in Bothell, WA on the GodWork360 business ministry team.
Topic Summary: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Eph 2:10 [NASB]
We all go through seasons. Increasingly many of us transition through several careers over the course of our life and certainly all of us balance multiple roles at any given time. During this journey, how we view God profoundly shapes our life work and how we understand significance and success. The “world view” or lens by which we see Jesus can either conceal or reveal our presuppositions, distort or sharpen our perspectives, diminish or enhance our passions, and ultimately confuse or clarify our purpose. Sebastian Mathews will explore how a biblical worldview can seed our work and cause us to flourish, and share some lessons gleaned from a life, like many believers, that intertwines corporate, non-profit, ministry, family, and academic fields. In the time we have together, we aim to gain a more spirit-filled understanding of what it means to walk with our Father in the cool of the day, get a grace-filled glimpse of what He values, practically address some of the deeper issues that often block our progress, and hopefully enjoy a liberating theology of God at work delightedly with, in, and through us, helping us effectively move forward.
Maggiano’s-Bellevue, 10455 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Doors open at 6:40 am
(425) 519-6476. Parking is free with validation.
Parking garage is off of 7th St and Bellevue Way.
$29 until July 7th, 2017
$34 after July 7th, 2017 and for walk-in registrations
Registration closes Thursday, July 13th, 2017.
$24 refund provided for breakfast registration if cancellation is 1 week or more prior to the event. There will be no credits or refunds for cancellations within one week of an event.
Name tags will be printed for those that register by Wednesday afternoon, July 12th.