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Topic: Transforming your work week into a life-giving, purpose-filled adventure
Culture tells us many lies about the role and purpose of work in our lives. Lies such as “You’re not doing God’s work if you’re not involved in full-time ministry”. Or, “Work is something to be tolerated, not enjoyed”. Or, “Only companies make plans and can provide for you, not God”. Or, “God has limited (or no) authority over our businesses and markets”.
None of these reflect God’s desire to grant us “abundant life” as Jesus promises in John 10:10. Nor do they reflect His desire to partner with us as we activate our God-given talents and gifts, and reveal our true purpose at work. We may not have a clear understanding the role work is meant to play in the life of a Christian.
Join Denise Gitsham Jones as she confronts Culture’s lies, and counters them with the truth about God’s desire to work through us every day while working. She’ll discuss how to activate the Holy Spirit’s power to transform your work week into a life-giving, purpose-filled adventure, through which we’ll grow in intimacy with God, and experience the fullness of His calling.
Guest Speaker: Denise Gitsham Jones | Business Executive, Lawyer, Politician, Board Member
Denise was born and raised at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. Denise’s mother is a Chinese immigrant who escaped communism in 1949, as the daughter of a two-star general who served under the command of President Chiang Kai-Shek. Denise’s father is a Canadian immigrant who enlisted and served 20 years in the US Air Force. As the daughter of immigrants and a member of a proud military family, Denise has a special appreciation for the freedom and liberties that enabled her parents to achieve the American Dream. She also recognizes the personal significance of one of her favorite Bible verses, as applied to her own life: To whom much is given, much is required. This verse underlies Denise’s firm commitment to public service and ministry.
Denise is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, she practiced law at K&L Gates; worked for a San Diego-based renewable energy company; and served as a presidential appointee at the White House and the US Department of Justice, as well as a staffer in the US Senate.
Denise ran for Congress in 2016, and as a first-time candidate, earned the designation of an NRCC “Young Gun,” along with 43.5% of the vote in California’s 52ndCongressional District (Coronado, San Diego, and Poway).
Denise is proud to play a role in supporting San Diego’s thriving philanthropic and business communities. She was a founding board member of one of California’s sixteen Innovation Hubs, is a current board member of the Scripps Mercy Hospital Foundation, and previously served on the board of the San Diego chapter of the USO. She co-founded the Innovators’ Collaborative, an organization that supports San Diego’s startup ecosystem, and is a member of the advisory board of San Diego Asian Americans for Equality.
Nationally, she serves on the boards of mindSpark Learning, a STEM education-focused non-profit supported by the Morgridge Family Foundation, and the Nomi Network, a non-profit that offers a market-based approach to assisting survivors of human trafficking in India and Cambodia. She is also a board member of VIEWPAC, the oldest PAC focused on recruiting and electing Republican women to run for Congress.
In 2018, Denise was a panelist for Propel Women, a Christian organization focused on developing leadership skills in women who serve Jesus in the marketplace. She spoke before thousands of women in six cities nationwide, alongside Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Bevere, and Lisa Harper. She is a regular contributor to Propel’s newsletter, on topics related to personal growth and leadership development.
Denise speaks Mandarin Chinese, and is a classical pianist, an avid reader, and an Ironman triathlete. She recently became a resident of Solana Beach, California, and wife to a Georgia Bulldog, Josh Jones, who shares her passion for Christ, public service, and their golden retriever, Jack.