De Pree Center
Wayne Park (DMin 21’) serves as our Program Director for Houston, Texas. A longtime resident of the area, he brings on-the-ground experience bolstered by research on the trends, economics, drivers, and spirituality that shape this great city. His passion is serving marketplace leaders in faith and formation, and does this through strengthening our networks, expanding our budding Road Ahead program, writing for our “Faith. Work. Leadership.” newsletter, and by helping pilot a cohort experience for marketplace leaders and pastors around issues related to a changing world of work.
Wayne brings a wealth of experience with him to this role. The son of a Korean-American immigrant entrepreneur, Wayne grew up learning to love both the marketplace and the Church. Today, he is most comfortable straddling both worlds—and with this new role at De Pree Center, he is looking forward to having a foot in the academy and a foot in the Church with the combined focus on serving leaders, entrepreneurs, and marketplace professionals in Houston.
In addition to his role at De Pree, Wayne is the Director of Operations at Kingdom City Houston—an international church collective meeting collaboratively under one roof. He’s also a Team Leader for Fuller’s office of Vocation Formation where he helps people sort through issues related to vocation and calling. He’s got an MDiv from Regent College in Vancouver and a DMin from Fuller where he focused on Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation under Dr. Mark D. Roberts. Wayne’s doctoral project is focused on developing a new pedagogical approach and curriculum for the integration of faith and work amongst the poor in Alief, Texas.
Wayne has lived in Houston, TX for over a decade now, along with his wife Ashley and two kids, Austin and Zoe. He enjoys long runs after church on Sunday together with his Lab-Viszla, Bailey, along Houston’s bayou trails, even in the midst of the heat and humidity. He finds it cathartic.
Get to know Wayne as a Road Ahead guide: