jeff haanen

Executive Director, Denver Institute for Faith & Work


Jeff Haanen is the Executive Director of Denver Institute for Faith & Work. DIFW provides theological education on issues related to work, calling and culture. He was a pastor at Iglesia Bautista Nueva Esperanza in Brighton and a missionary at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. I’ve also been a caddie, a waiter, a small business owner, a park maintenance worker and a soccer coach for 4 year-olds who seem to have a knack for getting tangled in the net when trying to retrieve the ball.

He had the privilege of writing for Christianity Today, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Independent School, Comment Magazine, Leadership Journal, and The Gospel Coalition. He is a Scandinavian who grew up in the frozen Minnesotan suburbs with a Fargo-style accent. Nonetheless, God has sent him to Mexico to study abroad, to Ecuador as a missionary, and to Denver to work with Hispanic immigrants as a pastor and teacher.


  • Family. “I’m married to a beautiful wife and have four gorgeous little girls. Yes, four.”

  • Faith. Bottom line: I am a servant of Jesus Christ. As my favorite song (“In Christ alone” by Keith Getty) goes, ‘I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ.’”