Founder and Principal
Steven Garber has a classroom among many people in many places. As the Founder and Principal of the Washington Institute, the heart of his own calling is that people understand the integral character of faith, vocation, and culture. Author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (Second Ed., 2007) and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good (2013), he writes frequently for Comment and Critique, and in addition was a contributor to the volumes Faith Goes to Work: Reflections From the Marketplace, and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue, as well as to the Mars Hill Audio journal, “Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing: The Life and Work of Michael Polanyi.” For many years he taught on Capitol Hill in the American Studies Program, and then became the Scholar-in-Residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He serves as a board member for Ransom Fellowship, the Blood:Water Mission, A Rocha, and the Telos Project, and as a consultant for the Wedgwood Circle, the Murdock Trust, the Demdaco Corporation and the Mars Corporation. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and is the father of five children whose own callings have them scattered around the world.
Kate first came to Washington from Colorado as a Falls Church Fellow in 2002 where she studied under Dr. Garber and worked for Chuck Colson and The Wilberforce Forum on several human rights policy initiatives. She then spent several years working on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senate leadership and helped to lead the vocational ministry Faith & Law. In 2007 she left Capitol Hill to help start The Wedgwood Circle, an angel investment network to fund art that lifts up the good, true and beautiful. In 2008 her family moved to England for her husband to pursue his graduate degree where, when not busy caring for their young children, Kate worked part-time to lead business development for a boutique project management firm. She also worked on a handful of special projects for the global consulting firm Oxford Analytica. After returning to the DC area, Kate joined The Washington Institute staff as a writer in 2010 and began directing its development in 2011. She recently wrote Wonder Woman: Navigating the Challenges of Motherhood, Career, and Identity as part of the Barna Group Frames. Kate graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Journalism and B.A in Political Science. She is wife to a very good man and mother to their three young children.
Director of Programs and Development
Erin Reeder was born and raised in sunny Florida, but has called the DC area “home” for quite a while now. She moved to Washington in 2006 to participate in the Falls Church Fellows Program where she first encountered how faith has implications for all of life, including vocation. For her, that meant politics. She spent several years working as an aide on Capitol Hill, holding both legislative and communications positions in the U.S. Senate. In 2011 she transitioned to fundraising and helped build a multi-million dollar political action committee, serving first as PAC Administrator and then Finance Director. She has worn many hats over the years: hosting roundtables for members of Congress, organizing fundraisers across the country, and creating and managing a donor relations system. Erin graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in French.
Director of Formation
Bill Haley is Associate Rector at The Falls Church in Northern Virginia and also serves part-time as the Director of Formation at the Washington Institute to direct and lend insight into the integral relationship between spiritual formation and faithfulness in the broader world (e.g. vocational formation). A graduate of Bethel College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he is an Anglican priest and trained spiritual director. His life has been profoundly shaped by many international experiences, particularly in places of deep brokenness in the world, and he has devoted many years to ministering in urban contexts. With his wife Tara (a nurse practitioner) and four kids, he lives at Corhaven, a farm in the Shenandoah Valley, offered as a space for others to find God on retreat. Bill’s life has been fired by the phrase “in Christ all things hold together,” so he is particularly keen on walking with others as they seek to apply their vocation to the way the world actually is and the way it one day will be. Bill previously served as President of The Regeneration Forum and Publisher of Re:Generation Quarterly a magazine devoted to “community transforming culture”, and is the founding Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington DC. He has also served on staff at the Servant Leadership School in inner-city Washington, was a founding board member and then President of the Southeast DC Partners, and is currently a trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and a board member of a Christian leadership training center in South Sudan.
The author of numerous articles, Bill has also contributed a chapter to Disorganized Religion: The Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults. He has compiled several original editions of poetry, prayers, and prose. His interests include outdoor sports, the visual arts and music, reading, writing, and long conversations over a good cup of coffee. Most of all, he’s excited about spending time with Tara and their children.
Content Manager & Editor
An east coast nomad, Adam is excited to return to the DC area. A graduate of Wheaton College (B.A. in Theological Studies and Business/Economics), and Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), he hopes to participate in ecclesial ministry. He previously worked as an accountant for the Heritage Foundation and a Ministry Assistant for a prison ministry in North Carolina. Adam is also a Staff Writer for Curator Magazine.
Laura Merzig Fabrycky is a freelance writer and editor, whose previous work experience includes program management at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, communications work for the Program for Theological Education by Extension, and writing and editing for clients in a broad range of fields around the world. A graduate of Wheaton College (B.A., political science) and Virginia Theological Seminary (M.T.S., systematic theology), her writing has been published in Books & Culture, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, the Foreign Service Journal, and Good Housekeeping Middle East. A diplomatic trailing spouse and mother to two young daughters, Laura has lived in Doha, Qatar, and Amman, Jordan, and travels widely with her globe-trotting portable tribe, scribbling poetry on grocery receipts as she goes.
Content & Program Coordinator
Adam Thies was born and raised amongst the cornfields of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in History and minor in Political Science. While at university Adam spent his time writing for the student newspaper’s music section, studying abroad in England at the University of York, volunteering at an afterschool program for ESL elementary school students, and cheering on the ever-disappointing Fighting Illini as part of the Orange Krush. He comes to the DC area as part of The Fellows Program at The Falls Church.