Hugh C. Whelchel
As Executive Director, Hugh Whelchel brings a unique combination of senior executive responsibility, creative educational administration, and technical innovation from over thirty years of diverse business experience. Over six years ago, Hugh stepped out of a successful business career to share his senior executive experience with Reformed Theological Seminary’s struggling Washington DC campus, where he served as Executive Director and guest professor. Prior to RTS, he spent fifteen years in the IT industry, helping turn around several regional companies.
In addition to his business acumen, Hugh has a unique passion and expertise in helping individuals integrate their faith and vocational calling. He is the author of How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work, released May 2012. He has served as both the executive director and board member of The Fellows Initiative (TFI), a coalition of Regional Fellows Programs (Post-Graduate Christian Leadership Development Programs) established in key communities around the nation. TFI is an umbrella organization that supports and helps establish new regional Fellows Programs. These comprehensive programs include 3-4 day workplace internships, graduate level academic courses and other activities to help the fellows more fully understand God’s vocational calling on their lives as they enter their careers.
On the topic of faith and work, Hugh is frequently called upon to teach and speak on the radio, at conferences, churches, seminaries, business groups, and universities around the nation. Hugh is a contributor to The Washington Post/On Faith “Local Leaders” website and has been published on The Gospel Coalition.org and ByFaith Online. He has also been a guest on Moody Radio Network’s “In the Market with Janet Parshall,” Salem Radio Network, IRN/USA Radio Network, and “Truth That Transforms” (Truth in Action Ministries), among other shows.
A native Floridian, Hugh graduated from the University of Florida and earned a master’s degree in theology from Reformed Theological Seminary before moving to Northern Virginia ten years ago to run an IT training company. Hugh and his wife Leslie now live in Loudoun County, Virginia. As an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, he serves in leadership at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia and also serves on the boards of several Christian non-profits organizations. In what little spare time he has, Hugh enjoys hiking, golf and restoring old sports cars. Hugh is on Twitter at @HughWhelchel.