Amanda Wachsmuth is living proof that any job can be ministry. She works in Operational Risk Management--managing regulatory and risk reduction programs--for a large investment bank in New York City, and can claim ten years' experience in finance roles that have ranged from derivatives trader to chief operating officer. Her deep desire, says Amanda, is to see Wall Street transformed to reflect a biblical vision of "economic and environmental shalom."
As companion to her day job, Amanda serves on the core leadership team for the Financial Services Ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Part of the church's Center for Faith and Work, the ministry focuses on "doing well while doing good": connecting, mobilizing, and challenging Christian financial professionals to examine their callings to be God's transformative instruments in finance careers
It's a tall order, but Amanda's years at Fuller helped prepare and inspire her for the task. She loved Fuller's support for women in leadership as well as its integrative approach to learning. Professor of Christian Ethics Glen Stassen challenged her on peace and justice issues inside and outside of class, and the teachings of professors Colin Brown and John Goldingay were likewise formative to her.
While at Fuller--which she attended while simultaneously pursuing a master's in statistics at Northwestern University--Amanda met a Wall Street transplant who was exploring how God might work through his career in finance. Together they pondered the "unique kinds of questions people in finance have," such as what does it mean to be "called to finance"? And as Amanda prayed about her own future, she sensed God clearly calling her to be a trader: "completely different from what my family and friends expected," she recalls.
In her work today, Amanda wants to "articulate and translate what economic peace--shalom--means to a lost and hurting industry and global economy." She is working on a series of devotionals on faith and finance with former president Richard Mouw and Max De Pree Center for Leadership director Gideon Strauss. And she envisions a day when young people choose careers in finance as a mission to build community and transform culture at a core level.
Doing well, while doing good.
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