Gideon Strauss joined the Max De Pree Center for Leadership in January 2012. As executive director, he is committed to the Center truly becoming “a catalyst for the truly human practice of work, leadership, and organizational life.”
A native of South Africa, Strauss participated in the anti-apartheid struggle as a young adult. This experience persuaded him of the vital importance of a “concept of the human person” as being the image-bearer of God, and also drew him into the regular practice of reading the psalms, where he discovered a robust spirituality of wonder, heartbreak, and hope. The psalms helped frame the worldview that informed Gideon’s graduate work, including the dissertation, “The Ethics of Public Welfare,” with which he earned his doctorate in 1995. The psalms also helped sustain him as he worked for South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996 and 1997.
Before joining the Max De Pree Center for Leadership, Gideon served as CEO of the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), edited CPJ’s magazine, Capital Commentary, and Comment magazine for the think tank Cardus. He previously worked as research and education director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada, as an adjunct instructor in philosophy at Redeemer University College, and has also served on the board of International Justice Mission Canada.
Alongside his wife, Angela, Gideon is learning how to be a parent of young adult daughters: Tala is a recent graduate from and Hannah a current student at Gordon College near Boston.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Leadership, vocational discipleship, marketplace missiology, public theology, social and political philosophy