where Faith, work and Justice meet

Bringing the Gospel to the City Gate

We exist to help you seek wisdom, build community, and join other leaders committed to healing their cities.

Our Convictions

We need each other. CityGate is an intentional community of leaders, thinkers and makers committed to personal formation and cultural renewal in their cities through holistic expressions of the gospel, and who share a vision of communion and shalom for workplaces, cities, and the culture. We will do this built on the following commitments.

Set a Big Table

We welcome followers of Jesus from diverse Christian theological, cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds who share a common vision for the flourishing of their communities and cities. We remain minimally committed to Nicene Credal Christianity; individuals and organizations within CityGate vary on specific matters of doctrine. 

Form People Holistically

We invest in the spiritual, emotional, and relational formation of each person we are entrusted to develop, built on a trinitarian understanding of love, mutuality and humility. Our context for this work is through individual vocation and calling, through their workplaces, and for the good of the city.

Cultivate Trusted Partnerships

We engage with individuals and organizations to work collaboratively around the vision of faith, vocation and cultural renewal to strengthen one another and our shared work.

Do Justice Wisely

We integrate a robust theology of biblical justice that holistically considers work as a means to repair and reconcile systems, organizations and communities to create equity for all.


A Growing Organic Community

There is a growing, organic community of people who hunger for leading, working and creating out of a holistic and coherent life deeply rooted in the gospel.  We have found one another through a number of loosely organized communities and networks--Faith and Work organizations, City based Leadership and Community organizations, Local churches developing holistic discipleship expressions, business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to live out their Christian faith in their leadership and organizational life. 

Many of us have been working in this ecosystem for years and deeply value the friendships we have made over the years . Others are entering into a new season of work and ministry in this space and seek wisdom support and guidance.

CityGate was born out of a desire by Denver Institute for Faith and Work founder Jeff Haanen, who found himself early in the launch of DIFW desiring the companionship and a collaborative learning laboratory with like-minded fellow travelers on the journey.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build a community of practitioners and leaders who invest in whole life discipleship, engage and resource one another, and who share a vision of communion and shalom for their work, their cities, and our culture. 

Our Vision

We are a community of seekers and sages gathering at the gates of our cities to build communities, learn together, invest in relationships, and encourage human flourishing through our Christian faith, in our cities, and for all of life.


Meet the CityGate Team


CityGate Director
Lisa will be curating and overseeing the CityGate community and ecosystem. She is also  the founder of Tamim Partners LLC, coming alongside leaders and their teams to grow in wholeness and cohesion as they seek to serve their organizations for the common good. Previously Lisa was on staff of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation (PLF), where she served for 14 years, the last 6 as CEO.  Lisa currently serves as a Board Director for Made to Flourish and Leadership Foundations. Residing in the Pittsburgh metro area, she has been married to Roger for 39 years, has one adult child and two beloved Labradors, Thea and Grace.


CityGate Fellowship Director
Brian is the COO of DIFW and leads their 5280 Fellowship program. He directs CityGate Fellowships through training, leader collaboratives, and program development. Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.


CityGate Consultant
Ross Chapman was named CEO of Denver Institute for Faith & Work in August 2022. He recently relocated to the Denver area with his wife, Candace, and their three sons. Ross is pursuing his doctorate of ministry in faith, work, economics and vocation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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