Executive Directors

Chuck + Peg

20170821_ChuckPegImage_JohnNoltner_small.pngChuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman have shared a ministry of reconciliation rooted in community building and shared artwork, a prophetic ministry which has taken them into some of the most intractable places of religious and political conflict around the globe. Through their studio, Genesis + Art, they have worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as Israel/Palestine, India, and many communities here in the USA. Their work in Belfast over many years runs especially deep - at the core of their sense of call to Holden at this time of building vital and vibrant work in developing innovative new programs for Holden in its ongoing process of healing. 

As life-long Lutherans and lay leaders in a vital international ministry of art and reconciliation, Chuck + Peg use a theological voice, rooted in Word and Sacrament, prayer, music, and silence. Chuck has a Master of Arts in Art + Theology / Missions from Luther Seminary, St. Paul. Together, Peg + Chuck share a ministry of Art and Faith, and have broad ecumenical and interfaith experience internationally.

Both Peg + Chuck have held senior leadership positions in major American companies. Peg worked for the Hallmark Company for over 20 years, leaving her career as a Creative Director of Retail Product Development to come to Holden. Chuck was a Vice President of Design for a Kansas City design firm and an Associate Creative Director for the Walt Disney Company. Together, they run Genesis + Art Studio, collaborating in leading workshops, teaching, and sharing their passion for building community around shared spiritual practices.

Their savvy from managing large teams of employees and multimillion dollar budgets is balanced by their human compassion and deep desire to see other people flourish. Their shared painting (literally: painting together on the same canvas) has both deepened their sensitivity to one another and deepened their self-awareness. It is striking that they always write prayers on the canvas before they begin. And these personal practices fit hand-in-glove for their leadership, whether for a professional meeting or in the ministry of community reconciliation. 

This is the creative process they bring into Holden Village and collaborative workshop settings where they facilitate dialogue through art with groups to create greater understanding among diverse people. The transformative power of art runs deep. It is at the core of their calling to Holden, especially at this time of building vital, vibrant, and innovative programs to heal the land, the community and to equip those who come to learn in the Village to find a common purpose which unites rather than divides.