"Happiness is the sense that one matters. Happiness is an abiding enthusiasm. Happiness is single-mindedness. Happiness is wholeheartedness. Happiness is a by-product. Happiness is faith."
- Rev. Samuel Shoemaker, founder of Faith at Work/Lumunos
Lumunos, formerly known as Faith at Work (FAW), has been around for a long time. Sam Shoemaker, of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York, founded Faith at Work in 1927 when he published The Evangel, “a magazine of faith at work.” Shoemaker is best known for his philosophical contributions to the twelve step program codified by Alcoholics Anonymous. In the ’30s, FAW used a format of group support and accountability learned through its shared history with AA.
In the mid-1900's, FAW was incorporated as a nonprofit. Bruce Larson and other leaders brought an emphasis on connecting faith with the whole person. In the ’70s, FAW moved to Columbia, MD and expanded its influence through the procurement of foundation money, a larger staff, leadership training, seminary ministry, and the magazine.
In the 80’s Marjory Bankson led FAW with an emphasis on women’s ministry, call, and the FAW Magazine. Doug Wysockey-Johnson, our current Executive Director, began his ministry with Lumunos in 2000 pursuing an emphasis on connecting call, relationships, faith, and daily life. In 2009, Faith at Work changed its name to Lumunos to better connect with a new generation of seekers. In recent years, Lumunos continues to build on the foundation of FAW, finding new ways to help people reflect, connect and discover their call.