Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Seminaries. He is the founder and director of Blessed Earth Northwest, a center that helps think creatively and strategically around creation care issues in the Pacific Northwest. A.J. is the author of "The Dusty Ones," "Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology," and "Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology." You can find his website and blog at www.ajswoboda.com, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda.
Allyson Darakjian is a visual artist and theologian who is passionate about shepherding creatives in the church. She primarily works in mixed media/collage but spends lots of her creative energy dialoguing with other artists about the creative process. She has a MA in Theology and Culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She and her husband live in Seattle near Green Lake, which is Allyson’s second favorite thing about the Pacific Northwest after all the fantastic craft breweries popping up everywhere. Allyson is excited to be part of the Institute serving the needs of the local church in Cascadia.
Dr. R. Anderson Campbell is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at George Fox University. When he’s not pulling blackberry vines you can find him talking about metaphor and Christian formation to anyone who will listen.
Annie Mesaros is a Seattle native and lover of words. She spends quite a bit of her time contracting as a writer and fundraiser and is constantly mystified by the many ways God is at work in and around us all the time. Annie spends the rest of her time enjoying the great outdoors and delicious meals with friends and family.
Brandon D. Rhodes (D.Min) is a grassroots scholar and small business owner in Lents, Oregon. He shares life in Christ there with Springwater, an Anabaptist parish church. Brandon writes for a variety of periodicals, including Christianity Today, PRISM, the Parish Collective, and JesusRadicals.com. He has contributed to several books, including The Intentional Christian Community Handbook. Brandon's first book, Blip: The Making and Unmaking of the Petrol-Driven Church, will be published by Wipf & Stock in 2015. He is a lifelong Oregonian.
Chapman “Chap” Clark is associate provost for strategic projects and professor and chair of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology at Fuller Seminary. Chap created and directs Fuller’s master’s level and Doctor of Ministry programs in Youth, Family, and Culture. A well-known practitioner, adolescent and family scholar, and author, Clark has more than 30 years of experience in direct ministry, including 15 years with Young Life, as well as positions with several churches, Denver Seminary, Youth Specialties, and as senior editor of Youthworker Journal. He is currently on the teaching team of Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor, Washington, is president of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Services, and continues to work closely with Young Life. Clark’s extensive publications of books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships.
Charles Scalise primarily teaches history and theology at the Fuller Seminary Northwest campus as a resident faculty member. He has been a member of the Church History Department and the Theology Division of Fuller’s School of Theology since 1994 and also supervises doctoral students for the School of Theology’s Center for Advanced Theological Studies. Scalise’s publications include Bridging the Gap: Connecting What You Learned in Seminary with What You Find in the Congregation (2003), From Scripture to Theology (1996), and Hermeneutics as Theological Prolegomena (1994), as well as a number of articles and book reviews.
Cherice Bock is a native Oregonian. Along with her spouse and their two sons, she enjoys biking, reading, and spending time outside. Cherice currently teaches at George Fox University and its seminary, and serves as the community garden coordinator. She holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is working on a PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. She blogs for the environmental studies journal Whole Terrain: http://wholeterrain.com/
Chris Lim is an ex-Amazon engineer who convened a group at the company to study the theology of technology. This group eventually compared Amazon leadership principles with Scripture making the case for how Christians can succeed in the Amazon corporate culture. Today Chris leads TheoTech, a company activating a movement of Technology Entrepreneurship for the Gospel. This means beginning with God as the Customer and working backwards to create the things He desires to see in the world. Chris loves seeing the implications of a thoughtful theology of technology worked out in real world products that transform people's lives and give them a foretaste of God's Kingdom. You can connect with him on twitter @meritandgrace, his blog www.meritandgrace.com or listen to the Theotech podcast at www.theotech.org.
Dr. Christopher B. James is Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he also directs the Master of Arts in Mission and Discipleship degree. His research and teaching focus on missional engagement with contemporary Western contexts. He holds a PhD in Practical Theology from Boston University School of Theology,and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is author of Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil, a study of ecclesiology and missiology among church plants in Seattle, WA. Christopher can be found online at chrisbjames.com, and @chrisbjames.
Chuck Bomar is the pastor of Colossae Church in Tigard, Oregon. He has written 10 books, including the forthcoming, "Serving Local Schools." Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters: Karis, Hope, and Sayla.
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda is Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Her most recent book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress, 2013), won a Nautilus Award for social justice. She has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America in matters of social and ecological justice as related to faith.
Dale is a Professor of History at Whitworth University. He holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA/PhD from the University of Washington. He has written books like "The Reverend Mark Matthews: Activist in the Progressive Era," and numerous scholarly articles on religion and public life in the Pacific Northwest.
Dave Hillis is a thirty-two year resident of Tacoma. He has worked for organizations like Young Life, Northwest Leadership Foundation, and Leadership Foundation. Dave received his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary and his DMin from Bakke Graduate University. He is deeply committed to the welfare of urban centers like Tacoma. Dave and his wife of thirty-three years, Teresa, are faithful members of St. Leo Parish in Tacoma.
Dr. David Leong is Associate Professor of Missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary. David and his family live, serve, and worship in Seattle’s beautifully diverse Rainier Valley, where they enjoy parks, pho, and hipster-watching.
David Warkentin has spent his whole life in the Vancouver area and is currently on faculty at Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford, BC), where he teaches in the area of theology and culture. David did an MA in Christianity and Culture at Regent College, researching the impact of individualism on religious communities. He lives in Abbotsford with his wife and two children where they are lay leaders in a multicultural church.
Doug Thorpe is Professor of Literature at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of three books and has also written for a variety of journals, including The Christian Century, Sojourners, and Parabola. Doug is an active member at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.
Drew is the senior editor of Leadership Journal, a Christianity Today publication for church leaders. He is also the author of "Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Church…and how to Bring Them Back." and "Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying." His work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and Relevant magazine.
Elise Stephens uses adventure and mystery in her fiction to set stages for provocative questions. She is a 2018 Writers of the Future winner, the author of three novels, and has studied under Orson Scott Card. Her nonfiction has appeared in SheKnows, Boundless, and LovingYou. Her fiction explores themes of beauty within imperfection and finding purpose after a great loss. www.EliseStephens.com
Emily Nelson Lewis is a hospitality artist committed to building community through the breaking of bread. As head chapter leader of Make America Dinner Again (Seattle) and Program Director at Brehm Cascadia, she is passionate about empowering, educating, and equipping local communities to lead the way in the art of hospitality. Emily also hosts the Seattle chapter of the Healthy Democracy Coalition through NEXUS Global, where she fosters relationships between the philanthropic community and local allies. Thai food, Beyoncé, felt hats, and the book "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl are just a few of her favorite things.
Eric Jacobsen is the author of two books, as well as numerous articles exploring the intersection between Christianity and human community. He is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma where he lives with his wife and four children. Eric received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008.
Forrest Inslee was born and raised in the Seattle area. He spent a number of years in Chicago, earning an MA and PhD at Northwestern University, and in Vancouver, where he earned a second MA in theology at Regent College. After a missionary stint as a church planter in Istanbul, he returned to the Seattle area, where he now chairs an MA program in International Community Development at Northwest University.
Graham McMahon has spent his entire life in South West British Columbia and currently resides in Chilliwack, B.C. where he leads a neighborhood-based church plant with his wife and three children. Graham has served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for fourteen years and in his current role for five years. Recently he graduated with an MRE in Missional Leadership from Rochester College. You can follow Graham on Twitter at @GrahaMacMan.
Jacqueline Dewar has been working with Jacob’s Well since 2014, a ministry in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that focuses on mutually transformative friendship with people on the margins of society and equips others to do the same in their own context. She also co-leads the Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor Vancouver field-team, a like-minded community down the road. Jacqueline holds an M.A. in Theological Studies with a Concentration in World Christianity from Regent College.
James Wellman is Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His areas of expertise are in American religious culture, history, and politics. Wellman has published several award-winning books, including "The Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism" and "Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest." He recently published "Rob Bell and the New American Christianity" and "High on God: How the Megachurch Conquered America." Wellman can be followed on Twitter at wellman4444, and reached on his author Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JamesKWellman. He is now a regular blogger for Patheos.com and can be read at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jameswellman/.
Jason M. Brown, PhD has studied anthropology, forestry and theology. His PhD from the University of British Columbia is in Resources, Environment and Sustainability. He is a Sessional Instructor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He is also a Joint Research Associate for the The Faculty of Forestry and W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. He is a member of and server for St. James Anglican Church in Vancouver, BC. You can find more of Jason's writings on his website, www.holyscapes.org, or his blog, www.patheos.com/blogs/holyscapes/ .
Jeffrey F. Keuss, is a professor at Seattle Pacific University. He teaches courses in Theology and Culture, Christian Formation, and Educational Ministry. Jeff is also an author, ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and North American General Editor for the journal Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press). He and his wife Diana have 3 wonderful daughters and a very lovable Chocolate Lab named Seamus.
Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a "Through a Screen Darkly", a memoir of dangerous moviegoing published by Regal Books, as well as "The Auralia Thread", a four-novel fantasy series that begins with "Auralia's Colors", published by Random House. He blogs at lookingcloser.org, and frequently lectures and leads workshops on film studies, creative writing, and the Christian imagination. He works full-time as a communications specialist at Seattle Pacific University, and in 2013 was Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at SPU.
Rev. Jennie L. Spohr writes historical fiction. Her newest novel, "Heirs & Spares," set during the European Reformation, garnered rave reviews. When not writing, she produces The Kindlings Muse, the Seattle-based podcast on ideas that matter in culture. She is a pastor with the PCUSA and lives with her brood in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle.
Dr. John S. Knox is an assistant professor of biblical studies at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. He has taught on the Bible, Church History, and Religion for over a decade in traditional and online environments. He recently wrote a Christian History fiction novel called The Letter of Alon. He and his wife, Brenda, have been married for 22 years, and have two amazing boys.
John Stackhouse is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and wrote "Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century." His most recent book is “Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology,” and he blogs at johnstackhouse.com, tweets as @jgsphd.
Julia joined Whitworth Faculty in 1994. She is a graduate of Dordt College, and earned her JD from the University of Iowa College of Law and her PhD from the University of Maryland. Julia directed both Whitworth's initiative to serve homeless youth in Spokane and the Lives of Commitment Program. A regular contributor of op-ed pieces for The Seattle Times and The Spokesman-Review, Stronks has also authored several books.
Justin K.H. Tse (謝堅恆) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Previously, he taught religious studies at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in Seattle, WA, and human geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C.
When Karen isn’t immersed in theological studies at Regent College, she can be found teaching yoga at various studios around Vancouver or singing about environmental sustainability in a folk trio. Karen is passionate about Vancouver’s social and ecological wellbeing, and the diverse ways that spirituality is expressed in this beautiful region.
Katherine M. Douglass is a professor of Christian ministry at Seattle Pacific University and directs The Confirmation Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and served as a youth minister for The American Protestant Church: An International Congregation in Bonn, Germany. She enjoys the great outdoors living in Seattle with her husband John and their three boys.
Kevin Palau is president of the Luis Palau Association, a Portland, Oregon based ministry that has shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with more than 1 billion people worldwide. In 2008, Kevin helped develop a massive, area-wide initiative in Portland, Oregon known as CityServe. Kevin is nationally recognized as a key leader for sustainable citywide movements that bring civic, government, and church leadership together. Despite having graduated from Wheaton College, Kevin is a huge University of Oregon fan. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children and live in Beaverton, Oregon.
Rep. Kevin Parker is serving his fourth term representing the 6 th Legislative District, which includes part of Spokane, Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights. Kevin is an entrepreneur who manages 80 employees at his six coffee shops and teaches in the Whitworth University and Gonzaga University MBA programs. He lives in Spokane with his wife, Kerry, and their three children.
Kimberly Crispeno lives with her husband and two boys in Edmonds, WA where she shuttles between soccer, ice hockey and, with a daughter in college, Los Angeles. She sometimes manages to find her way to church since she serves as a pastor at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline. On a good day, you might find her gardening, thrifting, antiquing, reading, writing, drawing, or cursing the impulse that took her to spinning class.
Lisa Graham McMinn, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology and Writer in Residence at George Fox University. She and her husband Mark live on Fern Creek, a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm outside of Newberg, Oregon, where they tend chickens and bees and grow food for 22 families.
Lucy S. R. Austen is a freelance writer and editor who has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of the University of Washington, she has worked as editor of Spring Hill Review, a journal of Northwest culture. She is currently at work on a full-length biography of Elisabeth Elliot. You can connect with Lucy through her website at lucysrausten.com.
Lynne M. Baab, PhD, is a Presbyterian minister and the author of numerous books, most recently "Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-first Century." She is based in Seattle and blogs weekly at lynnebaab.com.
Lynne Faris Blessing serves as Pastor for Outreach at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Since the summer 1987 when she got to know the wonderful people of The Mendenhall Ministries in MS, she has found great joy in participating in God's ministry of reconciliation and Christian Community Development. She also loves exploring the beautiful Northwest with her husband and two young children.
Maria-José Soerens, MA, is a graduate student at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK, where she conducts research on the religious narratives of suffering of undocumented women. She is the founding executive director of Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education, a nonprofit devoted to walk with undocumented migrants and their families by mobilizing mental health resources. She organizes for the Evangelical Immigration Table, and currently teaches at the MA in Theological Studies at Centro de Estudios Teologicos Interdisicplinarios. Maria-Jose migrated from Chile and lives with her husband Tim and their son in Seattle.
Marisa received her MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. She was born and raised in the Chicago area but moved to Seattle as a high-school student when her parents were called to a church in Bellevue. Growing up as a pastor’s daughter gave her several opportunities to use her gifts of singing, writing, and speaking, as well as a deep heart for pastoral ministry, a desire to see people live into their gifts and into the abundant life that Jesus offers. Marisa currently resides in Seattle with her husband Scott—a youth pastor, their two children, and a notoriously ill-behaved dog named Dodger.
Marty Folsom, PhD is the Executive Director of the Pacific Association for Theological Studies (USA). He maintains a private Marriage and Family Counseling practice and teaches theology in the Seattle area. His theological interests include Relational Theology, Trinitarian Theology, Theological Anthropology, and many more. He is forming a theological neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest called the Northwest Theological Collaboration, including all the theological schools in WA, OR, ID, and BC. Marty has two books published in his Face-to-Face trilogy. He has published in CRUX (Regent College) and other journals. He is the curator of Inscape Art Gallery in Redmond, Washington, featuring Northwest artists. Marty resides in Snohomish Washington with his wife Cindy.
Matt Ingalls is the pastor of River Street Church of God in Newberg, OR. He’s a graduate of George Fox Evangelical Seminary and in love with the Church, running, history, Abigail, and Elliot. You can read his blog at riverstreetgodblog.blogspot.com.
Matt Overton is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington. He has been doing youth ministry for 16 years, and is also the proud owner of Mowtown Teen Lawn Care and Columbia Teen Enterprises. He loves new ideas and exploring innovative possibilities for just about anything! To learn more about the innovative work Matt is doing, please visit www.youthministryinnovators.com.
Melanie Springer Mock is a Professor of English at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon. She is the author or co-author of four books including, most recently, "If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be." Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. She blogs about (and deconstructs) images of women embedded in evangelical popular culture at aintiawomanblog.net.
Paul Louis Metzger is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary where he also directs The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He serves as the editor of Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture. Paul has authored several books. He blogs regularly at Uncommon God, Common Good for Patheos and The Christian Post. http://new-wineskins.org/ http://new-wineskins.org/journal/
Phillip Lewis is a graduate of the University of Washington. He serves as the Associate Student Director at Quest Church in Seattle. Phillip is always excited to drink coffee, read new books, and meet new people. He is committed and passionate about seeing students in the Seattle area come to know Jesus in an intimate and compelling way through the art of teaching and storytelling.
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. He has been involved in mentoring Indigenous leaders for almost three decades. Randy, with his wife Edith, is a cofounder of Eagle's Wings Ministry and they are considered early missiological innovators in the Native American Cultural Contextual Movement. He and Edith, (Eastern Shoshone) maintain Eloheh Farm and Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership Development. Dr. Woodley also serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. His most recent book is "Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision."
Rich Erickson serves as associate professor of New Testament for Fuller Online and at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle, Washington. A faculty member since 1984, he played an active role in the development of Fuller's first off-campus cohort-based MDiv program. In the fall of 2010, he received a Kern Family Foundation grant for developing online curriculum at Fuller.
Robert Richards served as president and CEO of The Commerce Bank corporation in Seattle. He is author of “God and Business” and “Closing the Sunday-Monday Gap.” He served on the faculty of Whitman College and lectures in economics at the University of Washington. He is currently a director of The Commerce Bank of Washington, Pacific Wealth Advisors, SkoFlo Industries and the Economic Policy Research Council of the University of Washington. Robert and Marilyn Richards live in North Bend, Washington.
Ryan Rodin is the Development Director for Peak 7 Adventures, based in their Spokane headquarters. After graduating from Whitworth University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science, Ryan worked for legislators at the State and Federal level. An experienced traveler, Ryan has been to Asia, Central American, Europe, and the Middle East. A lover of God's Creation since childhood, he is likely to be found hiking, backpacking, rafting, fly fishing, or hunting and hopes to retire somewhere near Grand Teton National Park. Ryan is blessed to be a part of Peak 7 and loves sharing with others the impact the organization is having on youth in the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Dudley is Senior Pastor of Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. He has taught numerous writing and literature courses at Stanford University and Seattle Pacific University, and has spoken at many Christian conferences. He is married to Christina and they have three children.
Shannon Sigler is a visual artist, theologian, and arts administrator. She has a passion for pastoring artists and building bridges between art and church communities. Her art and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts, as well as explorations in Christian vocation and family life. Shannon studied at Asbury Theological Seminary and Boston University. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband, Matt, and son, Elijah.
Stacey Gleddiesmith is the Director of the Worship Arts program at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC. She has an MDiv with a concentration in Christianity and the Arts from Regent College, and over twenty years of experience leading worship in various church and mission contexts. She is particularly interested in the biblical theology of worship and how that translates into church practice, and in the intersection of art and theology. When she’s not teaching or reading, she can usually be found in the pottery studio.
Tim Soerens is a pastor, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. As co-director of the Parish Collective he convenes ministry leaders, teaches, and consults with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods, while also working collaboratively across the city. He is also the co-founding producer of the Inhabit Conference and the “Leadership in the New Parish” certificate program at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He lives in Wallingford with his wife Maria-Jose and their son.
Wesley C. Telyea is the Lead Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah, WA. He is the author of “Your Theological Last Will and Testament,” and has been featured in Lutheran Forum, Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, The Lutheran, L Magazine: Empowering ELCA Leaders for Vital Ministry, Currents in Theology and Mission, and Sundays and Seasons Preaching, Year B. When not at church, Wesley can be found hunting and fishing around Cascadia.