Tommy Givens is assistant professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He also teaches in the area of Christian Ethics and is the faculty advisor to Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates student group. He earned a Th.D. at Duke University and is author of the forthcoming book, We the People: Israel and the Catholicity of Jesus (Fortress Press). He has also published articles in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of Theological Interpretation, and other academic and popular journals.
In March 2013, Frank was appointed as the Global Poverty Alleviation Catalyst for World Mission of the PCUSA. In this position he is connecting U.S. Presbyterians and Global Partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. Initially, the focus will be on improving the quality of education for children. In July of this year (2014) Nancy and the children moved from southern Africa to Louisville to be with Frank, as his job has become more U.S.-centered. Frank travels throughout the U.S. promoting the campaign to provide quality education to one million children globally as a part of the poverty alleviation initiative.
James Choung has been involved in campus ministries for over 22 years, empowering rising generations of Kingdom world-changers. He currently serves as InterVarsity’s national director of evangelism, and also leads a missional community called the Vineyard Underground. He has written True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In and its follow-up, Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out, and he has taught at Bethel Seminary San Diego on leadership development and evangelism. He frequently speaks at campuses, churches, and conferences, and his work has been featured in many publications, including Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and Outreach Magazine.
James has also sat in too many classes, writing his D. Min. dissertation on postmodern leadership development at Fuller Theological Seminary, receiving his M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and studying management science and marketing at MIT. He has previously served on the pastoral staff of a Boston-area urban church plant and of a megachurch in Seoul. He has also led worship at national conferences, and has been on boards for higher education and an overseas business startup. For fun, he likes to travel with his wife, tease his two sons, spoil his daughter, bask in Los Angeles’ endless summer, and swing a racket in hopes of playing something like tennis. He blogs irregularly at www.jameschoung.net
Rich was born in Whittier, California and came to Santa Barbara to study at the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to significant involvement in InterVarsity, Rich graduated from UCSB with a degree in Religious Studies. After his experience at Urbana ’09, he pursued long-term missions work in East Africa, subsequently shifting his focus to missionary work within the States. He pursued studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and decided to explore non-traditional models of gathering and ministry. Drawing from orthodoxy, Rich determined to seek alternative structures of missional lifestyles and mature “ecclesia”. Rich was commissioned and licensed through Christian Associates International in February 2010 as a team leader and pastor/church planter. He’s now on track for ordination in the Free Methodist Church. With his heart for the homeless, Rich works alongside friend and ministry partner Jeff Shaffer. His deepest ambition is that he would learn to love and love well.
Jeff Shaffer has been married for 24 years. He is married to Julia and has three children – Kairos, Kennah, and Kalum. From 1992 to 2005 he was a pastor at Community Covenant Church in Goleta, and for the past seven years has been working with Christian Associates as the founder of the Uffizi Mission Project (www.uffizimission.org) He also works for the Turner Foundation, which owns the Village Apartments on the West Side. His primary work is on the West Side of Santa Barbara and with Friends without Homes through both the work of Uffizi and Common Ground Santa Barbara (www.commongroundsb.org).
With over 15 years’ experience in pastoral therapy, trauma treatment, and faith-based disaster response, Dr. Katherine Wiebe’s research, practice, and leadership focus on clergy care and how congregations effectively exercise capacities to be catalysts for healing. In all of her relationships, especially as wife, mother, and the executive director of the Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG), she seeks after practical solutions for thriving. In 2005, she earned an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and was recognized for her academic excellence with the Fellowship in Practical Theology. She earned a PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2012. In the rare times she is not with her family or working, you likely will find her enjoying an evening backyard fire, hiking in the hills around Santa Barbara, or savoring a delicious meal with good friends. An East Coast transplant, she enjoys regaling her CA kids with stories of vacationing “down the shore.”
Jeff Schloss is Senior Scholar at the BioLogos Foundation and Distinguished Professor of Biology at Westmont College. He has taught at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Wheaton College Science Station, Jaguar Creek Rainforest Station, and has served as Academic Dean of the Creation Care Study Program and Adjunct Faculty of the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies. Jeff’s twin interests are exploring the wonders of the natural world with his students and relating scientific understanding to biblical faith. He is particularly interested in relating biological and theological perspectives on both the origins and the care of species. Jeff has done fieldwork all over the world, from alpine forests, to boreal woodland, to coral reefs, to tropical rain- and cloud forests. And he has sought to integrate science with a Christian worldview as a Crosson Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, a Plummer Fellow at St. Anne’s College Oxford, and a Witherspoon Fellow in Theology & Science at Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry. Jeff publishes widely in academic venues and frequently speaks to both academic and popular audiences on the evolution and stewardship of creation. In his off time (or “on” time?), Jeff enjoys camping, fishing, folk guitar, and especially surfing – all immeasurably richer with his three 20-something sons, and wife Melody.
Walter C. Wright, Jr.
Walter C. Wright, Jr., PhD, is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership in Pasadena, where he served as executive director from 2000-2012. He came to this position after twelve years as president and professor of leadership at Regent College, a graduate school affiliated with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this he served twenty years on the management team of Fuller Theological Seminary in California.
Graham Baird was formerly the senior pastor of the 4,000 member First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs. Previous to that, Graham served as the founding pastor of Highlands Church in Paso Robles, CA. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological and is currently earning his Doctorate from Fuller. He won the National Oratory Championship in 1990 and is a widely sought-after speaker nationally. Graham is a fourth generation Presbyterian minister and the author of the book One Hundred Years of Ministry: A Practical Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders about the preaching and leadership legacy of his family. Now in California, Graham is developing another new church this fall in Camarillo, called “Mission Street Church”. He is married to his wife Star, and they have two daughters, Haley and Sheena. To learn more about Graham and his ministry, visit his blog at http://grahamjbaird.blogspot.com.
Jon Peterson was born and raised in Santa Barbara. He attended college and spent several years after college in Chicago where in 2007 he began working with Habitat for Humanity. In 2009 the Santa Barbara affiliate offered him an opportunity to come back and serve in his hometown. In his time with the affiliate Jon has participated in the construction of several new home projects and home repairs through the “A Brush with Kindness” program, all with the goal of providing simple, decent, affordable homes for low income working families in our community. Jon is passionate about the mission of Habitat, and providing a “Hand-up, not a Hand-out” to families to make their dreams of Homeownership a reality.
Paul Malouf is Foster Family Development Specialist with Family Care Network, Inc., He serves the Central Coast for FCNI out of their Santa Maria office. Family Care Network’s mission is “to enhance the wellbeing of children and families in partnership with our community.” Paul’s primary work is educating the community regarding Therapeutic Foster Care, Fost-Adopt, and Transitional Age Youth programs offered through FCNI. In his 17 years with them he has worked as a foster care social worker and supervisor of social workers. He holds a B.A. in Social Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. Paul and his wife met in the youth group at La Canada Presbyterian Church. They have three sons, ages 24, 21, and 18. They worship at Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande.
Scott and Elmarie Parker
The Parkers began their current work with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in July 2013, moving to a location in the Middle East at the beginning of Advent, December, 2013. This is a call that takes up all the threads of their previous ministry and personal experiences, and is inviting them to step further into Christ’s work in the world. They have been married for 19 years. Together, they enjoy time with their nephews and niece, road trips, trying new foods, playing games, good movies and a variety of music. They have also enjoyed the company of feline fur kids since 2004. Born in Florida, Elmarie spent her toddler years in South Africa, and the remainder of her growing-up years on a Christmas tree farm in the rugged hills of Silverton, Oregon. Scott was born and raised in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska.