Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books — The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing — build on the vision of faith, culture, and the image of God. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is an advisor to The Repentance Project, The Pelican Project, and Revoice. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing.
Charlie Dates is senior pastor at Chicago's Progressive Baptist Church. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and both a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Dates serves as an affiliate professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a contributing author to the 2014 book, Letters To A Birmingham Jail, and the 2019 book, Say It: Celebrating Expository Preaching in The African American Tradition. His first book on the subject of Christianity and social justice will be released this year through IVP Press.
Jessica Kim is the co-founder and CEO of ianacare, a company on a mission to encourage, empower, and equip family caregivers as they navigate the care at home. In 2008, Jessica launched BabbaCo to invest in the future of parenting through subscription activity boxes. BabbaCo was acquired in 2014 by Barefoot Books, where she served as president for two years before becoming an EIR at CRV (Charles River Ventures). She was honored as Crain's Top 40 under 40 and currently serves as Venture Partner at Praxis Labs & the inaugural EIR at Brown University. She graduated from Brown University and has an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Boston with her three young children and husband, Peter.
Tom Nelson serves as the president of Made to Flourish and is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity. Nelson is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work, and economics. He is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia, and the founder of Being Known, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. Throughout his career, along with treating adults, adolescents, and families, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He has specific expertise in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and how it reflects important tenants of Christian faith, providing opportunities to comprehend and experience that same faith in fresh trustworthy ways. Much of his work is now committed to training other professionals across cultures and in multiple vocational domains in the same material.
Sheeba Philip serves as CEO for Akola. She has built a nearly 20 year career creating and growing purpose-driven brands in the CPG, retail, and nonprofit sectors. She spent ten years in executive roles leading multi-million dollar iconic businesses with full P&L responsibility for Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. She has also served as the vice president of Global Marketing Strategy & Communications for International Justice Mission (IJM), the largest anti-slavery organization in the world. She regularly speaks on topics such as the integration of faith & work, Christ-centered leadership, and being a Christian woman in business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Tish Harrison Warren
Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which was Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year, and the forthcoming Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an Associate Rector, with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations, and, most recently, as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh.
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership. In her latest book, Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence, she tackles the real life issues women face to help move women beyond disempowerment and together to grow their grit. While providing meaningful wisdom from her own journey to leadership, Jo also adds stories of empowered women from the Bible. Readers will be empowering to change their landscape and build new communities where diverse female leadership can flourish.
Sara Groves is a 20-year veteran singer/songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice. Since 2005 she has been an artist advocate with International Justice Mission, a global organization that works to protect the poor from violence. At home in Minnesota, Sara and her husband, Troy, run a unique community art center, Art House North, out of a 110 year old church where Sara has recorded her last two of 15 albums - Abide With Me, a collection of hymns, and Joy of Every Longing Heart (Christmas). Troy and Sara live in St Paul with their three children, Kirby, Toby, and Ruby.
John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly and Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, and co-editor (with Tim Keller) of Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference.
Chris Brooks serves as senior pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. He served for 20 years as the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1,600-member church in the heart of Detroit. Brooks was also the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of six children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.