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Amy E. Jacober (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of practical theology and youth ministry at Truett Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Truett in Fall 2007, Jacober taught at Azusa Pacific University, Seattle Pacific University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to her doctoral work, she completed degrees in Social Work (MSW, Arizona State), Divinity (MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), Church Social Services (MACSS, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), and Sociology (BA, Arizona). This broad background informs her interests in, and understanding of, marginalized communities, urban issues, theology and disability, and issues of family violence. Jacober's published works include the Youth Ministry Source Book, annually 2005-2009, A Pastor's Guide to Youth Ministry, numerous articles in the Journal of Student Ministries, Youth Worker Journal, and the Journal of Youth and Theology. Jacober serves on two national boards: the Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME) and YoungLife Capernaum (YoungLife ministry for teens with disabilities). She also serves on the international board of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM). Dr. Jacober is also invested in issues of fair housing, serving on the board of Agape Life Change of Pasadena, CA. Jacober's professional affiliations include the American Academy of Religion, the National Association of Christians and Social Work, the Association of Practical Theology, AYME, and IASYM.
W. Mark Lanier (JD, Texas Tech University) is a trial lawyer and founder of the Lanier Law Firm. His work for clients across the country is supported by firm offices in Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers named him to its Best Lawyers in America list for nine consecutive years and most recently as the 2013 Top Class Action Attorney in America. Mark’s courtroom work has resulted in feature articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The American Lawyer. He is also a frequent guest on news shows on CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC, and other networks. Mark is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library, one of the nation’s largest private theological collections. He also teaches a weekly, 750-plus-member Sunday school class focusing on biblical literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Mark is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a non-profit organization whose goal is to create a network of principled attorneys to minister to others through civic-minded endeavours. He is the father of five children and lives in Houston with his wife, Becky.
Kimlyn J. Bender (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology at Truett Seminary, Baylor University. He is the author of Karl Barth's Christological Ecclesiology and is coeditor with Bruce McCormack of Theology of Conversation: The Significance of Dialogue in Historical and Contemporary Theology. Bender's work has been published in numerous journals and collections, including Scottish Journal of Theology, Soundings, Sophia, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Journal of Religion and Society. He serves as a contributing editor for Cultural Encounters, has served as the theology editor of Perspectives in Religious Studies, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Karl Barth Society of North America, and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. Bender is the recipient of numerous awards, including the David Allan Hubbard Award from Fuller Theological Seminary, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Sioux Falls, and the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. An ordained Baptist minister, Bender has preached in many churches and has served in ministries in the Dakotas, California, New Jersey, and most recently as the Senior Pastor of Oak Hills Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He and his wife, Trudy, have three children.
Joel B. Green (BS, MTh, PhD) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary. He was vice president of academic affairs, provost, and professor of New Testament interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at Asbury in 1997, he was associate professor of New Testament at the American Baptist Seminary of the West/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
His books include What about the Soul? Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology, Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: The Recovery of Narrative and Preaching the New Testament, Salvation, Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (with Paul Achtemeier and Marianne Meye Thompson), Beginning with Jesus: Christ in Scripture, the Church and Discipleship, Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts (with Mark Baker), Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology (with Max Turner), and The Gospel of Luke in the New International Commentary on the New Testament.
For over twenty years, Green has been the editor of Catalyst, a journal providing evangelical resources and perspectives to United Methodist seminarians. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, he has pastored churches in Texas, Scotland, and Northern California. He has also served on the boards of Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing Project, and RADIX magazine.
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he previously served as the school's fourth president. Dr. White holds MDiv and PhD degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and theology. He has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history, and continuing education at Oxford University in England. He currently serves on the Board of Reference at Union University, and as the adjunct professor of Christian theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary/Charlotte. An international speaker and consultant, White is the author of over a dozen books, including such Gold Medallion nominees as Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, Christianity Today Book of the Year award-winner Wrestling with God, as well as The Prayer God Longs For and A Mind for God. White also served as the consulting editor as well as contributing author to The Holman Bible Handbook and The Holman Concise Bible Commentary.
Karl Giberson (PhD, physics) is an internationally known scholar, speaker, and writer. He has written or coauthored nine books and lectured on science and religion at the Vatican, Oxford University, London´s Thomas Moore Institute and many prestigious American venues including MIT, The Harvard Club, and Xavier University. Dr. Giberson has published more than two hundred reviews and essays, both technical and popular, in outlets that include the New York Times, CNN.com, The Guardian, USA Today, LA Times, and Salon.com. He is a regular contributor to the public dialogue on science and faith, and has appeared as a guest on NPR´s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation as well as other radio programs. He blogs at The Huffington Post where his articles have generated thousands of comments and are frequently featured. From 1984 to 2011, Dr. Giberson was a professor at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) where he received numerous recognitions and awards. From 2007 to 2010 he headed the Forum on Faith and Science at Gordon College. For three years, ending in 2009, he was the program director for the prestigious Venice Summer School on Science & Religion. Dr. Giberson now teaches writing and science and religion in the Cornerstone Program at Stonehill College.
Darren C. Marks (DPhil, University of Oxford) is assistant professor of Theology and Jewish Studies at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario. He holds degrees in science and theology from the University of Toronto and advanced degrees in theology from the University of Oxford. He has also studied at the Friedrich Wilhelms Universitat (Bonn). He is the author of over a dozen articles in systematic theology and the author/editor of several texts in theology including Blackwell Companion to Protestantism, Shaping a Theological Mind, and Shaping a Global Theological Mind. His primary research area is contemporary systematic theology, although his doctoral work dealt with nineteenth-century German Protestant theology. Dr. Marks is currently the North American Review Editor for the Journal of Anglican Studies and is director for the Centre for Public Theology in Canada. He has been invited as a Luce Hall conversationalist to the Centre of Theological Inquiry (Princeton) and is now a fellow of the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C. His research interests include global theology, public theology, Jewish-Christian relationships, and science and theology.
Mueller is founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding based in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He has his MDiv and a doctorate in ministry to postmodern generations from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from Geneva College in 2000.
Mueller speaks widely on matters of faith and youth culture at conventions, church seminars, training conferences, and public school groups. He speaks regularly on college and seminary campuses around North America, and he has taught courses at Geneva College, Briercrest College and Seminary, and North American Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has also written articles for publications such as Youthworker Journal, Living With Teenagers, New Man, Discipleship Journal, Group, Junior High Ministry, Today's Father, Youthworker Update, and Christian Camp and Conference Journal. His other books include Ministry to Families with Teenagers (Group, 1988) and the Gold Medallion winner Understanding Today's Youth Culture (Tyndale, 1995 and 1999).
Mueller is the host of Youth Culture Today, a syndicated daily radio feature heard on over 760 stations in the U.S. and Canada.
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