Jana L. Sundene is associate professor of Christian ministries at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. She has a master's in communication studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an emphasis in interpersonal and group communication theory. She also holds an MA in communication theory from Northern Illinois University. Her prior experience includes serving as an associate youth director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and as a visiting instructor to Wheaton College. Jana is on the leadership core of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in Long Grove, Illinois.