Speakers

Introducing our Speakers for The Gathering 2018

We are delighted to introduce this year’s speakers. We will add more to this list as the planning continues.

One thing we like to point out is that The Gathering’s own participants play a vital role in the conversations and classes that are offered during the event. Part of our core mission is to educate — and this always includes an emphasis on peer learning.

Ross Baird

Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. Read more...

He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries since then. He has visited over a hundred cities worldwide by train, plane, and bus in an effort to find new entrepreneurs and help people supporting them, and he and Village Capital have partnered with over twenty Fortune 500 companies to help large institutions uncover new innovations. Before joining Village Capital, Ross worked for a venture capital firm and was on the founding team of four different startups. Ross and his work have been featured by more than fifty media outlets including the New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Inc., and FastCompany. He has also lectured in entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia since 2012. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.

Belinda Bauman

Educator turned advocate, Belinda Bauman seeks to bring hope to women in crisis. Read more...

After living internationally for a decade in conflict and post-conflict zones, Belinda experienced what she calls a “beautiful collision” with brave women who survive in the most dangerous places in the world. Belinda is the founder of One Million Thumbprints, a movement of peacemakers advocating with women in the world’s worst conflict zones, and the visionary behind #SilenceIsNotSpiritual, a global initiative calling churches to break the silence on violence against women. Belinda is a speaker and contributor to Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, Red Tent Living, Huffington Post and Christianity Today. Her first book, Brave Soul: Lessons in Love, Risk and the Power of Empathy, will be published in 2019. Belinda completed a Masters in Curriculum Development from Covenant College, a Bachelors in Education from the University of Wisconsin, and a certificate in trauma counseling from The Allender Center at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Belinda and her husband, Stephan, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, recently traded the hub-bub of greater Washington DC for country living outside Grand Rapids, MI where they relish star-gazing and late night conversations with friends.

David Beasley

As Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley continues his life’s work bridging political, religious and ethnic boundaries to champion economic development, education and humanitarian assistance.  Read more...

In his first year in office, he traveled the world to fight hunger and alleviate the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two. As Governor of the U.S. state of South Carolina from 1995 to 1999, Mr Beasley’s focused, goal-oriented plan broadened the state’s economic base, leading to one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates. During hurricanes, Mr Beasley’s steady leadership enabled evacuations that ensured access to food and shelter. He was the first South Carolina Governor to propose removing the Confederate Flag from the state Capitol, for which he later received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Mr Beasley has a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is married to the former Mary Wood Payne and is the father of four children.

Humility is simply accepting the reality of who God is and who you are. John Townsend

Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler is an assistant professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. Read more...

Her book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, received widespread media attention and academic praise as the first history of the movement based on divine promises of health, wealth, and happiness. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35. In her viral New York Times op-ed, she writes about the irony of being an expert in health, wealth and happiness while being ill. Her subsequent New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved), tells the story of her struggle to understand the personal and intellectual dimensions of the American belief that all tragedies are tests of character. Kate has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Post, NPR, and BBC.  Kate, her husband, Toban, and son, Zach, live in Durham, North Carolina.

Jonathan Coppage

Jonathan Coppage is a visiting senior fellow with the R Street Institute where he researches urbanism and the built environment, Read more...

especially the ways in which government regulations distort and inhibit the building of flourishing communities and civil-society institutions. He has published in the Washington Post, National Review, The Hill, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The American Conservative, where he founded the New Urbanism initiative and remains a contributing editor. Jonathan has convened discussions on urbanism and civil society across the country, and has discussed the issue on CNN, CNBC, CSPAN, and other television and radio networks. Jonathan currently lives in Washington, DC and attends Church of the Resurrection on Capitol Hill. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC

Joshua Crossman

Joshua is a founding board member of the Pinetops Foundation, a private foundation focused on high-leverage, catalytic impact through faith-based organizations and individuals. Read more...

He has served on the board of several non-profits and his local church, and he has spoken across the country on philanthropy, giving, and the integration of faith and work.  Pinetops recently completed their domestic strategy report called “The Great Opportunity” which has been described as “historic”, “groundbreaking”, and “essential” for the American church; it is available for free at www.greatopportunity.org. Currently at a late stage software venture, Joshua has been a senior executive at several successful technology enterprises over the years. Joshua spent eight years at McKinsey & Company, where among other roles, he was a leader in their Social Sector practice, working with large philanthropies, governments, and social ventures to solve tough problems in society. Joshua graduated with honors from Duke University where he was a Bakke Scholar. He lives in Seattle with his wife Anne and four children.

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. Read more...

He is the author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” (Simon and Schuster, 2012) and “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (Hyperion, 2005), and the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (Doubleday, 2008). He is the film critic for National Review. He lives with his wife and daughters in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Dykstra

Jeff is passionate about bringing together unusual partners. In the case of Partners in Food Solutions that means leading international food companies and promising food companies in Africa, Read more...

as well as the US Government, private donors, NGOs, and impact investors, all partnering to improve food security and economic development across Africa. Jeff has spent half his career in business and the other half in relief and development, including two years living and working in Zambia, and he has worked for both global organizations like Cargill and World Vision as well as several start-up ventures. What Jeff likes most about his job is working with a strong international team—a whole network of people, coming together to accomplish something significant. For his work leading PFS, he was recently named an Ashoka Fellow, an honor reserved for leading social entrepreneurs around the world.

Ginny Esposito

Ginny is the founder and president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.  For more than 35 years, she has worked to advance private philanthropy through research and education. Read more...

For 30 of those years, she has focused on the family philanthropic experience, promoting values, vision, and excellence across generations of donor families. Ginny was editor and principal author of the first edition of Splendid Legacy and Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-creating Your Family Foundation. She has served on boards and committees for organizations including Great Nonprofits, the Binational Commission on the Nonprofit Sector (US and South Africa), the Commission on the Future of Public Education (Public Education Network), Committee on Ethics and Accountability (Independent Sector), the Philanthropy and the Black Church Project, and Strengthening Native American Philanthropy. She currently serves on the board of directors of the John M. Belk Endowment.

Evan Feinberg

Evan is the executive director of Stand Together. Previously, he served as president of Generation Opportunity and as a program manager at the Charles Koch Institute. Read more...

In 2012, Evan became one of the first millennials to run for U.S. Congress in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His bid, though ultimately unsuccessful, garnered significant national attention. Earlier in his career, Evan served as a senior aide to U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Tom Coburn and as a researcher at the Heritage Foundation. His wife, Sarah, is a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a veteran of the Iraq War. They have three boys, Luke, Zack, and Jake.

Jon Foreman

In 1996, Jon began his music career heading an unassuming San Diego-based band, now known all over the world as the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning alt-rock group Switchfoot. Read more...

Always feeling that there was more music in him than hours in the day, Jon began releasing solo EPs in 2007. Beginning with the Seasons collection, 4 EPs released over the course of a year and followed by The Wonderlands, a collection of 24 songs each representing an hour of the day. Born from solitary introspection, The Wonderlands’ 24 tracks blossom with the diverse yet cohesive contributions of 24 different producers, each interpreting the meaning of Jon’s vocals through their own instrumental vision. “Through song, I’m trying to explore the physical space of music. I wanted to create a place that would exist only when you press play; a place of light and shadows, tension and release, things that you know and things that you don’t know. It’s incredible that you can create a mood, almost a structure of feeling. All 24 songs will correspond with different moods of the day. At the end I’m going to do 25 concerts in 24 hours.” This spring, the film 25 IN 24 will be released world wide March 2018,  documenting the improbable journey of playing 25 shows in 24 hours. The film, 25 IN 24. In February of 2018, Jon and friends will embark on an 18 city tour of the US. Reliving the 24 hour experience through songs, and a screening of the film, 25 IN 24.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. Read more...

He is the author of Heroic Conservatism and coauthor of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era. He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation and other programs. Gerson serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor.

Emma Green

Emma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion. Read more...

She previously served as the managing editor of The Atlantic‘s website and as an editor across a number of newsroom desks. In 2017, she won the Religion News Association’s first-place prize for religion-news analysis, and was also recognized for her work in feature writing, enterprise reporting, and religion reporting. She is a regular speaker at universities around the country, and has appeared at Princeton University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Chicago, and more.

Peter Greer

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Read more...

Before beginning his role at HOPE, Peter worked as a microfinance practitioner in Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University. He has co-authored eight books, including The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, Mission Drift, 40/40 Vision, and The Giver and the Gift. Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children.

Lisa Sharon Harper

From Ferguson to New York, and from Germany to South Africa to Australia, Lisa Sharon Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. Read more...

She writes extensively on shalom and governance, immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, climate change, and transformational civic engagement. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action.

Governor Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam is the current Governor of Tennessee. He and his wife, Crissy, a native of Memphis, have been married for 36 years and are blessed with three children and seven grandchildren. Read more...

For more than three decades they have been members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Knoxville where Bill serves as an elder. Under Bill’s leadership as Governor, Tennessee has been recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient government and fiscal strength. Since 2011, Tennessee students have been the fastest improving in the country in academic achievement. High school graduation rates are at an all-time high, and Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer high school graduates and adults two years of community or technical college free of tuition and mandatory fees. Tennessee has been ranked No. 1 for advanced industry job growth, No. 1 for jobs created through foreign direct investment and is a three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Governor Haslam worked with the Tennessee General Assembly in 2017 to pass the largest tax cut in Tennessee history while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation system. He and his administration have cut more than $500 million in recurring spending, shrunk state government by 10 percent, balanced the budget every year, ensured Tennessee has the lowest debt in the country and more than doubled the state’s savings account.

Eric Jacobsen

Rev. Eric O. Jacobsen is the author of The Space Between (Baker, 2012), and Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith (Brazos, 2003) as well as numerous articles on the intersection between New Urbanism and faith communities.  Read more...

He is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism and has spoken at national conferences focused on the built environment (CNU, AIA, and APA) He has also been hosted by a number of academic institutions (Calvin College, University of Virginia, Seattle Pacific University). Rev. Jacobsen is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA where he lives with his wife (Liz) and four children: Katherine , Peter, and Emma, and Abraham. Eric holds a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in the area of Theology and the Built Environment.

Kim Kuo

Kimberly Kuo is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications & Communities for Coca-Cola Consolidated, the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., based in Charlotte, NC. Read more...

In this role, she oversees the Company’s federal and state government relations work, external and internal communications activities, and community advocacy initiatives.
She has more than 22 years of Communications, Political and Marketing experience in government, non-profits, corporations and technology start-ups. She was Press Secretary for Senate Majority Leader and then presidential candidate Bob Dole, and vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp. She was primary spokesperson for Internet giant AOL, and then oversaw Communications, Investor Relations and Marketing at technology start-ups. After acting as Spokesperson and Communications lead for a top Washington trade association, she launched its advocacy initiative, growing it to the third largest in the country. Then, as Chief Marketing Officer of the world’s largest book and entertainment distributor, Ms. Kuo rebranded the company and introduced extensive new Marketing programs.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, with a B.A. in Communications. After working for a short time in Normandy, France, she studied Comparative Government at the London School of Economics. Ms. Kuo also plays classical piano and flute, writes music and children’s fiction, and is active in Forest Hill Church and Charlotte Christian School. Her greatest joy is adventuring with her two children, Olivia and Aidan.

Tom Lin

Tom currently serves as President/CEO of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and serves on the boards of Fuller Theological Seminary, Crowell Trust, and the Lausanne Movement. Read more...

In previous roles, Tom has worked at Fortune 500 companies, pioneered an evangelical student movement in Mongolia, directed the Urbana Student Missions Conference, and served as Vice-Chair of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Tom is also the author of Pursuing God’s Call and Losing Face, Finding Grace and contributing author to Still Evangelical? (IVP, 2018). He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and holds an M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. Tom, his wife Nancy, and their two daughters currently live in Madison, WI.

Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a British children’s book writer who was born in East Africa, raised in England at a boarding school, studied at the Sorbonne and moved to the states in 1989. Read more...

Sally is a New York Times bestselling award-winning writer—and frequent performer of her work. Her books include: the critically acclaimed, How To Be A Baby, By Me, the Big Sister and The Jesus Storybook Bible, now in 34 languages. Her newest books just out this year: Goldfish on Vacation; How To Write a Book; and Loved. She lives in Manhattan.

Bryan Loritts

Pastor Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons- Quentin, Myles and Jaden.   Read more...

He serves the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, California, as the Lead Pastor. An award winning author of five books (God on Paper; A Cross Shaped Gospel; Letters to a Birmingham Jail; Right Color/Wrong Culture and Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves us from Try-harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love– which was given the Christianity Today Award of Merit), Pastor Bryan Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003, and later founded The Kainos Movement- an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal in our world.  In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Bryan travels extensively throughout the world preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ at conferences and events, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Biola University and PineCove Christian Camps.  His messages can be heard daily on the Salem Radio Network’s KFAX station.

Sandra McCracken

Sandra McCracken is a prolific singer-songwriter and modern-day hymn writer whose songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion,” “God’s Highway” and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in churches internationally. Read more...

 Her music has been featured by All Sons And Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, Indelible Grace, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She has also been a guest contributor for The Gospel Coalition, She Reads Truth, Art House America Blog, Relevant Magazine and other publications. After releasing Steadfast Live, a live CD/DVD shot at Art House in Nashville, TN in 2017 Sandra just released Songs From The Valley. This album was written during the same season as the songs from Psalms and are narrative songs, companions to David’s comforting words. They are songs of friendship, sorrow and comfort.

Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Read more...

The Wall Street Journal has called him “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate.”
Prior to his election to this role in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics.
Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. He also hosts Signposts, a podcast on the gospel and culture. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.

Eddy Moratin

Eddy Moratin is the Executive Director of LIFT Orlando, a non-profit organization founded by business leaders to partner with neighborhood residents and accelerate community transformation. Read more...

Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization, mixed-income housing, cradle to career education, wellness and economic opportunity.Prior to joining LIFT Orlando, Eddy spent seven years as the Executive Director of Lifework Leadership Orlando, a premier leadership development organization. During this time he also served as Senior Fellow at PathNorth in Washington D.C. helping senior leaders around the country broaden their definition of success. As a social-entrepreneur, he believes in the power of creating jobs to transform lives and entire communities. He was the co-founder of BAM, LLC, a holding company for shared officing and remote receptionist franchises in Central Florida and helped launch a minority-certified call center enterprise employing hundreds domestically and abroad. Eddy has a passion for encouraging others to realize their full potential and to use their individual gifts and influence for the betterment of the whole community. Eddy lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Giselle and their two children, Isabella and Kristopher.

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Read more...

During that time she led Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and Axis, a weekly gathering for the eighteen- to twenty-something generation. For twelve years she was a Consulting Partner with Patrick Lencioni’s Table Group firm, providing business and leadership sessions to executive teams. Currently she serves as the CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ, a non-profit organization working to catalyze a holistic gospel movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nancy is the author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu and Pronouns and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership. She and her husband John live in the Bay Area and have three children.

Paul Penley

Dr. Penley manages Excellence in Giving’s research division and personally evaluates charities to inform effective grantmaking strategies. He has done on-site evaluations in a dozen countries around the world. Read more...

Dr. Penley specializes in designing outcome measurement systems for internal and external reporting of ministry effectiveness. He has presented his approach at the Philanthropy Roundtable and Yale and published research insights in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and OUTCOMES magazine. He performs Community Solutions Assessments and Strategic Gap Analyses so major donors can find and fund charities that fill strategic gaps and get results. He created an in-depth charity evaluation platform at analytics.excellenceingiving.com so any subscriber can identify predictive indicators of mission failure or success. Paul is a published author, an avid blogger with 60,000 readers, and an adjunct professor who brings his love for Jesus, his family, and the world into his work.

Patrick Riley

Patrick Riley is the CEO of GAN which was started by Techstars in 2010. Read more...

He started his career at the American Red Cross where he oversaw the COO’s office. Patrick left the Red Cross to manage the sales and operations for a venture backed healthcare technology company that had a recent exit. Following his passion to support start-up companies around the world, Patrick joined Techstars and GAN. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his two girls, bike riding, traveling, and skiing around Colorado.

John Sanphillippo

John Sanphillippo is an observer of the social, political, and economic dynamics that create the built environment we inhabit. Read more...

He lectures around the country, is a regular contributor to www.strongtowns.org, www.newgeography.com, www.faircompanies.com, and has been published in a variety of periodicals such as The American Conservative. You can find the bulk of his work at www.granolashotgun.com. He lives in San Francisco and is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Jeff Shinabarger

Jeff Shinabarger, Founder and Executive Director, Plywood People, is a social entrepreneur, the best-selling author of More or Less and Yes or No Read more...

and creator of Path by Plywood, a six-week community driven, learning experience that challenges ideas and brings them into reality. Jeff has a vision to make Atlanta a center for social innovation, while personally engaging in over 240 problem solving start-ups. His work has been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Coca-Cola, Relevant Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times. He is the cofounder of Q and creatively led Catalyst for eight years. Jeff and his wife, André, live in East Atlanta Village and exploring how to raise a family while striving to change the world with their two kids, Jada and Neko.

Ryan Skoog

Ryan is a entrepreneur starting Fly for Good, Volunteer Card, Yonder Travel Insurance, and the non profit Venture.org Read more...

which helps people do tough things to help people in tough places around the world. He is the author of the book ‘Chosen’ and has earned an M.B.A. from Saint Thomas and is ordained with the Assemblies of God. Somehow he got to marry Rachel, and they love adventuring together with their two ginger-headed kids, Colin and Sydney.

John Townsend

John Townsend is a The New York Times-bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. Read more...

He is also the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, which offers graduate degrees and credentialing in organizational leadership, executive coaching, and counseling. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and his newest book, The Entitlement Cure, which was a 2016 finalist for Book of the Year. For more than 20 years, John has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. Dr. Townsend works with families, businesses, leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by speaking at countless conferences. A resident of Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Townsend and his wife, Barbi, have two sons.

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

As the Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), Nikki works with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice. Read more...

 She writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She is the author of several books including The God of Justice (IVPress). Nikki currently serves on the board of Interserve/USA, and Missio Alliance.  Her work was profiled in Outreach Magazine’s Leadership Issue (Sept 2017 Cover), Christianity Today’s, “Who’s Next?” and Rejuvenate Magazine’s “40 under 40”. Nikki holds a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford University and completed her masters in organizational leadership. She resides in the DC area with her family.

Jon Tyson

Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Read more...

Originally from Adelaide Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority and The Burden is Light. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.

Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Read more...

the director of EPPC’s Faith Angle Forum, a fellow at the Bush Institute, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and an essayist who has been published in The Atlantic, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, National Affairs, Christianity Today and Time magazine. He has also been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN television. Mr. Wehner has worked on presidential campaigns and served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks). He is currently writing a book in defense of politics.