Sarah Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith. She is a sought-after speaker for churches and conferences across North America. Sarah is also an award-winning blogger and she has also contributed to the NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World; Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope; Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption; and What a Woman is Worth. She is known for her poetic rhythm, prophetic voice, and deeply biblical foundation as she explores themes of faith and spirituality, motherhood, love, justice, theology, along with pretty much everything else you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company. Her most recent book, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, leaves the light on for those who are wandering and wondering in their faith. Sarah also serves on the board of Help One Now and Heartline Ministries. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada with her husband and their four children.
Kim S. Phipps, Ph.D., was named the eighth president of Messiah College in December 2004. She is the first woman president in the College’s history. Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Phipps served as Messiah’s interim president, provost, and academic dean. She holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University. An advocate for academic excellence and holistic student learning, Dr. Phipps is an accessible leader who builds shared vision and authentic relationships with colleagues and students, and fosters a strong, nurturing academic community.
Alan Briggs graduated from Taylor University in 2005. Since then he has discovered his calling as a spiritual starter, husband, dad, pastor and writer. He started and directs Frontline Church Planting network and equipping hub. He is the Multiplying Pastor at Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs and the lead creative at Stay Forth Designs where he shapes leaders for health and impact. He has written three books; Staying is the New Going (2015) Guardrails (2016) and Everyone’s a Genius (2017) as well as various Ebooks. He and his wife, Julie, have four kids, two adopted and two biological, and are living the good life in the thin air of Colorado. His heart is for the people of God to recover their creative edge while building bridges to the lost. He loves climbing, camping, grilling and connecting with his neighbors.
Austin Channing Brown
Austin Channing Brown is an author and speaker with a passion for racial justice and reconciliation. She earned her master’s degree in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, and – armed with a passion for social change – has spent her life creating interactive opportunities for people of all ages to engage topics such as injustice, race, poverty and gender. Austin travels the country throughout the year, sharing her voice at colleges, universities, conferences, and churches, and writes about justice, reconciliation, and womanhood on her popular blog, as well as her column in Today’s Christian Woman. She has also contributed to Relevant Magazine, Sojourners Magazine, and other places around the web. Austin most recently served as resident director and multicultural liaison for Calvin College where she had the pleasure of working with millennials as they navigated college life. This summer she is excited to release her book I’m Still Here. She is married to her best friend, Tommie, an attorney in Grand Rapids, and adores her infant son and little puppy.
Jesse Eubanks is the Founder and Executive Director of Love Thy Neighborhood. Love Thy Neighborhood is an urban missions agency putting young adults on the front lines of nonprofit work and social action. Through social justice internships and Christian community, they’ve helped over 150 young adults transform from people who THINK about justice to people who are DOING justice. Jesse is also the host of the Love Thy Neighborhood podcast, a documentary storytelling program which recently reached #3 on iTunes in Religion & Spirituality that explores the intersection of social justice and Christian community. Relevant Magazine also named him one of the top 50 Christian artists and activists making an impact on culture in America. He’s been married to his wife Lindsay for 12 years and they have two beautiful children together. They live in Louisville, KY.
Nicole Baker Fulgham
An outspoken advocate of educational equity, Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project — a faith-based, nonprofit organization that mobilizes individuals and resources to enact local and national change for low-income public schools. Born in Detroit, Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and joined Teach for America (TFA) where she taught 5th grade in Compton, CA. She later earned her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. The author of two books, Educating All God’s Children and Schools in Crisis, Nicole also held several key leadership roles within the TFA national staff before starting The Expectations Project. She currently resides near DC with her husband and their three children.
Matthew Franklin Jones
Matt Jones completed his undergrad in International Relations at Wheaton College of Chicago, Illinois in 2012. Since then, Matt has come out publicly as a celibate gay Christian and started his own blog “A Joyful Stammering” where he has become known for his decision to lead a “dynamic celibate” life. His articles are posted on SpiritualFriendship.org as well as other sites. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Matt recently received his MA in Theology at Fuller Seminary and is now pursuing doctoral studies centering on the role that beauty plays in the creation of a more just church and society.
Micah Bournes is a creative writer from Long Beach California. He’s a rapper, singer/songwriter and is most known for his spoken word poetry. His work often touches of themes of culture, justice and faith.