Skye Jethani is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Holy Post Podcast, a weekly show than blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye is the president of Measure the Clouds, a non-profit organization helping a post-Christian generation discover a ravishing vision of life with God. He also leads SkyPilot Media which develops multimedia resources for use by churches, colleges, and community groups navigating the intersection of faith and culture.
For over a decade, Skye served in numerous editorial and executive roles at Christianity Today, a communications ministry launched by Billy Graham in 1956. His roles there included Managing and Executive Editor of Leadership Journal, Director of Mission Advancement, and Senior Producer of This Is Our City, a multi-city, multi-year project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities. He also helped CT pioneer new projects to engage younger audiences and church leaders, and he is a Featured Preacher on CT’s Preaching Today website.
Skye has been a sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of religion and society like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core. Beyond writing for Christianity Today’s publications, Skye’s work has also been featured in The Washington Post, Relevant, ChurchLeaders.com, The Huffington Post, and he has been quoted in The New York Times. Skye is frequently featured on radio programs around the country including Moody Radio, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and he has been interviewed on PBS Television. His ability to blend faith and cultural insights have made him a popular speaker at both Christian colleges like Wheaton and Taylor University, as well as secular campuses like Northwestern and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today and Missio Alliance and the author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry. She is the director of Missio Alliance’s SheLeads summit and creator of The Collect, a citywide trash-to-art project. Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their family in a little house where the teapot is always warm.
Certified spiritual director and senior professional in human resources, Nina Barnes has a passion for sharing God’s invitation to love, hope, redemption, and transformation. She currently serves as the Vice President of Student Life at the University of Northwestern St. Paul. Nina was previously the Dean of Spiritual Formation at UNWSP and her education and training in spiritual formation, the enneagram, and leadership development is extensive . Outside of work she desires to make a meaningful impact as she serves on the Governing Board of Elders at her church, as a board member of Antioch Ministries in North Minneapolis, as a mentor, a coach, and her most cherished role as mother to an adult son.
Drew Moser is a writer, speaker, and consultant on millennials and vocation. He has spent his career helping twentysomethings thrive. As an author, pastor and professor, he has a unique perspective on the challenges twentysomethings face in exploring what makes a good life. Drew is currently a college professor and dean at Taylor University. There he teaches courses on vocation (calling) and personal development.
Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of a dozen books on the intersection of faith and great literature, including the award-winning A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time (Zondervan/HarperCollins). A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, she has served in youth ministry for over 20 years–so please don’t ask her to eat pizza from a box. Ever. She lives in Lansing, MI with her two little boys and husband Tom, pastor of Sycamore Creek Church. Writing fiction is her dream job. Find her on Twitter & Instagram @HolyDreaming and online at www.saraharthur.com.
Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.
Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.
Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.
Dr. O. Alan Noble
Dr. O. Alan Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of numerous articles.
In his youth, Alan lived in Lancaster, CA, where he was very homeschooled by his mother. At 16, he finished high school and began attending Antelope Valley College, pursuing a certificate in music which he earned but never filled out the paperwork for, so it probably doesn’t count. He did, however, meet his wife, Brittany, at AVC, which definitely counts. Alan continued his undergraduate work at the Cal State Bakersfield satellite campus at AVC, earning his degree in English. Then he earned his Master’s in English at CSUB-AV, writing his thesis on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian under the supervision of Dr. Steven Frye.
Other things Alan did while in Southern California: tutored high school felons at a probation camp; substituted at various high schools; helped produce, write, rap, engineer, and record two hip-hop albums; taught composition and literature at Antelope Valley College; went bald; got married.
In 2007, Richard Clark contacted Alan about joining a new venture he was starting called Christ and Pop Culture. That November, Alan began writing and then editing for the site. Brittany and Alan moved to Waco, TX to pursue graduate degrees at Baylor University in 2008. While at Baylor, Alan studied under Ralph Wood, David Lyle Jeffrey, Luke Ferretter, and Richard Russell. His dissertation was written under the supervision of Dr. Ferretter and was titled Manifestations of transcendence in twentieth-century American fiction : F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, J.D. Salinger, and Cormac McCarthy. Charles Taylor’s work on secularism and the self formed the theoretical basis for the dissertation and much of Alan’s later writing. While in Waco, Brittany and Alan had two children, Eleanor and Quentin, and they attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church. At nights, Alan continued to write and edit for Christ and Pop Culture, now with the title Managing Editor.
In the fall of 2014, the Nobles moved to Shawnee, OK, where Alan accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University. After Richard Clark left Christ and Pop Culture for Christianity Today, Alan became editor-in-chief at the site. At this time, Alan began writing for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, and First Things, particularly on issues related to pluralism and secularism. The Nobles’ third child, Frances, was born in 2015. As the 2016 election ramped up, Alan launched the group Public Faith with Michael Wear to offer an alternative evangelical political voice. He also joined The AND Campaign as an advisor.
Alan has written articles for Christian publications such as Modern Reformation, InTouch Magazine, and Christianity Today and for secular publications like VOX, Buzzfeed, and The Atlantic. He has been interviewed, quoted, or cited in a number of major publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, MTV News, MSNBC, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Politico, Village Voice, Yahoo! News, ThinkProgress, The Blaze, WORLD Magazine, and Slate. And he has spoken at colleges, churches, and youth groups on a range of topics related to the church and culture.
The Nobles attend Shawnee Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Eugene Habecker
Eugene B. Habecker, served as president of Taylor University from 2005-2016. Prior to coming to Taylor, he served in presidencies at the American Bible Society (1991-2005) and Huntington University (1981-1991).
He holds degrees from Taylor University (BA), Ball State University (MA), and the University of Michigan (PhD). He’s also a graduate of Temple University School of Law (JD) and is an inactive member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He’s also a graduate of the Institutional Educational Management (IEM) program at Harvard University. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees and has traveled in more than 90 countries. He and his wife Marylou have three married children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Habecker has authored numerous professional articles and five books: Affirmative Action in the Independent College (1977); The Other Side of Leadership (1987); Leading with a Follower’s Heart (1990); Rediscovering the Soul of Leadership (1996) also published in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin; and The Softer Side of Leadership (forthcoming, 2018). He is also the editor of two other books – Fresh Perspectives: A One-Year Devotional Book (2006) and Fresh Perspectives: A One Year Devotional Book, Volume Two (2015).