Sarah Cowan Johnson serves as the Executive Pastor of Sanctuary Church, a family of neighborhood congregations in Providence, Rhode Island. Her passion to provide strategic leadership within apostolic systems was cultivated during her years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she served as the Area Director for Rhode Island & Southeast Massachusetts prior to joining the Sanctuary team. She has been married to her husband Greg for 13 years and they have two boys, ages 8 and 5.

Sr. Jocelyn Edathil SIC was born and raised in Philadelphia and reared in the Eastern Catholic tradition, namely the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. She went to Villanova University where she graduated with degree in Chemistry. She then went on to complete the MD/PhD dual degree program at Penn State, subsequently attending Temple University for Internal Medicine residency. Afterward she began formation with the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (also known as the Bethany Sisters in India) and made her first profession of vows in August 6, 2016 in Elmont, New York. Currently she works at Temple University Hospital as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine where she teaches medical students and residents. She is heavily involved in Ethics, Diversity, and Humanism in Medicine. She speaks on a variety of topics including vocational discernment and intercultural communication as well as current trends in social media.

 

The Rev. Ellen Williams Hensle is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Discipleship at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. She moved to Austin last year after finishing her MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellen graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as a campus staff minister for InterVarsity. When she’s not pastoring, she loves making music of all kinds and exploring her new home state.

Rebecca Brewster Stevenson writes in Durham, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and children. She taught English in private and public schools before becoming a mother, and then homeschooled her children for several years. After earning her Masters degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University, she returned to teaching full-time, this time as a founding member of the high school faculty at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. There she helped to shape the humanities department, writing curriculum for ninth, tenth, and twelfth grade humanities and English classes. In 2012 she left teaching to pursue writing full-time, and is author of the critically acclaimed novel Healing Maddie Brees. She is a speaker and a regular teacher at The Well, a women's Bible study at Chapel Hill Bible Church. This summer she will be releasing her second book, a work of non-fiction about waiting on the Lord. 

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Aundi Kolber is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), writer, and speaker in Castle Rock, Colorado. She graduated from Denver Seminary in 2008 with an MA in Community Counseling. Aundi is the owner of Kolber Counseling, LLC, which was established in 2009. She has received additional training in her specialization of trauma and body centered therapies, including the highly researched and regarded Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Aundi is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology and its significance for the Church today. She has written for Relevant, CT Women, (in)courage, and more. As a survivor of trauma and a lifelong learner, Aundi brings hard-won knowledge around the work of change, the power of redemption, and the beauty of experiencing God in our pain. Aundi has been happily married to her best friend for over eleven years and is the proud mom of Matia (6) and Jude (1). 

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion, as well as the author or editor of 15 books, most recently, Healing Our Broken Humanity; Intercultural Ministry; and Embracing the Other. She is a co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora.” Kim is on the American Academy of Religion's Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. She writes for The Huffington Post, Sojourners, TIME, and more of her writing can be found on her own website. Englewood Review of Books included her in the list of "Ten Important Women Theologians That You Should Be Reading." Kim is an ordained minister within the PC (USA) denomination.

By Carmen Imes

Is it possible to redeem the time spent on the management of an institution, or is it simply a necessary evil? Carmen Imes reflects on this dilemma through the lens of Gordon Smith's latest book.

By Caroline Triscik and Sarah Arthur

What is the role of story in our spiritual formation? Listen in on our interview with Sarah Arthur, author of the recent spiritual biography of Madeleine L'Engle, as they discuss literature, writing, and our spiritual journeys.

Sarah Arthur is the author of the recently published A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time (Zondervan).Sarah is a freelance writer, consultant, and speaker. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College in English and Intercultural Christian Education, as well as a Master’s in Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School. Sarah has served in full time and volunteer youth ministry for over 20 years and when she isn’t chasing her two small boys around the house or coordinating the youth ministry of Sycamore Creek Church in Lansing, Michigan, she can be found reading and writing YA fiction.

 

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