Amanda W. Benckhuysen (PhD, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto) is Johanna K. And Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a researcher in biblical interpretation and reception history.
Rachael Denhollander is an attorney, advocate, and educator who became known internationally as the ﬁrst woman to ﬁle a police report and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most proliﬁc sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, over 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. Additionally, her courageous tenacity and ongoing advocacy helped trigger a complete upheaval at both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University where former executives and high-ranking officials face numerous criminal charges for their complicity in covering up Nassar’s abuse and lying about what they knew.
For her work as an advocate and educator on sexual assault, Rachael was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Inﬂuential People in the World” and one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” in 2018. Additionally, she received the “Inspiration of the Year” award from Sports Illustrated, was a joint recipient of ESPN’s “Arthur Ashe Courage Award,” and was named a “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News . She is the recipient of numerous other awards and recommendations, including the “CHILD Protector Award” from CHILD USA, the “Integrity and Impact Award” from Dow Jones Sports Intelligence, and HeartAmbassador’s “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributing to Social Justice.”
Rachael holds a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and possesses an honorary doctorate from the American University of Paris. She, along with her husband Jacob, lives in Louisville, Kentucky with their four young children.
Holly Flora is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art History at Tulane University. Her work explores the themes of narrative, imagination, materiality, and gender in the devotional art of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy. Before coming to Tulane, Professor Flora worked in the museum world in New York.
Dr. Michelle Reyes is a church planter, pastor’s wife, author, speaker, and activist. She has a MA in Contemporary German-Jewish Literature, and a PhD in 18th-Century German Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a focus on folklore, storytelling and narrative justice. She continues to write and speak on issues of justice, culture, faith, and identity within full-time vocational ministry. She is also the founder and editor of The Art of Taleh, a Christian collective where diverse voices can come together to thoughtfully dialogue about the details of God’s word. Her work has appeared with Christianity Today, (in)courage and Think Christian, among others. She lives in Austin, Texas with her pastor husband and two kids.
Apilang Apum is currently working as an Assistant Professor (Economics) under the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. She teaches in Jomin Tayeng Government Model Degree College, Roing. At the same time, Apilang is pursuing her PhD (part time) in Economics in Rajiv Gandhi University. She received a degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, a Masters in Economics from Rajiv Gandhi University Itanagar, and an MPhil in Economics from the same university.
Jamiella Brooks is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Her primary work at CTL focuses on programming and support for equitable and inclusive teaching practices. Jamilella earned her PhD in French Literature at University of California, Davis, and her BA in English at Oberlin College. She has served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in France and participated in the McNair Scholarship and Mellon Fellows programs. Her teaching and research interests include sociolinguistics, language and power, discourse analysis, and anticolonial pedagogies, and she has presented on codeswitching and linguistic equity. Her current project involves analyzing pedagogical practices of settler colonial education that persist in present-day teaching practices. Prior to coming to Penn, Jamiella served as founding director of the Teaching Assistant Program at Berea College. Jamiella is a mother of two, wife of Lindsay, descendant, and daughter.
Joyce earned a PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies. Her research is focused on Mary mother of Jesus and how she impacts new models for mission with marginalized groups like teen moms. Her research interests include youth ministry, women in the margins, children at risk, and Filipino American theology. Previously, Joyce ran youth programs in various cultural and economic communities for over 20 years. She was the Executive Director of New Creation Home Ministries, a residential and outreach program for teen moms and has also served as an Area Director for Young Life. Joyce also has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a ThM from Fuller Seminary. She is also on the board of directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Her favorite activity is sharing delicious food with friends and family.
Amy Whisenand is a ThD candidate in New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Her research focuses on the role of singing in moral formation according to the letter to the Colossians. Before coming to Duke, she studied for her BA at Whitworth University, taught English at a vocational school in Germany on a Fulbright grant, and completed her MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Amy is a working on her PhD in genetics at Duke University. Her research focuses on how genes and environment affect an animal’s ability to endure stressful conditions. She is originally from Georgia, where she graduated from the University of Georgia (and will always cheer on the Dawgs).