|Meet the EP bLOGOS contributors: |
Just who are the folk who write the EP bLOGOS? This month we feature a little background on each of our regular contributors.
Kyle Childress has been the pastor of the Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas for twenty-one years. He is married to Jane, who teaches English at the nearby university and they have two daughters Emily, 20, and Callie, 17. A frequent contributor to The Christian Century and Christian Reflection and a guest preacher and lecturer around the country, Kyle spends as much time as he can on his porch having conversations with friends and church members.
Doug Lee serves as one of the pastors of Grace Fellowship Community Church in San Francisco. A former Silicon Valley engineer and high school math teacher, Doug is learning to be a Christian from his wife Amy, his children Sonya and Josiah, his congregation, and its global partners. He has no hobbies worth mentioning, but roots hard for the San Francisco Giants.
Janice Love lives in the sunny (except in the winter) Okanagan Valley in the interior of the province of British Columbia in Canada with her husband, James and son, Jameson (who was baptized in a United Church, has been attending an Anglican Church and goes to a Roman Catholic school). Janice also lives in the hope, at times desperately, of what God is up to in and for the church and the world. She is the co-creator of the Christian Seasons Calendar, which subverts the January to December marking of time by the Advent to Season After Pentecost structure of the Christian Year. Janice also has her own website which offers resources to fellow Christians for marking the Christian seasons of the Church at home.
Debra Dean Murphy is assistant professor of religion at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is the author of Teaching That Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education and a co-author of the EP's "Getting Your Feet Wet" series for the Congregational Formation Initiative. Her articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including Modern Theology, Theology Today, and The Christian Century. Her review of Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven appears in the inaugural issue of the print edition of The Englewood Review of Books (November). Debra is the chairperson of the board of directors of the EP.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer, teacher, and farmer in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has written on food, the environment, and culture for a variety of publications including Gourmet, Men's Journal, Paste, Books & Culture, Fast Company, and Spin. Ragan has six years of sustainable farming experience and works with two partners to develop a farm at a public middle school and high school for troubled youth. He is the author of Farming as a Spiritual Discipline.
Brian Volck is a pediatrician living in Cincinnati. He co-authored Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos Press, 2006) and is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University's MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a member of the Ekklesia Project Board.
Jenny Williams is currently the pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood, West Virginia. She grew up in southern California, spent seven years in North Carolina, and moved to WV through their recruitment program-marriage. She has been part of the EP since 2005 and has enjoyed working with the Congregational Formation Initiative. Her favorite part of being part of the EP is the friendships-old ones strengthened and new ones formed.
Jake Wilson is a provisional Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He currently serves two churches in the Jackson area. A graduate of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Jake has been an EP endorser since 2006. In addition to helping with our bLOGOS Lectionary Reflections, Jake also reviews books for our EP Newsletters.
Tobias (Toby) Winright lives in the city of St. Louis with his wife, Liz, and two daughters (Clare Niamh, 5 years, and Lydia Maeve, 2 months). They are members of St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church. He is associate professor of theological ethics at Saint Louis University, the second oldest Jesuit university in the US. With his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (where he was John Howard Yoder's graduate assistant for two years), he has published articles and book chapters on war and peace, capital punishment, and just policing. His book After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (coauthored with Mark Allman) was published in September by Orbis Books, and he is editing a volume on Green Discipleship: Theological Ethics and the Environment, which will be published next year by Anselm Academic.