Evening Speakers

William McGurn

Editorial Page Editor, The New York Post

William McGurn is editorial page editor of The New York Post.

Previously he was a vice president for News Corporation, where he wrote speeches for the CEO and the weekly “Main Street” column for The Wall Street Journal.  From 2005 to 2008, he served as chief speechwriter for President Bush in the West Wing of the White House.

Prior to the White House, most of Bill’s career was in journalism.  He was the chief editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal, and spent more than 10 years overseas – in Europe and in Asia – for Dow Jones...

Ms. Marina Nemat

Author and Public Intellectual

Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the...

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

President, Acton Institute

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute. Fr. Sirico serves on the staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of...

Mr. Mustafa Akyol

Columnist, Turkish Daily News

Mr. Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for the Turkish Daily News. He studied political science and history at Bosphorus University of Istanbul. His opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Weekly Standard and First Things. Akyol's recent book, Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, was published by W. W. Norton in August 2011.

Dr. John Armstrong

Founder and President, ACT 3

Dr. John H. Armstrong is founder and president of ACT 3, a ministry for equipping leaders for unity in Christ's mission. He is former pastor and church-planter, of more than twenty years, and  the author/editor of 12 books. He has also authored thousands of magazine, journal, and Web based articles. Besides his writing ministry Dr. Armstrong is an adjunct professor of evangelism at Wheaton College Graduate School, teaches in various seminaries and colleges as a guest lecturer, and is a seminar and conference speaker throughout the United...

Dr. Vincent Bacote

Director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College

Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is the author of the The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker Academic: 2005), and has contributed to books such as Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012) and is a regular columnist for Comment. He has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books & Culture, Christianity Today and re:...

Dr. David Baker

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary

Dr. David Baker is Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, having studied at Temple University, University of Tel Aviv, Dropsie College, Regent College, Cambridge University, and the University of London. He has lectured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa. David has authored/edited over 40 books, including Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. David and his wife also own two small businesses.

Dr. Jordan Ballor

Executive Editor, Journal of Markets & Morality

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich) is a research fellow at the Acton Institute and serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012), and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as...

Dr. John Bergsma

Associate Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Dr. John Bergsma is Associate Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio. He holds the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich., and served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He specialized in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, graduating with high honors in 2004. His major study of the interpretation of the Year of Jubilee in ancient times is published as The Jubilee...

Mr. Garreth Bloor

Founder, The Enterprise Forum

Garreth Bloor is an elected public representative and chair of economic policy in the Cape Town city-region government. Bloor has undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Cape Town, where he is currently a member of the university council. He has participated in programs at Oxford and Cambridge as an Abe Bailey Fellow and is the youngest ever member of the Mont Pelerin Society. His work has been internationally received across two dozen publications. Bloor is also a recipient of awards from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Cape Town Press Club.

Dr. Anthony Bradley

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, The King's College

Dr. Anthony Bradley is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King’s College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. He is the author of Liberating Black Theology (2010), Black and Tired (2011), The Political Economy of Liberation (2012) and editor of Keep Your Head Up (2012). Dr. Bradley holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and has been featured on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, and Fox News, among others.

Dr. Chad Brand

Professor of Christian Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Chad Brand is gifted as a scholar, apologist, pastor, and student of contemporary culture and religion. He also serves as associate dean of Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College. Before coming to Louisville, Chad taught at North Greenville College. He has taught over 25 different types of courses and seminars and has delivered over 30 papers to groups, such as the Evangelical Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, and the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry...

Pastor Christopher Brooks

Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries

Pastor Christopher Brooks is Senior Pastor at Evangel Ministries in Detroit, MI, and hosts the daily radio show, Christ and the City. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Administration from Michigan State University, and worked for the investment firm Morgan Stanley, where he was employed until starting full-time ministry with Evangel Ministries in 1999.

Dr. J. Budziszewski

Professor of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

J. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981) is a government and philosophy professor at the University of Texas, Austin. An authority on natural law, with a special interest in moral self-deception, he writes for both scholars and general readers, including What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (2011); The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction (2009); and On the Meaning of Sex (2012). Currently he is preparing a commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law.

Very Rev. Michael Butler

Archpriest, Orthodox Church of America

The Very Reverend Michael Butler is an Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America. He has a BA in psychology from the University of Dallas, an MA in theology from the University of Dallas, and a PhD in church history and patristics from Fordham University, where he wrote his dissertation on St Maximus the Confessor. He is an adjunct professor in the religion department of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, organized the Late Vocations Program for his Diocese and trains men for diaconal ministry. He has been a parish priest for 16 years.

Mr. Rodolpho Carrasco

United States Regional Facilitator, Partners Worldwide

Mr. Rodolpho Carrasco served for two decades in an incarnational urban youth ministry in the Los Angeles metro. His work in applying private charity principles among the urban poor has been covered by Christianity Today (Where Faith and Culture Meet DVD series) and the Heritage Foundation (Seek Social Justice DVD series). Articles by and about Carrasco have appeared in Discipleship Journal, Pasadena Star-News, and Outreach Magazine. He's an advisory board member of the Christian Community Development Association and a board member...

Dr. Alejandro Chafuen

President, Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Dr. Alejandro Chafuen, a native of Argentina, is president of Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Dr. Chafuen is a graduate of International College, where he received a Ph. D. in economics. He is also a trustee of the Acton Institute and author of Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics.

Dr. Victor Claar

Professor of Economics, Henderson State University

Victor V. Claar, Ph.D., is professor of economics at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he teaches courses in economics to undergraduates and graduates. He recently was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia—a landlocked country at the intersection of Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran—where he conducted research and gave lectures to graduate students.

Professor Claar has a long, impressive record of publications, including his influential book, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and...

Rev. Raymond de Souza

Chaplain & Adjunct Professor, Newman House at Queen's University

Rev. Raymond de Souza is the Chaplain of the Newman House at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is also an adjunct professor in the economics department. Prior to attending seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, he studied economics at Queen’s, in Manila, Philippines, and at the University of Cambridge. He serves as editor of Acton’s Religion and Liberty and is a regular columnist for Canada’s National Post.

Dr. David Deavel

Associate Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture

David Paul Deavel is associate editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and contributing editor for Gilbert Magazine.  He earned a PhD in historical theology from Fordham University and teaches at the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Seminary.  His writing has appeared in numerous books and a wide variety of popular and scholarly journals including: America, Books & Culture, Catholic World Report, Chesterton Review, First Things, Journal of Markets and Morality, National Review...

Prof. Ross Emmett

Professor, Michigan State University and Co-Director, College's Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity

Prof. Ross B. Emmett, IMBA, Ph.D., is a professor in James Madison College at Michigan State University and co-director of the College’s Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity. His teaching deals with the central question of comparative economic governance: what is the relationship between basic economic institutions and their legal, cultural, political and moral contexts? His research concerns both the history of how modern societies have answered that question, and how today’s answers affect liberty, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Brian Fikkert

Executive Director, Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College

Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development. Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College.  Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, Brian has numerous academic and popular publications and is a co-author of the book, When Helping Hurts:  How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself.

Dr. Todd Flanders

Headmaster, Providence Academy

Dr. Todd Flanders has served as headmaster of Providence Academy since its inception in 2000. He holds a BA with a concentration in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, an MA in history from Truman State University, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. He has taught history and theology in both college and high school, co-founded a residential college program and served as director of career services at Truman State, and was director of educational programming at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty before coming to Providence...

Dr. Greg Forster

Program Director, Faith, Work and Economics, Kern Family Foundation

Dr. Greg Forster is a program director at the Kern Family Foundation, where he directs the Oikonomia Network, a national learning community of evangelical seminaries that equips pastors with a theological understanding of faith, work, and economics. He is also the editor of Hang Together, a group blog on religion, politics and national identity; a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; the author of six books and numerous articles in both academic and popular publications; and a regular contributor to online sources including The Gospel...

Dr. Kenneth Grasso

Professor of Political Science, Southwest Texas State University

Dr. Kenneth L. Grasso is professor of political science at Texas State University.  He has written extensively on Catholic social thought, the liberal tradition, and democratic theory.   He has edited several books including Catholicism, Liberalism and Communitarianism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Catholicism and Religious Freedom:  Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty (Sheed & Ward, 2006), and Rethinking Rights:  Historical, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives...

Mr. Peter Greer

President and CEO, HOPE International

Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training. HOPE targets challenging and underserved areas, such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti. Under Peter’s leadership, HOPE has expanded its network from three to 16 countries and now serves over 500,000 active clients. 

Formerly employed by World Relief as a microfinance advisor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he later managed Urewgo, which was recognized as the “best...

Dr. Samuel Gregg

Director of Research, Acton Institute

Dr. Samuel Gregg is Research Director at Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar. He is the author of several books, including On Ordered Liberty, The Commercial Society, The Modern Papacy, Wilhelm Röpke...

Very Rev. Paul Hartmann

President, Catholic Memorial H.S. & Judicial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Very Rev. Paul Hartmann is the Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Milwaukee and president of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. He holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America, and received his M.Div from St. Francis Seminary. The focus of much of his current research and writing has been the theology and structure of marriage, canonical penal procedures, and constitutional law.

Mr. Ismael Hernandez

Founder, Freedom & Virtue Institute

Mr. Ismael Hernandez is the founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute. He grew up in Puerto Rico as the son of a committed Marxist and a founding member of the Socialist Party. Ismael was a communist while studying at the University of Puerto Rico and active in the Socialist Party. When he came to America to attend graduate school, his experiences began to slowly shatter his preconceived notions about this country. He was embraced by Americans and given opportunities he could never have imagined. He began to read writings of and about America’s Founding Fathers...

Mr. Travis Hester

Project Coordinator, Creation Peru and Universidad Nacional de Trujillo

Travis Hester has served as the national coordinator in Honduras for the Growers First Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the empowerment of rural impoverished coffee farmers.  His work there involved improving market access, quality control and efficiency in processing, as well as micro-lending and humanitarian aid. Travis is currently serving as a project coordinator in conjunction with Creation Peru and the National University of Trujillo to develop a holistic method of community assessment to stimulate the creation...

Dr. P.J. Hill

Senior Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center

Dr. P.J. Hill is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and Senior Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), in Bozeman, Montana. He received his B.S.in Agricultural Economics from Montana State University and his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Chicago. Hill has published numerous articles and several books on institutional change and the evolution of property rights. His latest book, with Terry Anderson, is The Not So Wild, Wild West, Property Rights on the Frontier.

Rev. Johannes Jacobse

Priest, Antiochian Archdiocese of America

Fr. Johannes Jacobse has been a priest for twenty years. Born in Holland, he has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, studied the Greek language at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and is a fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is married and has one daughter.

Fr. Hans edits the web site Orthodoxy Today that discusses social and moral issues from an Orthodox Christian and the larger Judeo-Christian framework. The success of Orthodoxy Today led to the founding of the American...

Mr. Kishore Jayabalan

Director, Istituto Acton

Mr. Kishore Jayabalan is director of Istituto Acton in Rome. He organizes the institute’s educational and outreach efforts in Europe. He has worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, and worked for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Rev. Gregory Jensen

Orthodox Chaplain, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reverend Gregory Jensen is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington DC (Orthodox Church in America). He has a BA in psychology from the University of Dallas, an MA in theology from the University of Dallas, and a PhD in spirituality and spiritual formation from Duquesne University’s Institute of Formative Spirituality. His dissertation was a phenomenological analysis of communion in Liturgy. He is currently the Orthodox Chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Michael Matheson Miller

Research Fellow, Acton Institute


Michael Matheson Miller is research fellow at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics.  He is the Director and Host of the PovertyCure DVD Series...

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Founder & President, Ruth Institute

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is founder and president of the Ruth Institute. Dr. Morse was selected one of the nine top Catholics of the Year in 2013. She discovered an assumption made by Adam Smith, the founder of modern-day economics. Smith took for granted that somehow helpless children grow into functioning adults capable of making contracts, keeping promises and having empathy for others. In other words, she discovered that the economy depends on the intact family raising children. Religious thinkers and ordinary moms and dads knew this all along, but Dr. Morse...

Ms. Anielka M√ľnkel

Project Manager, Acton Institute

Ms. Anielka Münkel is a project manager at the Acton Institute and co-producer of the PovertyCure DVD Series. A native and citizen of Nicaragua, she served as advisor to the minister of tourism, promoting Nicaragua as a tourism and investment destination. She collaborated on speeches for former President Enrique Bolaños and negotiated investment opportunities with international corporations. Previously, she served as coordinator of the Government Investor Network (GIN) at PRONicaragua, the Investment Promotion Agency of the Presidency, and presented the...

Dr. Edd Noell

Chair of the Department of Economics, Westmont College

Edd Noell is Chair of the Department of Economics at Westmont College. His most recent publications include Reckoning With Markets: Moral Reflection in Economics (with James Halteman, Oxford University Press) and Human Flourishing: The Moral and Economic Case for Economic Growth (with Stephen Smith and Bruce Webb, AEI).  His scholarship on the just wage, economic institutions in first-century Roman Palestine, and Adam Smith’s economics has been published in the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Faith and Economics, History of...

Mr. Ray Nothstine

Managing Editor, Religion & Liberty

Ray Nothstine is Managing Editor of Religion & Liberty at the Acton Institute. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.  Before coming to Acton, Ray worked as a free-lance writer for several organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He gained ministry experience in churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. Ray also served on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss). He has most recently written and spoken on issues of American political culture....

Dr. James Otteson

Executive Director, BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University

James R. Otteson is the executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University. He is also a senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies, a research professor in the Freedom Center and department of philosophy at the University of Arizona, and a research fellow at the Independent Institute in California. Previously, Jim was joint professor of philosophy and economics in Yeshiva College, the chairman of the department of philosophy at the University of Alabama. He has also taught at Georgetown University. He has held visiting...

Rev. Dr. Svetlana Papazov

Executive Pastor, Our Father's House Assemblies of God Church

Dr. Svetlana Papazov was born to a Christian family in communist Bulgaria, then later immigrated to the United States. Her upbringing, diverse education, and work experiences have intensified her passion to see cultures transformed for Christ. Svetlana holds two Master’s degrees, one in Landscape Architecture and another in Theology, along with a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership from AGTS. She has successfully started and led four small businesses and also taught Principles of Micro and Macro Economics at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.


Dr. John Pinheiro

Professor of History & Director of Catholic Studies, Aquinas College

Dr. John Pinheiro is professor of history and director of Catholic Studies at Aquinas College, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Pinheiro co-edited volume 12 of the Presidential Series of the Papers of George Washington and is the author of Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War. Consulting Editor on the Polk presidency for the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, his publications also include articles on the early American republic in...

Dr. Scott Rae

Professor & Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Biola University

Dr. Scott Rae is a professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics as well as the chair of that department at Biola University. Dr. Rae's primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 6 books and his work has appeared in several publications. Dr. Rae is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals and a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and the Wilberforce Forum.

Dr. Keith Reeves

Professor of New Testament and early Christian Literature, Azusa Pacific University


Keith H. Reeves (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and early Christian Literature in the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, where he has taught for the past 20 years. His most recent work is What Christians Believe about the Bible: A Concise Guide for Students (Baker, 2013). In addition to his work in Biblical Studies, Keith is involved in business, has an MBA, and is a licensed Realtor.

Dr. Jay Richards

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., serves as senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and is author of The New York Times bestselling books Infiltrated and Indivisible and author of Money, Greed, and God, which won a Templeton Enterprise Award in 2010.

He is also executive producer of several television documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom.

Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Washington Post...

Dr. Kevin Schmiesing

Research Fellow, Acton Institute

Kevin Schmiesing (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a research fellow at the Acton Institute. He has written two books on American Catholic intellectual history, as well as dozens of reviews, articles, and popular pieces in the fields of Catholic social teaching, Church history, and the history of religion and economics. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Catholic Social Science Review and is a regular guest on the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN global satellite radio.

Rev. Dan Scott

Senior Pastor, Christ Church in Nashville, TN

Rev. Dan Scott, born in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, has experienced divergent spiritual influences in his life. In the spiritual life of his childhood, he experienced the strengths of African-American and Appalachian White Pentecostal worship. In early adulthood, his beliefs were further enriched through his missionary work in Latin America, and among French-Canadian and Haitian people in Quebec.

Raised as a Pentecostal, Pastor Scott found his spiritual life expanded through his studies and his growing ties to Christians of all denominations. The...

Mr. Doug Seebeck

President, Partners Worldwide

Doug Seebeck serves as the President of Partners Worldwide. Mr. Seebeck has provided strategic leadership that has helped to fuel the growth of Partners Worldwide into 20 countries. Partners Worldwide’s mission is to encourage, equip and connect business and professional people in global partnerships that grow enterprises, create sustainable jobs and transform the lives of all involved. Over the past 10 years these partnerships have helped to create and strengthen over 100,000 sustainable jobs.

Mr. Seebeck received a B.A. in Agronomy, cum laude, from Washington State...

Dr. Charles Self

Associate Professor, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Dr. Charles Self is an Associate Professor of Church History at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Prior to his joining the faculty at AGTS, he served for 30 years in various pastoral roles—including senior pastor—and concurrently taught for 28 years at the following schools: Bethany University, AGTS (adjunct), Western Seminary (adjunct), George Fox University and Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium. Besides church history courses, he has taught theology, philosophy, ethics, apologetics, leadership and ministry. Dr. Self has also...

Dr. Amy Sherman

Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Faith in Communities, Sagamore Institute

Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and author of six books, most recently Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (IVP, 2011). Her articles have appeared in such publications as Christianity Today, First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, Philanthropy, and Books & Culture. Her undergraduate degree is from Messiah College (political science, 1987) and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia (international economic development, 1994...

Mr. John Stonestreet

Speaker and Fellow, Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.

John is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of the Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.  He also serves...

Dr. John Teevan

Director of the Prison Extension Program, Grace College

Dr. John Teevan is the Executive Director of the new Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College and continues as the Director of the Prison Extension for Grace College.  Before coming to Grace College, he served as pastor of the Winona Lake and Ashland Grace Brethren Churches. Teevan has served as a board member for many organizations, including the Encompass World Partners since 1982, Cardinal Services, Kosciusko Community Hospital, the Lutheran Health Network, and the Kosciusko Community Educational Development board. He is married to Jane and they have three...

Mr. Andreas Widmer

Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, The Catholic University of America

Andreas Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America and President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invested in original research, books, and films to further enterprise solutions to poverty.

He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his...

Prof. W. Bradford Wilcox

Director, National Marriage Project and Associate Professor, University of Virginia

Prof. W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and serves as an associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. Mr. Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood, cohabitation, and on the ways that gender, religion, and children influence the quality and stability of American marriages and family life. He has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood. Mr. Wilcox received the Best Graduate Paper Award...

Dr. Kent Wilson

Chair, Executive Coach, Vistage International

Dr. Kent Wilson is a business practitioner and leadership specialist. After running for-profit and nonprofit companies for 30 years, he now mentors and coaches CEOs as an executive coach with Vistage International and the Nonprofit Leadership Exchange in Colorado Springs. He received his doctorate from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in Steward Leadership, and teaches entrepreneurial business skills internationally as a volunteer trainer for three international business-as-mission organizations.

Dr. Jonathan Witt

Research Fellow & Writer, Acton Institute

Dr. Jonathan Witt is the author, with Jay W. Richards, of the forthcoming Ignatius Press book The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is also the lead writer for the PovertyCure initiative, and associate producer and lead script writer for the PovertyCure DVD Series. Besides his work on this and two other Acton DVD series, he provided scripting work for Acton’s upcoming poverty documentary and wrote scripts for three documentaries that appeared on PBS, including...

Dr. Joseph Wooddell

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Criswell College

Dr. Joseph D. Wooddell is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Criswell College, Dallas TX. His books include The Beauty of the Faith: Using Aesthetics for Christian Apologetics and The Baptist Faith and Message 2000: Critical Issues in America’s Largest Protestant Denomination. He believes in academic interdisciplinarity, and so holds the B.S. in Music, the Master of Divinity degree, the M.A. in Political Science, and the Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion. He enjoys reading, writing, running, hiking, mountain biking, exploring Narnia and Middle...