A 20 year music industry veteran, Derek Webb has sold millions of albums while ruffling political & spiritual feathers alike as both a solo artist and a founding member of Texas-based folk/rock band Caedmon’s Call. He is also Co-Founder & President of the revolutionary tribe-building platform NoiseTrade.
Ted Peters is a Lutheran pastor as well as Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, USA. He is former editor-in-chief of Dialog, A Journal of Theology; and currently he co-edits the journal, Theology and Science. He recently published Sin Boldly!: Justifying Faith for Fragile and Broken Souls (Fortress 2015) and the 3rd edition of his systematic theology, GOD–The World’s Future (Fortress 2015.
Sarah Condon is an Episcopal priest at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, Texas. She went to Yale for Divinity School. And she only drinks organic milk. If you’re starting to feel crappy about your life reading this, please keep in mind that Sarah is deeply neurotic, originally from a state with the highest teen pregnancy rate (I see you, Mississippi), and is Mockingbird’s in house expert for the Housewives Franchise. She is astonished that God loves and forgives even her. And she can’t stop writing about it.
Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He’s the co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times best-seller Modern Romance, and of the acclaimed books Heat Wave, Fighting for Air, and Going Solo. Klinenberg has contributed to the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, and This American Life.
Nancy Hanna was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Long Island, NY. She graduated from Harvard University (B.A.), Lesley University (Ed.M), and Union Theological Seminary in NYC (M.Div.). She was ordained presbyter in the Diocese of New York in 1986. Before retiring in 2010 she served 4 parishes in the Diocese of New York over 25 years: St. Mary’s, Scarborough (as assistant to rector Paul Zahl); Christ’s Church, Rye; St. Bartholomew’s, Manhattan; and from 2004-2010 as associate rector at Calvary-St.George’s, Manhattan, where she now serves as a non stipendiary associate.
Dave Johnson grew up in Virginia and is currently the rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, Georgia. He holds graduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell, Nashotah House, and Trinity School for Ministry. His books of collected sermons include Grace upon Grace, The Good News of God’s Grace, and The Grace of God Has Appeared. His favorite song-writers are Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, his favorite living writers are Paul Zahl and Cormac McCarthy, and his favorite 80’s movies are Ferris Beuller’s Day Off and Back to the Future. He enjoys reading the King James Version of the Bible because “that’s the version Jesus read,” and he begins each day with Little Debbie Snack Cakes and coffee because that is “the breakfast of champions.”
David Zahl is the Director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog. Born in New York City, David graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 and then served for five years as a youth minister in New England. In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City. David and his wife Cate reside in Charlottesville, VA with their two boys, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. He is a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal diocese of Virginia, and his writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Modern Reformation and The Dish. His first book, A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock N’ Roll, appeared in 2014, and most recently he co-authored Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints).