William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin), is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Lecturer of Pastoral Theology at Knox Theological Seminary, founder of the LIBERATE resource ministry, and the grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham. He is a graduate of Columbia International University, where he earned a degree in philosophy, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he earned an M.Div. degree (Master of Divinity). A South Florida native, Tullian has been married to his wife Kim since 1994 and they have three children: Gabe, Nate, and Genna.
Tullian is a best-selling author, having written seven books, the most recent, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World was released in October 2013. Other titles include, Glorious Ruin, October 2012 (an ECPA finalist for Book of the Year) and Jesus + Nothing = Everything, which won Christianity Today’s book of the year in 2012. Tullian has appeared on CBS News, Fox and Friends, Morning Joe, among other programs, and his writing has been featured on the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, and a host of other print outlets. Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the amazing power of God’s grace. To catch up with Mockingbird’s coverage of Tullian, click here.
Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes Records. Travels around. Tries to be good. “Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string” is how one observer describes him. We think he is a national treasure. Slaid’s most recent record is Still Fighting The War (2013). Be sure to check out his website.
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David Browder is rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, and will be serving as our chaplain during the conference. A graduate of the University of Alabama and the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, David and his wife Kari have two sons, Edward and Hank. Before coming to St. Thomas, he spent two years as Associate Curate for pastoral care and Parish life at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Prior to his call to the ministry, David worked as an analyst with AmSouth Bank, as an accountant with Browder & Associates, P.C, in Birmingham, Alabama and for Whitaker Container Services in South Carolina. He has been a member of the Mockingbird board since 2009.
Sarah Condon is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Texas. She is married to Josh Condon and mother to Neil and Annie. Sarah serves the people of St. Martin’s Church. Previously, she was a chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital. A regular contributor to the Mockingbird website, click here to read some of Sarah’s latest.
R-J Heijmen is the Senior Associate Rector for Christian Education, Stewardship and Student Ministries at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, R-J was formerly the founding Rector of St. Paul’s Church in New York City and the New York City Director of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools. R-J’s wife Jaime designs and manufactures interior accessories and they have two sons: Jackson, 12 and Spencer, 9.
Matt and Megan Magill met on the stage in 1998 and have been at home together there ever since. They were married in 2001 and moved to New York City to pursue careers in music and theater. Having relocated to Tyler, TX in 2010, Matt and Megan now regularly perform around Texas and occasionally far beyond. You can find their three releases Matt Magill: Song x Song, The Magills: The Sting and The Honey, and The Magills: …And The Kings County Sound on iTunes and www.themagills.bandcamp.com. Longtime friends of Mockingbird, The Magills are grateful to be a part of The Risk of Grace Conference and pray that you are blessed by their music. They have two daughters, Maggie (6) and Blythe (4), and are the founders of B3 Ministries.
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 with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Christians in Universities and Schools) in their New England. In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City. David and his wife Cate currently reside in Charlottesville, VA with their two boys, Charlie and Cabell, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church, supervising their ministry to students and young adults. 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, will be out in November of 2014.
Aaron Zimmerman was born in Houston, but grew up in Mexico City; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm; L.A.; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After earning a BA at Harvard, Aaron spent two years with an NGO in Kazakhstan. After that, he worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School and as an analyst with H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 2008. After serving churches in Pittsburgh and Houston, in 2013 he became Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco, TX. Aaron and his wife, Andrea, are proud parents of three children. He has served on the board of Mockingbird since 2009.