Andrew C. Thompson is the Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained elder in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he serves as the appointed Wesley Scholar to the annual conference. Andrew’s area of academic emphasis is Wesleyan theology and early Methodist history. He received his doctorate from Duke University and has published in a number of academic journals, including Methodist History, the Wesleyan Theological Journal, and Methodist Review. In addition, he is the editor and lead contributor to Generation Rising: A Future With Hope for the United Methodist Church (Abingdon, 2011). You can follow him on his website at www.andrewthompson.com or on Twitter @andrew72450. Andrew’s blog serves as a way for him to comment on issues ranging from contemporary church life to themes in Wesleyan theology, and from the practice of discipleship to topics in Methodist history. He enjoys the challenge of translating his academic research and writing into forms accessible to church audiences.
Find him on Twitter: @andrew72450
Bob Kaylor is Lead Pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, CO and Senior Writer for the preaching magazine Homiletics. His recent book, Your Best Move: Effective Leadership Transition for the Local Church was published by Seedbed in 2013. An alumnus of Asbury Seminary (M.Div ’95, D.Min. ’12), Bob has written for the Upper Room Disciplines, the Daily Bible Study series, and published the book Come to the Manger for Abingdon Press in 2008. Bob is a writer, historian, and theologian who blogs on preaching, Wesleyan theology and church leadership, books, and the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary culture. Bob is married to Jennifer and they have high school-age children, Hannah and Rob. Bob loves hiking in the mountains of Colorado, playing the drums, and following his hometown Pittsburgh sports teams.
Find him on Twitter: @revbkaylor
Chad Brooks is a United Methodist Pastor serving in Louisiana. He has been married to Meredith for 8 years. Chad is currently serving St. Paul’s UMC in Monroe, La as their associate pastor. Chad hold a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary where he concentrated on the theology of worship and eschatology. His bachelors degree from Louisiana Tech University is in Sociology, where he concentrated on communal identity. These focuses have led Chad on a journey of telling others what it means to expect to experience God in transforming ways. Chad’s faith journey tells stories of restlessness, imagination and finding final hope in the person Jesus Christ. Chad engages with pop culture, worship practices and scripture on revchadbrooks.com. You can expect a light hearted approach to deep theology. He posts on Monday and Wednesday and occasional weekends.
Find him on Twitter: @revchadbrooks
Drew Causey is a Worship Designer and Pastor at Hope Community Church in the Lawrenceburg and Frankfort area of Kentucky. He and his wife Catherine have been married for three years. Drew’s theological interests include worship design and theology, discipleship, and the intersections of Wesleyan and covenantal thinking. He also has a growing obsession with guitar gear and loves to play disc golf.
Find him on Twitter: @drewcausey
Jonathan Powers is the worship pastor for the Offerings community of First United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY. He and his wife, Faith, serve as the student involvement directors for World Gospel Mission at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, where Jonathan also teaches as an adjunct professor in Worship Arts. Jonathan graduated from Asbury University with a BA in English, and from Asbury Theological Seminary a Master of Arts in Worship Studies. Jonathan received his doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, FL. Jonathan is the co-author with Jason Jackson and Teddy Ray of Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Tradition published by Seedbed.
Find him on Twitter: @jonboy017
Joshua lives in Atlanta and works for the International Leadership Institue directing the GROW platform. He is a deacon in the Anglican Church of North America (ADGL) and blogs at trinitarianmission.com and
Find him on Twitter: @joshuatoepper
Kevin M. Watson is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Seattle Pacific University. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. He has written for academic and more popular audiences on Wesleyan discipleship. Seedbed will be publishing his book on reclaiming the early Methodist class meeting in the fall of 2013. Vital Piety focuses on Christian formation and discipleship from a distinctively Wesleyan perspective. The blog also seeks to help contemporary Wesleyans accurately understand and reclaim the best of their own heritage.
Find him on Twitter: @kevinwatson
Matt Lipan is a pastor at Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN and lead pastor for the Sunrise Campus. He received a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in leadership. In The Neighborhood of Holy is like a casual walk around the block exploring the places where faith + culture intersect, recognizing we don’t always arrive at Holy but strive not to stray very far. Look for conversations on music, leadership, culture, Wesleyan theology, discipleship, social media, church, and everything in-between.
Find him on Twitter: @mattlipan
Matt O’Reilly is pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama, and a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament at the University of Gloucestershire where his research focuses on the relationship between bodily practice and bodily resurrection in the letters of Paul. Matt also serves as an adjunct member of the faculties of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and Wesley Biblical Seminary. These arenas provide him the opportunity to pursue his passions for ministry, research, and teaching. Matt is an avid writer and has published a variety of articles and essays in scholarly, professional, and denominational journals. Matt blogs at Incarnatio, where he writes on a range of topics related to biblical interpretation, preaching and ministry, theology, history, and all things Methodist. Every subject is engaged from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective that prioritizes scripture and emphasizes the potency and potential of grace to cultivate comprehensive renewal of every person in the image of Christ.
Find him on Twitter: @mporeilly
Tom is Associate Teaching Pastor and Associate Director of Community Life at Christ United Methodist Church of Memphis, TN. He has a B.A. from Hannibal LaGrange University, an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Missouri, and an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary. His one life’s ambition is to learn to be a pick-pocket.
Find him on Twitter: @thom1st
The Rev. Jeremy Steele is the author of Taboo: The Questions You Aren’t Supposed to Ask and the Next Generation pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL. He is a regular columnist for The United Methodist Reporter, Youthworker Movement, and Al.com. You can find more of his writing and a list of all
the places he contributes at his website: JeremyWords.com.
JeremyWords.com, focuses on engaging in questioning conversations about faith. Rather than having a defensive posture, the posts here seek a more Wesleyan stance learning from all sides of discussions, questions, and arguments. By engaging rather than defending we are able to hold close to evangelical orthodoxy without alienating those who are unsure and have well-founded reservations about the Christian life and belief.
Find him on Twitter: @unpretending
Carolyn Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She was born and raised in Augusta and graduated from the University of Georgia (B.A. – Religion, 1985) and Asbury Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity, 1998). Carolyn served for five years as an associate pastor at Athens First United Methodist church (Athens, Georgia). In June of 2003, she was appointed home again to the Augusta area, where she and her family were given the joy of birthing Mosaic United Methodist Church.
Her blog, fivestones, is named from the story in which David prepared to face Goliath by arming himself with five stones. It only took one to slay the giant but in the event the beast fell slowly, David was prepared. Carolyn has become attached to those five stones. It seems that for most big adventures in life, there is great merit in taking the time to arm yourself with the right mindset so you’re ready for whatever giants come your way. Fivestones offers a fresh insight into the ways God works, giving inspiration and affirmation for the battle.
Find her on Twitter: @carolyncmoore
Talbot embraced the Christian faith at age 17. In 1987, he sensed God leading him into ministry, so he entered Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He graduated summa cum laude in 1990 with the Masters in Divinity degree. After being ordained by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, he was appointed to serve Mt. Carmel and Midway United Methodist Churches in Monroe. Between 1990 and 1999, Mt. Carmel received the WNC Conference “Church of Excellence” award six times. During that time, the church also more than doubled in size.
In 1999, Talbot was appointed to serve Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, a new congregation in the southwest part of the city. Since 1999, the church’s average worship attendance has increased from 500 per Sunday to over 1,800 per Sunday. In 2001 Talbot received the Western North Carolina Conference’s Harry Denman Award for Excellence In Evangelism. Good Shepherd is known for its racial & ethnic diversity, its innovative approach to worship, and its missional focus of inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
Find him on Twitter: @TalbotDavis
Jessica LaGrone is a pastor and a mom. Her blog about having a foot in two worlds, and being imperfect, inadequate, and available to God in both at the same time. The scope and purpose is to tell stories that sing with the Gospel and touch the substance of the everyday life of those who love Jesus and live an imperfect existence. It is based on her daily experience and observations.
Find her on Twitter: @JessicaLaGrone
Isaac Hopper is a follower of Jesus Christ, husband, and father of two very active children. He is a Web Developer and Ph.D candidate in Wesley Studies at the University of Manchester, where his research focuses on the role of Christ’s person and work in John Wesley’s theology. Isaac holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, where he studied far more languages than is socially acceptable, and a BBA with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Morehead State University. His blog at isaachopper.com includes personal musings, reflections on scripture and the Christian life, and occasional insights from his doctoral research.
Find him on Twitter: @isaachopper
Guy Williams is Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Texas. He has served in youth and pastoral ministry for over twenty years in Missouri, Kentucky, and Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (BA, Sociology) and Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv). Since January 2002, Guy have served as a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Guymwilliams.net represents thoughts on the Christian spiritual life from the perspective of an Evangelical United Methodist pastor.
Find him on Twitter: @guymwilliams
Dr. Mark Ongley has over 25 years of pastoral ministry experience and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Formational Counseling with a special focus upon sexual issues. Since 2001 he has helped many people find healing and greater wholeness in the area of their sexuality. Mark pastors Ashes to Life in Beaver Falls, PA—a United Methodist congregation reaching out to people in recovery. While pastoring part-time, he also serves as adjunct professor and DMin advisor at Ashland Seminary. Since 2006 he has been a part of a team of counselors for “Come Away with Me” Retreats. Hundreds of pastors, missionaries and their spouses have benefited from these retreats. On his blog, Restored Image, Mark discusses the Church’s inability to talk about sexuality. He attempts to address all issues: sexual abuse, sexual addiction, sexual aversion and same-sex attraction.
Steven Bruns has been in ministry since 2000. He is a pastor with the Free Methodist Church, and before that was ordained in the United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv 2001) and London School of Theology (PhD 2011). He has been an adjunct professor for Asbury both online and at the Dunnam Campus in Orlando, Florida. He also has done post-doctoral work at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Early Christian Discipleship and Spirituality. He considers himself an evangelical Wesleyan with a good sense of history. Freemethodistpreacher.com covers social and theological issues from a Wesleyan perspective. The goal is to take our Wesleyan heritage, which itself comes from the broader history of the Church, and practically apply it to life. It is an attempt to incarnate our theology in an increasingly disjointed and separated world.
Ken Schenck, PhD. is Dean of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry. Common Denominator (formerly Quadrilateral Thoughts) is a biblioblog dedicated to truth, justice, and the Christian way. The blog engages heavily with issues in hermeneutics, ecclesiology, and philosophy on both a popular and scholarly level. His scholarly work has largely focused on the Letter to the Hebrews, writing both a seminary-level introduction (Understanding the Book of Hebrews, Westminster John Knox, 2003) and publishing a revised version of his dissertation (Cosmology and Eschatology in the Book of Hebrews). He has also published A Brief Guide to Philo, a commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians, an introduction to the New Testament that has sold over 10,000 copies (Jesus is Lord), and an overview of hermeneutics (Making Sense of God’s Word). He is the author of several other books and articles on topics in Hebrews, Paul, and Philo, including the booklet, Why Wesleyans Favor Women in Ministry.
Find him on Twitter: @kenschenck