Ben is an artist, writer, and filmmadker. Married with three children, he desires to communicate and contribute to the Christian community in a meaningful way–this desire led him to found* and build Conciliar Post. He loves to read works of philosophy and theology and is especially interested in how the early Church Fathers utilized and refashioned the philosophical language of the time in order to incarnate divine truth. Moses makes a living through freelance videography, animation, and design. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, and composing music.
Christian Background: Benjamin was born as a fourth generation Evangelical / Protestant Christian. The desire to live an active life in Christ led him, through much reading, study, and prayer, to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In September of 2013, He, along with his wife and son, were received into full communion with the Orthodox Church. You can read about their journey here.
Ben is currently a third year doctoral student in historical theology at Saint Louis University. Before attending SLU, he completed a Master of Arts in Theology, with a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies and a Concentration in Systematic Theology, at Villanova University. His undergraduate degree comes from Truman State University, where he studied English and Philosophy. His life is enriched daily by his wife Elizabeth and their twin daughters Julian and Lillian. Ben would like to become a professional teacher.
Christian Background: Ben was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). His family attended church and Bible class regularly, which provided him with a solid foundation in liturgy and Scripture. However, in his first years of college he lost interest in Christianity. After an exploratory period, he was exposed to the broader history of the Christian tradition through a medieval philosophy seminar. Beginning with Augustine’s De libero arbitrio and concluding with Bonaventure’s Itinerarium, the course started a three year journey that ended with membership in the Roman Catholic Church. You can read more about these events here. Formative documents for Ben’s journey include John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio and the Documents of the Second Vatican Council.
Jody lives in picturesque Colorado where she enjoys hiking various types of terrain, foggy mornings with steaming mugs of tea, reading classic literature and theological essays, studying words and their origins, and practising the art of hospitality. (She also has the rather annoying habit of spelling things ‘Britishly’.)
Christian Background: Jody grew up listening to her dad read around the dinner table– from Genesis to the Chronicles of Narnia. Her mom opened school mornings with a chapter of Scripture and prayer. Both of these habits have been carried on into her daily life, loving words and the Word Himself. Upon moving to Colorado (2009), however, Jody began stepping back from her evangelical upbringing, shifting toward a deeper liturgical pursuit of knowing God. She was baptised and confirmed in the Anglican church, and now attends St George’s Anglican in Colorado Springs.
Jake is first and foremost a Christ-Follower. Married in 2012 to Hayley Prahlow, he is currently working on his PhD in Historical Theology at St. Louis University. Jacob received his MA in Religion from Wake Forest University (2014), holds a BA in Theology from Valparaiso University (2012), studied theology and worldviews at Oxford University – Trinity College and the Summit Oxford Study Centre (2011), obtained an AA in Liberal Arts from Southwestern Michigan College (2010), and received a certificate in critical thinking and worldviews from Summit Semester (2009). He loves spending time with his amazing wife, reading, hiking, shooting, and blogging at Pursuing Veritas.
Christian Background: Jacob was born, baptized, and confirmed in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). During his teenage years his family moved to Michigan, where they began attending a non-denominational Bible church. Following graduation from high school, he sought to expose himself to as many forms of Christian faith as possible, and has spent extensive time engaged in a Church Search. He and Hayley currently attend and serve at The Rock Church of Saint Louis’s South County Campus.
A native of Dallas, Texas, John graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2014 with a B.A. in Government. He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing a J.D. at Yale Law School. In his spare time, John enjoys going for morning runs, reviewing movies, reading contemporary and classic literature, and bemoaning the demise of longform journalism. He is the author of four novels, the most recent of which debuted within the top 100 “Metaphysical Fiction” titles on Amazon.com.
Christian Background: John was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. During college he explored Reformed theology, nondenominational churches, and Roman Catholicism, before returning to his roots by way of Karl Barth, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Soren Kierkegaard. His favorite Christian writers include C.S. Lewis, David Bentley Hart, and Paul Tillich.
Andrew earned his Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Calvin College. He married his wife, Lynnae Fisher, in 2013 and lives in Michigan. Andrew is the Editorial Director (Head Copy Editor) of Conciliar Post. He enjoys reading, photography, video games, rock climbing, and blacksmithing.
Christian Background: Andrew was raised in a non-denominational Bible church but while growing up was intrigued by high-church liturgy. While attending Calvin College, a Christian Reformed Church institution, he began exploring the Orthodox and Episcopal traditions of Christianity and continues to explore them with his wife.
Jeff is fascinated by stories. In particular, he is enthralled with the authors’ ability to capture concepts and bring those concepts to life. Driving this delight is his interest in theology and philosophy. Ultimately, he is excited by opportunities to help others understand abstract ideas through skilled artistic work.
Christian Background: Jeff grew up primarily in non-denominational churches. During his teen years, between listening to recorded sermons and conversations with friends, he developed a Reformed/Calvinistic theological leaning. Currently, he would identify as a Reformed Baptist. However, this is combined with the understanding that other traditions could have beneficial insights that he has not yet encountered.
Wesley is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He went to Liberty University for his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies where he was also on the debate team. He currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia and is a seminarian and Graduate Student Assistant at the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty. He enjoys the Old Testament, particularly prophetic literature. He is also a classical educator with Classical Conversations. He lives with his wife Caroline and their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and tea.
Christian Background: Wesley was raised in non-denominational and Baptist churches. He began feeling called to ministry in some capacity near the end of high school. During his time as an undergraduate, he began exploring the Early Church and as a result, he and his wife have been drawn towards the Anglo-Catholic tradition. They were confirmed in the Anglican Church in North America in 2014 and he was ordained to the Diaconate in 2016.
Timon Cline is a native of Memphis, TN and grew up in Dakar, Senegal. He is a graduate of Wright State University, and is concurrently pursuing a J.D. at Rutgers Law School, and a M.A. (Religion) at Westminster Theological Seminary. In his spare time, he enjoys reading political biographies and John le Carré novels, reminiscing about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship, and watching The Office for the nth time. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Rachel.
Christian Background: The son of a Southern Baptist preacher and missionaries, Timon was doomed to be Baptist from the outset. In college Timon began to more seriously contemplate the roots of his beliefs and read broadly across theological traditions. In the end, he remained, to the undoubted shock of his parents, a Baptist of the Reformed persuasion (as all good Baptists should be, he thinks). He has been greatly influenced by the writings of Puritans like Thomas Watson, Richard Sibbes, and Jonathan Edwards. Some of his other favorite Christian authors and theological influences include: Carl F.H. Henry, Reinhold Niebuhr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterton, J.I. Packer, Chuck Colson, and C.S. Lewis. Of course, C.H. Spurgeon, the patron saint of Baptists, is a prerequisite favorite. He and his wife attend Bethel Baptist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. You can follow him on Twitter @tlloydcline.
Creighton is a Wichita native currently pursuing an M.A. in Theological Studies at Saint Louis University (SLU). Prior to SLU, Creighton completed a B.A. in Political Science at Wichita State University (2012) as well as an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (2013), in the Los Angeles area. He enjoys sports, trying new food, and re-watching The West Wing.
Christian Background: Creighton spent time in an Evangelical church as a child, but eventually became disengaged from his faith through middle school and high school. After high school, Creighton was lead to the Assemblies of God, where much of his faith formation has taken place. He is very much ‘in progress,’ but is theologically best described as a Reformed Pentecostal.
Jarrett is employed as an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College, University Middletown, and Edison State Community College. He teaches classes in the areas of religion and humanities. In addition to teaching, Jarrett is the assistant pastor of a house church, where he helps with preaching, teaching, worship leading, and discipleship. Jarrett married his high school sweetheart, Hannah, in 2005, and they now have four small children. Jarrett holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Ohio Northern University and a master of divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology. His hobbies include guitar, hiking, bird watching, crossword puzzles, sports, reading, and writing. You can follow him on Twitter @jarrett_dickey.
Christian Background: Jarrett was raised in the United Methodist Church. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a 6th grader. As a high school and college student, he was very active with the youth group and the contemporary praise band at his UMC church. When Jarrett and his wife Hannah, who was raised Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, moved to Atlanta for Jarrett to attend theology school at Emory University, they began attending the Vineyard church. Jarrett ended up doing a one-year pastoral internship at Trinity Vineyard Church during his last year in Atlanta. Near the end of his time there, Trinity transitioned their affiliation from the Vineyard to the Anglican Church in the Americas. Since completing theology school and moving back home to Ohio, Jarrett has participated in inter-denominational house churches made up of members raised Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, and the like. Having been raised in the Anglican/Methodist stream, Jarrett believes strongly in practicing a middle way type of Christianity that is accessible to people from a wide range of Christian traditions.
Daniel is a Catholic writer and voice artist living in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and daughter. He believes in the power of beauty in life, nature and art as a tool of evangelism, and seeks to follow Christ through study, work and prayer. His favorite book of the Bible is the Song of Songs because of the stunning intimacy it presents both with regard to the sacrament of marriage and the marital union with God to which every soul is called in Christ. He is the proud owner of a small collection of facial hair, charitably termed a mustache.
Christian Background: Daniel was raised a Presbyterian Christian by a devout father who served as an elder and frequently read to him and his five siblings at bedtime from The Dangerous Journey, a baroquely illustrated version of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress; and an equally devout mother who homeschooled all six children, taking them into the woods almost every day for long afternoon walks through the forests and winding creeks near their house. He attended L’Abri in Massachusetts during the summer of 2011 and studied theology and philosophy from 2011-2013 at an Evangelical Christian college in Minnesota. In the culmination of five years of study and prayer, he was joyfully received into the Roman Catholic Church at the 2016 Easter Vigil and made his first Holy Communion. He attends Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester, VA.
Christian is a student at Patrick Henry College, pursuing a B.A. in Government. He self-identifies as a San Jose native, although he has also lived in Oklahoma, Berkeley, and Minnesota. He enjoys coffee, reading anything that was not written during the Victorian era (Dickens has never been his friend), and most importantly, re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also operates a personal blog, which you can find here.
Christian Background: Christian was raised in an evangelical, Calvinist family with a deep love for Christ. However, his conversations with members of other Christian traditions gradually led him to question some of his preconceptions. After six years of research into Scripture, Church History, miracles, and philosophy, he was confirmed into the Catholic Church. His favorite Christian thinkers include G.K. Chesterton, John Henry Newman, and Saint Augustine, his confirmation saint.
Kenneth A. O’Shaughnessy
Ken is a middle-aged father of four. He’s a Northerner by upbringing, but has lived in the South since his (first) college days. Twenty years after a brief attempt to earn a degree at Bob Jones University, he went back to college and obtained an Associates degree in Human Services. During that time he began to do more than just dabble with writing, and has self-published a children’s picture book, a middle-reader’s book, and several collections of poetry. He has continued writing poetry primarily, averaging a poem of some sort per day for the past two and a half years.
Christian Background: Ken was baptized in the Roman Catholic church, raised in the fundamentalist Baptist church, spent his early child-rearing years in the Reformed Baptist church, and after dabbling in the Anglican and Catholic churches, settled down in the Eastern Orthodox church, where he has been since 2006. His primary influence toward traditional Christianity, unwittingly at the time since it was only his fiction he was reading, was G. K. Chesterton. In addition, he found an appreciation for monastic devotional writings through reading Thomas a Kempis. His poetic influences come largely from the hymns he grew up singing and playing on the trumpet. It just so happened that his favorite hymn tunes to play were written by the Russian Orthodox musician Dmitry Bortniansky, something he wouldn’t realize until after his conversion to Orthodoxy. He attends St John of the Ladder OCA in Greenville, SC, where he serves as bellringer.
Jacob is a displaced Texan who lives in Belgium, where he and his wife, Annie, are students. Jacob recently completed an MPhil in continental philosophy at KU Leuven. Jacob earned an MA in analytic philosophy from Northern Illinois University in 2015 and a BA in theology from Moody Bible Institute in 2012. Jacob enjoys travelling, reading, and discussing theology and philosophy with friends. His particular interests center around the intersection of philosophy, Christianity, and animal ethics.
Christian Background: Jacob grew up in a devout, loving, Christian home. He began his Christian journey in the Church of Christ and since has regularly attended a variety of churches, including Southern Baptist, non-denominational, Presbyterian, and Anglican. In May of 2016, Jacob and Annie were confirmed in the Anglican church, where they continue to explore and experience the richness of God’s love.
Logan is from Nebraska, has lived in the Philippines, and now travels for an organization called Save the Storks with a home base in Colorado. He earned a B.A. in History from Doane College in 2014 and spent the following school year presenting as a Team Director with Axis, a ministry dedicated to building lifelong faith in students via culture translation. He has served on the summer staff at Summit Ministries since 2012 and is a graduate of Summit Semester (Fall ’12). His dream to own and work a cattle ranch while cultivating ecumenical, restorative discipleship would preferably be realized in either Montana or Argentina.
Christian Background: Logan’s family roots contain Methodist, Assemblies of God, independent Baptist, and, most recently, non-denominational influences. Theologically he leans in a Reformed direction, admiring Francis Schaeffer’s well-contemplated, compassionate fundamentalism while treasuring the manifest faith proven in martyrs like Jim Elliot and steadfast in leaders like William Wilberforce. His Christian school upbringing whetted his thirst for authentic Christianity and prideless holy living, but his comprehension of the Gospel has been profoundly challenged and renewed through post-high school experiences and mentoring relationships.
George is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, currently a graduate student in accounting at Wake Forest University. He is excited about living and thinking through the implications of Abraham Kuyper’s exclamation, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
Christian Background: George was born into an Evangelical Methodist home, learning the importance of living all of life in light of the gospel. He currently attends a Presbyterian church (PCA) in Winston-Salem, excited about its worship, liturgy, and use of the Scriptures that longs to see Christ exalted in all things.
Becca and her daughter, Paizley, live in Roswell, New Mexico, where Becca works in a breeding and foaling barn on a racehorse ranch. A Certified Veterinary Technician specializing in Equine Reproduction, Becca enjoys the opportunity to breed, raise and gallop race horses, and aspires to compete on the professional rodeo circuit. Some of her other hobbies include breaking colts and reading. While Becca has a deep appreciation for the “cowboy” lifestyle and values, her true passion (inspired by her time at Summit Semester in 2009) is the practical application of her studies of worldviews and theology, combined with discipleship.
Christian Background: Throughout Becca’s childhood, her family was active in Presbyterian, Reformed, and Southern Baptist churches. However, in her early twenties, Becca wandered from her Christian upbringing. Her ungodly lifestyle and selfish decisions soon caught up to her, leaving her a broken, single mother. Christ led her to a Baptist church north east of Colorado Springs where she experienced the grace and healing of Jesus Christ. Currently, she and Paizley are very involved, and hold membership, at First Baptist Roswell, where she is a sixth and seventh grade girls youth leader.
Larry J. Brown, Jr. was born & raised in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Howard University. Larry is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity (2015) and holds a BA in English Literature & Psychology from Florida International University (2012). He is an avid gamer, anime fan, and enjoys exploring life, God, and everything in between. Larry is an ordained Baptist minister.
Christian Background: Larry was born and cradled in the Baptist Church. He now aligns with a strong liberation and prophetic traditions of the Black Baptist Church. Taking science, history, and philosophy seriously in conversation with the biblical text, Larry primarily engages in existential and liberation approaches with streaks of process thought.
Matthew is a post-Protestant disciple of Jesus, an avid disciple-maker, a father of 2 grown men, and the delighted husband of Kristy. He holds a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from the University of Memphis and has authored 3 books. A former church planter, Matthew now serves within the Restoration Movement. He enjoys reading the letters of Desiderius Erasmus, learning the history of empires, and encouraging believers to take up Biblical Greek for the twin purposes of clarity and unity.
Christian Background: Matthew grew up attending a Protestant home church, but did not come to faith until the age of 22. He spent another 17 years in 3 consecutive Protestant denominations, first in dispensationalism, next being personally discipled in a nondenominational setting, and finally learning the values of the Restoration Movement. Due to his historical investigations, Matthew teaches scripture not from a Protestant perspective, but from an historic and global Christian understanding that includes “Christus Victor” and embracing the Septuagint.
Micah is a writer and a student. He holds a BA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and a BA Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Micah serves as a Senior Editor at Conciliar Post in addition to contributing as an author. He enjoys Linux, reading, practising martial arts, firearms training, playing chess, and of course, spending time with his wife.
Christian Background: Micah was raised in a reformed protestant church, where he met and married his wife, Sarah. Over the course of their spiritual pursuit of Christ, God led them to the study of the historical development of Christianity, and to the reading of the Church Fathers. This study eventually brought them into contact with Orthodox Christianity, and they were brought into the Orthodox Christian Church in 2015, on Great and Holy Pascha.
Chris is a reader, writer, student, and husband all rolled into one fleshy package. He earned his B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now pursues a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He spent five years on active duty in the US Marine Corps, where he served as a translator of Middle Eastern languages. Chris currently lives with his beautiful wife and their incorrigible dog in the high desert of rural Central Oregon, where the craft beer flows like the Nile in flood season and the wild deer stare through your window at night.
Christian Background: Until the age of eighteen, Chris slept in every Sunday morning and left church to those silly, pretentious individuals who called themselves Christian. Chris was smart, smart people were atheists, and that’s all there was to it- until depression and a struggle for meaning led him to the door of a Christian friend who helped him turn to God for answers. He’s been picking God’s brain ever since. Always on the move, Chris has attended (and appreciated!) churches in a variety of locations and denominations over the years. Currently he and his wife attend the Free Methodist Church in Madras, Oregon.
Mark is currently Pastor of Church Planting at Trinity Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in St. Louis Missouri. He graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2016 with a Master of Divinity, having previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Religion at Missouri Baptist University. With an inquisitive mind and an intellectual bent, Mark seeks to establish a citywide network of house churches spanning all of St. Louis.
Christian Background: Mark began his journey outside of the Church. After his conversion at age fifteen, he has attended churches of all sorts of traditions—from Baptist to Presbyterian all the way to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox—and finally landed in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). During this journey, there was a time where he struggled greatly with his faith and calling. However, through works like Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word and T.F. Torrance’s Divine and Contingent Order, his calling and fire rejuvenated, and he has since been ordained as a Commissioned Pastor in the CRC. Because of this journey, one of his greatest passions for the Church is to see the Church working together to bring glory to God and hope to the lost.
A lifelong obsession with truth led Charles in search of answers across the country and around the world until he finally discovered what he was seeking in Jesus’ claim to BE the truth (Jn 14:6). Since then, he has dedicated his life to seeking out, living out, and simplifying this truth within the complex philosophical underpinnings of contemporary Christian practice. You can read his story and more at www.charlesheyworth.com
Christian Background: Author, philosopher, entrepreneur, and musician, Charles Heyworth likes to blur the lines between Christian traditions and focus on the pursuit of one thing. His journey from a religious lifestyle to the joy of a relationship with God has been published as a book: “Road to Royalty: A Journey to Relationship.”
TJ is a student at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and aspiring to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is an avid reader, especially in works that deal with relational ontology, liturgical theology, and the ecclesial life of the Church. For fun, TJ loves to spend time with his family, travel, go backpacking in the mountains, watch a good hockey game, sip on a good bourbon, and geek out with a good theology book.
Christian Background: TJ spent most of his youth oscillating between agnosticism and atheism. He came to know the Lord whenever he was 16 and was a Baptist for several years after his conversion. Even though he always had a love for the Baptist churches that he was a part of, he also felt as though something was missing. So, he began to explore other denominations and traditions. He settled for a while in the Christian Reformed Church and served as a Commissioned Pastor for several years. He continued to explore the Anglican and Eastern Orthodox traditions on the side, however, and he and his family sensed that God was nudging them towards Anglicanism. Simultaneously, TJ also experienced a call to the priesthood. Now he and his family are happy to call the Anglican tradition their “home.”
Michael serves as the Interim Pastor of Zion’s Stone UCC in Northampton, PA. After high school he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa and earned a Higher Diploma in Ministerial Studies at Rhema Bible College in Randburg while also working for its parent mega-church. After moving back to the US he floundered around in various jobs before moving to PA to pursue education and ministry. He holds a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. He loves books, theology, cigars, scotch, movies, video games, working out, and talking endlessly about all of the above. He and his long suffering and loving wife Chontey live in Wind Gap and are expecting their first child.
Christian Background: Michael was born and raised in the Word-Faith stream of the Charismatic Tradition. A Bible nerd since childhood, he learned to love Scripture by listening to his mother teach him Bible stories every day. He learned to love the Church and education through the tireless work of his father, who was an itinerant teacher setting up local Bible schools for churches to better educate their congregants. After working for a charismatic mega-church overseas he became disillusioned with Word-Faith and Charismatic theology and put faith aside until he came across the teaching of Tim Keller and the Reformed Tradition. This started a period of discernment and prayer which led to him moving to PA to work at a non-denominational church and to attend seminary. While at seminary he slowly realized he was not Reformed, after being exposed to the Orthodox Tradition. This ignited in him a love of the Church Fathers, especially St. John Chrysostom, and he tries to integrate the best of their theology into his current context. He half-jokingly refers to himself as post-charismatic, non-denominational, and Ortho-curious.
Anthony Maynard is from Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) student at UVA Medical Center. AJ is a graduate of Liberty University and holds both a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. He is an Army combat veteran, avid gamer, documentary geek, coffee connoisseur, and unabashed SJW. AJ is an active member of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Christian Background: AJ wavered between Christianity and agnosticism for much of his life. God’s existence was often lost amid life’s more “important” aspects – that is, until God shook him to his core. AJ responded to God’s violent shake with multiple awkward and skeptical prayers, each were answered in seemingly unexplainable ways. He has been pursuing vocational ministry ever since.
The Rev. Drew McIntyre is an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and serves West Bend UMC in Asheboro, NC. Born and raised in the Tar Heel state, he was educated at High Point University (B.A. History, B.A. Religion) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div., Certificate in Gender, Theology, & Ministry). Drew enjoys spending time with his wife, Brittany, playing with their pets, reading, and watching movies. He is avid fan of mixed martial arts and Duke basketball, and also blogs at DrewBMcIntyre.com. Follow him on twitter @drewbmcintyre.
Christian Background: Drew was baptized as an infant at a small United Methodist Church in Eastern North Carolina. Most of his elementary, middle, and secondary education was undertaken at a Southern Baptist institution, while his family only attended church occasionally. He and his family became active in a United Methodist congregation once more in high school, and while in college became a certified candidate for ordination, before going on to seminary and being ordained through the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Drew has a love for liturgy, doctrine, and church history, especially Wesleyan and Patristic sources.
Micah has been an avid reader, writer and artist since he can remember (though he admits that calling myself an artist is a stretch, and merely claims to draw and paint in his spare time). He will be attending the College at Southwestern in the fall as a Sophomore, where he hopes to satisfy his newly found passions for theology and philosophy. Micah’s future plans are vague, though he feel a strong call to write and speak publicly in response to his passionate desire to influence the church and culture.
Christian Background: Though he grew up in the bible belt as a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid, Micah became a prodigal son in his later teenage years. Though not proud of his past, it has helped make him who he is today, and Micah thanks God that He can always bring good out of bad. As we all should be, Micah continues to learn and grow in his faith. Although he lean towards Baptist doctrine, he is still in the process of forming his own theological convictions. Micah writes, “I like to think of myself as a Christian saved by Grace alone, and hope to see the Church of God someday be thought less of as individual groups and more of as a single unit and body.”
Sterling enjoys her life as a woman blessed by a God-fearing husband and their beautiful little girl. When Sterling isn’t chasing her toddler, she enjoys reading, knitting, walking to the library and exploring new skills in a kitchen not quite big enough for her culinary endeavors. Out of all these things, Sterling most enjoys her continued journey exploring what it means to be fully human, made in the image of God, shadowing her creator in her day-to-day life.
Christian Background: Sterling was raised in a Baptist church and home-schooled at the age of 11 with parents that highly valued the Word of God. She also had the privilege of continuing her study of scripture at Summit Semester in 2009 where she grew to appreciate various aspects of the Christian faith, and developed a deeper respect for the history of the Church along with its liturgy. She currently attends and serves at Providence Bible Church with her family.
Elizabeth’s world includes many icons, books, paints, skeins of yarn, fabric for quilts, and boxes and shelves of journals. She is married to her best friend, a computer scientist, writer and Orthodox subdeacon. Elizabeth has an Honours BA in English Lit and a Masters of Library and Information Science. She worked as a librarian in various private libraries in Ottawa, Ontario Canada before moving to a New Jersey bedroom community of NYC. Elizabeth’s life revolves around these things: home (culinary, knitting, quilting pursuits), reading and writing, her godkids, 16 nieces and nephews and serving with her husband at their Church (Sunday School, Bookstore and Library). Orthodox for over 12 years, Elizabeth has blogged for over 10 years at https://eroosje.blogspot.com/ and is happy to be writing amidst others who love Christian dialogue.
Christian Background: Elizabeth was born into a Christian family with a long history of faithfulness to God and His Word through the lens of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) Tradition and Dutch Protestant Christian culture, having a unified world of CRC family, Church and School. To this day, she thanks God for such a wonderful Christian upbringing. In her late teens, at Calvin College, she was introduced to the Episcopal Church, the American Anglican Prayer Book and the Eucharist (as taught in a Christology course using a Catholic Seminarian Textbook). After some years of going between CRC, Evangelical and Episcopal/Anglican Churches in Canada, she attended only Conservative Anglican Churches, until one day when a friend took her to an Orthodox Church in Lent of 2003. By Summer’s end, she went again to this Orthodox Church; before the end of the next year’s Summer, she was welcomed into the Orthodox Church by chrismation on August 8, 2004. Being Orthodox now for just over 12 years, she rejoices in both the Orthodox Church and also Christian upbringing and spiritual journey that brought her to this place.
Peter Schellhase is 30 years old and calls himself a Millennial (and occasionally, a hipster) as a form of penance. He is a writer and editor for Home School Legal Defense Association in Northern Virginia, where he lives with his wife and baby daughter, and is active in a local Episcopal church. He has a bachelor’s degree in political theory from Patrick Henry College. He enjoys reading aloud with his wife, playing with their daughter, cycling, and of course writing.
Christian background: Peter grew up attending Covenant Life Church in Maryland, where he encountered God’s grace as a teenager. In college he became convinced of the historic liturgical and sacramental understanding of the church, and was eventually led to join the Episcopal Church. The most influential book on this journey was Dr. Gene Veith’s The Spirituality of the Cross. Recently he has appreciated the work of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and the ancient Church Fathers. His statements and opinions carry nobody’s imprimatur.
Micah is the host of the Top 40 Philosophy podcast. He has a B.A. in computer science (Messiah College) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (The Catholic University of America). He taught philosophy at universities in the Washington, DC area for a decade before moving to the Midwest.
Christian Background: Micah was raised Charismatic for the first nine years of his life, Baptist for the next nine, and went to churches of multiple types during college (like you do). He had a crisis of faith during his junior and senior years (like you do), but found his way back to Christianity thanks in large part to the work of scholars like Robin Collins, William Lane Craig, and Duane Garrett. He is now a Mennonite, which he still finds surprising.
Pepper Darlington is a graduate of Patrick Henry College with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Liberal Arts. She is a mental health advocate, with a concern for building up the confidence of the voiceless, and she currently works for The Great Courses, whose college-level materials occupy much of her spare time as well. Her studies focus on history, religion, and psychology, while her interests include superhero movies, travel, writing, and kayaking. A Christian Protestant from a low-church background, she nevertheless has a great interest in the other major world religions, especially Buddhism, and she hopes someday to visit Japan.
Christian Background: Pepper’s parents dabbled in New Age philosophy, but converted to Christianity and became Southern Baptists when Pepper was five years old. The house was unexpectedly purged of a great many things that she saw as valuable and important, but which her parents began calling evil. These changes, on top of a cross-country relocation, led her to view the world as inherently unpredictable and unsafe. Through a series of personal encounters with Christ, most of which centered in teen camp ministry, her parents’ faith became real to her too. Although the journey was neither simple nor easy, she still identifies as a Protestant Christian, as it is the only religion that offers an adequate explanation for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, whose existence is a historical fact.
Joseph is committed to reading, writing, and meditating on, as well as experiencing the infinite love and wisdom of God as He has revealed Himself within the Christian Church. Having obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at Regent University, he went on to complete a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Columbia International University in 2013. He currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina and works as a videographer for his business, Framed And Shot Productions LLC, as well as various other odd jobs.
Christian Background: Joseph grew up in a Christian home, attending church regularly and reading Scripture and praying as a family. For most of his upbringing his family attended a nondenominational Evangelical Protestant “contemporary service” church, as well as a Baptist and Pentecostal congregation at different periods. In his last semester of seminary he began investigating Orthodox Christianity and the ancient Church, and after much research, prayer, and attendance at the closest Orthodox parish an hour and a half away, was received into the Orthodox Church in America in the Spring of 2015.
Alyssa was born and raised in the beautiful state of North Carolina, where she still resides with her family, including eight younger siblings ranging in age from sixteen years to six months old. Alyssa was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade and, now graduated, is pursuing a BA in Communications from Thomas Edison State College, where she is in her junior year. She delights in spending time with the Lord in prayer and study of His Word as well as loving on her little siblings, singing, playing the harp and piano, expanding her Spanish skills, reading, writing, cooking, studying nutrition, and caring for her goats and her garden.
Christian Background: Alyssa was raised in a Christian home and though she said the sinner’s prayer as a four year old, she considers herself truly converted since the age of twelve, when the Lord began to convict her of her sin and her need for a Savior. He mercifully brought her to repentance and grace in Christ Jesus at that time, and He continues to renew her passion and love for Him day by day, as He reveals new treasures to her and sustains her through her weaknesses and the battle that rages in her soul between the Spirit and the flesh. (Romans 7) Her purpose in life is to know Christ and to make Him known. She most closely aligns herself with Reformed Baptist beliefs, with a dash of Calvinism thrown in, although she would rather be labeled as a Christ-follower than anything else.
Jeff is currently a student at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia studying for a Master of Arts in Religion (Concentration: Theological Studies). He graduated from Olin College in 2013 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and went on to work as an engineer at IBM for one year before beginning seminary. Jeff has also attended and worked for Summit Ministries in both their summer programs and Summit Semester (student in summer of 2012, mentor in fall of 2014).
Christian Background: Jeff was raised in a Roman Catholic family before moving to a non-denominational church as a teenager. In college, he attended a Chinese Bible Church and while working for IBM in New York, he attended a Baptist church. He now attends a Presbyterian (PCA) church in Philadelphia.
Amanda began writing at the age of eleven—journals, short stories and novelettes. After reading a poem, The Hound of Heaven, by Francis Thompson, she hatched a hair-brained scheme to use the poem as a basic plot structure for a story. Nearly ten years later, her first novel, The Pursuit of Elizabeth Millhouse, was in print. A few years ago, her brother got her involved in a hair-brained scheme of his own. “Write me a film script,” he said. They had no money to make a film. Still, Amanda wrote a film script. Two years later, The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club premiered to a crowd of four hundred. The film is scheduled for world-wide distribution in June of 2014. Now, quite grown up, Amanda doubts she will ever recover from hair-brained schemes. In fact, she rather enjoys them. As a singer, pianist and violinist, Amanda teaches about thirty music students. Music often influences her writing style along with poetry, Scripture, nature and conversation with friends. Writing is often her way of thinking, piecing ideas together and making sense out of a crazy world.
Christian Background: Amanda’s parents were converted in the early years of their marriage and had walked with the Lord for many years before Amanda was born. Amanda’s earliest memories were made in church, and she recalls the many family devotions where her dad taught the family from the Word of God. She professed her faith in Christ and was baptized at a young age in a Bible church. In her late teens and early twenties she went through a long period of doubt which caused her to dig into the Scriptures and read a variety of books by authors like C.S. Lewis, Josh MacDowell and others. That experience and the conviction it produced colors Amanda’s worldview, outlook on life and her writing. Amanda’s family experienced many different denominations and Christian traditions. Though she spent most of her life in Baptist and Bible churches, Amanda also attended several non-denominational Anabaptist-type churches as a teenager and young adult, and she often visited Reformed congregations with friends. Her life has been greatly enriched by all of these experiences. She is now a member of Hills Corners Bible Baptist Church and enjoys being involved with its ministries.
Deion was born and bred in the great state of Michigan and is currently seeking a dual major in philosophy (B.A.) and political science (B.A.) as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of the great men and women of history who defended Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in whatever vocations they held—be they Catholics or not. He is a contributor at The College Fix, as well as the Editor-in-Chief at The Michigan Review.
Christian Background: Deion was baptized and confirmed at birth in the Chaldean Catholic Church, a particular church of the Catholic Church and in full communion with the Bishop of Rome and the rest of the Church. In His infinite Mercy, God allowed him a brief sojourn in the Land of Skepticism, and then He gave him a good old fashioned thumping (with help a little help from a friend and the one and only Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic). He is now a practicing, out and proud revert to the Catholic Church.
More than anything the quote, “fight to the death for the truth and the Lord God will fight for you,” characterizes Chad’s ongoing journey in life. Currently, he is working on a Ph.D. in Historical Theology, with a focus on Early Christianity. Study has always been an important part of his life, as he holds a degree in Philosophy from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. After several years as a student, Chad also taught high school for five years, primarily as Classics, Greek and Latin, and Ancient History teacher. When not studying languages and theology, Chad loves to cycle, hike with his Shiba Inu, and drink beer.
Christian Background: Throughout his life, Chad has explored many different Christian traditions, as he was raised Baptist, attended a Reformed high school, studied philosophy at Oklahoma Baptist University, and received his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary. While in seminary, Chad was confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and continues worshiping in that tradition, where he appreciates the liturgy, music, and the Feast of St. Francis, when Penny (his Shiba Inu) can bark along with him to “All Creatures of Our God and King.”
Justin grew up in southwest Michigan. He was saved at a young age but fully committed his life to following Jesus at age fifteen. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Valley Forge. His long-term vocational goal is to pursue the study and practice of organic discipleship. Justin also specializes on the subject of Christian romance and matrimony as a blogger and speaker. He’s the creator of That Crazy Christian Romance, a blog focused on issues of Christian romance and matrimony. He now resides outside Philadelphia as he seeks to know God and serve His purpose more with each day.
Christian Background: Justin was raised in the church. Throughout his childhood and teen years he experienced various denominational perspectives including Pentecostal, Evangelical Free, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, and Non-Denominational. Later experiences brought exposure to Presbyterian, Catholic, and Greek Orthodox traditions. Justin most closely aligns theologically with the Pentecostal perspective, though he isn’t tightly tied to any particular church or denomination and takes joy in the communion of faith that unites all who call on the name of Jesus Christ.
Laura is a wife, distance runner, running coach, blogger, and outdoor enthusiast in Bothell, WA. She has MA in Theological Studies at the University of Dayton and BA in English and Theology with minors in Latin and Humanities from Valparaiso University. Laura works now as a running coach because she believes that running helps people discover their God-given dignity and use their bodies in a way that glorifies Him. She’s run a marathon and multiple half marathons. In addition to Conciliar Post, she runs her own running website and her works appear in Women’s Running Magazine, RunHaven, and Verily Magazine.
Christian Background: Laura was baptized Methodist. When she was 11, her mother, sister, and she joined the LCMS Lutheran Church. Her father is Roman Catholic, so she attended a Catholic all-girls high school in St. Louis. Laura officially entered full communion in the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil at the University of Dayton Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in 2013. She and her husband attend a parish in Kirkland, WA and spend their weekends admiring the glory of God’s creation by hiking in the mountains.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and a former fellow at the John Jay Institute near Philadelphia. He is interested in cultural and literary criticism, the patristics and medievals, cult films, the Coen brothers, the concord of science and religion, Roger Scruton, Thomas Aquinas, and puns. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, “I am a Roman Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature, and a Burkean conservative in politics.”
Christian Background: Ryan grew up in a Christian family and was raised in the faith. After a couple years as a the high school skeptic and then reading G.K. Chesterton, Blaise Pascal’s Pensees, and David Bentley Hart among others, he is a classical theist, an amateur apologist, and an Evangelical Christian of the Roman Catholic confession.
Chris is pursuing a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds degree from both Wake Forest University (Master of Arts in Religion) and UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A. in Global Studies/Religious Studies). He is a veteran of the US Air Force and a former aircraft mechanic. Originally from South Carolina, he now lives in North Carolina. His passions include creation care, Muslim-Christian relations, NC BBQ, football, college basketball, traveling, and heavy metal music.
Christian Background: Chris grew up attending Southern Baptist churches in and around the Spartanburg, SC area. During his teenage years, he developed an atheistic/agnostic worldview. A serious contemplation of science and nature led him to believe in a higher power/creator during his late 20s. Through an intense study of religion in college, combined with much personal reflection, he returned to the Christian fold in his early 30s. Chris is still searching for the right church and has spent significant time exploring the Orthodox Church.
Nicholai is currently a college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Accounting. The son of a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod pastor, Nicholai has been actively involved in his home congregation his entire life, and while he frequently bemoans his greatly limited knowledge of theology and the history of the church, his faith is instrumental in guiding everything he does. As someone aspiring to enter the business world, a field rife with questionable ethical and moral dilemmas, Nicholai hopes to continually increase his understanding of Christ, his love, and his church on earth and it is his opinion that one of the best ways to accomplish that is to communicate with others via sources like the Concilliar Post. You can read some of Nicholai’s own personal ramblings on his blog “The Opinion Section“.
Christian Background: Nicholai has been attending the same Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation in northern Indiana where his father has served as pastor for the last nineteen years. As the son of a pastor, Nicholai and his entire family have been very involved in their congregation for as far back as he can remember, but his experience outside of the more conservative and liturgical end of the LCMS denomination is rather limited. With the exception of family vacations, weddings, and conferences, Nicholai has almost exclusively attended the same congregation for his entire life. In recent years, his circle of contacts has greatly expanded along with his interest in understanding and learning more about differing denominations and where they are both similar to and distinct from the LCMS.
Stephen Sutherland is a native of Colorado. He received his B.A. from Hillsdale College and lives in New York with his family, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in History at Binghamton University.