Founding Members





ALAN NOBLE, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University and the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the web magazine, Christ and Pop Culture. Alan's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Vox, First Things, Christianity Today, and The Gospel Coalition, and he has been quoted in MSNBC, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Politico, Yahoo! News, Washington Post, Slate, World Magazine, USA Today, Think Progress, and Mediate. InterVarsity Press is publishing his first book, tentatively titled Disruptive Witness, due 2017. He received his Ph.D. from Baylor in 2013. He and his family attend City Presbyterian in OKC.

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MICHAEL WEAR is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to Americas believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obamas historic 2012 re-election campaign. He also served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. Michael is the author of the forthcoming book Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.

VINCENT BACOTE (Ph.D., Drew University) is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005), various book chapters and articles, and lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his family.

JUSTIN GIBONEY is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city's transportation and water infrastructure.  Mr. Giboney is also the Founder of Crucifix & Politics and the AND Campaign. In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention and he served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin now serves on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors.  Additionally, Justin has participated in LEAD Atlanta, Outstanding Atlanta and the Georgia Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.  He's written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and Creative Loafing.

ART HOOKER has 10 years of Fortune 500 training development and media experience as well as over 10 years of production and creative strategy work under his belt,  and recently launched the full service production and consulting firm New Metropolitan. The firm's primary mission is to replenish the metropolitan regions of the world through creativity, media, and education. He is a former Learning Design Vice President of Citigroup with a passion for global filmmaking and creative strategy.

DR. JOEL C. HUNTER is senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, a congregation of 20,000 that worships God worldwide via the Web. A respected Christian leader and bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter leads efforts of racial reconciliation and ending human trafficking in his local community and beyond. He serves on the boards of the World Evangelical Alliance (600 million constituents) and the National Association of Evangelicals (30 million members).

SKYE JETHANI is an award-winning author, speaker, and ordained pastor. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal and as the Director of Mission Advancement for Christianity Today. He currently co-hosts The Phil Vischer Podcast and because of his diverse cultural upbringing and training in religious pluralism, Skye has been a sought after voice for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement and The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Skye has written for many publications including Relevant and The Washington Post, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Skye is ordained with the Christian & Missionary Alliance and served as a pastor in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a “Featured Preacher” on, and he speaks regularly at churches, conferences, and colleges in the U.S. and internationally including Q, Catalyst, Mars Hill Bible Church, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Skye has authored six books and his latest writing project is With God Daily, a subscription-based daily devotional that helps thousands in the smartphone generation begin their day with God.

JANET VESTAL KELLY lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three children.  She has over 15 years of experience in government and politics.  Janet has managed a successful statewide race in Virginia, served as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill, and most recently, served in the Governor's Cabinet from 2010-2014 as Virginia's Secretary of the Commonwealth.  While she still engages in the political sphere, her family's personal adoption story had a profound impact on her vocation.  She spends the majority of her time in non-profit work as an advocate for the 400,000 foster children in the United States, 100,000 of whom are waiting to be adopted.  Her team specializes in coordinating state, faith, business and creative communities to end the orphan crisis in the U.S. 

SHAPRI D. LOMAGLIO leads the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities response to legislative, legal and regulatory matters on behalf of its 180 institutions of Christ-centered higher education. She advocates on their behalf in Washington, D.C., and equips and encourages member institutions in their own advocacy efforts. She also leads the external relations team of the CCCU, making the case for Christian higher education by promoting its valuable contribution to society at large and the important role it plays in the academy. LoMaglio writes and speaks on issues of religious liberty, higher education, and the interplay between faith and culture. She is a graduate of CCCU member institution Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.). She is licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona. Prior to the CCCU, she served as a Legal Fellow in the United States Senate.

GABE LYONS is co-author of Good Faith: Being Christian When Society Thinks You're Irrelevant and Extreme and founder of Q Ideas—a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Called “sophisticated and orthodox” by The New York Times, Q represents the perspective of a new generation of Christians. Additionally, he is author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World and co-author of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture’s negative perceptions of Christians. Gabe speaks on cultural issues where faith intersects public life. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.


DR. RICHARD J. MOUW is professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also served as president from 1993 to 2013. Before coming to Fuller in 1985, he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. A graduate of Houghton College, Richard received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is the author of 19 books and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.


REV. GABRIEL SALGUERO is a pastor at Calvario City Church, a 4,000 member Assemblies of God Church in Orlando, Florida. He is also a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals and the founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), which offers an important leadership voice for the close to 8 million Latino evangelical in our country.  For his ministry and outreach, he has been featured on CNN, CNN-Español, Telemundo, and the Associated Press. He previously served as the Director of the Institute of Faith and Public Life and Hispanic Leadership Programs at Princeton Theological Seminary.

JEMAR TISBY (B.A. Notre Dame; MDIV RTS Jackson) is the President and Co-Founder of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) where he blogs about theology, race, and culture. His writing has been featured on Urban Faith, Christianity Today, and The Gospel Coalition. Jemar serves as the Director of the African American Leadership Initiative and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at RTS Jackson and is a PhD student in History at the University of Mississippi. He is a member of Redeemer Church, is married and has one child.

AUTUMN HANNA VANDEHEI is a human rights and human services policy expert focused on solutions-based social justice advocacy and reform. Mrs. VandeHei is a founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT), and serves on the Policy Advisory Board for the Moore Center on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her work in consulting, she served under President George W. Bush as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Human Services) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a former policy aide to the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, she advised Members of Congress and Republican Leadership on federal legislation focused on child abuse and neglect. She began her career as a child protective services investigator and case manager for physical and sexual abuse cases. She graduated from Furman University with a BA in English Literature. Mrs. VandeHei lives with her husband and two children in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a member of Christ the King Anglican Church. She is currently working as an executive producer on a documentary film about child sex trafficking in the United States, and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.

TISH HARRISON WARREN is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She writes regularly for The Well, Her.meneutics, and Christianity Today. Her work has also been featured in Art House America,, Mere Orthodoxy,, Christ and Pop Culture, and on the White Horse Inn. After seven years in campus ministry with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas, she now works with InterVarsity Women in the Academy and Professions. She and her husband Jonathan (who is also a priest) live in Austin, Texas, and serve at Resurrection South Austin. They have two young daughters. Her first book, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life releases in December through InterVarsity Press.