What is the church’s calling in Cascadia?

2 days of exploration and collaboration.
50 academic, cultural, and church leaders.
100s of conversations on Christianity in Cascadia.
1,000s of possibilities.

Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Dr. McKinney served as pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle for forty years (1958-1998), during which time he served the church and community in multiple roles: as pastor, preacher, teacher and community leader.
John Stackhouse
Regent College
From Vancouver BC, John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is an award-winning scholar and public communicator who has spent years adventurously mapping our complex cultural terrain, identifying both its worthy achievements and its zones of confusion.
David Leong
Seattle Pacific University
David Leong came to SPU to oversee the Global and Urban Ministry minor in 2008. Prior to teaching at SPU, he served in churches in urban Seattle through ministries focused on community groups and neighborhood involvement.
Romanita Hairston
World Vision
Romanita was the Executive Director for all of World Vision's work across Washington State. She now leads the US Programs division of World Vision.
Randy Woodley
George Fox University
Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, Ph.D. is a Keetoowah Cherokee (legal descendent) teacher, poet, activist, former pastor, missiologist and historian.
Patricia Killen
Gonzaga University
Patricia O’Connell Killen has spoken and published on religion and northwest life for decades. She was the primary editor of Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest and served as a contributing author in Cascadia: Elusive Utopia.
Maria-José Soerens
Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education
Maria-Jose Soerens is the Executive Director of Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education and is pursuing her doctorate at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
Chap Clark
Fuller Seminary Northwest
Chap Clark is professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle. Chap also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and is a representative on the executive board of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI).
Gabe Barreiro
Foursquare NW Planting Movement
Pastor Barreiro serves as the director of church planting, generational ministries and multi-cultural ministries for Foursquare NW.
Chelle Stearns
Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
Chelle Stearns is an assistant professor of theology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Her work has focused on the interaction between theology and music and Christian imagination.
Jeff Lilley
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
As President, Jeff leads the Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. He is determined to seek the welfare of Seattle by joining with churches, ministries, individuals, and agencies, to meet the needs of Seattle and King County's poor and broken.
Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University
Paul is the Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah University and the Founder and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins.
Christine Sine
Mustard Seed Associates
Christine Sine is Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates which seeks to assist churches and Christian organizations to engage the challenges of the 21st Century.
A.J. Swoboda
Theophlilus Church
Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, and at LIFE Pacific College and New Hope Christian College.
Justin Tse
University of Washington
Justin K.H. Tse is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Ben Park
United Life Ministry
Ben is the pastor of UnitedLife in Edmonds, WA. He received his MDiv degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He will be hosting a panel discussion on "Intergenerational Ministry in an Asian American Congregation: Challenge and Opportunity."
James Wellman
University of Washington
James Wellman is the author of Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest. James is Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program at the University of Washington.
Cynthia Moe-Loebeda
Seattle University
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda is a professor of Christian ethics at Seattle University. Her theological research focuses on matters of climate justice, environmental racism, globalization, moral agency, public church, and eco-feminist theology.
Tony Kriz
Warner Pacific University
Gerry Breshears
Western Seminary
Gerry serves as Professor of Systematic Theology at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon.
Julia Stronks
Whitworth University
Julia is a professor of political science at Whitworth University in Spokane Washingon. Her areas of specialization are: Constitutional law; religion and politics; gender and public policy; poverty; school law and discrimination law.
Eric Jacobsen
Christian Urbanist
Dr. Eric Jacobsen is a nationally recognized expert on Christianity and New Urbanism. He serves as the president of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians and the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA.
Jeffrey Keuss
Seattle Pacific University
Jeff brings a wealth of scholarly and ministerial experiences as Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology and Culture within the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University and as Director of the University Scholars program.
Dale Soden
Whitworth University
Dale is a Professor of History at Whitworth University. He has written articles and books on religion and public life in the Pacific Northwest for decades.
Tim Soerens
Parish Collective
Tim Soerens is the co-founding director of The Parish Collective, and co-author of “The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community”
Matthew Kaemingk
Fuller Seminary Northwest
Matthew is the Executive Director of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture and the Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Christ & Cascadia.
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