Andy Crouch helps people connect culture, creativity, and the gospel. His two most recent books—2017’s The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016’s Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae’s 2014 single “Non-Fiction.” From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly,a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.
I’m an Ohio native, an oldest child, and an INFJ. But the most important thing you should know is that I love words and believe they can change the world.
I first learned this as an undergrad at Calvin College, where I worked on the student newspaper and genuinely looked forward to writing papers. After studying theology at Oxford University, I landed my first job copy editing Christianity Today magazine in the suburbs of Chicago. I would go on to launch a women’s website (Her.meneutics) and become the magazine’s youngest and first female managing editor.
Lest you think it’s all been upward and onward, at age 27 I went through a major life event that seriously upset my identity and sense of purpose. So naturally, I decided to write a book about work, vocation, and identity, which came out in 2016 from Simon & Schuster / Howard Books. I speak regularly on faith and work, women’s vocation, writing, and evangelicalism.
I have written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and have commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers.
When I’m not doing all the things with the words, I enjoy spending time exploring Chicago, running, karaoke, traveling, and finding the perfect IPA. I hope you find much here to enjoy!
Dr. Warren Kinghorn
Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Duke University, Professor of Psychiatry and Theology, Dr. Kinghorn is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christians engage practices of modern health care. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is a staff psychiatrist and clinical teacher at the Durham VA Medical Center. Within the Divinity School, he works closely with students and faculty members interested in exploring the ways in which theology and philosophy might constructively inform Christian engagement with modern medicine and psychiatry. He is also co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, the applicability of virtue theory to the vocational formation of pastors and clinicians, and the contributions of the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to contemporary debates about psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric technology, and human flourishing.
Ray Barfield joined the faculties of Duke’s Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. He is married to Karen Barfield, who is an Episcopal priest. Ray and Karen have two children, Micah and Alexandra.
Dr. Barfield came from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where his research and practice focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy), and understanding the moral aspects of decision-making in medical research involving children. At Duke he has turned much of his effort towards bridging activities in theology and medicine. On the medical side of campus he continues to practice as a pediatric oncologist, and he directs the Pediatric Quality of Life/Palliative Care program, a program that combines medical care, education, and research to benefit children with complex, chronic, or potentially life-limiting disease. In the Divinity School he develops courses and programs that address topics at the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture. He also teaches courses in Christian philosophy.
While he continues to publish research papers in oncology and palliative care, much of his current writing focuses on the impact of literature on philosophical thought, and the ways that literature and narrative open up philosophically engaging dimensions of human experience, not least the experiences of illness and suffering. He has over ninety publications in medicine, philosophy, and poetry. His books include The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press), a book-length collection of poetry called Life in the Blind Spot, and a novel called The Book of Colors.
Joel Shuman, MTS, PhD, is Professor of Theology, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Joel will play a lead role in the project as a whole helping in particular to calibrate the Clergy Guide. Before pursuing doctoral studies in theology, Dr. Shuman practiced physical therapy for several years. As a clinician, he worked extensively with patients who experienced acute and chronic pain, including a significant number of coal miners who had been injured while working in the mines. Joel brought his clinical experience and his longstanding interest in the body to his work as a theologian, where he writes about human embodiment as a social, ecological, and medical phenomenon. He has written three books addressing the intersections of theology and medicine, including The Body of Compassion (Westview, 1999), Heal Thyself (Oxford, 2002, coauthored with Keith Meador, M.D.), and Reclaiming the Body (Brazos, 2006), a co-authored book with Brian Volck, M.D., which is written to be accessible to clinicians and clergy and it is widely taught in undergraduate and graduate courses in medical ethics, including at Duke University. Importantly, Joel grew up in West Virginia and has spent a significant portion of his life in Appalachia. He is deeply and personally familiar with the social, political, economic, and religious context in which the opioid epidemic is taking place. His upbringing on a subsistence farm and his ongoing interest in the connections among human health and the health of the places we live has brought him into conversation with Wendell Berry and other agrarian thinkers, and he co-edited the volume Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Home (Kentucky, 2009). A United Methodist layperson, Joel has preached in a number of churches in Central Appalachia.
John Swinton BD, PhD (Aberdeen), RMN (Registered Mental Nurse), RNMD (Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities), is a Scottish theologian. He is the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. John is founder of the university’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. John is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and Master of Christ’s College, the university’s theological college. Swinton is a major figure in the development of disability theology. In 2016, he was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing for his book Dementia: Living in the memories of God. In 2012 Swinton was appointed Master of Christ’s College in Aberdeen by The Church of Scotland. In 2014, he established the Centre for Ministry Studies, a joint project between Christ’s College and the University of Aberdeen. It provides a broad range of education and training for both lay and ordained people.
Andi Clements is a full professor at ETSU in the PhD granting Experimental Psychology program. Professionally, she teaches research methodology, measurement, and supervises graduate and undergraduate students who conduct research. She is currently conducting a grant-funded trauma informed care intervention project at a local after-school program, and previously collaborated on a longitudinal pregnancy smoking cessation intervention project. Becky Haas and Andi have taught about ACEs and trauma informed care to over 2000 individuals in more than 35 trainings over the past two years. Much of her research has been in the area of religion/health connections, and she is particularly interested in the influence of faith community involvement in addiction. Andi has published in the areas of religiosity, health, and substance abuse in prestigious peer reviewed journals. She, her husband, and several other couples planted a church in a low income are of Johnson City about five years ago (Christ-Reconciled Church), and many of her waking hours are spent loving “the least of these” in Jesus’ name!
Farr Curlin is Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities and Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative (TMC) at Duke University. Dr. Curlin’s ethics scholarship takes up moral questions that are raised by religion-associated differences in physicians’ practices. He is an active palliative medicine physician and holds appointments in both the School of Medicine and the Divinity School, where he is working with colleagues to develop a new interdisciplinary community of scholarship and training focused on the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture. His favorite place to be is on a ranch in Oklahoma with his sons, along with a close friend of his and his friend’s sons.