JIM HENDERSON – USA TODAY describes Jim this way: “Henderson has blazed a new path as an innovator, author, church-evaluator, self-professed subversive, and leader in the creation of new ways to be publicly and persuasively Christian in the 21st century.”
CARA HIGHSMITH – Cara holds a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University, dabbled in earning a PhD, has worked in the editorial department of a New York publishing house, and is now providing writing, editorial, and publishing consultation for self-published authors. Cara is a master of being a jack-of-all-trades, and currently spends her free time working on script writing. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her son, Eric.
JIM HANCOCK – Jim lives and works among tall trees and blackberry brambles just north of Seattle. He provides creative services for small and medium-sized companies—developing and delivering original content through digital movies, live events, and learning designs. He also writes books—where book is a fluid concept—for teenagers, youth workers, parents, and other adults. He named his practice “The Tiny Company Called Me” because if you hire him, you get him (plus a friend or two as needed).
BRIAN BOYLE – Brian is a film producer with an eye for the exquisite. He most recently did a tour of duty with Microsoft and Xbox.
RANDY PHILLIPS – Randy Phillips is the founder of the RedPoint Leadership Group, assisting executives in developing and executing leadership/operational strategies. Randy coaches/facilitates a monthly roundtable of business owners and leads the small business advisory program at Impact Washington. He has won multiple awards for his communication/public speaking ability and is now devoting time to a series of books for leaders. His first book, Guess Not! will release in 2017. Randy lives with his wife Karen in Seattle, WA and they have two grown children, Kaitlyn and Joshua.
DANIEL BOGARD – Rabbi Daniel Bogard, along with his wife Rabbi Karen Bogard, serves Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinnati, OH. After getting his BA in Religious Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, he earned a Masters degree in Hebrew Letters as well as Rabbinical Ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH. During his five years in Peoria, IL, he served as the rabbi of Anshai Emeth, the director of Bradley University Hillel, an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University, as well as being an active presence in the interfaith and broader Central Illinois community. Rabbi Daniel Bogard is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is the proud father of a kindergartner son and twin three-year-old daughters.
JIM POWELL – Jim Powell is the lead pastor of Richwoods Christian Church in Peoria, Illinois, and the director of the 95network—a nonprofit organization focused on encouraging and equipping the 95 percent of congregations in America that are under 800 in size. Jim attended Columbia International University in South Carolina for one year before graduating with his B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from Quincy University. He received his M.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two boys, Timothy (14) and Trevor (10), and their English Mastiff, Roxie. Jim is the author of Dirt Matters: The Foundation for a Healthy, Vibrant, and Effective Congregation and is regularly requested as a speaker at events and conferences. He has been featured in Leadership Journal and has had articles published in ChristianStandard, Empowered, and Outreach and on ChurchLeaders.com, among other places.
KAMIL MUFTI – Educated at the University of Texas at Austin, Imam Kamil Mufti has devoted himself to years in the study of Islam that have taken him from the deserts of Mauritania to the dusty streets of Cairo. He holds formal license (ijaza) in all major Islamic sciences. He is a member of American Muslim Jurists Association (AMJA), North American Imam’s Federation (NAIF), and is board member of Central IL Interfaith Alliance. He has been awarded by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for clarifying difference between hate, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. His civil rights efforts culminated by the passing of the resolution against Islamophobia by his home city in IL in July, 2016. He has been invited to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast in Feb 2017 in Washington DC.
STEPHEN McKINNEY-WHITAKER – Stephen McKinney-Whitaker is the lead pastor of United Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Illinois. He also serves the PCUSA denomination in various leadership roles, consults with church, leads workshops, and writes articles for magazines and blogs. Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and traveling. He is passionate about creating peaceful and cooperative communities.