Dr. Maureen Day is the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology and Research Fellow at the Center for Church Management at Villanova University. Committed to young adult ministry, Maureen Day is a member of the Alliance for Campus Ministry, an advisory group to the USCCB’s Secretariat on Catholic Education. With training in both theology and the social sciences, her teaching and research areas include Catholicism, family, social ethics and religion in American civic life. Her writings on American Catholic life appear in both Catholic and academic publications, including an edited collection on vocational discernment among young adult Catholics (Paulist Press) as well as a forthcoming book on American Catholic civic engagement (NYU Press). She has provided her expertise to the Church at both the diocesan and national level, recently co-authoring the report for the USCCB’s 2017 National Study of Catholic Campus Ministry. Her current work includes her role as principal investigator in the 2018 qualitative study of Catholic campus ministers (funded by the USCCB and Religious Research Association) and a diocesan-wide study of Latino Catholic stewardship (funded by Villanova University’s Center for Church Management).
Dr. Won Yong Kim is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Finance at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Before working at current position, he taught various finance courses at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He receives Ph.D. in Finance at Drexel University and MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also has MA in Area Studies focusing on Chinese studies from Yonsei University in South Korea and BA in History at the same university. He has served Republic of Korea Air force for 3 years as a public affairs officer.
His main research interest is corporate finance, but not limited to traditional financial issues. He published his papers in internationally reputed journals. He is now working on various topics in finance such as corporate governance, international finance, corporate social responsibility, environmental issues in finance, microfinance institutions, sports finance, and church finance. He also reviews several articles as a referee for journal publications. He is a member of Financial Management Association and Korea-America Finance Association, and sits on a board of Korea-America Finance Association.
His interest in church finance is originated from his faith from childhood. He was raised as a Roman Catholic in South Korea. After coming to the United States, he was volunteered as a treasurer at St. Peter Son Korean Catholic Community in Harrisburg, PA, and is now serving as a secretary of pastoral council at the Church of St. Andrew Kim in St. Paul, MN.
Kris currently serves as Associate Professor of Missional Leadership and Director of Innovative Initiatives at Wartburg Theological Seminary, where she has been since 2007. She loves how the creativity involved with her administrative work intersects with the teaching in the classroom. Kris received her PhD in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary, with a dissertation titled, “Feminist Theology and Missional Church: An Exploration into the Doctrine of the Trinity and its Understanding in Four Denominational Systems.” Kris and her husband Alan live in Dubuque Iowa with their children.
Nathan Willowby is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Anderson University. He teaches in both graduate and undergraduate programs. His research interests relate to the ways theological understandings of holiness inform the social and political practices of Christian churches, in particular the Church of God (Anderson), and political theology more broadly. Willowby’s education includes a Phd in Theology and Ethics from Marquette University, Master’s of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School, and BA in Bible & Religion and Business Administration from Anderson University. An ordained minister in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), he served as pastor of Crossroads Church of God in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and President of the Wisconsin Assembly of the Church of God prior to his faculty position at Anderson.
Dr. Kristina Terkun Castro is currently the chair of the Department of Business and an assistant professor of economics at Our Lady of the Lake University. She earned her BA in Economics from James Madison University and her MA (Economics) and Ph.D. (Applied Economics) from Clemson University. Dr. Terkun Castro has since taught in the undergraduate business and MBA programs at James Madison University and DePaul University as well as at Hampden-Sydney College, Gustavus Adolphus College, and at the University of Aalto-Mikkeli, in Finland. She has published articles in the Transnational Journal of Business, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Religion, Southern Business and Economic Journal, Review of Political Economy, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy. Her primary research interests include the economics of religion, industrial economics, game theory, and sports economics. As a research fellow with Villanova University’s Center for Church Management her most recent project focuses on improving clergy financial literacy.
Dr. Michelle French-Holloway is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Department of Business Administration at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in management, leadership, and organizational behavior. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership and MBA from Pepperdine University. Her professional experience includes over twenty years in strategic marketing consulting for clients in the entertainment and technology industries and in the non-profit sector. Her research interests include meaning and calling in work, effectiveness in faith-based organizations, and well-being in the workplace. She is Past Chair of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group of the Academy of Management and Immediate Past President of the Management Faculty of Color Association.
Dr. Danjuma Gibson is an associate professor of pastoral care at Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS). He is also in private practice as a psychotherapist in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to joining CTS, he was the senior pastor of a church in Chicago for over sixteen years and was also bivocational as a commercial banker during that time. His most recent book—Frederick Douglass, A Psychobiography: Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy (2018)—is an investigation into the formation of Douglass’ psychological and religious identity in the context of trauma and the American slavocracy. In addition to emotional and psychological trauma, Dr. Gibson’s current research includes exploring the intersection of black religious experience and psychoanalytic discourse in a way that is accretive to how we understand personhood, identity formation, and human flourishing. Dr. Gibson earned his Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, Master of Arts in Urban Ministry and Master of Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Doctor of Philosophy from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He received his clinical training from the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago where he earned an Advance Certificate in Psychotherapy and Religion. Dr. Gibson holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion, The Society of Pastoral Theology, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel, BCC, is a Presbyterian minister (PCUSA) and chaplain with many years of experience is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Austin Seminary. His research interests include lay pastoral care, family care, spiritual direction and counseling, mysticism, and oppression-sensitive counseling. His new book “Pastoral Care & Counseling: Care for Stories, Systems, and Self,” is now available with Paulist Press.
The Rev. Emily Wachner is a priest who specializes in congregational program development and administration, where she enjoys reflecting on these topics in the course of her work with ordinands in the Episcopal Church through the General Theological Seminary, where she serves as Director of Integrative Programs and Lecturer in Practical Theology. Emily is responsible for overseeing contextual learning, and her interaction with the Episcopal deployment process has sparked her interest in the financial wellness of congregations, and its impact on their clergy hiring choices. Prior to coming to General Seminary, Emily most recently served as Assistant Director of Liturgy, Hospitality, and Pilgrimage at Trinity Wall Street where, after four years, she planted a thriving new congregation for families with young children at the historic St. Paul’s Chapel. In addition to congregational development, she was also responsible for membership, liturgical special projects, and community and arts programming at the chapel.
Kyle is the Dean of Formation for Ministry and Professor of Church Leadership. He is an ordained pastor (originally in the Evangelical Covenant Church and now in the Reformed Church in America). He and his wife, Lindsay, served as co-pastors for more than 12 years. They have three children: Micah, Madeline, and Maggie (Lulu). Kyle enjoys life most fully at the intersections of father, pastor, and professor.
His life as pastor and teacher finds resonance as he explores the church as a socio-theological community. Kyle’s teaching and research focus on the church in America, spiritual formation, leading Christian communities, and theological education. He has a passion to discover the world through theologically shaped social research. His focus within these disciplines and methodologies emerges from a primary desire for the church to live as the community of God’s people in the world. He blogs semi-regularly at www.pilgrimshome.blogspot.com