Summit Speaker Bios
Dr. Matt Bloom
Matt Bloom, PhD, is a professor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He is Principal Investigator of the Flourishing in Ministry and Wellbeing at Work research projects, which focus on the wellbeing of helping and caring professions. Matt is passionate about finding real solutions to make work a healthy, vibrant, life-enriching experience. Matt teaches courses on innovation and design thinking. He has worked with a variety of not-for-profit organizations, both in the United States and internationally, helping them learn about and integrate wellbeing research into their programs and initiatives.
Rev. Richard Foss
Richard “Rick” Foss, the director of the coordination program for Lilly Endowment's National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders, served as the interim president of Luther Seminary from December 2012 – May 2014. He came to Luther Seminary as Director of Contextual Learning in 2008. Previously, he served as Bishop for the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a position he held since 1992. Rick holds degrees from St. Olaf College (BA) and Luther Seminary (MDiv and MTh). Prior to serving as Bishop, he served for 21 years as the senior pastor in congregations in Minnesota, Washington and North Dakota. In 1995 he was named as one of three finalists for Presiding Bishop of the ELCA.
Rev. Laura Sumner Truax
Rev. Laura Sumner Truax is senior pastor at LaSalle Street Church, a non-denominational church in downtown Chicago with a long tradition of uniting individual faith in Christ with God's call for justice and compassion lived out in the world. Laura is the author of Undone: When coming apart puts you back together, published by InterVarsity Press in August 2013, and the co-author of Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World, published by Eerdmans in April 2017. Rev. Truax holds a Master degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Spirituality and a Master of Divinity degree and is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Seminary/North Park University. She is a frequent speaker at schools, churches and conferences.
Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson
Leith Anderson is President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) headquartered in Washington, DC, holding this office from 2001 to 2002 and again from 2006 to the present. The NAE is a multi-faceted association of 40 denominations, many other evangelical organizations and a constituency in the tens of millions. He is also Pastor Emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota where he was Senior Pastor for 35 years from 1977 through 2011.
Leith Anderson speaks frequently at conferences around the world and has often been interviewed by publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, TIME, Christianity Today, PBS, the BBC, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, CNN and others. He served for two years under President Barack Obama on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago; Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (BA in Sociology); Denver Seminary (Master of Divinity); Fuller Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry); and holds honorary doctorates from Cornerstone University, Eastern University and the Moody Bible Institute. He has authored or co-authored over twenty books including Dying For Change, A Church For The Twenty-First Century, Winning The Values War, Praying To The God You Can Trust, Leadership That Works and Faith In The Voting Booth. Leith and Charleen have known each other all of their lives and have been married to each other most of their lives. They have four children and make their home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Mr. Brad Hewitt
Brad Hewitt serves as Chief Executive Officer of Thrivent Financial, the country’s largest fraternal benefit society. A Fortune 500 organization, Thrivent is leading a nationwide movement of Christians to be wise with money and live generously. Thrivent has more than two million members and manages $136 billion in assets. He began his career with Securian in the Actuarial Services department. He joined UnitedHealth Group (UHG) as Director of Underwriting. He served as Chief Financial Officer and then CEO of Diversified Pharmaceutical Services (DPS). Following the sale of DPS to SmithKline Beecham, he felt called to serve in administrative roles with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Brad Hewitt graduated from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. He completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business Program for Management Development. He currently serves as vice chair of the board for both Habitat for Humanity International and the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation, along with serving on several others boards. He also volunteers as chair of Itasca, an employer‐led, cross sector collaborative group that works to improve the quality of life for all in the Twin Cities. Hewitt and his wife, Sue, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and have two adult children.
Dr. Mark Labberton
Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, brings to his leadership a deep awareness of the urgency of the gospel of Jesus Christ—and a passion for the vital role that Fuller Seminary plays in the enactment of that gospel. He served for 16 years as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, when he joined Fuller’s faculty in 2009 as Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of the newly established Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. On July 1, 2013, he stepped into service as Fuller Seminary’s fifth president.
In 1982 he cofounded the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (CISF) and served on the CISF board for 17 years. He has also been chair of John Stott Ministries, cochair of the John Stott Ministries Global Initiative Fund, and senior fellow of the International Justice Mission. He has been a popular and well-traveled speaker for years and has taught at New College Berkeley for Advanced Christian Studies. In addition to publishing articles in such periodicals as Christianity Today and Radix, he has authored the books, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (2010), The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice (2007) and Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (2014).
A Washington State native, he embraced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ on the threshold of his undergraduate years at Whitman College. After earning his bachelor degree, he came to Fuller for his MDiv. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and began what was to become three decades of pastoral ministry—along the way meeting and marrying his life partner, Janet Morrison Labberton.
Rev. Dr. John Kinney
John Kinney has devoted himself to the pursuit of excellence in theological training and ministerial preparation and has distinguished himself as a systematic theologian, academician and administrator in a career that spans more than 40 years. This includes 27 years of service to Virginia Union University as Dean of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology and Senior Vice President of the university.
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia) and Virginia Union University (Richmond, Virginia) respectively. He was awarded the PhD from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary (New York). He has also shared in instruction at Chicago Theology Seminary Chicago, Illinois; Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, Virginia); and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
John Kinney has lectured extensively across this nation and in Africa. He has been a featured lecturer at numerous universities and colleges, including Yale University, Duke University, Michigan State University, Howard University, Southern Methodist University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. He has also presented at numerous theological schools, including Iliff School of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary, Shaw Divinity School, Hood Theological Seminary, The Baptist Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and many others. His theological teachings are included in several publications and crystallized in an article entitled The Theology of Fallenness: The Roots of Racism.
John Kinney has served as Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Virginia, for more than 40 years. He has also been a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He has served in multiple leadership roles for the Association of Theological Schools, chairing the committee on Race and Ethnicity from 1998 to 2000, serving as a member on the Commission on Accrediting from 2000 to 2006 and then as Commission Chair (2004–2006), Vice President (2006-2008), President (2008-2010) and Personnel Committee Chair (2010–2012).
Dr. Frank M. Yamata
Frank Yamada began as Executive Director of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in July 2017. He oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. Prior to ATS, he joined the McCormick faculty in 2008 as associate professor of Hebrew Bible and director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. In 2011, he was elected as McCormick’s tenth president—the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. His tenure there was marked by increasing diversity in McCormick’s student body and creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education. Yamada previously had taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
An active biblical scholar, Yamada has authored and edited books and articles on cross-cultural and feminist hermeneutics. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he has served as a chair and as a steering committee member of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group, the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Section, and the Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. In addition, he was a member of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and the American Academy of Religion, and he was the co-chair for the Managing Board of the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual conference. A graduate of Southern California College, Yamada earned his MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has written and spoken on the future of the church and theological education.
Dr. Mark S. Markuly
Mark Markuly, PhD, has been Dean and Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Seattle University since 2007. With degrees in three different academic disciplines, he approaches theological education from an interdisciplinary fashion. Over the past ten years, he has guided faculty at the school in creating programming that re-imagines the role of theology in an embedded university setting, and the importance for theological insight and ministerial skills for a broader society and culture, particularly in a highly secular environment like the Pacific Northwest. As a former newspaper editor, co-owner of a commercial contracting business, and regional director of religious education for a 28-county Catholic diocese, he has had a long-standing concern about the financial and organizational leadership of faith-based organizations, and the knowledge, perspectives and skills needed to run the “business” side of the church.
He has a bachelor degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, a master degree in systematic theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology, studies in the Master of Divinity degree program at Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, and a PhD in education from St. Louis University, with an emphasis in learning theory, cognitive science, and instructional strategies.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin
The son of the late Joseph W. Tobin and Marie Terese Kerwin, His Eminence, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin was born in Detroit. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep College, Edgerton, WI, and continued his education at Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, WI, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He then attended Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, NY, earning masters degrees in Religious Education and Divinity. In 1973, Joseph Tobin professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists, finally being ordained to both the diaconate and the priesthood in 1978. Father Tobin then served several parishes in Detroit and in a number of assignments within the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Within the Redemptorist Community, Father Tobin served as a Provincial Consultor from 1984 until 1990, as General Consultor of the Community in Rome from 1991 until 1997 and as Superior General of the Redemptorists in Rome from 1997 until 2009.
On August 9, 2010, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Father Tobin to the Roman Curia post of Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSA). On October 18, 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis. His Holiness, Pope Francis, named him to the College of Cardinals on October 9, 2016 and he was created Cardinal on November 19, 2016.
Cardinal Tobin speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese, and reads several other languages. He has participated in five Synods of Bishops and has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1985. On November 7, 2016, His Holiness, Pope Francis named Joseph William Cardinal Tobin to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Newark.
Dr. Molly T. Marshall
Molly Marshal is President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Her great passion in life is preparing women and men for ministry excellence.
During her tenure as president, Central moved the campus to a new location, opened multiple extension sites, constructed a partnership with Myanmar Institute of Theology, developed a Korean Studies program, launched a Women’s Leadership Initiative, and found new ways to focus the seminary's mission in congregational health and global Christianity. She joined the Central faculty in 1997 and served as Dean before her election as President. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, she received her MDiv and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Further graduate work has been completed at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, Israel; Cambridge University, England; and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Her writings include three monographs, No Salvation Outside the Church?, What it Means to Be Human, and Joining the Dance: a Theology of the Spirit, as well as numerous chapters in books, dictionary and journal articles, and Bible study curricula. She has also published six volumes of Trinitarian Soundings, a collection of reflections on the lectionary. Currently she is writing a commentary on Thessalonians for the BELIEF series.
Over the past decade, Molly Marshall has been recognized for her service with the following awards: Whitsitt Baptist Courage Award; The Betty Galloway Advocacy for Women in Ministry Award; Howard Moody Award, Coalition for Baptist Principles; Luther Wesley Smith Education Award; Frankie Huff Granger, Distinguished Mentor Award, Baptist Women in Ministry and Luke Mowbray Award for Ecumenical and Interfaith Leadership, American Baptist Churches, USA.
Mr. Arne M. Sorenson
Arne Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc. Following Marriott’s September 2016 acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the company now includes more than 6,500 properties across 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. In fiscal year 2016, Marriott reported revenues of more than $17 billion. Arne Sorenson joined Marriott in 1996. He became the third CEO in the company’s history in 2012 – and the first without the Marriott surname. Prior to that, he served as Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He has held a number of positions, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President of Continental European Lodging. He was elected to Marriott’s Board of Directors in 2011.
Additionally, Arne Sorenson served as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council. He is the immediate past Board Chair for Brand USA and continues as a member of the board. He was most recently named to the Microsoft Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, serving as Chair of the Global Initiative. Other affiliations include: Chair, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable; member of the Luther College Board of Regents; Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Mobility; member of the Business CEO Roundtable, member of The Business Council, Board of the Warrior Scholar Project, and Board of Trustees for The Brookings Institution. Mr. Sorenson’s Influencer blog, which appears on LinkedIn, has more than 530,000 followers.
He co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007. The following year, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. He chairs Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Council, along with the Marriott Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence, monitors and evaluates Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce as well as ownership, customer, and vendor communities around the world.
Ms. Kerry Robinson
Bio to come.
Dr. James Hudnut-Beumler
Bio to come.
Dr. Angela Reed
Angela Reed is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Spiritual Formation at Baylor University's Truett Seminary. She engages in research and writing on spiritual formation and prayer in congregations with special attention to spiritual guidance relationships. Her most recent book, Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice, was written together with two former professors and mentors, Dr. Richard Osmer and Dr. Marcus Smucker. They received the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation book award for 2016. She has a background in pastoral ministry and spiritual direction. One of her greatest joys in life is to explore various aspects of Christian spiritual formation and health in ministry with seminary students and congregational leaders, including a focus on their financial well-being. Angela Reed lives in Waco, Texas with her husband and two teenaged children.
Dr. Iva Carruthers
Bio to come.
Mr. Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner® is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial mind. He's a USA TODAY columnist and the author of ten books. He is the host of the popular radio show, he Pete the Planner Show, and the podcast, illion Dollar Plan. Pete has appeared regularly on CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business, Good Morning America, as well as numerous nationally syndicated radio programs. He is regularly considered one of the foremost experts on financial wellness in the world.
Dr. Emilie Townes
Emilie M. Townes, an American Baptist clergywoman, is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a PhD in Religion in Society and Personality from Northwestern University. She is the Dean and Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, becoming the first African American to serve as Dean of the Divinity School in 2013. She is the former Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School, and in the fall of 2005, she was the first African American woman elected to the presidential line of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and served as president in 2008. She was the first African American and first woman to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Yale Divinity School. She is the former Carolyn Williams Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Social Ethics at Saint Paul School of Theology.
Editor of two collection of essays, A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering and Embracing the Spirit: Womanist Perspectives on Hope, Salvation, and Transformation; she has also authored Womanist Ethics, Womanist Hope, In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness, Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care, and her groundbreaking book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil. She is co-editor with Stephanie Y. Mitchem of the Faith, Health, and Healing in African American Life. Her most recent co-editorship is Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader done with Katie Geneva Cannon and Angela Sims was published in November 2011. She continues her research on women and health in the African diaspora in Brasil and the United States. Townes was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She served a four-year term as president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion from 2012 to 2016.
Dr. Chris Coble
Chris Coble is the Vice President for Religion at Lilly Endowment Inc. He was elected to that position in December 2012, having served the Endowment as a program officer in its religion division for sixteen years. He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served congregations in Indiana, North Carolina, Iowa, and Massachusetts. Trained as a historian of American religion, his research interests focus on issues of religious formation and the transmission of faith in Christian churches. He holds degrees from Wabash College (AB), Duke Divinity School (MDiv), and Harvard University (ThD).
Rev. Dr. John Wimmer
John Wimmer is Program Director in the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment Inc. and is responsible for grant-making in theological education, the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative, and in various program areas that support pastoral and congregational ministry. An ordained United Methodist Elder in the Indiana Annual Conference, Wimmer was a parish pastor in Indiana as well as in North Carolina for fifteen years. Prior to joining the Endowment staff in 2002, he was founding president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations (a program established by Lilly Endowment, through the Alban Institute, to help Indianapolis-area congregations). He also served as Executive Assistant to the President and as Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Indianapolis, where he taught church history. Wimmer is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Blessed Endurance (Upper Room Books, 2017), and has contributed numerous articles to Christian Century, Leadership, Christian Ministry, and Congregations. He is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School and holds a PhD in American Religious History from the University of Chicago.