Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Clint Baldwin

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Clint Baldwin is the International Executive Director of Word Made Flesh International (WMF).

WMF is a Christ-centered, international advocacy and development organization that walks and works with and among people who find themselves in some of the most vulnerable, poverty-stricken, and oppressive situations in the world. After thirty years learning, teaching and administrating in higher education with interdisciplinary focus on international and intercultural peace and justice, Clint brings a deep desire for transformative reconciliation, empowerment, and mutuality to be at work in all places and people. He believes that “we all always have something to learn and we all always have something to give” and that we are “better together.” It is one of Clint’s lifelong vocational pursuits to aid people and organizations in meaningful, humble and healthy navigation of such understanding.

Clint enjoys being with family and friends; reading and writing poetry and prose; savoring a good cup of coffee or tea; being out-and-about in nature; engaging in intercultural experiences and relationships; contemplating, discussing and living the philosophical and theological principles of faith and its practices; and finding ways to cultivate and celebrate joy.

Clint is married to Sarah, who has been a thirty-year key formational partner and presence in his life. He is honored to celebrate her work as Asbury University’s Vice-President of Student Life and Dean of Students. Clint and Sarah have three children – Madi, Kai, & Emily — who bring priceless life, love and goodness into the Baldwin home.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Stu Davis

Stu Davis has spent the last 15 years working both in and alongside churches, businesses, and nonprofits, seeking to build unity and collaboration around some of Colorado Springs’ biggest challenges. He served for 4 years in leadership at Springs Rescue Mission, where he helped bring over 50 churches alongside private and public funders to establish Colorado Springs’ first and largest low-barrier homeless shelter and resource center. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade on the pastoral staff at Woodmen Valley Chapel, one of Colorado’s largest churches. As Executive Director of COSILoveYou, Stu enjoys working with the breadth and variety represented among the local Church to provide collaborative solutions to some of Colorado Springs’ most pressing issues. He has been a part of the COSILoveYou movement since its inception in 2014.

Stu is a recent graduate of the selective Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, and recently earned his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. Most importantly, he has been married to Abby for 20 years, and has three teenage children.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

David Trimble

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VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EDUCATION

After serving as a principal and Of Counsel at the leading D.C. firm of Van Scoyoc Associates for many years, Mr. Trimble now leads the Religious Freedom Institute’s nationwide and international initiatives in secondary and higher education. Within that context, he brings a wealth of experience to the academy and civil society in international affairs, foreign policy, higher education, and shaping domestic and international public policy. With a degree in law, expert knowledge from working with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government at the highest levels, plus years of teaching religion at the graduate level, Mr. Trimble understands the vitally important role of education to stable societies and the myriad threats that challenge both academic and religious freedom.

Throughout his career, Mr. Trimble has focused on the intersection between religion and policy. He is recognized in the U.S. and abroad for his international religious freedom advocacy on behalf of ethnic and religious minorities and for his acute knowledge of legislative process. Mr. Trimble’s leadership at the RFI’s Center for Religious Freedom Education is based on classroom expertise, launching seminal programs in education, and driving new policies and innovation. Under his leadership, the Center is committed to supporting the free exercise of religious freedom for all through education with a voice that informs tomorrow’s young leaders and shapes sound policies for a more civil America.

Mr. Trimble holds a Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University School of Law, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Campbellsville University. In addition, Mr. Trimble has completed post-graduate studies at both Southwestern and Baylor University.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Rev. Jon Cavanagh, Campus Pastor at Taylor University since 2015, is a 1998 Taylor University alumnus.  He has served at Taylor since 2007, filling roles that have included Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off Campus Community, Co-Chair of Residence Life Programming, Hall Director at Wengatz Hall, Head Men’s Golf Coach, and committee assignments including Chair and member of the Community Life Committee, Lighthouse and J-term Capstone Co-Leader, and the leadership of various devotional groups.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Taylor, Cavanagh holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio (2008). He is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.).

Prior to returning to Taylor, Cavanagh served as Associate Pastor for Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and as resident director at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He also filled the role of Church Planter for Mercy and Grace Ministries in Sheridan, Wyo., from 1999 to 2000.

Jon and his wife Kara are the parents of 2 daughters, Phoebe and Hattie.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Andy Harbour

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Andrew Harbour is a Managing Director, Institutional Consulting Director, Corporate Retirement Director, Stock Plan Director, and a Portfolio Management Director with Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley. He is also the co-founder of Graystone Atlanta and The Peachtree Group at Morgan Stanley.

Since joining the firm in 1995, Andy helps corporations manage their benefit programs and institutional clients with investment consulting services. He also provides financial planning and portfolio management for senior executives and wealthy families. A big believer in continually learning, he has also earned the designations of Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Investment Management Analyst®, and Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM. He is also a NFLPA Registered Institutional Player Financial Advisor.

Andy has been named to Barron’s Top Financial Advisors list every year from 2016 to 2021, and most recently was ranked 5th for the entire state of Georgia for 2021. He has been ranked on PLANADVISERS’s Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list every year from 2013 to 2020. He is also a member of Morgan Stanley’s 2021 Chairman’s Club.

Outside of the office, Andy has been an adjunct instructor in the University of Georgia’s Terry College Executive Program for over fifteen years and a member of the Retirement Advisor Council, which advocates for successful qualified plan and participant retirement outcomes.

An Atlanta native, Andrew graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and from the College for Financial Planning with a Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Dr. Samuel Sarpiya

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Dr. Samuel Sarpiya is the Executive Director at the Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation in Rockford, Illinois. Previously he served as Moderator of the Church of the Brethren.

Currently based in Dunham, Quebec, Dr. Sarpiya regularly engages in peacemaking around the globe. He trained Nigerian Security Agencies to use peaceful strategies to engage with the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, and police officers in Chicagoland and Ohio to use community transformation techniques to address the challenges of racial profiling within police departments. Dr. Sarpiya is available for mediation training and conflict transformation consulting services.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Rev. Dr. David Kasali

Dr. David Kasali

Rev. David Kasali, Ph.D. earned a Master’s degree in geography and education in Congo in 1980, and a Master’s in Divinity from Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) in 1987. David served as Coordinator of the department on Ethics, Society and Development of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA). During that time, he traveled extensively in the continent of Africa holding seminars with African pastors and theological educators to deal with issues that churches and societies face in Africa. In September 1989, David and his family joined Trinity International University (TIU) in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated with a PhD in New Testament. Upon returning to Africa, David served for two years as a faculty member and eight years as President of Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), equipping pastors and Bible teachers for churches in Africa. While serving at NEGST, the Kasalis felt called to help rebuild lives, families and communities through holistic transformation. Together with local leaders in Beni, North Kivu, DRC, they created Congo Initiative (CI).  After three years of building partnerships with churches, institutions, and individuals who would come together to support the growing vision and goals of Congo Initiative, the Kasalis relocated permanently to Beni in 2007 to formally inaugurate CI’s Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC – The Bilingual Christian University of Congo), which now has close to 500 students enrolled, over 400 alumni, as it enters its 10th year. David now leads the UCBC as Rector as well as fulfilling his role as President of Congo Initiative. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Warwick Fairfax

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Warwick Fairfax is a trusted leadership adviser who helps people uncover their own unique path to more effective leadership through the learning power of story and an enlightening path of self-discovery.

Growing up in a prominent family-owned media business in Australia that he eventually led — and lost — Warwick has both witnessed and experienced the challenges of high-pressure, high-impact leadership. After losing the 150-year-old family business, Warwick examined not only his own shortcomings and losses, but also life principles and lessons he learned from family members that came before him and some of history’s greatest leaders. Warwick shares these insights to enable others to learn from their crucible moments and lead a life of significance that is rooted in who they are.

Warwick has lived in Australia, the UK, and the US. His career has spanned banking, aviation services, and the media, before becoming an executive coach and writer. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Warwick is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach and is an Elder at Bay Area Community Church.

Warwick lives in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, with his wonderful wife, Gale. They have three great kids who are in the process of developing their own unique paths.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Dr. JR Briggs

J.R. Briggs, Author at Fresh Expressions US

Dr. J.R. Briggs possesses four passions: Following Jesus, equipping and investing in hungry kingdom leaders, growing fruit on other people’s trees, and creating good kingdom mischief. In short, his calling is to partner with people who are called to follow Jesus while they lead others. 

In 2011 he started Kairos Partnerships, an organization committed to serving hungry kingdom leaders through leadership coaching, consulting, speaking, teaching, equipping and writing.

For more than 15 years, J.R. served in pastoral roles in mega-churches, church plants and house church networks. Since starting Kairos Partnerships, he has served and invested in pastors and kingdom leaders in over 40 denominations throughout North America. 

In addition to pastors and church planters, he has also invested in a wide variety of leaders, including business owners, U.S. Olympic athletes, business owners, university administrators, non-profit directors, athletic directors, and attorneys.He is an affiliate faculty member in practical theology at Missio Seminary and guest instructor at Friends University in the Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation program. He has guest lectured, taught and spoken at over a dozen colleges, universities, and seminaries around the U.S

He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and as a National Trainer and Strategist for Fresh Expressions U.S

He has written, co-written or contributed to eleven books on a wide variety of topics. His most recent book is The Sacred Overlap: Learning to Live Faithfully in the Space Between (Zondervan) He has also published articles in Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Preaching Today, American Bible Society, N.T. Wright Online, Missio Alliance, and Relevant Magazine, among others (see full list here).

He co-hosts the Monday Morning Pastor, a weekly podcast created to provide space for kingdom leaders to talk about ministry and leadership in raw and hope-filled ways, and hosts the Resilient Leaders podcast, a twice-weekly podcast equipping leaders to grow in their resilience in the new reality. 

He serves on the Board of Directors with Jerusalem University College and the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Bible Reading

J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 19 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in Lansdale, PA in the greater Philadelphia area.

Reflection Questions: When you first heard the phrase ‘becoming an everyday mystic’ what did you think of? And how did your understanding of it change by the end of chapel? What excitement do you have about leaning into being an everyday mystic? What hesitations or concerns do you have? What are the burning bushes that might be ablaze all around you right now? What one small practical steps could you take to help you pay attention and lean in further to those burning bushes today?