As we shared in a newsletter earlier today, we’re excited to announce the formation of a new Steering Team. As we continue to expand and mature as a partner-based initiative for the theological formation of Christian leaders for mission, the need to listen and discern God’s work in and through the Body of Christ is paramount. This team represents a diverse body of ministry leaders who are committed to helping us grow in this and other important aspects of our identity and work. Here’s just a bit more on these friends…
The Missio Alliance Steering Team is comprised of individuals who represent varying perspectives and interests from across a range of theological traditions, ministry contexts, and backgrounds. In our early stages of development, these leaders are serving Missio Alliance as both consultants and advocates. As an initiative seeking to foster connection and collaboration amongst diverse groups within the broad spectrum of the evangelical tradition, these leaders, along with the communities and constituencies they represent, are helping us to develop an ever-deepening awareness and sensitivity to God’s work in and among the Body of Christ as we engage in mission together.
David Bailey | Executive Director, Making A Melody | A.C.T. Int’l
David M. Bailey is a speaker, music director, and producer that has spent the past decade using music as a tool in the reconciliation process. He is an active worship leader and presenter at national and international conferences. His specialty is in leading multi-cultural worship, equipping Christian communities with the tools needed to connect diverse people and cultures. He is on the core leadership team for the National Multicultural Worship Leaders Network. David is the author of Arrabon: Learning Reconciliation through Community and Worship Music and a contributing author for Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook.
David and his wife Joy live in Richmond, Virginia and exploring new cities and entertaining friends (old and new) in their home.
Dr. Leroy Barber | Global Executive Director, Word Made Flesh
Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 20 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”
Leroy is currently the Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh, an international organization that works among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. Rev. Barber is on the boards of Mission Year and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World and was also chosen as a contributor to Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People, and the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters. His third book, Red, Yellow, Black and White: Who’s More Precious In His Sight?, will be published this fall.
Leroy has been married to Donna for the past 28 years and together they have three adult children – Jessica, Joshua, and Joel, and two adopted children – Asha and Jonathan.
Dr. Jim Baucom | Senior Pastor, Columbia Baptist Church
Dr. Jim Baucom has been Senior Pastor of Columbia Church, Falls Church, Virginia, in the inner suburbs of Washington, DC, for ten years. As a consultant, Christian leader, speaker, and writer, Dr. Baucom has worked with businesses, churches, and non-profits around the world. He has served in many leadership capacities nationally and is presently Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the John Leland Seminary, Chairman of the Board for the Spence Leadership Network, a Trustee of Averett University, a member of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Evangelicals.
Of particular importance to him is his work in the slums of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Baucom lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Debbie and daughters, Marlee and Kelly.
Dr. Douglas R. Cullum | Vice President And Dean, Northeastern Seminary
Dr. Cullum’s teaching ministry emphasizes the seamless relationship between the academic and practical aspects of Christian theology. His desire is to assist the local church in finding renewal along biblical and classical lines. Having been active in ministry since 1978, Dr. Cullum served pastorates until 1994 when he was invited to come to Roberts Wesleyan College to serve as college chaplain and faculty member in the religion department. In 1998, Dr. Cullum became one of the founding faculty members of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. Areas of special interest include Wesley and the Methodist tradition, Reformation theology and history, liturgy and liturgical theology, 19th century American religion, and 20th century neo-orthodoxy. Professionally, Dr. Cullum participates in the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Dr. Scott Daniels | Dean And Professor, Azusa Pacific University, School Of Theology
Scott Daniels, Ph.D., brings more than 20 years of ministry in the church and Christian higher education to his role as dean of APU’s School of Theology. In addition to being dean, he is currently serving as senior pastor of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene. Previously, Daniels served as senior pastor of Richardson Church of the Nazarene in Richardson, Texas, where the Dallas District Church of the Nazarene named him Large Church Pastor of the Year in 2005. He became an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1991.
In addition to leading large churches in California and Texas, Daniels has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Fuller Theological Seminary and Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He has a passion for teaching, with 15 years of experience in the classroom, including recently completing a semester as an adjunct professor of practical theology and preaching at APU.
Dr. David Fitch | Betty R. Lindner Chair Of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary
David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community – a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the Christian and Missionary Alliance linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences.
Deb Hirsch | Speaker, Author, And Church Leader
Deb is a conference speaker, church leader, and writer. She leads Tribe of Los Angeles – (a bunch of missional artists and vagabonds learning to live in the ways of Jesus). She is co-author (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship and currently writing a book on sexuality with IVP. She also served on the leadership team of Christian Associates (a church planting movement in Europe, North & South America). Deb has a heart for the poor and for those on the margins of both the church and broader society.
Jimmy Lee | President, Re:source Global
Jimmy Lee is the Co-Founder of CreatePossible and re:source global. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Known as a strong advocate of community development, he served as the Executive Director of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Managing Director of the U.S. Asian Business Council. Jimmy also had the honor of being named one of Crain’s, “40 Business Leaders Under 40.” He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon | General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
Dr. Lyon serves on the board of directors at many organizations she believes in representing The Wesleyan Church, including the NAE Executive Committee, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, theChristian Community Development Association and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. She also serves as an Ex – Officio board member for all Wesleyan institutions of higher education.
Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, further graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book Ultimate Blessing: Experiencing God to the Fullest and has served over 30 years in pastoral ministry. She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Known by many as the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she led the organization to great influence as a faith-based relief and development organization; alleviating suffering and injustice in over 30 countries.
Dr. Lyon and her husband Wayne, the pastor of United Family Wesleyan Church, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Dr. MaryKate Morse | Professor Of Leadership & Spiritual Formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
MaryKate Morse is a Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and former Director of Strategic Planning for George Fox University. Her interests are healthy spiritual leadership, leadership development and formation, change processes in individuals and groups, power and influence, and team and gender issues. She is a recorded Quaker pastor and has planted two churches. She also is a spiritual director and leadership coach, a conference and retreat speaker, writer and author of Making Room for Leadership. MaryKate is married to Randy and has three adult children and three grandchildren.
Sara Jane Roxburgh Walker | President, The Missional Network
Sara Jane holds a MCS in Theology from Regent College, Vancouver, BC and an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Her background includes leadership development with inner-city youth, contributing to the worshipping life of her local church and building the ministry and business of TMN with a team of colleagues.
Sara Jane serves as the President of The Missional Network providing leadership as the organization resources and partners with church systems and local congregations joining with God in their neighborhoods. Sara Jane is passionate about how we creatively and faithfully embrace this journey and the ways in which new modes of social connectivity are transforming how we relate with one another and participate with God in our local communities.
Sara Jane has three school aged children and lives with her husband, Matthew, in North Vancouver, BC. She enjoys connecting in her local community through both her children’s sctivities and her own interests and hobbies including paddling, running and singing.
Dr. Charlie Self | Professor Of Church History, Assemblies Of God Theological Seminary And Senior Advisor, The Acton Institute
Charlie is an ordained Assemblies of God minister, credentialed since 1980. He has been active in pastoral ministry for over 30 years across the USA. He has been an associate pastor, interim pastor (serving six communities) and lead pastor in California, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and the Midwest. He is presently Professor of Church History at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri and a Senior Advisor for the Acton Institute.
Charlie has been involved in professional post-secondary education since 1981. He has been a professor of Religion, History and Philosophy at Bethany University, Continental Theological Seminary (Brussels, Belgium), George Fox University, Western Seminary, and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has also served as a Student Life Director, Associate Dean and on multiple strategic teams.
Lisa Watson | Assistant To The CEO, Christian Community Development Association
For over a decade Lisa has served as an urban church planter, collegiate minister, seminary professor and international missionary. Her heart to see people reconciled to God and to one another has led her to invest her life, family and ministry in places and people that have often been looked over by the world.
Lisa served as co-founder of a grassroots organization in Memphis, TN that was committed to mobilizing Christians to love their undocumented neighbors, and consider an appropriate Christian response to our nation’s immigration crisis. She works as Assistant to the CEO of the Christian Community Development Association.
Educated at Florida International University and Golden Gate Seminary, she lives in Washington, DC where she is a mom to 3 fantastic children, Nathan (8), Elias (5) and Annelies (2), and a wife to Matthew, a Church Planting Pastor at The District Church, who is the best man she’s ever known.
JR Woodward | National Director, V3 Church Planting Movement
JR Woodward (M.A., Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary) desires to awaken people to join God in the renewal of all things. He is a church planter, activist, missiologist and author of Creating a Missional Culture. He founded [nlcf] and cofounded Kairos LA , The Solis Foundation, the Ecclesia Network, and Missio Alliance. He is currently serving as the National Director for Church Planting with V3, a missional church planting movement in the United States. He serves locally with the District Church in Washington D.C, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Manchester (UK). He enjoys blogging and you can find him tweeting here. He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard, and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and tries to attend the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.
Missio Alliance Comment Policy
The Missio Alliance Writing Collectives exist as a ministry of writing to resource theological practitioners for mission. From our Leading Voices to our regular Writing Team and those invited to publish with us as Community Voices, we are creating a space for thoughtful engagement of critical issues and questions facing the North American Church in God’s mission. This sort of thoughtful engagement is something that we seek to engender not only in our publishing, but in conversations that unfold as a result in the comment section of our articles.
Unfortunately, because of the relational distance introduced by online communication, “thoughtful engagement” and “comment sections” seldom go hand in hand. At the same time, censorship of comments by those who disagree with points made by authors, whose anger or limited perspective taints their words, or who simply feel the need to express their own opinion on a topic without any meaningful engagement with the article or comment in question can mask an important window into the true state of Christian discourse. As such, Missio Alliance sets forth the following suggestions for those who wish to engage in conversation around our writing:
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One of our favorite tenants is that “an enemy is someone whose story we haven’t heard.” Very often disagreements and rants are the result of people talking past rather than to one another. Everyone’s perspective is intimately bound up with their own stories – their contexts and experiences. We encourage you to couch your comments in whatever aspect of your own story might help others understand where you are coming from.
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