Public Intellectuals and the Common Good: Opportunities for Evangelical Scholars

Host, Emcee, Pre-Symposium Workshop Leader, and Keynotes


Jay F. Hein is president of The Sagamore Institute, an Indianapolis-based think tank that he helped found in 2004. He was Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from August 2006 to August 2008. Hein serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion and as director of the Foundation for American Renewal established by US Senator Dan Coats. Hein is a member of the Office Depot Foundation board of directors and managing director of ISOKO, an African free market think tank. Earlier in his career, Hein was a welfare reform policy advisor to Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin from 1994 to 1997 and director of civil society programs at the Hudson Institute from 1997 to 2004.

David W. Wright is the President of Indiana Wesleyan University.  Previously, he served as Indiana Wesleyan’s Provost and helped develop Wesley Seminary, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning, and the National Conversations.  Earlier in his career at Indiana Wesleyan, Wright led the university’s entry into online education and initiated the regional campus development strategy.  Beyond his tenure at Indiana Wesleyan University, Wright served as Dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and with theological education ministries for The Wesleyan Church in England and Haiti.  He is also the author of several books including Finding Freedom From Fear, Wisdom as a Lifestyle, and How God Makes the World a Better Place.


Jerry Pattengale is University Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and a Distinguished Fellow with the Lumen Research Institute. Pattengale has authored over twenty books and contributes to a wide variety of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Patheos, The Chicago Tribune, and the History Channel. He also serves as Executive Director of Education at the Museum of the Bible (Washington, DC) and is one of its two founding scholars.

Pre-Symposium Workshop Leader

Mark Galli is the editor in chief of Christianity Today. Previously, he served as associate editor of Leadership and editor of Christian History, magazines also published by Christianity Today.  He is also the author or co-author of numerous book including Chaos and Grace: Discovering the Liberating Work of the Holy Spirit and Karl Barth.


Katelyn Beaty is an acquisitions editor with Brazos Press.  She began her career with Christianity Today as a copy editor, launched the women’s website (Her.meneutics), and eventually became the magazine’s youngest and first female managing editor.  In 2016, she published her first book, A Woman’s Place.  She contributes to The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and comments on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers.

Heather Templeton Dill is President of the John Templeton Foundation. Most recently, she served as executive liaison to the president.  Prior to joining the Foundation staff, she taught high school level history, government, and economics in Pennsylvania. While living in Charlottesville, Virginia, she was a homeschool educator as well as a manuscript editor and research assistant at the University of Virginia. Dill is also currently a member of the board of First Trust Bank and previously served on the Templeton Religion Trust steering committee and the Templeton World Charity Foundation board.

Emmanuel Katongole is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  A Catholic priest, he previously served as Associate Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Duke University, where he was the Co-Director of the Center for Reconciliation. Katongole is the author of books on the Christian social imagination, the crisis of faith following the genocide in Rwanda, and Christian approaches to justice, peace, and reconciliation. His most recent book is The Sacrifice of Africa.

Linda A. Livingstone is the President of Baylor University. She previously served as Dean and Professor of Management at The George Washington University School of Business from 2014 to 2017 and as Dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management from 2002 to 2014.  As a scholar of organizational behavior, she has contributed to journals such as the American Business Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, and to books such as Business and Corporate Integrity.

John M. Perkins is a minister, civil rights leader, and community developer.  He is the co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and, with his wife, Vera Mae Perkins, established the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation.  The John M Perkins Leadership Fellows Program at Calvin College and the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University are both named in his honor and respectively seek to carry on the work to which Perkins committed his life.  He is also the author of numerous books including A Quiet Revolution, Welcoming Justice, Dream with Me, and, most recently, One Blood.     

Miroslav Volf is the Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University.  He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 90 scholarly articles.  His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace (the recipient of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award), After Our Likeness, Allah, and A Public Faith.  Volf has given many lectures including the Dudleian Lecture at Harvard University, the Chavasse Lectures at the University of Oxford, the Waldenstroem Lectures at Stockholm University, the Gray Lectures at Duke University, and the Stob Lectures at Calvin College. He has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Speaking of Faith and Public Television’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

Amos Yong is the Dean of the School of Theology and School of Intercultural Studies and Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He has authored or edited almost four dozen volumes including The Future of Evangelical Theology, Renewing Christian Theology (with Jonathan A. Anderson), Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World (coedited with Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Kirsteen Kim), Pneumatology and the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue, The Cosmic Breath, and Spirit of Love.  Yong has also authored over 200 articles for a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, edited collections, and other venues. He is the past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Special Presentation Leader

Max Bonilla works at the University Francisco de Vitoria, in Madrid, Spain, where he coordinates the Expanded Reason Institute, a joint venture with the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.  Previously, Bonilla served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and before that, as professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.  As VPAA he had overall responsibility for all academic programs, was involved in international educational efforts, and led several projects commissioned by the Vatican. He was a member of the Board of the International Theological Institute in Austria, is a member of the Board of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and is the president of Camartis Institute, a non-profit institute in the United States.

Casual Conversations

Tom Gallagher serves as President and CEO of Religion News Foundation and CEO & Publisher of Religion News Service. Tom worked on Wall Street as a securities and corporate lawyer and later on the equity trading floor and in the wealth management group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He has been involved in technology start-ups and has served on a number of boards of directors. Tom spent two years as a full-time volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity. He has written about domestic and foreign affairs for the National Catholic Reporter since 2009. He serves as President and CEO of the Religion News Foundation Board of Directors and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.


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