Joel Berman, MD, is a retired physician actively engaged in The Compassionate Listening Project, working in Israel-Palestine and in the deep south of the United States.

Mary Farrell Bednarowski is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at United Seminary of the Twin Cities.

The Rev. Matthew Best serves as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown, PA.  He resides in Carlisle, PA with his family and has a blog – www.pastormatthewbest.com – where he writes prayers, posts on theology and politics, and more.

Michelle Burmeister is the Director of Communications and a Senior Program Officer for Siebert. Her passion for improving education for all students in Milwaukee is continued through her responsibilities working with Siebert-funded Lutheran schools. Michelle began her nonprofit career coordinating special events for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation. Then, she gained valuable corporate multi-media marketing […]

Dr. Trish Beckman is an Associate Professor of Practice in Religion at St. Olaf College.

Elisha Branch graduated from Mount Mary University with a BA, majoring in Spanish with a Philosophy minor. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her daughter Daisy, attends Hephatha Lutheran Church and is currently working as a Community Organizer.

Sarah Bereza is the Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church of St. Louis (UCC). She holds a PhD from Duke University and produces a website with resources for church staff, as well as the podcasts Called: At the Intersection of Life and Ministry and Music and the Church.

Will Bergkamp holds degrees from The Moody Bible Institute, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and The University of St. Thomas.  He is currently the Vice President for Business Development and Publisher of the Fortress Press Academic, Education, and Ministry lines at 1517 Media.

Christie Billups, D.Min. spent over 15 years ministering in the jails of Chicago, IL, and continues to promote the knowledge and practice of restorative justice in the region through education and networking. She is Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Pastoral Ministry, and Coordinator of Service Learning at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Jeff Olsen Biebighauser is a high school teacher and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.