John R. Franke, General Coordinator
Darrell L. Guder, Board Chair
George is Professor of Missiology emeritus at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, where he served on the faculty from 1989 through 2014. He is a teaching elder (minister) in the Presbyterian Church (USA), ordained to that office in 1970. He has served as a university campus minister in Gainesville, Florida, as pastor of a Presbyterian congregation in Biloxi, Mississippi, as team leader for Africa Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya and on the faculty of Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is currently the Immediate Past Moderator of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.
George is a member of the American Society of Missiology, serving as its Secretary-Treasurer from 1988-1997 and its President from 2004-2005. He founded and coordinated The Gospel and Our Culture Network in North America (GOCN) from 1987 through 2010. George is the author of The Story that Chooses Us (2015) and Bearing the Witness of the Spirit (1998). He is co-author of Missional Church (1998) and Treasure in Clay Jars (2004), and he is co-editor of The Church between Gospel and Culture, A Scandalous Prophet, and Christian Ethics in Ecumenical Context.
Al (Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union) is Executive Minister of Serve Globally, the international ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and Affiliate Professor of Missional and Global Leadership at North Park Theological Seminary both located in Chicago, IL. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church, he has engaged in community development work and church leadership development both in the Philippines and the United States.
He is the author of two books—Transformation after Lausanne: Radical Evangelical Mission in Global-Local Perspective (Regnum, 2008) and Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform (Judson 2012); co-author of one—Linking Arms, Linking Lives: How Urban-Suburban Partnerships Can Transform Communities with Ron Sider, John Perkins, and Wayne Gordon (Baker 2008); co-editor of two—Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations with Sydney Park and Soong-Chan Rah (Judson 2012) and Following Jesus: Journeys in Radical Discipleship (Regnum, 2013). He has also contributed chapters in numerous edited volumes and articles in various journals.
Kenda Creasy Dean
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education and formation (specifically youth and young adult ministry, the church as social innovator, and theories of teaching), Kenda works closely with Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry and the Farminary. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church. Kenda is the author of numerous books on youth, church and culture, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church (Oxford, 2010) and Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church (Eerdmans, 2004), as well as several co-authored books, including How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education, If We Let It with Christy Lang Hearlson (Eerdmans, 2016); The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root (InterVarsity, 2011), OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook (Abingdon, 2010), and The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry with Ron Foster (Upper Room, 1998). In 2013 she and fellow pastor Mark DeVries co-founded Ministry Incubators, Inc., an educational and consulting group dedicated to missional innovation and entrepreneurial forms of ministry (MinistryIncubators.com). A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she served as a pastor and campus minister in suburban Washington, D.C. before receiving her PhD from Princeton Seminary in 1997. She is currently the project director and senior strategist for The Zoe Project, a Lilly Endowment initiative designed to foster innovation in congregations around young adults.