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Shawn Casselberry  is Executive Director of Mission Year, a movement of Christians from across the theological spectrum committed to loving God and loving people in the city.  Read more.

Topics: Faith, Community, Justice, Advocacy, Urban Ministry, Community Development, Missions, Evangelism





shane2Shane Claiborne, author of Irresistible Revolution, is a prolific writer and speaker. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago to his neighborhood in Philadelphia and his work with The Simple Way. Read more.

Topics: Peacemaking, Social Justice and Jesus





LeroyLeroy 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.” He serves as the Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh. Read more. 

Topics: Urban Ministry, Racial Reconciliation, Missions, Community Transformation, Urban Environmentalism




LindaKayKlein2Linda Kay Klein is a writer, speaker and spiritual strongwoman whose speaking topics range from faith & feminism to how to launch a life with purpose. Read more. 







Tony-Campolo1Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and the founder and president of the EAPE. He has written more than 35 books and is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement. Read more.






closeupAmy Williams is a 19 year youth ministry veteran who follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system – at the core of which life-on-life mentoring is her key strategy. Read more.











Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is a speaker, trainer, and urban pastor who is passionate about creating spaces where voices from different cultures can come together in peace and overcome division. Read more.

Topics: Contextualized Leaderships Development, Cross-Cultural Teams, Multicultural and Urban Worship, Ethnicity, Race & Culture in the Church, Mobilizing Communities for Justice, Immigration, Black/Brown Partnership




Chris Lahr moved to Philadelphia with his family in 2000 to join The Simple Way. Chris studied at Eastern University and Asbury Theological Seminary. He serves as Academic Director at Mission Year. Read more.

Topics: Poverty and Christian Engagement, Prayer and Justice, Missions, History of Racism, White Identity, Community Living





Sarah Quezada has been engaged in urban communities for more than a decade. She is a sociologist, blogger and Director of Operations at Mission Year. Read more.

Topics: Immigration, Cross-Cultural Communication, Urban Ministry, Social Justice







Jonathan Brooks serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood on the south side of Chicago. Jonathan is a pastor, community developer, educator, non-profit activist and hip hop artist. Read more.

Topics: Christian Community Development, Rebranding the Urban Pastor/Church, Church-School Partnerships, Reconciliation, Hip Hop Culture and the Church





Laura Pritchard Compton grew up in rural Virginia and attended UVA to receive her undergrad and graduate degrees in Exercise Physiology. She founded Urban Perform, a non-profit gym in Atlanta. Read more.

Topics: Passion and Calling, Urban Ministry, Exercise and Nutritional Injustice, Compassionate Community





BGuillermo Quezada became a Christian in 1997 in his hometown of Guatemala City. He began serving in youth and small group ministry and has been involved in worship and urban ministry since immigrating to the States in 2005. Read more.

Topics: Church Unity, Multicultural Worship, Adversity and Calling, Immigration





mark scandrette 220x220Mark Scandrette Mark is passionate about taking risks to follow the revolutionary teachings of Jesus, and shares stories from his personal experiences. In 1998 he and his family moved to inner city San Francisco to pioneer a neighborhood Christian community. He is the founding director ofReIMAGINE, a center for integral Christian practice based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, learning labs, conversations and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into everyday life. Read more.

Topics: Jesus and Justice, Theology of Spiritual Formation, Inward/Outward Journey of Spiritual Transformation, Spirituality of Budgeting, Spiritual Disciplines




Christian Piatt had a Bible (literally) thrown at him when he was kicked out of his youth group for asking too many questions about God, Jesus, and the Christian faith that he would end up running from for much of his life. After painstakingly regaining his faith, this author, speaker, preacher, musician, spoken word artist and editor received a God-given platform to help reconcile what Christianity claims to be with what it’s intended to be. Read more.

Topics: Art as Justice, Banned Questions about the Bible/Jesus/Christians, Cultivating Love Greater than Our Differences




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Jaime Taylor studied social work at Spring Arbor University. She lives in Oakland, California and is passionate about youth and long-term mentoring. Jaime is the founding Director of Urban Mentors Network. Read more.

Topics: Youth Development and Leadership, Mentoring, Urban Ministry, Incarnational Living