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Tim was raised in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Bucknell University (B.A., 1972), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1975), and Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his D.Min in 1981. He became a Christian while at Bucknell University, due in large part to the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, with which he later served as a staff member. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years, while also serving Mid-Atlantic Presbytery's director of church planting for the PCA. He was an associate professor of preaching on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1984-1989 while also serving as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program.
Tim is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Tim and his wife Kathy, along with their three sons, moved to New York City to plant Redeemer in 1989. Since then the church has grown to a weekly worshipping community of over 5,000 people, meeting at five services in three different rented locations in Manhattan. The average age of the church community is 33 years, and over 60% are single. Known for sermons that illuminate the truths of scripture and engage the contemporary mind, Christian and skeptic alike, Dr. Keller’s ministry extends beyond NYC. He is the New York Times best-selling author of The Reason for God; as well as The Prodigal God; Counterfeit Gods; Generous Justice; King's Cross and his latest book, Center Church and forthcoming Every Good Endeavor.
Over the last 25 years, Myron E. ( Mike ) Ullman has successfully led five major global enterprises. Based in Hong Kong, the United States and France, he has transformed and managed businesses engaged in retailing, luxury goods manufacturing, property management and development, hotel management, computer services and public transport.
Mr. Ullman recently retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Penney having served from December 2004 until February 2012. From February 2002 to November 2004, Mr. Ullman served on three public company boards, a private company board and three non-profit boards. From June 1999 to January 2002, he served as Directeur General of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's largest and leading luxury goods manufacturer and retailer based in Paris. From February 1995 until June 1999 Mr. Ullman served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS Group Limited, the travel retailer, majority owned by LVMH. Mr. Ullman served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of R.H. Macy & Co.,Inc. from April 1992 to January 1995. Mr. Ullman was Group Managing Director of Wharf Holdings Ltd. In Hong Kong from 1986 to '1989. He served as Executive Vice President of the Federated Department Stores division in Dallas from 1982 until 1986.
Mr. Ullman started his business career at IBM Corporation in 1969 where he became an International Account Manager. In 1976 he joined the University of Cincinnati as Vice President of Business Affairs. In June of 1981, Mr. Ullman was appointed a White House Fellow by President Ronald Reagan. In 1995, he was the recipient of the William Howard Taft Medal as outstanding alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and received an honorary doctorate in June 2006. Mr. Ullman currently serves as deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a director of Starbucks Corporation and COFRA Holdings,LLC. Mr. Ullman is chairman of Mercy Ships International, a global medical and human services charity and also is a director of F.I.R.S.T., a global charity that sponsors robotics competitions designed to motivate youth to pursue education and careers in Science and Technology. He also serves as an advisor to the board of directors of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). He is also the past chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and former chairman of the UCSF Medical Center Executive Council. Mr. Ullman previously served as director of Ralph Lauren Corporation, Taubman Centers, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Federated Department Stores ( Macy's ) and Segway, LLC.
Mike and Cathy Ullman were married in June 1969. They have four biological sons and two adopted daughters born in Hong Kong. The Ullmans have five grandchildren and reside in Dallas, Texas and Montrose, Colorado.
James Davison Hunter is LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in 1981 and joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1983.
Mr. Hunter has written seven books, edited three books, and published a wide range of essays, articles, and reviews all variously concerned with the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life. Most recently, he published The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil (2000), Is There A Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life (with Alan Wolfe, 2006), and To Change the World (2010). These works have earned him national recognition and numerous literary awards. In 1988 he received the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation. In 1991 he was the recipient of the Gustavus Myers Award for the Study of Human Rights for Articles of Faith; Articles of Peace. The Los Angeles Times named Mr. Hunter as a finalist for their 1992 Book Prize for Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. In 2004, he was appointed by the White House to a six-year term to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2005, he won the Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters.
Since 1995, Professor Hunter has served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions, and society. Under his direction, the Institute sponsors university-wide colloquia, provides doctoral and post-doctoral research support, holds conferences, fields national surveys of public opinion on the changing political culture of late 20th and early 21st century America, and publishes an award-winning journal, The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture.
Over the years, his research findings have been presented to audiences on National Public Radio and C-Span, at the National Endowment for the Arts and at dozens of colleges and universities around the country including Columbia, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and the New School for Social Research. He also has been a consultant to the White House, the Bicentennial Commission for the U.S. Constitution, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Commission on Civic Renewal.
Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of the The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker Academic: 2005), and has contributed to books such as Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012) and is a regular columnist for Comment (wrf.ca/comment). He has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian and re:generation quarterly and journals such as Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He resides in Glen Ellyn, IL with his wife and two daughters.
Roberta Green Ahmanson is a writer who focuses on the relationships between art, religion, and culture. Chair of the board of the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, Ahmanson and her husband, Howard, have also sponsored several major international art exhibitions, the most recent being “The Sacred Made Real” at the National Galleries in London and Washington, D.C. An award-winning religion reporter, Ahmanson contributed to Oxford University Press’s acclaimed 2008 book, Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion.
Laura Bergquist, a professional musical director and conductor is currently nurturing three different Musical Theater productions and looks forward to making her Broadway debut this coming season.
Laura's love for music, words, worship and above all, people, was nurtured by her father, a pastor and her mother, a gifted soloist, who instilled a reverence for all art forms. This extended to a love for the artist as Laura's childhood home was often filled with authors, poets, artists and musicians; frequently the outcasts or untouchables who were drawn to the love and acceptance found in her home. This eclectic and unique foundation seamlessly wove together the importance of story telling with the sacred role of the story teller and Laura's passion for music and performance was forever tied to service to those living in the margins.
Laura and her husband, Joe, lived in Wichita, Kansas where they raised three spectacular children and where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Wichita State University and a Master of Music from Friends University. She has been on the faculties of Friends University and New York University and is an active clinician and speaker at universities and churches around the country. Laura and Joe currently live in New York City and feel a particular calling to encourage and mentor actors and artisans in the theatre industry. She was the Director of Musician Ministries at Redeemer and currently directs choirs and is a worship pianist and vocalist in the music ministry.
As a musical director and conductor Laura has led national and international tours in additional to working in major regional theaters around the country. She is a published composer and represented on numerous recordings. Laura maintains a large vocal coaching studio in the city in addition to her work as a pianist, performer and conductor. She loves her family, the beach, actors, reading, and particularly seeing a great story come to life on the stage.
Lolita Jackson was named Director of Special Projects for the NYC Mayor's Office in June 2011. She leads interagency teams that help mitigate the impacts of large infrastructure projects throughout NYC. From January 2006 until Spring 2011 Lolita was Mayor Bloomberg’s chief liaison for all Manhattan related community issues. Prior to working for NYC, she led the oldest and largest Republican organization in NYC- the Metropolitan Republican Club- and was a delegate and convention spokesperson for the Republican National Convention in 2004. Lolita also worked for Morgan Stanley for 12 years in the Investment Management division, in a variety of roles. Her last position was vice president for the mutual fund asset allocation program area. She trained the financial advisors, helped determine marketing strategies, performed competitive analysis, and worked with senior management to determine business development possibilities.
Will Haughey is co-founder and Chief Blockhead of Tegu, a socially-motivated and inventive toy business based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Darien, Connecticut. In addition to formally serving as the Company's CFO, Will is responsible for leading Tegu's sales, marketing and international distribution efforts.
Prior to founding Tegu with his brother Chris, Will worked as an analyst with Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies. In that capacity, Will was responsible for sourcing and maintaining portfolio investments for Goldman Sachs across a variety of public and private companies operating in the payments, technology, software and business services industries. Will served on the Board of Directors of Springbok Services, a Goldman Sachs Investment Partners' portfolio business. Before operating in this investing capacity, Will worked with the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs where he specialized in mergers and financings in the healthcare industry.
Will grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended John Burroughs High School. Will later received a bachelors degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, graduating with high distinction. A New Zealander by birth, Will is an avid traveler and is passionate about entrepreneurship and how profit can be used to effect lasting social change in the developing world. Will is also active in his faith, and has served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of InterVarsity New York City, a Christian organization focused on the character development of New York City area college students. Will and his wife Rachel live in Rowayton, Connecticut.
Michael Luo has been a staff writer at the New York Times since 2003. He is currently a member of the Times’ investigations unit, where he spent 2012 working on stories related to the presidential campaign. A series of investigative stories he did in 2011 on gaps in gun laws was nominated by the Times for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.
He previously worked as a national correspondent, writing about the impact of the Great Recession on the lives of regular people across the country. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign and 2010 midterm elections and did stints in the paper’s Washington and Baghdad bureaus. His other beats have included the coverage of religion and transportation. He has written about topics as diverse as the plight of Iraqi Christians, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Jeremy Lin.
Before joining The Times, Mr. Luo was a national writer at the Associated Press, where he wrote narrative feature stories from around the country. He has also worked at Newsday and The Los Angeles Times. In 2002, he won a George Polk Award for criminal justice reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists for a series of articles on three poor, mentally retarded African-Americans in Alabama who were in prison for killing a baby that probably never existed. As a result of the series, two of the prisoners were freed; the third remained in prison on a separate charge.
Mr. Luo graduated in 1998 from Harvard University, where he majored in government. He lives in Manhattan.
Scott Francisco is the founder and director of Pilot Projects Design Collective and a practicing designer, cultural theorist and educator in New York City. His work seeks to amplify the connection between the built environment and cultural systems, and explores how people use these infrastructures to communicate with one another and between generations. Years of experience in wilderness camping, corporate strategic planning, and hands-on construction have all contributed to his participatory problem-solving approach. Scott regularly writes and speaks on design, innovation and culture and has worked with several international architecture firms based in New York City. His clients have included large organizations like Google, Disney, The Open Society Institute, and Princeton University, as well as many smaller residential projects. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto. He has taught and advised at the University of Kentucky College of Architecture, MIT, RISD and currently teaches at Parsons the New School for Design.
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew is considered one of the most hardworking and diverse tap dance artists today. Whether a guest performer with Nat Adderley Jr., as artistic director of his tap dance company Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS, or co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. (along with Gregory Hines), Andrew has garnered a reputation for impeccable musicianship and sensitivity, and respect for the craft that he loves. A 2012 TED Fellow, and recipient of an NEA Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant to reconstruct the works of classic tap dance soloists, garnering critical and popular acclaim upon their presentation in Echoes In Time. An international performer, choreographer, and educator, Andrew’s work has been described as “a welcome return to the elegance of simplicity and the tap dancer as maker of aural magic” (exploredance.com) and “deeply touching” (Daily Gazette). [photo credit: Ryan Lash]
Born in Cairo, and raised in Abu Dhabi,Sherry is a Third Culture Kid who has called several cities home. After studying International Relations and French Literature at Tufts University in Boston, she moved back to the Middle East to work in Abu Dhabi and Cairo before moving to D.C. to do her MBA at Georgetown. Sherry moved to NYC in the Fall of 2009 to work for L’Oréal where she is a Marketing Director in the Luxury Products Division. She sometimes wonders where home is but is thankful to have loved ones everywhere. Her favorite thing about New York is the culture. She loves spending time and money on Broadway musicals, new films, art exhibits, and Lincoln Center. She also loves Central Park, good coffee, and, being a big nerd at heart, books.
Rev. David H. Kim is the Director of The Gotham Initiative, Redeemer’s intensive education program for young professionals, now in its fourth year. David served at Princeton University as a Chaplain and Executive Director of Manna Christian Fellowship for over twelve years. Manna has the unique vision of developing and engaging a gospel worldview, combining spiritual development with worldview formation. He received his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania in biology, his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary in Christian Ethics, and is currently pursuing his DMin at Fuller Theological Seminary. David studied under Max Stackhouse at Princeton and focused on the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. David was also one of the founding editors of Revisions, a Journal of Christian perspective at Princeton University. He has been invited to numerous churches and universities around the world to address issues of faith and work.
Katherine came to Redeemer in 2002 to establish the Center for Faith & Work to help people nurture a meaningful integration between people’s faith and their professional work. Prior to this ministry role at Redeemer, Katherine served 20 years in the high tech industry. In California, she served as CEO of Pensare, Inc. – an online management education company, and CEO of One Touch Systems, Inc. – a hardware/software products company. Before that, she was President of Private Satellite Network – a satellite services company - in New York City. She also worked in various consulting, sales, and marketing roles, primarily in the technology sector. She received an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia and a BA in Psychology and Education from Wittenberg University. She became a Christian mid-career in NYC through the ministries of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has taken seminary classes at Regent College in Vancouver.