Tara Beth Leach is the senior pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena in Southern California, an intergenerational, intercultural, missional, and historic church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Divinity from Northern Theological Seminary. She is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Table Magazine, and Jesus Creed. She is the author of two books; Kingdom Culture (The Foundry) and Emboldened (InterVarsity Press), as well as a chapter in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life (Baker Academic), and a chapter in Preaching Romans: Four Perspectives (Eerdmans). She has two beautiful and rambunctious children, Caleb and Noah, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.
Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. During that time, she led Network and Axis, a weekly gathering for the 18-20 something generation. She is a founding partner of Teamworx 2, a business and leadership consulting firm that partners with businesses, schools, nonprofits, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork. Nancy is currently the CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ, a non-profit organization working to catalyze a holistic gospel movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Looking for God and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership. Nancy and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children.
Erna Kim Hackett serves as Executive Pastor at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA. She is passionate about raising up the next generation of women of color leaders and building diverse communities rooted in justice and healing. She is a preacher, pastor, writer, activist, and singer. She has a Masters in Intercultural Studies with the Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. She served 18 years with InterVarsity in their Black Campus Ministries and Urban Programs. She blogs at feistythoughts.com.
Rachel Goble grew up in a multicultural world. Whether traveling to Central America to survey land for the founding of a non-profit or trudging through the Sierra Nevadas as her parents sought to awaken Christians to our role as creation’s caretakers, Rachel learned early that the world’s peoples and problems are connected and we must all help in overcoming them. After earning degrees in Business Economics (BA) and Cross Cultural Studies (MA) Rachel co-founded The Freedom Story to prevent child trafficking in Northern Thailand through education, resources and mentorship. Later, she founded Ethical Storytelling, a community of non-profit practitioners and storytellers learning how to integrate a new standard of storytelling. Today, Rachel serves as the CEO of The Freedom Story and Executive Director of the Goble Family Foundation. Rachel enjoys travel equally as a night in with her pup, a glass of wine and Netflix. She calls Oakland, CA home.
Dr. Sarah Hill is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary's Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. She has a strong interest and desire to serve the Church, especially the Black Christian community. Her dissertation focused on identifying ways the Black Church can respond to those impacted by trauma. Sarah is a bilingual clinician who also sees herself as a translator between the psychological and lay communities and invests time in bridging connections between the two. She is passionate about empowering Christians and churches to seek out and fight for their mental health. She wants pastors and local churches to be able to feel confident to support the suffering in their own communities. Currently she works as a psychological assistant in the Santa Clara Valley, collecting her hours for licensure. Personally, she enjoys music, dance, games, and a good movie. A wife and mother, Sarah’s first ministry is loving her husband, Christopher Hill, MDiv, and their two young children Jackson and Eliana.
Debbie Alsdorf has a mission to help women live a better story—by leading them to the heart of God’s love. She speaks with wit, biblical truth and vulnerability and is often called a cheerleader of hope. She is the author of twelve books, a pastoral lay counselor, certified life coach, featured on the Aspire Women’s Conference Tour, and the founder of Design4Living ministries. Her newest release, It’s Momplicated, (Tyndale) was recently featured on The Today Show. She and her husband Ray have been married for 29 years and have raised a blended family of four adult children. Together as part of the American Association of Christian Counselors, they minister to marrieds, pre-marrieds and blended families. Debbie likes long walks, anything with sand and sea, dancing in Zumba classes and a good chocolate donut. But her favorite thing of all is being a Grammy to their ten little loves, all under six years of age.
Kristen Leigh Kludt is a writer, speaker, and contemplative adventurer. Creator of Field Guides for the Way and author of A Good Way Through, Kristen is a gifted story-teller and teacher. She is growing daily toward a life of integrity and love and invites others to do the same. She is a member of The Chapter and serves on the board for ReIMAGINE, a Center for Integral Christian Practice. She lives, works, and plays in San Francisco's East Bay with her husband and two young sons.
Tracy Rodden has a passion to bridge the gap between generations, creating fellowship and mentorship within the church. Her life and path are an example of rising up when life has been hard. She was widowed after twenty years of marriage and became a single mother with three children. After remarrying, she moved to New Mexico with a heart for women that began in women’s ministry at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, CA. She is a Chaplain and currently working on her master’s degree from Trinity Southwest in Leadership and Theology. For the past 4 years, she has served on staff in women’s ministry at Calvary Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico—one of the largest women’s ministries in the country. She and her husband Roger have been married 8 years, have five children, and are celebrating three of their children getting married in this year.