Andy Byers (with Miranda)

I am living in England, serving as Chaplain for St. Mary’s College, and working on a PhD in New Testament at Durham University.  My wife Miranda and I moved over here with our sweet and daring little kids.  I spend a lot of my time fighting dragons and battling monsters with lightsabers (ok, we have two little boys) and looking for bunnies and watching gymnastic routines in the back garden (ok, I have two little girls as well).  To be fair, the boys like the bunnies and the girls are good at monster-fights, too.  When I am not busy with that kind of thing, I am usually studying for hours on end and writing as often as I can.  Miranda and I love rushing off every rare now and then to bound up some trail in the wild.

I have an MDiv from Beeson Divinity School and a ThM from Duke.  My first book is about cynicism toward the church and disillusionment with God—Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint (IVP Likewise, 2011).  The next project underway is with Cascade Books, tentatively called ‘TheoMedia.’  I am also serving as a theological consultant for the UK’s Big Bible blog.

You can follow me on Twitter: @Byers_Andy.  But the best way to contact me is by email:

Joel Busby (with Mandy)

I live in Birmingham, AL and serve at University Christian Fellowship, the college ministry of Mountain Brook Community Church. I finished an M.Div at Beeson Divinity School. I’m currently at work within the Doctor of Ministry program at Beeson. I help lead and support a ministry project in Haiti. More than these things, my greatest source of joy is my wife, Mandy and our two little boys — Henry and Leland. My writing/thinking/teaching interests lie in the realm of practical theology, spiritual theology, ethics/moral theology. Very interested in how the deep, rich and complex truths of our faith become articulated and embodied in the lived experience.

Chris Breslin (with Rachel, Noa, & Titus)
Chris Breslin (with Rachel, Noa, & Titus)

Chris Breslin is the Pastor of Oak Church in Durham, NC. The church gets its name from Isaiah 61: “Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His Splendor,” and strives to be a community of “hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ.”

Chris is the proud husband to Rachel, dad and jungle gym to Noa June (2011) & Titus Eliot (2013), and a baby girl on the way (July-ish 2015). A native Floridian, Chris moved to Durham in 2006. He later graduated in 2011 from Duke Divinity School with an MDiv. He irregularly contributes to the blog Hopeful Realism. He doesn’t so much enjoy writing, as having written, and he’s written for online publications like Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Transpositions, & the Blue Indian. He is also the creative director and shipping assistant for Rach’s thriving cottage-industrial venture, Bullpin Apparel. He enjoys reading and learning about intersections between theology and the arts, tending his small flock of chickens named after saints and USA track stars, adding to his vinyl music collection, following FSU football, Bulls baseball, and Duke hoops. Some of his favorite authors are N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T.S. Eliot, Christian Wiman, and Wendell Berry. Listen to Chris’ sermons from the Gathering Church & Oak Church.

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