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Samuel D. Brownback

Samuel D. Brownback is the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. He previously served as governor of Kansas, as well as a U.S. representative and senator. 

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Brad Roth

Brad Roth is pastor at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge, Kansas. He is the author of God’s Country: Faith, Hope and the Future of the Rural Church (2017), which is excerpted here.

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Elizabeth Zeller

Elizabeth Zeller is a sculptor and art consultant with the Zeller Arts Studio, as well as the director of the Contemporary Religious Arts Association in Kansas City, Kan. Much of her work takes Christian themes as its subject and she works in sculpture, iconography and pastels.

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Contemporary Religious Artists Association

The Contemporary Religious Artists Association is an organization of professional artists who take religion as their subject. Its members are painters, sculptors, musicians and writers who “seek God with heart and mind, and to glorify God through our artistic work.” The group was founded in response to St. John Paul II’s 1999 appeal to artists to […]

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Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines is a gay evangelical Christian activist who works for full inclusion of LGBT people in the Christian church. He is the author of God and the Gay Christian. Vines is based in Wichita, Kan. Contact through Helena Brantley.

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Reformation Project

The Reformation Project is an ecumenical Christian organization that works for full inclusion of LGBT people within the church. It is based in Wichita, Kan., and Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, is its president.

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Philip Nel

Philip Nel teaches English at Kansas State University and is the author of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels: A Reader’s Guide (Continuum, 2001).

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Martin Ottenheimer

Martin Ottenheimer is an anthropology professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., whose research specializes in marriage and family relationships.

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