The Rev. Jeff Kersey is senior pastor of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, which will consider leaving the denomination if it adopts more liberal policies on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex marriage.
Andrew Whitehead is an assistant professor of sociology at Clemson University. He researches the relationship between religion and other social forces, like the family. Whitehead also serves as senior research associate for the Association of Religion Data Archives.
The Rev. Eric S.C. Manning is the pastor of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the site of a 2015 mass shooting. He has served in this role since June 2016.
Carl Abrams is a professor of social science at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., who specializes in American religion and politics. He comments on religion and American culture for national and international publications.
The Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith is a program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that promotes the study, understanding and discussion of science and technology on the church’s theology, worship, practice and moral actions. It is based in Dubuque, Iowa. Rev. James B. Miller is president.
The National Christian College Athletic Association is a nonprofit that promotes intercollegiate sports among Christian schools and Christian athletes. It covers 100 Christian colleges and universities, 13,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. It is based in Greenville, S.C., and Dan Wood is executive director.
Daniel Stuart is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of South Carolina. He is a scholar of South Asian religions, literary cultures and meditation traditions who specializes in the texts and practices of the Buddhist tradition.
The Rev. Telley Lynnette Gadson is pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Taylors, S.C. She is also the president of Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church.
The Baptist Courier is the official newspaper of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. It is based in Greenville, S.C.