Lynn Casteel Harper is an essayist, Baptist minister and chaplain. Her debut book, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, investigates the myths and metaphors surrounding dementia and aging.
Jeff Levin is professor of epidemiology, population health and medical humanities as well as director of the Program on Religion and Population Health at Baylor University. His work helped pioneer the study of religion and health.
Christians Against Christian Nationalism is a large group of faith leaders concerned that Christian nationalism presents a persistent threat to both religious communities and democracy. Amanda Tyler of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is lead organizer. The press contact is Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons.
João Chaves is associate director for programming at the Hispanic Theological Initiative and assistant professor of evangelism and mission at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has written on migration, evangelical history in the U.S. and Brazil, and on evangelicals’ relationship to politics in the Americas.
J. Merritt Johnston is Executive Director of Baptist World Alliance Women, which connects Baptist women in 145 countries. Associated with the Baptist World Alliance, BWAW aims to help women thrive through connections and resourcing like the Stand Against Domestic Violence initiative.
Mathew D. Staver is an American lawyer and former Seventh-day Adventist pastor. Formerly, he was dean of Liberty University’s Law School. He founded Liberty Counsel in 1989 and serves as chairman. He advocated for Harold Shurtleff in Shurtleff v. Boston.
Malkhaz Songulashvili is the metropolitan bishop of Tbilisi, Georgia. Songulashvili is the leader of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia and a professor of comparative theology and religious ethics. As leader of the Peace Cathedral in Tbilisi, he has been outspoken on Russian aggression in post-Communist states.
Jennifer Hawks is associate general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. She provides legal analysis on church-state issues. In May 2020, her opinion piece titled “School voucher proponents are using the COVID-19 crisis to push for taxpayer money for religious education” was published by Baptist News Global.
Taylor Rutland is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He has spoken about the importance of addressing racism as a white pastor.