Thomas L. Bowen
Often called “D.C.’s Pastor,” the Rev. Thomas L. Bowen is director of the Office of Religious Affairs for Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser. Additionally, he provides leadership to the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs and the Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys. He is also the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington. He has held several advocacy and nonprofit positions, including senior religious advocate for the Children’s Defense Fund. He is a founding member of the Jamestown Project think tank, a member of the Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund Washington and serves on the board of the Nannie Helen Burroughs School. National co-chair of the Collective National Finance Council, he serves on American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Socially Responsible Investment Council.
Molly Grisham is recognized as a courageous and passionate communicator whose programs inspire and set people in motion. She is passionate about developing individuals and leaders, building teams and creating custom workshops. She has helped athletes exceed personal goals, teams become more productive, leaders achieve new heights, and companies grow more competitive in their markets through highly engaging programs, curricula and workshops. She is backed by 20 years of experience in coaching at the collegiate, high school and club levels; the entrepreneurial spirit of a successful business builder; the communication skills of an author and storyteller; and more than 10 years as an adjunct professor and curriculum builder.
The Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson is director of Lifelong Learning at Yale Divinity School, where her responsibility is to develop a robust program that leverages the school’s intellectual and professional resources for the betterment of churches and other ministries. She previously served as executive director of the Ministers Council of American Baptist Churches USA and senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Needham, Mass. Before heeding the call to ministry, she worked in business for 20 years, including as COO/CIO of an Internet-based energy services provider and as managing director of an information technology consulting group. She is author of “Spiritual Practices for Effective Leadership: 7R’s of Sanctuary for Pastors” (Judson Press, 2015). She earned a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership with Honors from Andover Newton Theological School.
The Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos is networker for Synod of the Northeast, the region of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that serves 1,100 gospel communities, organized in 22 presbyteries, serving New England, New Jersey and New York. Ordained by American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, he has pastored congregations in New York and New Jersey. He also served as director of programs in multicultural ministry, faith and public life, and Latina/o leadership formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was later received into membership of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to serve in congregational ministry and more recently in regional life. He holds degrees from the Universidad de Puerto Rico as well as both Princeton and New Brunswick theological seminaries.
The Rev. Dr. Chakravarthy Zadda-Ravindra is associate regional minister of American Baptist Churches (ABC) of Metro Chicago and moderator/administration coordinator for the Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches. He previously oversaw campus ministry for ABC of Metro Chicago and was director of the International Student Affairs Office at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is part of American Baptist Churches USA’s Emerging Theologians Task Force. As the Danker Foundation Scholar and the Grover Wright Scholar, Zadda-Ravindra received a Ph.D. in World Christianity and Missions from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has lectured in missiology at Baptist and Lutheran seminaries in the United States and in India. He has served the National Council of Churches of India.
John (“J.L.”) Zoeckler is an educator, mediating experiences in which appropriate challenge and rigor allow each learner to develop new understandings and to act on them. A research and innovation expert, he has worked with companies at all stages of development, from Fortune 100 companies to early-stage start-ups. A catalyst, he helps learners progress by identifying the most important problem to solve and the most effective approach to achieve tangible results. Highly creative, Zoeckler brings a new approach to challenges, while facilitating a process to generate new ideas. He earned an M.A.T. at the University of Southern California and a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.