Ben is currently a doctoral candidate in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. Before attending SLU, he completed a Master of Arts in Theology (with a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies and a Concentration in Systematic Theology) at Villanova University. His undergraduate degree comes from Truman State University, where he studied English and Philosophy. His life is enriched daily by his wife Elizabeth and their twin daughters Julian and Lillian. Ben would like to become a professional teacher.
Christian Background: Ben was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). His family attended church and Bible class regularly, which provided him with a solid foundation in liturgy and Scripture. In his first years of college, however, he lost interest in organized religion. After an exploratory period, Ben was exposed to the broader history of the Christian tradition through a medieval philosophy seminar. Beginning with Augustine’s De libero arbitrio and concluding with Bonaventure’s Itinerarium, the course started a three year journey that ended with membership in the Roman Catholic Church. You can read more about these events here.
Jody lives in picturesque Colorado where she enjoys hiking various types of terrain, foggy mornings with steaming mugs of tea, reading classic literature and theological essays, studying words and their origins, and practising the art of hospitality. (She also has the rather annoying habit of spelling things ‘Britishly’.)
Christian Background: Jody grew up listening to her dad read around the dinner table– from Genesis to the Chronicles of Narnia. Her mom opened school mornings with a chapter of Scripture and prayer. Both of these habits have been carried on into her daily life, loving words and the Word Himself. Upon moving to Colorado (2009), however, Jody began stepping back from her evangelical upbringing, shifting toward a deeper liturgical pursuit of knowing God. She was baptised and confirmed in the Anglican church, and now attends St George’s Anglican in Colorado Springs.
A longtime resident of Dallas, Texas, John currently works as an attorney and writer in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree in government from Patrick Henry College, and is presently pursuing his Master of Arts in Religion at the Institute of Lutheran Theology. He particularly enjoys studying how faith communities preserve their identities in the face of changing social conditions. In his spare time, John enjoys morning runs, reviewing movies, reading sociology and philosophy, and rejoicing in the renaissance of longform journalism.
Christian Background: John was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and remains a member. During college he explored Reformed theology, nondenominational churches, and Roman Catholicism before returning to his roots by way of St. Thomas Aquinas, Philip Melanchthon, and Soren Kierkegaard. His favorite modern Christian writers include David Bentley Hart, Edward Feser, and Alasdair MacIntyre.
Wesley is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He went to Liberty University for his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies where he was also on the debate team. He currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia and is a seminarian and Graduate Student Assistant at the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty. He enjoys the Old Testament, particularly prophetic literature. He is also a classical educator with Classical Conversations. He lives with his wife Caroline and their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and tea.
Christian Background: Wesley was raised in non-denominational and Baptist churches. He began feeling called to ministry in some capacity near the end of high school. During his time as an undergraduate, he began exploring the Early Church and as a result, he and his wife have been drawn towards the Anglo-Catholic tradition. They were confirmed in the Anglican Church in North America in 2014 and he was ordained to the Diaconate in 2016.
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AJ is a Palliative Care Chaplain at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a graduate of Liberty University and holds both a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. He is an Army combat veteran, an avid gamer, documentary geek, and (self-proclaimed) coffee connoisseur.
Christian Background: AJ wavered between Christianity and agnosticism for much of his life. God’s existence was often lost amid life’s more “important” aspects – that is, until an encounter with the Inexplicable. AJ responded to this encounter with multiple awkward and skeptical prayers, each was answered in seemingly unexplainable ways. This experience compelled him to begin the journey toward his current vocation.
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Jarrett teaches religion and humanities as an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College and Miami University Middletown. In addition to teaching, Jarrett is the assistant pastor of a house church, where he helps with preaching, teaching, worship leading, and discipleship. Jarrett married his high school sweetheart, Hannah, in 2005, and they now have four small children. Jarrett holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Ohio Northern University and a master of divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology. His hobbies include guitar, hiking, bird watching, crossword puzzles, sports, reading, and writing.
Christian Background: From the ages of 0-22, Jarrett faithfully attended several different United Methodist churches. While in theology school, he attended and interned at two Vineyard churches, the second of which became Anglican just after his internship there ended. After completing his degree, Jarrett moved home to Ohio and began hosting a church in his home. The house church he pastors includes Christians who were raised in a wide variety of traditions. When he thinks theologically, Jarrett is inevitably rooted in his Wesleyan upbringing.
Ben is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Married with three children, he desires to communicate and contribute to the Christian community in a meaningful way–this desire led him to found* and build Conciliar Post. He loves to read works of philosophy and theology and is especially interested in how the early Church Fathers utilized and refashioned the philosophical language of the time in order to incarnate divine truth. Moses makes a living through freelance videography, animation, and design. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, and composing music.
Christian Background: Benjamin was born as a fourth generation Evangelical / Protestant Christian. The desire to live an active life in Christ led him, through much reading, study, and prayer, to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In September of 2013, He, along with his wife and son, were received into full communion with the Orthodox Church. You can read about their journey here.*Acknowledgments