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Faculty Bios

Dr. Marcus Borg
Historian, author, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, Oregon State University. Concordia College (A.B.), Oxford University (M.Th.), Oxford University (D.Phil.). Author: The Heart of Christianity; Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time; The God We Never Knew; The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions; Reading the Bible Again for the First Time; God at 2000; The Year of Luke; Jesus: A New Vision; Conflict and Social Change.

Rev. Dr. LaTaunya Bynum
Regional Associate Pastor, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ohio, Columbus, OH. Vice President, National Convocation of the Christian Church. Chapman College (B.A.), School of Theology at Claremont (M.Div) (D.Div.)

Dr. J. Terrance Davis
Interim Chief Medical Officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH. Physician, missionary, and Retired Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Williams College (B.S.); University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (M.D.).

Hon. Judith L. French
Judge, Ohio Court of Appeals, 10th District.  The Ohio State University (B.A.) (M.A.) (J.D. with honors).  Former Chief Legal Counsel to Ohio Gov. Robert Taft; Assistant Attorney General; Deputy Director for Legal Affairs for the Ohio EPA.

John W. Hoberg, Esq.
Videographer, attorney, retired partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP in Columbus, OH. Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.), The University of Michigan School of Law (J.D.); Founding Trustee of Faith & American Politics, Inc.

Rev. Deborah Countiss Lindsay
Minister of Spiritual Care at First Community Church, Columbus, OH.  Former television newscaster, marketing executive.  The Ohio State University (B.A.); Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Ohio (M.Div).

Rev. James M. Long
Minister of Pastoral Care at First Community Church, Columbus, OH. Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.), The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.), Methodist Theological School, Ohio (M.Div.).

Jeb S. Magruder
Minister, author, former White House official, former marketing consultant. Williams College (B.A.), University of Chicago (M.B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Author: An American Life: One Man’s Road to Watergate; From Power to Peace.

Dr. David N. Mayer
Professor of Law and History at Capital University.  University of Michigan (A.B.), University of Michigan College of Law (J.D.); University of Virginia (M.A.) (PhD.).  Author: The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson.  To be published: Freedom’s Constitution: A Libertarian and Contextualist Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.

Hon. Thomas J. Moyer
Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio State University (B.A.), The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.). Former president of the Columbus Board of Education, executive assistant to Ohio Governor James

Dr. M. Scott Peck
Author, psychiatrist, theologian. Harvard (B.A.), Case Western Reserve (M.D.). Author:The Road Less Traveled: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety; People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil; What Return Can I Make? Dimensions of the Christian Experience; The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace; A Bed by the Window: A Novel of Mystery and Redemption; The Friendly Snowflake: A Fable of Faith, Love and Family; A World Waiting to be Reborn: Civility Rediscovered; Meditations from the Road; Further Along the Road Less Traveled; In Search of Stones; In Heaven as on Earth: A Vision of the Afterlife; Denial of the Soul: Spiritual and Medical Perspectives in Euthanasia and Mortality. Founder: The Foundation for Community Encouragement.

Rev. Jim Wallis
President and Executive Director, Sojourners. Michigan State University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. Bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, preacher, and international commentator on religion and public life, faith, and politics, Editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. Author: The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post–Religious Right America; God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It.

Rev. Dr. Richard A. Wing
Senior Minister, First Community Church, Columbus, OH. Northwest Christian College (B.S.), School of Theology at Claremont (D.Div.). Author: The Space Between the Notes; Deep Joy for a Shallow World. Selected by Dr. M. Scott Peck to be one of the original 18 Community-Building Workshop leaders, he continues to serve in that capacity. Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA., 1996.

Richard D. Wood, Sr.
Spiritual guidance counselor, Chair Emeritus of Faith & American Politics, Inc., retired businessman, veteran. The Ohio State University (B.A.), Shalem Institute of the Mind/Body Institute of Harvard Medical School. Founder of the Matryx Corporation, Columbus OH. Former associate of The Foundation for Community Encouragement.