Brian D. McLaren is a prominent, controversial evangelical pastor. He was recognized as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005, and is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland. Born in 1956, Brian McLaren graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with BA and MA degrees in English. After several years of teaching English and consulting in higher education, he left academia in 1986 to become the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. Many of the books that McLaren has authored, including the "A New Kind of Christian" trilogy, deal with Christianity in the context of the cultural shift towards a new emerging church movement.
Steve Chalke worked as a local Baptist minister before founding Oasis Trust in 1985. Oasis now has just under 5,000 staff, as well as many more volunteers, pioneering educational, healthcare, housing and other community initiatives in the UK and around the world. He is the founder of Stop the Traffik, senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo and UN Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking. He has presented television and radio series for ITV and the BBC, and is the author of over forty books. In 2004 Steve was awarded an MBE for his services to social inclusion.