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.
Brian McLaren is internationally known as an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. He is the author of over ten highly acclaimed books on contemporary Christianity, including the A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Secret Message of Jesus. He lives in Maryland.Elisa Padilla is executive director for the Kairos Foundation. Kairos works through publishing, theological education, community ministries, and the Kairos Retreat Center to encourage disciples of Jesus Christ to live out their faith in every area of life. Elisa and her family live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Ashley Bunting Seeber is a graduate student pursuing an MA in the Bible and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She and her husband live in Geneva, Switzerland, and are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva.