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National Advisory Board

The members of the Buechner Institute National Advisory Board provide guidance for the programming and building of the Institute's work.Many of these talented people have appeared or will be appearing on the scheduled programs of the Institute.

Jennifer Holberg

Chair of the advisory board, professor of English, Calvin College; Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jill Baumgaertner

Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies, Wheaton College; poet; Wheaton, Ill.

Scott Cairns

Poet; professor of English, University of Missouri; Columbia, Mo.

Michael Card

Musician, songwriter, and essayist; Warsaw, Ind.

Andy Crouch

Author, editor, producer, musician; editor-at-large, Christianity Today; Swarthmore, Penn.

Joel Cunningham

Mathematics professor, vice-chancellor and president emeritus, The University of the South; Sewanee, Tenn.

William Evertsberg

Senior minister, Kenilworth Union Church; Kenilworth, Ill.

Tim Gautreaux

Novelist and short story writer; professor emeritus, Southeast Louisiana University; Hammond, La.

Philip H. Gulley

Novelist, essayist, Quaker minister; Danville, Ind.

Tom Gulotta

Film producer, art director, writer, music industry consultant; San Diego, Calif.

Patricia Hampl Memoirist, essayist, short story writer, poet; professor of creative writing, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis; St. Paul, Minn.

Ron Hansen

Novelist and short story writer; professor of English, Santa Clara University; Cupertino, Calif.

Silas House

Novelist; professor of English, Lincoln Memorial University; Lily, Ky.

Robert Hudson

Senior editor, Zondervan Publishing Company; Grand Rapids, Mich.

Richard Hughes

Professor of religion and Senior Boyer Fellow at Messiah College; Grantham, Pa.

Thomas Long

Professor of preaching, Candler School of Theology at Emory University; Atlanta, Ga.

Roger Lundin

Teacher and writer; Blanchard Professor of English, Wheaton College; Wheaton, Ill.

Thomas Lynch

Undertaker, writer and poet; Milford, Mich.

David Malone

Curator, the Buechner Papers, Wheaton College; Wheaton, Ill.

Ami McConnell

Senior editor, Thomas Nelson Publishing; Nashville, Tenn.

Marilyn McEntyre

Writer, speaker, retreat leader, and professor of medical humanities at UC Berkeley. Fellow of the Gaede Institute at Westmont College.

Brian McLaren

Author, preacher, former pastor, board chair for Sojourners

Jeff Munroe

Vice President of Advancement and Communications, Western Theological Seminary; Grand Rapids, Mich.

Carrie Newcomer

Songwriter and folksinger; Bloomington, Ind.

Kathleen Norris

Essayist, memoirist and poet; Honolulu, Hawaii

Eugene Peterson

Author, minister; professor emeritus, Regent College; Lakeside, Mont.

Chip Pollard

President, John Brown University; Siloam Springs, Ark.

Jon Pott

Vice-president and editor-in-chief, Eerdmans Publishing Company; Grand Rapids, Mich.

Nathan Rouse

Actor, producer, creator of "The Birth," director of Starving Artist Productions; Charlotte, N.C.

Caleb Seeling

Founder, Samizdat Creative Services; Denver, Colo.

James K.A. Smith

Professor of philosophy, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Barbara Brown Taylor

Writer, preacher, professor of religion, Piedmont College; Clarkesville, Ga.

Daniel Taylor

Writer of nonfiction (with an emphasis on memoir), short fiction, and street-level apologetics; St. Paul, Minn.       

Phyllis Tickle

Writer and Lecturer in Religion; Lucy,Tenn.

Abram Van Engen

Assistant Professor of English, Washington University; St. Louis, MO

William Willimon

Bishop, United Methodist Church; writer, preacher, theologian; Birmingham, Ala.

Paul Willis

Poet; professor of English, Westmont College; Santa Barbara, Calif.

John Wilson

Editor, Books & Culture ; Wheaton, Ill.

Lauren Winner

Priest; professor, Duke Divinity School; writer; Durham, N.C.

Doug Worgul

Novelist, journalist, writer-in-residence at Oklahoma Joe's; Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City

Philip Yancey

Author; editor-at-large, Christianity Today; Carol Stream, Ill.

Jane Zwart

Assistant professor of English, Calvin College; poet; Grand Rapids, Mich.