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Meet our Presenters – Logan-Mehl-Laituri

Logan Mehl-Laituri is co-president of Milites Christi, a founding member of Centurion’s Guild and a 2nd year MTS student at Duke Divinity School, where he is focusing on the role of conscience in Christian faith and national service. He was deployed with an infantry platoon to Iraq in 2004 before being reluctantly discharged from the […]

Meet Our Presenters – John Oliver

John P. Oliver, Rev. D.Min., ACPE Supervisor, BCC has been the Chief of Chaplain Service at the Durham VA Medical Center since 2005. He is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Samford University. John’s research, pastoral care and educational focus has been on training pastors and CPE […]

Meet Our Presenters – Bill Cantrell

The Reverend Bill Cantrell is Chief Chaplain for VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy in the Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in Durham, North Carolina. Chaplain Cantrell has a broad range of experience as a parish priest, Navy chaplain, President/CEO of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and most recently extensive work at […]

Meet Our Presenters – J. Warren Smith

J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Duke Divinity School, is interested in the history of theology broadly conceived from the apostles to the present, but his primary focus is upon patristic theology. Dr. Smith’s current project centers on the theological foundation of Ambrose of Milan’s teachings on the life of […]

Meet Our Presenters – William Portier

William L. Portier holds the Mary Ann Spearin Chair in Catholic Theology at the University of Dayton. Dr. Portier received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto in 1980. He taught at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland for twenty four years and helped to build that […]

Meet Our Presenters – Rev. Shirley King

Reverend Shirley King is married to William M. King. They reside in Benson NC. She is the mother of three children, one deceased, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of eleven. She completed her Masters of Divinity at Shaw University in May of 2009. Rev. King brings a broad and very applicable set of life experiences to […]

Meet Our Presenters: Joshua Casteel


Joshua Casteel served as a US Army interrogator and Arabic linguist at Abu Ghraib Prison in the immediate wake of the prisoner abuse scandal. In 2005 he received an honorable discharged as a Conscientious Objector and in 2006 served on the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Joshua was featured […]

Meet Our Presenters: David Miller


David Miller brings a passion for peace and justice along with experience in teaching, pastoral ministry, and administration to his position at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Prior to joining the faculty in 2009, David was pastor of University Mennonite Church, State College, Pa., for 12 years and taught at Hesston (Kan.) College. During […]

Meet Our Presenter and Performer: Derek Webb


Derek Webb is a singer-songwriter who first entered the music industry as a member of the band Caedmon’s Call, with whom he has seen career sales approaching 1 million records, along with 10 GMA Dove Award nominations and three Dove Award wins and six #1 Christian radio hits. In 2003, Webb left Caedmon’s […]

Meet Our Presenters: Elyse Gustafson

Elyse Gustafson, a First Lieutenant and chaplain candidate in the US Army Reserve, is attached to the 48th Combat Support Hospital at Ft. Meade, MD while she continues the process for ordination in the Episcopal Church. She is presently the assistant to the rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA and a part-time […]