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Gary Moon Conversations Journal

Gary W. Moon, M.Div., Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and as a Founding Editor of the Conversations Journal. He conducts research concerning the theoretical and practical integration of psychology and theology and has published and presented over 300 professional and popular papers.


Tara Owens Conversations JournalTara M. Owens is the Senior Editor of Conversations Journal. A certified spiritual director and supervisor with Anam Cara Ministries, she practices in Colorado and around the world through Skype and other technologies. She is also a supervisor of spiritual directors and teaches at Tyndale Seminary and in other spiritual direction programs. She is profoundly grateful to do ministry and life with her husband and best friend, Bryan. She is at work on a book to be published by InterVarsity Press late 2012. If you’d like to continue the conversation with Tara, she can be reached at tara@conversationsjournal.com or you can follow her on Twitter at t_owens.


Joanna Sadler Conversations Journal

Joannah Sadler, LMFT, is the Managing Editor of Conversations Journal and is also responsible for the Features section. Joannah divides her time between part time work for the journal, teaching, and working at Richmont Graduate University as a therapist. She is married to Jason and lives in Atlanta. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, traveling, and evening walks with her husband and dog, an english springer spaniel named Daisy. If you’d like to continue the conversation with Joannah, she can be reached at joannah@conversationsjournal.com.

Cindy Bunch
, editor of the Life Together section of Converstaions Journal, devotes the majority of her time to operating as the assoicate editorial director of InterVarsity Press (IVP) in the Chicago area where she acquires and edits the Formatio line of books. Cindy has an MA in theological studies from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and is completing a certificate in Spiritual Direction at North Park Seminary.

Additionally, Cindy is the author of several IVP Bible study guides: Christian VirtuesGod’s Word andWoman of God, and is currently serving as the compiling editor of the guide, Jesus’ Final Week, as well as the book, Small Group Idea Book.


Jan Johnson Conversations JournalJan Johnson, editor of the Intentionality of the Heart portion of Conversations Journal, is the author of twenty books including Invitation to the Jesus Life, Enjoying the Presence of God and Abundant Simplicity, a thousand articles and more than a thousand Bible studies. She focuses on spiritual formation and social justice, with some of her articles appearing in national newspapers as well as Weavings, World Vision, Christianity Today, Prism (Evangelicals for Social Action) and, of course, Conversations Journal.

Jan also speaks frequently at retreats and conferences in the United States and overseas and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Hope International University. Also a spiritual director, Jan holds a D. Min. in Ignatian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. She has enjoyed volunteering with the homeless for seventeen years.  Her hobbies are reading, hiking, bike riding and enjoying great works of art. She lives with her husband in Simi Valley, California. If you’d like to continue the conversation with Jan, she can be reached at Jan@JanJohnson.org.


SAM_1229Cynthia Hyle Bezek is an author, editor, and prayer retreat leader. She lives in Colorado with two cats and among many friends. Widowed in 2008, Cynthia is mother to a grown son who lives in Colombia. Cynthia serves as editorial director for Community Bible Study in Colorado Springs. Prior to her work with CBS, she worked at NavPress, overseeing prayer resources, and before that, editing Pray! magazine. She is author of Prayer Beings with Relationship, Knowing the God You Pray To, and Come Away with Me: Pray! Magazine’s Guide to Prayer Retreats. She earned a Masters in Journalism from Syracuse University and a certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation from the Renovaré Institute. Cynthia blogs at http://cynthiaprayblog.wordpress.com.


AF_35x50Alan Fadling serves as editor of the Honesty About the Journey section in Conversations Journal.  Alan (M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of The Leadership Institute in Orange, CA, training Christian leaders to integrate spiritual formation and leadership development. He serves as a frequent speaker and consultant with local churches and national organizations such as Saddleback Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Halftime Institute, Apprentice Institute and Open Doors International. He is the author of An Unhurried Life (IVP 2013), a Christianity Today Award of Merit winner in spirituality. He is a certified spiritual director. He lives in Mission Viejo, California with his wife, Gem, and their three sons.