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 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, you can follow her on Twitter at t_owens.
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.
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 Virtues, God’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, 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.
Howard Baker served on the Young Life staff for twelve years after graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1978. He was then chaplain to the homeless for the Denver Rescue Mission, during which time he completed the certificate program in spiritual direction at St. Thomas Seminary. After ten years of adjunct seminary teaching and a ministry of spiritual direction, he is now assistant professor of Christian formation at Denver Seminary. After postgraduate PhD studies at Trinity College Bristol, he is now working toward a doctor of ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has published articles in periodicals such as the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care and Kindred Spirit. He is the author of the books Soul Keeping and The One True Thing and a contributor to the Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible and The Transformation of a Man’s Heart. Howard and his wife, Janis, have two grown children and three grandchildren. His interests include golf, skiing slow, running slow, and the development of spiritual leaders in Africa and Asia.
Laura Turner is a writer and editor living in San Francisco, where she also works on the communication team at City Church. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Seattle Pacific University and writes regularly about the intersection of faith and culture. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics site, has a column at Religion News Service, and has written for publications such as The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and Books & Culture. She has one husband, Zack, and one dog, R2D2.