Meet our world-class subject matter experts

These folks have spent a lifetime in the study of Scripture and its application in our cultures

Associate Professor of Movement Leadership

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, 100Movements, The 5Q Collective, and Future Travelers. All these are focussed on developing missional leadership and movemental organization. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways; 5Q; The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus, and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford), and On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson).

Assistant Professor of Movement Leadership

Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson pioneered training work with multiple churches, charities, denominations and organizations across Europe, America, Australasia, Africa and Asia. Focused on disciple-making, leadership development, strategic and cultural change and scalable multiplication.

Professor of Social Justice

Ronald Hesselgrave

Ronald P Hesselgrave (M. Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MUPP, Masters in Urban Planning/Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago; PhD, Drew University) is a retired missionary and educator. He has taught at Rutgers University, Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, NY), and Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He also worked as researcher/writer for the Chicago Rehab Network, a coalition of not-for-profit housing development organizations in Chicago. Prior to retirement, he served for seventeen years as a home-based missionary, most recently as an education/resource coordinator and member of the Marginal Mission Network of EFCA ReachGlobal/Europe. He the author of Public Ethics for a Pluralistic Society (2001), The JustMissional Church: Pursuing God’s Path for Justice (2014); I Know That My Redeemer Lives: Suffering and Redemption in the Book of Job (2016); and The Supper: New Creation, Hospitality and Hope in Christ (2019). Ron and his wife Kathi are co-founders of an aftercare ministry for survivors of sex trafficking in the Chicago area.

Professor of Spiritual Formation

Donald Patrick Harris

Dr. Harris earned a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Christian thinker and communicator, church missions consultant and spiritual mentor. After four years as the director of missions at Sherwood Bible Church, Don spent the next 25 years church planting and training church planters in the Czech Republic. His foci are congregational — organizational—health, and Christian leadership development. Others appreciate his creative, contemplative, and collaborative approach to complex issues. Individuals and organizations also apply the insights and experiences Don shares via seminars and workshops, small groups, and—of course—one-to-one.

Associate Professor of Theology

David D. Feiser

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Assistant Professor of Discipleship

Andrew Johnson

Andrew is a proud husband, father and pastor in the Bayou City, Houston, TX. Previously, he’s ministered in Chicago, Flagstaff and Tempe in a variety of church contexts. After graduating Phoenix Seminary, he, his wife and three kids moved to Houston join the growing ministry at Neartown Church, a church geared towards starting and supporting other strong local churches via church planting. When not at work, he’s an avid disc golfing, ultimate playing, Spider-Man following/collecting fellow. Go Pacers.

Assistant Professor of Discipleship

Matt Till

Matt is a gospel-centered pastor, teacher, and communicator. Together with his wife Mary, their purpose is to lead the church in the ways of Jesus and the mission of Jesus. Matt holds a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production and Directing, and is a 2018 residency graduate of Reach Chicago, a church planting network through the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Matt also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.

Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

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