Board

Phil Haslanger, President. Phil is the full-time pastor at Memorial UCC. He spent most of his adult life working in journalism for The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He covered politics, education and religion, then served as city editor, editorial page editor and managing editor. In 2002, he was president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

Ken Chitwood, Treasurer. Ken is a religion scholar at the University of Florida studying Religion in the Americas and Global Islam (with the Center for Global Islamic Studies). He has published multiple pieces on the topics of religion & culture, Islam, Latina/o Muslims, globalization, popular culture, secularism, Christian-Muslim relations, global Christianity, and theories of religion, & ethnographic methods in a global and digital age. Writing as both an academic and an award-winning journalist his bylines have appeared in Religion News ServiceDeseret News National, The Huffington Post, The GuardianThe Houston ChronicleNewsweek, Sojourners, OnBeing, Christian Century, US Catholic, RealClear Religion, The Daily Dot, The Gainesville Sun and Sightings from the University of Chicago.

Ken lives in Gainesville, Florida where he writes, teaches, and enjoys ultra-distance running, well-placed sarcasm, craft beer, bike-commuting, traveling, hiking, camping, & rugby.

Jerry Pattengale. Indiana Wesleyan University named Jerry its first University Professor in 2014. He also serves as the executive director of education for the Museum of the Bible, where he established the international Green Scholars Initiative. He is associate publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review and on the board for Yale’s Jonathan Edwards Center. He has distinguished appointments at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, Tyndale House Cambridge, the Sagamore Institute and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to his various books, his articles have appeared in many leading print and digital venues. In 2007 and 2008 he participated in roundtable meetings at the White House on compassion efforts through the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. He has keynoted at many of America’s largest universities.

John Terrill is executive director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, where he guides Upper|House a multi-experiential ministry center on the University of Wisconsin (Madison) campus. John previously served as director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University, as well as national director for InterVarsity’s Professional Schools and MBA Ministries. John is a graduate of Indiana University (BS), Northwestern University (MBA), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MAR & MATH), and is pursuing a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. He and his wife, Vanja, live in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Bob Smietana is a senior writer for Facts & Trend magazine, based in Nashville.  He has written about religion for a living since 1999. He was the religion reporter for the Nashville Tennessean for six years and is the former senior news editor for Christianity Today. Smietana is a frequent contributor to national publications like the Washington Post, Sojourners, and Christianity Today, and a longtime correspondent for RNS. He is the immediate past president of the Religion Newswriters Association, and co-author of three books.