Researching broadly for the sake of understanding is encouraged. Abuse of faith and abuse of power, as it relates to the church, is a massive topic. Thankfully, there are more advocates, researchers, church leaders, experts, and survivors tackling it head-on. Their work is necessary for Christian believers to better understand these concepts, which so grievously and destructively permeate every aspect of the body of Christ.
Bloggers Covering Abuse of Faith and Power
Christa Brown || @ChristaBrown777
According to her Twitter profile: “Author, This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator & His Gang / “mother of all abuse bloggers” / writer, runner, yogini, #SBCtoo, SNAP network board.” Christa’s blog, which is now archived HERE, was a ground-breaking work at the time, with this mission: “This “little light” shines for the many clergy abuse victims whose voices have been silenced. Silenced by shame. Silenced by the false instruction of religious leaders. Silenced by church shunning and bullying. Silenced by church contracts for secrecy. Silenced by suicide. The mission of StopBaptistPredators.org is to break the silence of Baptist clergy sex abuse.” Christa and her story of abuse by a Southern Baptist Convention pastor, were featured in 2007 on ABC’s 20/20. SBC leadership interviewed at the time stated they were working on solutions. 10+ years later, not much seems to have changed.
No Eden Elsewhere || @EdenElsewhereNo
No Eden Elsewhere, run by Anna K.: “Having experienced a great deal of abuse and dysfunction in my life has caused me to advocate for abuse victims, particularly those who have been wounded in the church. The silencing and cover-up that happened after my own clergy sexual abuse has stirred in me the desire to give victims a voice, as well as expose abuse in the church.”
Ruth Hutchins || @RuthDHutchins
Ruth is new to this field of work, having displayed her incredible potential while meticulously documenting the cover-up of an abuse situation at Menlo Church, involving John and Nancy Ortberg. Since then, her focus has turned toward the complexities of the Ravi Zacharias and RZIM stories, fearlessly asking questions while maintaining a balanced perspective, in pursuit of facts. “I had imagined blogging about fun things, like sewing and fiction but instead these days I mostly write about church abuse, institutional failures, and the need for transparency and institutional reform.” www.ruthhutchins.com.
Spiritual Sounding Board || @DefendTheSheep
Spiritual Sounding Board, run by Julie Anne and Kathi: “Finding resolve amidst the dissonance of “churchianity.”” Julie Anne and her daughter were sued by their church after writing some negative reviews online. The lawsuit was later dismissed by the judge, ordering the church to pay all defendant legal fees. Julie Anne was featured in the Washington Post article, The Crusading Bloggers Exposing Sexual Assault in Protestant Churches.
Warren Throckmorton, PhD || @wthrockmorton
“Psychology professor, blogger (wthrockmorton.com), co-author with Michael Coulter @gc_mcoulter of Getting Jefferson Right“ Featured on the Netflix documentary, The Family. He is known as a “Christian whistleblower” for his extensive coverage of the Mars Hill Church collapse, fueled by a grievous plethora of individual and systemic abuses committed by Mark Driscoll and other leaders. Driscoll, amid pressure, resigned from Mars Hill and subsequently fired from the church-planting network he helped found, Acts 29.
Dr. Throckmorton’s original work focusing on Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill, along with others such as K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia, resided in Patheos but was unexpectedly removed. Mark Driscoll has since re-emerged as a pastor of a church, supported by some big Evangelical names with big Evangelical church-donor dollars, and in a twist of bizarre irony, now has his own blog hosted by Patheos.
The Wartburg Watch || @wartwatch and @ThouArtTheMan
The Wartburg Watch is run by Dee Parsons (@wartwatch) and the recent addition of Todd Wilhelm (@ThouArtTheMan). Dee “continues to be in shock that anyone would read her blog but is grateful that articles about this blog in the media, such as the Washington Post, are helping to bring awareness of sexual abuse and domestic violence in the broader Protestant church and forcing churches and denomination to begin to deal with their wretched history of core up and ignorance.”
Watchkeep || @watchkeep
Watchkeep, run by Amy Smith: to “advocate for abuse survivors. Protect the vulnerable. Heal the wounded. Prevent the abuse. The light of truth and knowledge is our greatest tool to protect kids.” From her Twitter account: “My parents never want to see me or my husband & kids again because I reported & exposed a pedophile @ Prestonwood.“ Amy, alongside Julie Anne Smith and Dee Parsons, was also a featured blogger in the aforementioned Washington Post article.
Attorneys Who Specialize in Abuses in Christian Organizations, Criminal and Civil Violations
Rachael Denhollander || @R_Denhollander
“Advocate, Author, Attorney, Speaker. Part of the army that brought Larry Nassar to justice.” Rachael’s victim impact statement during Larry Nassar’s trial was not only a presentation of the Gospel, but a comprehensive, biblical look at what forgiveness means and what it doesn’t mean.
In a subsequent interview with Christianity Today, Rachael turned on a powerful spotlight exposing years of abuse, cover-up at the hands of denominational leaders at Sovereign Grace Ministries.
Rachael’s website, including all media stories, and the promotion of her book, What is a Girl Worth? can be found HERE.
Peter Janci || @pbjanci
“Attorney and advocate for victims of sexual abuse and other crimes.” Janci is well known for his work in helping to bring justice to survivors of abuse in the Boy Scouts organization. https://www.crewjanci.com
Mitch Little || @realmitchlittle
Trial attorney known for his work on the civil lawsuit filed against Matt Chandler’s The Village Church, with details HERE and HERE.
Boz Tchividjian || @BozT
“Attorney advocate for abuse survivors, Founder of GRACE (@netgrace_org), Adjunct professor, Author & Speaker.” Boz can also be found at @bozlawpa: “Advocating for survivors inside and outside of courtrooms throughout the United States.” https://bozlawpa.com
Journalists Covering Abuse of Faith and Power
Brandon Ambrosino || @BrandonAmbro
Most notably, Brandon is known for his thorough, precise exposure of Liberty University and Jerry Falwell Jr. coverage at Politico, including THIS revealing article, and more recently, a follow-up piece based on continued calls for accountability amidst gross abuses of power and more who are willing to talk on the record.
Leonardo Blair || @leoblair
Senior Features Reporter at The Christian Post, based in New York, NY. “Leonardo Blair is an award-winning investigative reporter and feature writer whose career spanned secular media in the Caribbean and New York City prior to joining The Christian Post in 2013.” Some of his work includes coverage of the allegations of grooming and sexual assault levied against CCM singer Chris Rice, and outcomes of the investigation of a megachurch in Canada, The Meeting House, revealing more pastors than just Bruxy Cavey who engaged in sexual misconduct, which, in the case of any congregation members, is considered sexual abuse due to the power differential. Cavey was recently arrested and charged with sexual assault of a parishioner.
Barry Bowen || @barrybowen
“Fan of whistleblowers and chocolate chip cookies. I get lose in databases and track aircraft @pastorplanes”
Barry’s work with Trinity Foundation, “monitoring religious fraud for 30+ years,” focusing mainly on financial misconduct, is excellent. His recent work includes, “Who Can Fire the Pastor?” and “Documentary Reveals the Mind of a Pastor Conman.”
Elizabeth Dias || @elizabethjdias
Elizabeth, a religion reporter at The New York Times, published a 2019 article regarding The Village Church and Matt Chandler, along with this follow-up.
Rob Downen || @RobDownenChron
Rob is the religion reporter for the Houston Chronicle, and is most known for his work, alongside John Tedesco and Lise Olsen, on the Abuse of Faith series which uncovered decades of negligence among the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Many have said that the expansive work on this project is comparable to the Boston Globe’s Spotlight of the Catholic Church back in 2002. The #AbuseofFaith series can be found HERE.
Laurie Goodstein || @Lauriegnyt
Laurie wrote a bombshell New York Times article regarding Willow Creek, in August 2018. Currently the Deputy International Editor at The New York Times.
Ruth Graham || @publicroad
“National correspondent at The New York Times covering religion, faith and values.” Ruth’s recent work covering the Hillsong NYC scandal: “The Rise and Fall of Carl Lentz, the Celebrity Pastor of Hillsong Church.“
Manya Brachear Pashman || @ManyaBrachearP
Manya is responsible for the initial article exposing the abuses at Willow Creek in March 2018, and the follow-up in April 2019.
Julie Roys || @ReachJulieRoys
Julie is known for uncovering financial malfeasance at Moody Bible Institute, along with her work exposing the multitudinous abuses of James MacDonald, formerly of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, IL. Her website can be found HERE, along with her podcast: The Roys Report.
Kate Shellnutt || @kateshellnutt
“Senior news editor for @CTmagazine [Christianity Today]. Tweeting mostly about faith, women, and pop culture.” In addition to covering specific #AbuseofFaith stories, Kate keeps her fingers on the pulse of overall implications crippling Christian institutions as a result of systemic ignoring or hiding abuse, especially abuse at the hands of beloved leaders, including her article, Beyond Cedarville: Why Do Pastors Keep Getting Rehired After Abuse?
Brandon M. Showalter || @BrandonMShow
Reporter at Christian Post, providing necessary calls for truth, transparency, and accountability, by publishing articles on Moody Bible Institute, Carl Lentz and Hillsong, Ravi Zacharias and RZIM.
Daniel Silliman || @danielsilliman
News Editor for Christianity Today. His coverage, alongside Kate Shellnett, of the continued allegations being brought forward regarding Ravi Zacharias, and the Christianity Today Editors’ immediate follow-up, Why we report bad news about leaders—even after they have passed away, has had a profound effect on the overall pressure to compel Christian organizations to be rightfully held to account, with transparency, truth, and integrity. His more recent contribution to the Zacharias scandal fallout continues to keep the spotlight of truth shining brightly.
Benjamin Sledge || @SledgeHS
According to his website: “Benjamin is a viral writer, graphic designer, author, and communicator. His artwork and writing have been featured in NYT Best-Selling books as well as seen in numerous publications across the web. He frequently travels around the country educating businesses, non-profits, and churches about mental health.” His article, Together for the Go$pel, can be found HERE.
Bob Smietana || @bobsmietana
Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service. From PR Newswire: “Smietana is an award-winning religion reporter and editor who has spent two decades producing breaking news, data journalism, investigative reporting, profiles and features for magazines, newspapers, trade publications and websites. Most notably, he has served as a senior writer for Facts & Trends, senior editor of Christianity Today, religion writer at The Tennessean, correspondent for RNS and contributor to OnFaith, USA Today and The Washington Post.”
Bob’s recent in-depth RNS investigative piece, Is Dave Ramsey’s empire the ‘best place to work in America’? Say no and you’re out, provided an appalling, alarming look into the individual and institutional spiritual abuse practices reportedly happening at the hands of Dave Ramsey. Following Bob’s article, Baptist News Global documented Ramsey’s shocking response to the exposé, How Dave Ramsey responded to a story about being a bully by bullying the reporter who wrote it.
Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) || @netgrace_org
https://www.netgrace.org: “Empowering Christian communities to recognize, prevent, and respond to abuse.”
Ministry Watch || https://ministrywatch.com
According to their website: “MinistryWatch profiles public charities, church and parachurch ministries. It is also a place to learn about how to be a responsible giver.
“MinistryWatch is an independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors. It provides information on organizations alleging to be charitable and its key leadership in order to identify materially misleading behavior, or wasteful spending practices. We also identify and highlight organizations that are above board and running efficiently.
“The objective is to limit consequences of scams and prevention of fraudulent activity, promote better allocations of giving, encourage intelligent questions of organizational structure, financial health, and advance the idea of organizational transparency and best practices.”
Not in our Church || NotinOurChurch1
“Our goal is to provide information and links for Awareness, Prevention and Healing resources for congregations, leadership, survivors and those being abused and looking for help.” The website contains a vast array of resources, articles, interviews, and so much more. A wealth of information.
Restored Voices Collective || RestoredVoices
“…helping women understand their stories, connect with survivors & reclaim their voices. #clergysexualabuse” www.restoredvoicescollective.com
Trinity Foundation || https://trinityfi.org
“Our mission statement can be summed up as briefly as this: To promote the public interest, investigate and expose religious fraud and excess, and call for transparency, accountability, and stewardship of donor funds at home and abroad.”
www.clergysexualmisconduct.com || @MisconductAbuse
“We provide info & resources to those affected by clergy sexual misconduct (CSM) & ministries desiring to be a safe place.… This website is a survivor-led informational service designed to provide help for clergy abuse victims and offer church resources for abuse.”
Melody Fisher, PhD || @MelFisher13
Associate Professor, University of Mississippi. Her bio can be found HERE.
Dr. Fisher’s dissertation, Religious Leaders in Crisis: An Analysis of Image Restoration Strategies and Content Variables, can be found HERE.
Jennifer Freyd, PhD || @jjfreydcourage
According to her website: “My research laboratory introduced the concepts of “institutional courage,” “institutional betrayal,” “DARVO,” and “betrayal trauma.” In my keynote presentations and consulting services I apply insights from our research to facilitate organizational transformation and culture change. I help individuals and institutions nurture equity, inclusion, and a healthy workplace by promoting concrete, research-based solutions. My clients and their organizations develop tools to maintain and nurture talent and become leading examples of institutional courage.” Dr. Freyd recently launched the Center for Institutional Courage.
Jimmy Hinton || @JimmyHinton12
Pastor, father, speaker, trainer to prevent abuse in churches. According to his website: “This site is dedicated to my musings on abuse, God, and the journey of healing for survivors.” Jimmy, and his mother, Clara, host a podcast, The Speaking Out on Sex Abuse.
Diane Langberg, PhD || @DianeLangberg
Dr. Langberg’s latest book is now available: Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church. From her website: “Dr. Diane Langberg is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 45 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy. She speaks internationally on topics related to trauma, ministry and the Christian life.”
Free podcasts and videos, located under the Resources tab on her website, are invaluable. Every offered resource is highly recommended.
Wade Mullen, PhD || @WadeMullen
Author of Something’s Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse and Freeing Yourself from Its Power. From his website: “I write to help those in abusive situations: any who know the confusion and captivity and are in search of understanding and freedom. I approach this subject matter as someone who has personally experienced and confronted abusive individuals and organizations, and as a researcher who has conducted ongoing studies of abusive situations.”
Dr. Mullen’s dissertation, Impression Management Strategies Used by Evangelical Organizations in the Wake of an Image-threatening Event, can be found HERE.
Brad Sargeant || @futuristguy
According to his Twitter profile: “Linguist, futurist, culturologist, organizational ecologist. Abuse survivor; research writer: toxic systems & social transformation since 2007.” His website contains extensive, in-depth analyses on religious systems, including comprehensive field guides, all of which can be found HERE. A good place to start with Brad’s work is his Pyramid of Abuse and Culpability/Complicity: How Do Abusive Systems Get Going and Maintain Momentum?
Mike Sloan || @mikeasloan
“Director of GRACE Safeguarding Certification – GRACE trains and consults with Christian churches, schools, and orgs to effect culture change on abuse.”
Stephen de Weger, PhD || @EtienneD_2020
“PhD – reporting of RC [Roman Catholic] Clergy sexual misconduct against adults.”
Dr. de Weger’s dissertation, Reporting Clergy Sexual Misconduct Against Adults to Roman Catholic Church Authorities: An Analysis of Survivor Perspectives, can be found HERE.
Additional Twitter Accounts: Advocates, Survivors, Influencers, Other Experts
Jenai Auman || @jenaiauman
“Writing on hope for the wounded. Married. Mom. AAPI. Ennea2, INFJ – #WCT Email is best! (See links.) Liveliest on IG. instagram.com/jenaiauman“
Ayanna || @AyannaZariya
“Enthralled by the triune God | Wordy writer | Bible teacher | Gospel-driven | Scripture focused | Founder of The Biblically Sound Woman”
Laura Barringer || @laurambarringer
“Advocate for you, wounded resisters, and survivors of abuse. Co-author of A CHURCH CALLED TOV. Links here: linktr.ee/lauraebarringer”
Steve Baughman || @RaviScam and @BanjoAthiest
“I expose Sexual Predator/deceiver evangelist Ravi Zacharias. Never a “Prof at Oxford,” threatened suicide to cover up sexual misdeeds.” www.RaviWatch.com
Megan Benninger || @MeganBenninger
Advocate, whistleblower, her story is featured in USA Today, HERE. Megan and her husband, Dominique, recently launched The Baptist Accountability Database, @BAccountability.
Lauren Chastain || @laurchastain22
Survivor of spiritual abuse, advocate. Blog: https://laurenchastain22.com
Raymond Chang || @tweetraychang
“President @aachristcollab | An imperfect life for a perfect Christ | @wheatoncollege MDiv @teds PhD Cand. @azusapacific“
Timothy Isaiah Cho, PhD || @tisaiahcho
Associate Editor @faithfullymag. Bylines at @rns @WhiteHorseInn. @wscal grad. @ucberkeley grad. Former adjunct @plnu.
Susan Codone, PhD || @SusanCodone
Professor at Mercer University. Advocate for the abused. 2019 SBC Annual Meeting Panelist at the ERLC abuse discussion in Birmingham, AL. Contributor to SBC Voices.
Scott Coley, PhD || @scott_m_coley
“philosopher working on metaethics and social & political philosophy || @fpp_podcast || views expressed are my own”
Hunter Crowder || @HunterCrowder6
“I really do love Jesus; I really do hate abuse in His church; The rest of my posts you should probably ignore.”
Julia Dahl, MD || @jdahlmd
Advocate for the abused and oppressed. Image repair analyst.
Chuck DeGroat, PhD || @chuckdegroat
According to his website: “Chuck has spent the last 20+ years in a dynamic combination of pastoral ministry, seminary teaching, and clinical counseling. His books are practical and pastoral, meeting readers at the intersection of our spiritual journeys and the very real struggles we experience.” His book, When Narcissism Comes to Church, released in 2020.
Mary DeMuth || @MaryDeMuth
“I adore Jesus. Author: 40+ books. Speaker about freedom around this beautiful globe.”
Jacob Denhollander || @JJ_Denhollander
Outspoken advocate for the oppressed. Rachael’s husband. PhD student at SBTS.
Kelly Downing || @HealingwithKel
“Host of Survivor Sanctuary, a podcast about surviving sexual abuse, and surviving the church that too often enables it. #churchtoo”
Kristin Du Mez, PhD || @kkdumez
“Historian of gender, faith, politics. Author of JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE. Insufficiently differential. Blog: @anxious_bench. (Du Mez= ‘do’ ‘may’)” https://kristindumez.com
David Dzimianski || @DavidDzimianski
“A disciple, disciple-maker, husband, father, software engineer, and rep”
Christina Edmondson, PhD || @DrCEdmondson
From her website: “Christina is often contacted by churches to consult about leadership development, anti-racism, and mental health issues. Her writing has been seen and referenced in a variety of outlets including Essence.com, YourBlackWorld.com, and Gospel Today magazine. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Truth’s Table podcast.”
Mika Edmondson, PhD || @MikaEdmondson
“Claimed by Christ, husband, father, son, advocate for marginalized, author The Power of Unearned Suffering.”
Maureen Farrell Garcia || @mfarrellgarcia
“writer. speaker. victim-survivor advocate. believer. Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly and always read, write & research voraciously.”
Trey Ferguson || @PastorTrey05
Pastor at Refuge Church, co-host of the Three Black Men podcast, whose mission statement says, “Producing content that is authentic to who we are, illuminates our experiences, cherishes humanity, connects people to God, and dismantles oppression… that’s what we do.”
Amy Fritz || @amyfritz
“I write about spiritual abuse & church hurt. Host of Untangled Faith Podcast (@faithuntangled). Email: email@example.com”
André Gagné, PhD || @andre_gagne1
“Prof. @Concordia | Research: the (Neo)Charismatic Right, Dominionism, fundamentalism, religious violence, interpretation of the Bible | amzn.to/2uD8ZQN.”
Dan George || @CaptScrub
Former Elder at Harvest Bible Chapel. “Truth teller/ Ex-Harvest/ Determined church reformer (rogue to some).” Dan is among a minuscule group of Christian leaders who have come forward to publicly confess, repent, and apologize for their part in either enabling, being silent or complicit, in the overall systemic abuses imparted by the senior pastor at the time, James MacDonald.
His public Resignation and Call for Reform powerfully reverberated well beyond the walls of the Harvest Bible Chapel community, and he was one of the first Christian leaders in a megachurch organization to declare Why We Didn’t Leave Harvest Bible Chapel Quietly, backed by plenty of scripture.
Recently, Dan posted this update to his blog: “A look behind the mask of James MacDonald as he attempts to return to ministry. From my last meeting with him in early February 2019. Warning: It’s dark. A Bondservant’s Musings: One Year Later — A Look Behind the Mask of James MacDonald.”
Derwin L. Gray, D. Min || @DerwinLGray
“Vicki’s husband. Presley & Jeremiah’s papa. Lead Pastor of Transformation Church. Best-selling Author of The Good Life, Former NFL Safety.”
Melissa J. Hogan || @melissajhogan
“Author, “Afraid of the Doctor” (July 2021). Recovered lawyer. Clinical trials consultant. Mom of 3, including 1 with a #raredisease. Nerd with a chainsaw or 3.” Melissa was quoted in Bob Smietana’s investigative piece on Dave Ramsey, which included a recording of a Ramsey Solutions staff meeting where her personal information was exposed without permission to hundreds of employees, including several inaccurate details, while Ramsey’s overall topic was to instruct everyone not to gossip and to have the back of (blindly support) the leadership no matter what. Melissa blogs at her self-titled website, featuring relevant topics such as Gossip, Slander, and Privacy.
Jasmine Holmes || @JasmineLHolmes
“Author & Blogger | 8th Grade History Teacher | Wife to @PhillipMHolmes | Wynn & Langston’s Mama | Author of Mother To Son and Carved In Ebony“
Phillip M. Holmes || @phillipmholmes
Vice President for Institutional Communications, Reformed Theological Seminary. According to the RTS bio: “A native of Pickens, MS, Phillip attended Belhaven University. He played basketball at Belhaven and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Following graduation, he worked in various fields. In 2011, he helped launch and co-found the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) and served as Vice President until 2015…. In 2017, he was called to RTS as the Director of Communications & Marketing where he oversees branding, website, print publications, marketing, and social media. He’s also Editor-in-Chief of the institutional magazine, Ministry & Leadership.”
Kyle J. Howard || @KyleJamesHoward
“Preacher | Theologian | Trauma informed Soul Care provider” https://kylejhoward.com
Religion News Service recently published an opinion piece authored by Kyle, Ministry leaders’ rush to empathize with Ravi Zacharias is beyond alarming.
Duke Kwon, ThM || @dukekwondc
“Pastor, Husband, Father, Lakers Fan, Co-author of Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance & Repair (April 2021)” According to the publisher website, “Duke L. Kwon (MDiv, ThM, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor at Grace Meridian Hill, a neighborhood congregation in the Grace DC network committed to building cross-cultural community in Washington, DC. Kwon is active in public conversations around race, equity, and racial repair in the American church, and he lectures on these topics around the country. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and The Witness.”
Nick Laparra || @NickLaparra
Advocate for the oppressed, investigative journalist, https://www.nicklaparra.com/links
Ruth Malhotra || @RuthMalhotra
“I follow Jesus // I love people // Life is a great adventure. Passionate about faith; liberty; communicating truth with clarity and grace…. RZIM fired me on July 16. I spoke with @bobsmietana at @RNS about my rollercoaster journey within @RZIMhq, how it came to a painful end, and my continued desire to advocate for survivors and stand against the trappings of Christian celebrity culture…. I experienced a Christmas miracle when @LoriAnneThomps2 invited me into her home and gave me one of the most meaningful gifts I’ve ever received. In @CTmagazine, I reflect on how our friendship demonstrates the great hope—and cost—of restoration.”
More of Ruth’s story and experience at RZIM can be found by reading David French’s piece for The Dispatch, “You Are One Step Away from Complete and Total Insanity: The inside story of how Ravi Zacharias’s ministry concealed and enabled his abuse.”
Scot McKnight, PhD || @scotmcknight
“Professor @nseminary.” Co-author of A Church Called Tov.
Tim Meshginpoosh || @OldReepicheep
Advocate, thoughtful processor of complex religious dynamics, excellent with dialogue.
Dee Ann Miller || @writer_dee
“Writer, social justice activist, psychosocial nurse since 1970, #weepingforjustice #longB4MeToo #Metoo #ChurchToo #takecourage” www.takecourage.org
Roy Mong || @iamroymong
“thinking in the tweets. healing in the streets.”
Robert Monson || @robertjmonson
Co-host of the Three Black Men podcast, whose mission statement says, “Producing content that is authentic to who we are, illuminates our experiences, cherishes humanity, connects people to God, and dismantles oppression… that’s what we do.”
Amy Moore || @UT_Grad_Amy
“Research analyst. Knows the difference between right & wrong. Standing up to abusive bullies. Endlessly stunned by how little corrupt mega pastors fear the Lord.”
Joshua Pease || @joshuadpease
Pastor, author, journalist: https://www.joshuapease.co
Dave Pittman || @Dave_Pittman
“Training churches how to better protect children and properly respond to those harmed.” https://www.together-we-heal.org
K.J. Ramsey || @kjramseywrites
“Guiding you into courageous, embodied faith. Author of #ThisTooShallLast @Zondervan. Licensed Professional Counselor.”
Ryan Ramsey || @a_ryanramsey
“Husband to KJ + Ponder pastoral integrity & church systems + Hospice chaplain + Outpatient spiritual care + Black Lives Matter”
John C. Richards, Jr || @JohnCRichardsJr
“Pastor of Assimilation @saintmarkLR/ Board Member @TheWitnessBCC/ Father/ Husband/ Lawyer/ Engaging Culture/ Redeemed by Christ”
Nicole Saylor || @NicoleSaylor6
Advocate, whistleblower, her story of speaking out on behalf of the vulnerable can be heard on the Survivor Sanctuary podcast, January 15, 2020 episode.
Neil Schori || @neilschori
“Christian | Pastor | Domestic violence victim advocate | enchanted by NYC.”
SNAP Network || @SNAPNetwork
“SNAP is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings.” https://www.snapnetwork.org
Kenny Stubblefield || @kennys901
Advocate for the abused. His story has been featured several national publications, including the Houston Chronicle #AbuseofFaith series, found HERE.
Karen Swallow Prior, PhD || @KSPrior
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner. @SEBTS Research Professor of English & Christianity and Culture. Author: On Reading Well, Fierce Convictions, CulturalEngagement.” Former Professor at Liberty University.
Tiffany Thigpen || @ThigpenTiffany
Survivor, her story was featured in the Houston Chronicle #AbuseofFaith series.
Lori Anne Thompson, R Kin. BSCH Kin. MA CHAD || @LoriAnneThomps2
From her website: “My second stream of emergent expertise is the protection of people from the ravages of trauma, abuse, and maltreatment. As a current graduate student, my specific goal is too first to study, then to educate and widely communicate on, the anatomy of childhood maltreatment, adult victimization, betrayal blindness, betrayal trauma, and institutional betrayal.
“It is my conviction that people in pain are best served by compassionate, caring individuals who are well informed and armed with evidence-based information. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn, grow, and study, with a view to serving others through evidence-based, empathic communication.”
Heather Thompson Day, PhD || @HeatherTDay
From her website: “Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker and contributor for Religion News Service, Newsweek and the Barna Group. She is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. She is passionate about supporting women, and runs an online community called I’m That Wife which has nearly 200k followers. Heather’s writing has been featured on the Today Show, and the National Communication Association. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio Live. She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. She is the author of 7 books; including It’s Not Your Turn, and Confessions of a Christian Wife.”
Jemar Tisby || @JemarTisby
From his website: “Jemar Tisby (BA, University of Notre Dame, MDiv Reformed Theological Seminary) is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Color of Compromise and president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, politics, and culture. He is also cohost of the Pass the Mic podcast. He has spoken nationwide at conferences and his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, and Vox. Jemar is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.”
Truman || @TrumanAwakened
“Safe advocate for extreme trauma victims (#CSA, #SRA, #CPTSD) I want to see you get healing you need. Home of #TrumansWatchList and #TrumansList”
Ekemini Uwan || @sista_theology
From her website: “Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian who received her Master of Divinity degree in 2016 from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, PA. She is the co-host of Truth’s Table podcast alongside Michelle Higgins and Dr. Christina Edmondson. In 2018, Christianity Today named her among “10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing.”In 2021, she earned the IMPACT Award from The Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience for work on Truth’s Table Podcast.”
Sam Won || @SamObiWon
“Ministry Formation, Adjunct OT Dept @DallasSeminary | PhD Bib Studies/OT ’17 DTS | PharmD ’94 @UMich Unemployed worship musician. Will play for free.”
Jules Woodson || @juleswoodson11
Featured story in the NY Times after an entire church congregation gave a standing ovation to her abuser, after his minimizing “confession.”