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Core Research Team

TECC is steered by a committee made up of three theologians, one historian, and one social-scientist who are each leading experts in their particular fields of research. This collaborative team is made up of evangelical Christian academics who are each equally self-aware of a mutual commitment to the same faith, which purports to yield a coherent interpretation of all of reality as broadly interpreted from an equally shared transcendent base—the universal lordship of Jesus Christ. 

JASON SEXTON is a native northern Californian and Convener of TECC: The California Project. He holds the PhD from The University of St. Andrews, specializing in the intersection of theology and culture.  He has done postdoctoral work on public theology and taught theology in Cambridge as a Visiting Scholar at Ridley Hall. He's been a visiting scholar at UC Riverside's Center for Ideas & Society, and is currently Lecturer in the Honors Program and Faculty coordinator of General Education at California State University, Fullerton. He's published widely in contemporary evangelical theology and is author of The Trinitarian Theology of Stanley J. Grenz (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2013). He co-edited TECC's first volume, Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California's Culture (Routledge, 2014), and has published in more popular media, including Los Angeles Review of Books, BOOM: A Journal of California, and Zocalo Public Square. He is working on several books on evangelical theology and the prison, the latter for which he is developing an interdisciplinary account of the incarcerated church, which project was recently profiled in the Orange County Register

FRED SANDERS is Professor of Theology in Biola University's great books program, the Torrey Honors Institute, and is a Faculty member for the Los Angeles Bible Training School. An evangelical Protestant theologian, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Art from Murray State University, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary (Kentucky), and upon moving back to California earned a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley). He has published one academic monograph, The Image of the Immanent Trinity: Rahner's Rule and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Peter Lang, 2005), a popular volume engaging trinitarian theology The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Crossway, 2010), and Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love (Crossway, 2013). He is author of the essay on the Trinity in the Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, and is nearing completion of a volume on the doctrine of the Trinity in Zondervan's New Studies in Dogmatics series. He is co-founder of the Los Angeles Theology Conference and is also a popular blogger at Scriptorium Daily.

RUSSELL JEUNG is Professor of Asian-American Studies in the College of Ethic Studies in San Francisco State University. He received the BA (Human Biology) and MA (Education) from Stanford, and the PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley. He is the author of Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion Among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (New York University Press, 2012) and Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches (Rutgers University Press, 2004). With Valerie Soe he co-produced the documentary, The Oak Park Story (2010), about a landmark housing lawsuit involving his fellow Cambodian and Latino tenants. Much of his work focuses on social and religious features of immigrant identity, and he has received a number of awards and grants for his work. His spiritual memoir, developed out of University of Virginia's Project on Lived Theology will be published by Zondervan in 2016, titled At Home in Exile: Meeting Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors, exploring his Hakka Chinese American background, and experiences in East Oakland the last two decades.

JOY J. MOORE is Assistant Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary. She holds the BA from National-Louis University, the MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the PhD from London School of Theology (Brunel University) in practical theology. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Moore’s research interests focus on critical issues influencing contemporary culture for community formation. A frequently featured preacher, Bible study leader, and teacher, she is currently conducting research on the impact of various media forms on how we assimilate information and what it does to our religious imagination. She has authored, “Preaching: Telling the Story in a Sound-bite Culture,” in Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for the United Methodist Church (Abingdon, 2011), which calls for preaching that takes seriously the story of scripture over moralisms often imposes on its stories. And she is the author of Text Messaging: Ancient Stories for a Cyberspace Future (forthcoming, Bristol Books). She serves on the board of ZOE Ministries, an empowerment program committed to transforming lives of orphaned African children, and is John Wesley Fellow from A Foundation for Theological Education, Dr. Moore has published in major news columns (NY Times) and co-chairs the Evangelical Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion.


Robert Chao-Romero is Associate Professor in UCLA's Chican@ Studies Department. He holds the BA from UCLA, the JD from UC Berkeley, and the PhD in Latin American History from UCLA. His research examines Asian immigration to Latin America, as well as the large population of “Asian-Latinos” in the US. His first book, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940 (University of Arizona Press, 2010), tells the forgotten history of the Chinese community in Mexico; this book received the Latina/o Studies Section Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.  He also contributed the essay "Transnational Commercial Orbits" to A Companion to California History, edited by William Deverell and David Igler (Wiley-Blackwell). From his scholarly, academic, and social-justice interests, Chao Romero practices law as an immigration attorney, and examines the legal history of Chican@/Latin@ segregation as well as immigration law and policy. His most recent research explores the role of spirituality in Chicana/o social activism and is being developed in a project he calls "Brown Theology."

Outside Advisory Team

This group represents the diverse areas of collaborative interdisciplinarity. These individuals will help guide the steering committee in choosing to address the central topics and discerning potential speakers. They will be invited to core group meetings, although primarily consulted by e-mail, with each agreeing to present a paper during the Project.

PAUL LOUIS METZGER is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah University, and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He holds a BA from Northwestern College, the MA and MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the PhD from King's College, University of London. At the center of Dr. Metzger’s ministry vision atands the integration of theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity. He and his wife, Mariko, a native of Japan, have been active in intercultural ministry in churches in the States, Japan, and England. Dr. Metzger is the author of The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (InterVarsity, 2010); New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement (Cascade, 2011); Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; Brazos, 2009); and The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003). He is co-editor of A World for All?: Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; Eerdmans, 2011); and editor of Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (T&T Clark, 2005). Dr. Metzger is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, and has developed a strategic ministry partnership with Dr. John M. Perkins titled, "Drum Majors for Love, Truth and Justice." Dr. Metzger has a keen interest in the art of Katsushika Hokusai and Georges Rouault and in the writings of John Steinbeck.

LUKE BRETHERTON is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. Prior to this he was Reader in Theology and Politics at King’s College, University of London, and Convenor of the Faith and Public Policy Forum. He has worked with a variety of faith based NGOs, mission organisations and churches in a wide range of cultural contexts both in the UK and abroad (notably, East Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia). His book Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity (Ashgate, 2006) explores the church's response to moral pluralism. He has also published academic articles on a range of topics related to church-state relations in a multi-faith society and co-edited a book of essays on the emerging church entitled Remembering Our Future: Explorations in Deep Church (Paternoster, 2007). His recent work in the area of theology and politics is drawn together in Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). And his research on broad-based community organizing and the relationship between Christianity and democracy will be published in a forthcoming book entitled: A Paradoxical Politics: Christianity, Community Organizing and the Future of Democratic Citizenship.

OLIVER CRISP is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is originally from the United Kingdom, where he studied at the University of Aberdeen (BD, MTh) and King's College, London (PhD). He taught at the Universities of St Andrews and Bristol, the latter where he was Reader in Theology and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities. Crisp held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, of which he remains a member. He is past Secretary to The Society for the Study of Theology, and has been a committee member of The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of many books in philosophical and systematic theology, including Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (Ashgate, 2005), An American Augustinian (Paternoster, 2007), Divinity and Humanity (Cambridge, 2007), God Incarnate (T&T Clark, 2009), Retrieving Doctrine (IVP Academic, 2011), Revisioning Christology (Ashgate, 2011) and Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation (Oxford, 2012). He edited a Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology (T&T Clark, 2009) and has co-edited Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (Ashgate, 2003) with Paul Helm, Analytic Theology (Oxford, 2009) with Michael Rea, Theology and Philosophy: Faith and Reason (T&T Clark, 2012) with Gavin D’Costa, Peter Hampson and Mervyn Davies and After Jonathan Edwards (Oxford, 2012) with Douglas Sweeney.

BRIAN BROCK is Lecturer in Moral and Practical Theology at The University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He earned the BS from Colorado Christian University, MA from Loma Linda University, the Dip Theol (Oxford), and completed the MA and PhD at King's College, London. He has been Visiting Scholar at Friedrich Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg and Duke Divinity School. He is son, grandchild, and husband of various Californians as well as an occasional resident. A theological ethicist by training, having published in journals such as Studies in Christian Ethics and Ethics and Medicine, Brock has a keen interest in theologically-oriented cultural criticism and in constructive Christian ethics. Like many academics, he has long found the unique material and social culture of the various regions of California a rich subject for theological reflection and analysis, especially as a lense through which developments in the American experiment as a whole are visible in nascent form. He has done his most sustained theological interactions with contemporary late-modern culture in his recent book Christian Ethics in a Technological Age (Eerdmans, 2010), as well as in Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church, edited with John Swinton (T&T Clark, 2007). He is also the author of Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture (2007) and Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader, both published by Eerdmans.


RICHARD POINTER is Professor of History and holds the Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences at Westmont College. A graduate of Houghton College, he earned the MA and PhD at The Johns Hopkins University. His research on colonial New York culminated in a book, Protestant Pluralism and the New York Experience: A Study of Eighteenth Century Religious Diversities (Indiana University Press, 1988), and he recently published, Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European Colonial Religion (Indiana University Press, 2007). His other publications include essays in The New England Quarterly and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, along with an award-winning article in New York History. Dr. Pointer has been elected a member in the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Pointer's principal areas of teaching expertise are Colonial and Revolutionary history, Native American history, American Religion, and Western Civilization. He has served as the president and vice-president of The Conference on Faith and History, an organization of Christian historians, and has served as an associate editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review.

RICHARD FLORY is the Director of Research in USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Associate Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He holds the PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, and his primary research and teaching interests are in the intersection of religion, culture and urban life. With Brad Christerson and Korie L. Edwards, he is the author of Growing up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens (Stanford University Press, 2010), and with Donald E. Miller he is the author of Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation (Rutgers University Press, 2008) and editor of GenX Religion (Routledge 2000) and Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism (OUP, 2013). His current research is focused on several projects that investigate the role of religion and religious institutions in the civic life of Los Angeles. These include an investigation of the role of faith-based organizing in Los Angeles since the 1992 riots, an ethnographic study of the “Dream Center,” a large-scale Pentecostal ministry in Los Angeles that includes one church and dozens of social outreach programs in the city, and a project investigating the current landscape of Pentecostalism in Los Angeles. His research has been supported by grants from the University of Southern California, the Louisville Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lilly Endowment, the Haynes Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation, and he contributes regularly to the CRCC blog, "The Wire."