The Two Cities Team

John Anthony Dunne

JohnJohn (aka Johnny Pepper) is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) studying under Professor N. T. Wright (see Academia.edu profile for CV). John was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and later studied Biblical literature at Biola University (’08) and Talbot School of Theology (’10, ’11). He is the author of Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture (Wipf and Stock, 2014) and the co-editor  of Insiders versus Outsiders (Gorgias Press, 2014; with Jacobus Kok) and Reactions to Empire (Mohr Siebeck, 2014; with Dan Batovici). John has published articles in Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Vol 36.1), Westminster Theological Journal (Vol 73.2 & 74.1), Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (Vol 55.1), Trinity Journal (Vol 32.1), and one forthcoming in Scottish Journal of Theology; has contributed a chapter to Mohr Siebeck’s WUNT II volume Sensitivity to Outsiders; has written dictionary entries for Lexham Bible Dictionary; and has written book reviews for Themelios and elsewhere.  His current doctoral research is on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, and he’s writing a book on Alcohol in the Bible for Zondervan. He is passionate about teaching biblical languages, hermeneutics, and exegesis; and engaging in interfaith dialogues with Latter-day ltints (Mormons). His hobbies include: strumming the guitar, listening to classic metal bands, playing sports, cheering on the SF 49ers and the SF Giants, going snowboarding, reading Harry Potter, watching LOST, enjoying American craft beer, and sipping the finest of Scotch. John can be reached at jad22@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Tanner Gish

Tanner

Tanner is currently a student of New Testament studies at the Talbot School of Theology, and a graduate of Biola University with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a B.S. in International Business. His academic ambitions are to be equipped for a future in either teaching/ seminary ministry, or in academic leadership and administration, with the desire to serve the growing international church in the development and deployment of its future pastors, leaders, and missionaries. Tanner currently resides in Whittier, CA, serving his community as an assistant branch manager at a commercial bank. He also serves as coordinator of outreach and evangelism at Whittier Hills Baptist Church-Uptown. Tanner’s academic interest lie in the areas of andragogy, homiletics, biblical counseling, spiritual disciplines, New Testament use of the Old Testament, global missions strategy, global economics, leadership, strategic management, and language studies. Tanner grew up in the greater Sacramento area, and for enjoyment, he loves the outdoors, Crossfit, sports, traveling, teaching, and intentional time with friends. Tanner can be reached at tanner.j.gish@biola.edu.

 

Bryan Magaña

Bryan

Bryan has a B.S. in English (Creative Writing), an M.A. in English (Literature), a full-time job in public relations, and the curious gift of singleness. He leads worship at his church in northern Utah and has written/recorded six albums, including a 10-song set based on the Song of Solomon. Bryan’s hobbies include hiking, eating out and watching TV shows about the paranormal. His personal studies center on the gospel as it relates to reformed theology, art and culture. He can be reached at kindasortayeahnotreally@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

Clayton Milano

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*Clayton is a pseudonym used by the writer.* Clayton graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. In the Spring of 2012 he married the sister of one of his closest friends from Biola. Clayton and his wife are missionaries who are working with unreached immigrant groups in a major international city. They are  in charge of evangelizing and planting house churches among Muslims who are either international students or permanent immigrants.  Hobbies include reading and the outdoors.

 

 

 

Raymond Morehouse

Raymond

Raymond grew up in southern California, moved to North Carolina (where he met his wonderful wife, Mary Blake), and is now in St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is working on a PhD in New Testament with N.T. Wright. He wants his topic to be Pauline Anthropology (the theological kind) but seems to end up studying a lot of other things instead. In the midst of things he has been a teacher, pastor, barista, window cleaner, and traveled in 28 countries (and counting!) on five continents. His interests include drawing, painting, tabletop gaming, hardcore/metal, reading pulp sci-fi/fantasy, geocaching, and generally hanging out. The best way to directly reach him is here: rm94@st-andrews.ac.uk.

 

 

Justin Campbell

Justin

Justin is a freelance writer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He is the winner of the 2013 Hurston/Wright Award for African-American College Writers and was also recently named a finalist in the 2014 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Millions, The African American Review, and others.

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Sangalang

Grace

Grace received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.A. in Bible Exposition and Spiritual Formation from Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is second-generation Filipino-American. She currently works full-time in the Purchasing department at Biola University. Grace is interested in culture and how it relates to spiritual formation as she wrote her master’s thesis on shame and how it affects relationships with God and others in the Asian-American community. She loves listening to an eclectic variety of music and enjoys attending concerts and playing her guitar and piano. Grace also really likes good food, good conversations with friends, nature, hiking, Disneyland and the minions from Despicable Me. Grace can be reached at gvsangalang@gmail.com and you can read her personal blog at http://graceonroads.blogspot.com/.

 

Calvin Sodestrom

Calvin

Calvin graduated from Biola University with a degree in Christian Education and then went on to get his M.Div from Azusa Pacific University, Biola’s rival. He is still conflicted over which school has his true allegiance.  He currently is the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. He enjoys reading any and all types of books, rock climbing, drinking coffee, chasing down food trucks, and exploring and savoring the vast world of craft beer.

 

 

 

King-Ho Leung

King-Ho is a PhD candidate in under the supervision of Professor John Milbank at the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham. King-Ho was born in British colonial Hong Kong. He went to kindergarten in London, primary school in Hong Kong, boarding school in the south of England, followed by a few more years in Scotland where he studied political philosophy at St Andrews. Baptised, brought up, and confirmed Anglican, King-Ho has also worked on several research projects for the Hong Kong Anglican Ecclesiastical Province in the Bishop House in Hong Kong as well as the Lambeth Palace Archives in London. His interests include irony, contemporary art, beer/coffee/wine (and food), skiing, learning about popular culture, and using the Facebook. He recommends a pinch of salt when you read his posts

 

 

 

Josh Carroll 

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Josh is a PhD Candidate in the NT Department at the University of Aberdeen, UK. More importantly, he is a husband to his awesome wife Melodie and the father of three energy filled young boys. As far as education is concerned, Josh completed his graduate work at Talbot School of Theology receiving two Masters of Arts Degrees (Theology and Spiritual Formation). He spent over ten years in church and other ministry/leadership positions before making the move overseas to study New Testament and 1st Century Judaism under Dr. Andrew Clarke at the University of Aberdeen. Josh’s current interests include: Spiritual Theology/Formation, New Testament and its 1st Century Jewish background, Leadership, Parenting, and a slew of others random things. Currently, Josh is reading through (and studying intensely) the 1st Century Jewish author Philo of Alexandria to see if an understanding of 1st Century Jewish paideia can give us insight into the Apostle Paul’s spiritual development of new Christians within the early Church. Follow him on Twitter @pastorcoolguy

 

 

Jamie Smith

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Jamie, currently a PhD student at Biola University, is a huge nerd. She received a BA in Political Theory from Brown University, served as campus staff with Yale Students for Christ (Cru), and attended Talbot School of Theology, earning two master’s degrees (Bible Exposition and Christian Education, Children’s Ministry emphasis). For 7 years Jamie has cultivated a passion for “kidmin” as a children’s minister. She met and married her best friend in 2011 and took a year off of working to be a stay-at-home mom to their firstborn. Jamie enjoys hanging out with her awesome family, listening to NPR, and using her OC Parks pass to explore the highly tamed wildernesses of Orange County. You can reach Jamie at jamiedaniellesmith@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Caleb Johnson

Caleb

Caleb is a graduate of Biola University with a BS in Business and a minor in Biblical Studies. He currently works as an accountant for a real estate investment company in Orange County, California. Caleb’s interests include, but are not limited to, watching, playing, and discussing sports; cultural analysis; traveling; watching good movies (generally defined as those with a score of 75% or higher from Rotten Tomatoes “Top Critics”, excluding most R-rated comedies); discussing Scripture, theology, church polity, and the application of biblical truths to different situations and decisions in life; professional basketball teams from Sacramento; and many different types of music. Caleb attends and is involved in a number of ministries at Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California. Caleb can be reached at cjohn2003@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL WRITERS: Joshua AganCarrie Allen; Aaron ArgyropoulosDustin Arnold; James F. ArnoldJonathan BakerBrandon Barr; Brad BlakeleyBob BuchananTrevor Cartwright; Marisa CasiasKevin Collier; Matthew Emadi; Drew EmersonSteve Feld; Jeremy GoadJustin Gum; Jeanette Hagen; Taylor HolbrookDiamond Kathleen; Clifford KvidahlAndrew LindererMichael Roy McCoy IIIKenny MontanoSean O’Brien; Kevin O’Farrell; David Osborn; Lindsey StairsCarolyn Thomas; Lue-Yee TsangBen WaltonNathaniel Warne; Matt TaylorMatthew WeinstockNatasha WeinstockMatt Wilcoxen.