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). He has been published 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 Lexham Bible Dictionary; has forthcoming publications with Mohr Siebeck (WUNT II; 2014) and Scottish Journal of Theology; and has also 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 Saints (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. 

 

 

 

Carolyn Thomas

Carolyn

Carolyn grew up in Florida, and moved to California to go to college. She graduated from Torrey Honors Institute and Biola University with a B.A. degree in Sociology. She is interested in literature, child development, liturgical worship, environmental stewardship, and mental health issues. She currently lives with her husband in Whittier, CA and works full-time as a nanny for three amazing kids. She spends her spare time reading, recycling, and recruiting members for Dumbledore’s Army. 

 

 

Ryan M

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Ryan 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. Ryan and Leah are Pioneers missionaries who are working with unreached immigrant groups in a major U.S. 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 the winner of the 2013 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Award for African American Writers. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow studying Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Ca. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The African American Review, The Cossack Review, 34th Parallel Literary Magazine, The Conium Review and others. He lives with his wife and son in Whittier, CA.

 

 

 

 

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

King 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, art school in London, followed by a few more years in Scotland where he studied political philosophy at St Andrews. He is now studying at the Centre of Theology and Philosophy of Nottingham University. King-Ho is baptised, brought up, and confirmed Anglican, and has worked on several research projects for the Hong Kong Anglican Ecclesial Province in the Hong Kong Bishop House as well as the Lambeth Palace Archives. His interests (and guilty pleasures) include some art house cinema (being from Hong Kong, he loves Wong Kar Wai), pontificating about contemporary art, learning about beer/coffee/wine (and food), spending money, watching bad TV, and using the Facebook.

 

 

Josh Carroll 

Josh

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

 

Brandon Barr

Brandon

Brandon likes to consider himself an armchair thinker of the laymen variety. He loves to dialogue with people of different view points. Introspection, sincerity, a gentle spirit, and a commitment to truth is what he imperfectly strives for. Mr. Barr resides in California with his wife and three children. He received his bachelors in English from California Baptist University, and has published two novels and over a dozen short stories. Gardening, hiking, fishing, softball, and board games are favorite pastimes. Ice cream and donuts could, possibly, lead to his temporal doom.

 

 

Jamie Smith

Jaimie

Jamie fled her Southern California home to attend Brown University. After receiving a BA in Political Theory, she served as campus staff with Yale Students for Christ (Cru) before moving back to California for seminary. She attended Talbot School of Theology, earning two master’s degrees (Bible Exposition and Christian Education, Children’s Ministry emphasis). For 6 years Jamie cultivated a passion for “kidmin” as a children’s minister in Irvine. She met and married her best friend in 2011 and recently quit her church job 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.

 

 

Kevin Collier

Kevin

Kevinis a disciple of the Risen Lord, husband, father, and AWANA Clubber of the Year 1991. After doing three years hard labor at Biola University, he went east to Chicago and the nearby Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has the pleasure of serving with Agape Chicago, a church plant in the city’s most diverse neighborhood. He “plays” guitar, enjoys historical Jesus studies, has the Spanish reading level of a 1 year old, and is slowly learning what a “family man” is.

 

 

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 BakerBrad BlakeleyBob BuchananTrevor Cartwright; Marisa CasiasMatthew 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 StairsLue-Yee TsangBen WaltonNathaniel Warne; Matt TaylorMatthew WeinstockNatasha WeinstockMatt Wilcoxen.