Trinity Forum Senior Fellows are comprised of distinguished scholars, thinkers, and leaders who articulate and embody the best of Christian thought, and provide ideas and content, and serve as speakers, writers, and moderators for the Trinity Forum. Click on their names below to learn more about them and their topics of expertise. If you are interested in having one of our Senior Fellows serve as a speaker at an upcoming event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Edgar is Professor of Apologetics, Coordinator of the Apologetics Department, and Chairman of the Faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. A regular Trinity Forum Moderator, he was named a Senior Fellow in 2004.
He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1944 and grew up in Paris, France. He studied at St George’s School (secondary), Harvard University (Honors B.A. in Music), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Geneva (D.Th.). He has taught at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, and at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée, in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he continues as Professeur Associé. He has been at Westminster since 1989 and is currently Professor of Apologetics, Coordinator of the Apologetics Department, and Chairman of the Faculty.
Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist, curator, writer, and founder of the International Arts Movement. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2009.
Fujimura was born in 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated bi-culturally between the U.S. and Japan, he graduated from Bucknell University in 1983 and received an M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Japanese Governmental Scholarship in 1989. His thesis painting was purchased by the university, and he was invited to study in the Japanese Painting Doctorate program, a first for an outsider to this prestigious traditional program.
Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chairman. His poetry volumes include Gods of Winter, Daily Horoscope, and Interrogations at Noon, which won the 2002 American Book Award. He is also a critic, and his work Can Poetry Matter? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is credited in helping revive the role of poetry in American culture.
Gioia’s many literary anthologies include Twentieth-Century American Poetry, 100 Great Poets of the English Language, The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing, and Literature for Life. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Book Worlds, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and The Hudson Review.
Prabhu Guptara is Executive Director, Organisational Development of WOLFSBERG – The Platform for Executive and Business Development (a subsidiary of UBS A.G., formerly the Union Bank of Switzerland).
Since 2004 he has been a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and a regular Moderator. He has also served as a Trustee and Chairman of The Trinity Forum in Europe.
Dr. James Davison Hunter is LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in 1981 and joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1983.
Widely published and nationally recognized, Dr. Hunter has received numerous literary awards for his work regarding the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life. He has written a wide range of essays, articles, reviews, and seven books, including Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, The Death of Character, and Is There a Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life (with Alan Wolfe, 2006). His most recent book is entitled Before the Shooting Begins: Searching for Democracy in America’s Culture War (2007). The Los Angeles Times named Mr. Hunter as a finalist for their 1992 Book Prize for Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. In 2004, he was appointed by the White House to a six-year term to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2005, he won the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters.
William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University Medical Center. After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris.
His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. He was instrumental in establishing the first course in biomedical ethics at Stanford Medical Center and subsequently taught bioethics to over six thousand Stanford undergraduate students in the Program in Human Biology.
John Lennox MA MA (Bioethics), Ph.D. DPhil DSc is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green College. He is also Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum.
He is a native of Northern Ireland and went to school there. He was then Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College Cambridge, where he also attended the last lectures of C.S. Lewis, and then went to the University of Wales, Cardiff. During his twenty-six years there he spent a year at each of the universities of Wuerzburg, Freiburg (as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow), and Vienna and has lectured extensively in both Eastern and Western Europe, Russia and North America on mathematics, apologetics and the exposition of Scripture.
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. He has also served as Senior Fellow and co-director of the Evangelicals and Civic Life program at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2005.
Mr. Loconte has been a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media. For ten years he was a monthly commentator on religion and the public square for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His other media appearances include the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Aljazeera Television. In 2007 he co-hosted Britain and America, a weekly political program on the London-based 18 Doughty Street, the UK’s first internet-television program. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, The American Interest, National Review, and Books and Culture. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and the London-based Standpoint.
Dr. Wilfred M. McClay is SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is also Professor of History. He was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2006.
Bill has also taught at Georgetown University, Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Dallas, and is currently a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program of Princeton University. He was appointed in 2002 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. David W. Miller is Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative and President of the Avodah Institute. He was named a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum in 2007.
He is also an Associate Research Scholar and teaches at Princeton. Prior to this, he was at Yale University for five years, where he served as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. David brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the academic world, having spent 16 years in senior positions in international business and finance.
Dr. Daniel Russ is Professor of English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where he also served as Academic Dean and the Director of the Center for Christian Studies. Dan is a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. From 2002–2003 he was the Executive Director of Christians in the Visual Arts at Gordon College, where the CIVA office is housed.
A regular Trinity Forum Moderator, he was project director for the curriculum Children of Prometheus: Technology and the Good Life, has written forewords for Trinity Forum Readings, served as a resource scholar for other Trinity Forum curriculum projects, and has been editor of the online Provocations journal. He was named a Senior Fellow in 2005.
James K. A. Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.
The author of many influential books, Smith also regularly writes for magazines and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, First Things, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Hedgehog Review. He serves as editor-in-chief of Comment magazine.
Anne Snyder is a writer and convener devoted to questions of class and culture, beauty and a beatitudinal faith. She was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2018.
Anne currently directs The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Character Initiative, a pilot program that seeks to help foundations and business leaders strengthen today’s “middle ring” of morally formative institutions. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens.
Dr. Karen Swallow Prior is Professor of English at Liberty University, where she has won multiple teaching awards. She writes frequently on literature, culture, ethics, and ideas. Her writing appears at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Books and Culture and other places. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Literature (Brazos, 2018).
Karen gives frequent lectures and talks on her work. Among the places she has spoken are Wheaton College, University of Minnesota, Indiana Wesleyan University, Northwestern University, Grace College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, The Gospel Coalition Conference, Redeemer University College, Toronto Baptist Seminary, United Theological Seminary, Festival of Faith and Writing, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Women’s Conference, Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, The Row House Forum, Q Boston, the Glen Workshop, and the Humane Society of the United States.
Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009), a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book was honored as a best book of 2009 by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, History Book Club, and Barnes & Noble. His Lincoln biography won the coveted Christopher Award in 2009 which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
White is also the author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002), honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (2005), a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr. is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum and served as its executive director from 2003 to early 2008. He currently serves as president of Excelsis, an Orlando-based nonprofit. Earlier in his career he was for many years president of Reformed Theological Seminary.
During his earliest years of ministry in Florida and Tennessee pastorates, Dr. Whitlock traveled widely as a speaker and preacher, was engaged in camp and conference leadership, and accepted multiple responsibilities within his denomination.
Doug is the founder and Chairman of Monon Capital. The firm engages with partners around ideas and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship through venture investments, a thought and conversations studio, a venture lab, and a charitable fund. Prior to founding the firm, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hillenbrand, Inc. He previously held senior executive positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Ronald Blue & Co., and Eli Lilly & Company.
Doug serves as a trustee of the Sagamore Institute and The Trinity Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Tuskegee University, a director of the International Arts Movement, EDGE Mentoring, and Telemachus. He is also serves on the board of several for-profit businesses, among which are Valve + Meter, Lost Valley Ranch and Sun Chef Global.
Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, which helps organizations effectively navigate the rapidly changing religious and political landscape. Previously, Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, and served as the Deputy Director of the White House Office for Faith-Based Initiatives during President Obama’s first term. He is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, and writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine, and other publications. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion.
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Dr. E. David Cook is a Fellow of Green College, Oxford and the first Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2004.
He holds a B.A. from Arizona State University, a M.A. from Edinburgh University, a Ph.D from New College, Edinburgh, a M.A. from Oxford University, and a D.Litt. from Gordon College, Massachusetts. He taught for six years at St. John’s College and the University of Nottingham and has been at Oxford since 1979 teaching medical ethics, philosophy, theology, and Christian ethics.
Vigen Guroian is Professor of Religious Studies (Eastern Christianity) at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow of both the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in Mecosta, Michigan and the Center on Law and Religion at Emory University. He was named a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum in 2006.
He has been an academic consultant for several of the Trinity Forum seminar curricula.
Fred Harburg is Managing Partner of Harburg Consulting LLC and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. During more than two decades in the private sector he has served as an organizational architect for Fortune 100 companies including IBM, General Motors, Disney, and AT&T.
Fred helped to create the Saturn Corporation and led Motorola University as the Chief Learning Officer and President. His work at Motorola was profiled in the November 2002 issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine. In 2003 he became Senior Vice President of Leadership and Learning at Fidelity Investments.
Rome Hartman is a television journalist who has spent more than three decades telling stories on network TV. He is currently a producer for the program “60 Minutes Sports,” which airs monthly on Showtime. It is a spinoff of the venerable CBS News Sunday evening magazine program.
From 2011 to 2013, Hartman was an Executive Producer for NBC News. He joined the network to create a new primetime news magazine program, “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” The program, the first network newsmagazine to be launched in decades, debuted in October 2011 and ran for two seasons on NBC. One of its very first broadcasts earned an Emmy award, for Bob Costas’ groundbreaking interview with Jerry Sandusky.
Ms. Jody Hassett Sanchez is president of Pointy Shoe Productions (PSP), a documentary and long-form production company that explores issues of faith and culture. She was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2005.
She is the producer of SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade, a documentary filmed in India, Pakistan, and West Africa about people of faith on the front lines of the fight against twenty-first-century slavery—a multi-billion dollar business.
Douglas M. Johnston, PhD is President and Founder of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD). He has served in various positions as a White House appointee and lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was appointed a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum in 2006.
He is known for developing a new synergy for peacemaking based on the joint contributions of religion and politics, as articulated in his book Religion: The Missing Dimension of Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 1994). Dr. Johnston’s hands-on experience in reconciliation and peacemaking reflects his deep interest in religion and conflict resolution stemming from his twenty-year involvement with the National Prayer Breakfast and his service on the board of the Washington Theological Consortium.
Roger Scruton is a philosopher, editor, writer, and composer, known for his spirited defence of Western culture. He was named a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum in 2006.
Professor Scruton did undergraduate and doctoral studies at Jesus College, Cambridge and has taught philosophy and aesthetics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, Birkbeck College (University of London), and Boston University, as well as holding visiting posts at the Universities of Princeton, Stanford, Louvain, Guelph (Ontario), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Waterloo (Ontario), Oslo, Bordeaux, and Cambridge. He is most recently visiting professor in philosophy at the University of Buckingham and research professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.
Harry Stout is Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University, where he has appointments in History, Religious Studies, and American Studies and at the Divinity School. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Religion and American Life at Yale. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2006.
Professor Stout is the author of several books, including: Upon the Altar of the Nation, A Jonathan Edwards Reader, and Dictionary of Christianity in America. He is currently co-editing Religion in American Life, a seventeen-volume study of the impact of religion on American history for adolescent readers and public schools (with Jon Butler). He is general editor of both The Works of Jonathan Edwards for Yale University Press and the Religion in America series for Oxford University Press. He has written articles for the Journal of Social History, Journal of American Studies, Journal of American History, Theological Education, Computers and the Humanities, and Christian Scholar’s Review. He is a contributor to the Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, and the Reader’s Encyclopedia of the American West. In 2003, Professor Stout was awarded the Robert Cherry Award for Great Teaching.
Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
Os has written or edited more than 25 books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, and A Case for Civility, and A Free People’s Suicide. His latest book is The Global Public Square.
The Honorable Alonzo L. McDonald has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, government, and academia. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Avenir Group, Inc., a private development bank and investor group that he founded in 1983. Mr. McDonald was the Founding Chairman of The Trinity Forum, and presently serves as a Senior Fellow and trustee emeritus.
Mr. McDonald was President and Vice Chairman of the Bendix Corporation from 1981 to 1983. Earlier, he spent seventeen years with McKinsey and Company, Inc., serving as a partner in London and New York, manager of their offices in Zurich and Paris, and CEO of the firm worldwide. In 1977, he was named Deputy Special Trade Representative and Ambassador in charge of the U.S. Delegation to the GATT in Geneva. In 1979, he was named Assistant to the President of the United States and White House Staff Director of the Carter Administration.
David Aikman, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and author, is a specialist on Russia, China, East Asia, the Middle East, and religious freedom issues worldwide. During a lengthy career as a foreign correspondent, he reported for TIME Magazine from five continents and more than fifty countries.
David serves The Trinity Forum as Senior Fellow and is a regular Moderator. He is presently writer in residence and professor of history at Patrick Henry College. He is the founding chairman and a board member of Gegrapha, a global fellowship of journalists, and was recently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He writes columns for Christianity Today and Provocations in addition to extensive freelance writing for such publications as The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard. He is a regular commentator and host on the Voice of America and has been a commentator on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.
Mr. Cromartie in 2004 was nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and served as its chair in 2005 and vice-chair in 2006. He has appeared on television and radio programs including NPR’s All Things Considered and the ABC and CNN evening news, and has been quoted in the Washington Post, the New York Times, The New Republic, U.S. News & World Report, and others. He has published reviews and articles in First Things, Books & Culture, Crisis, The Washington Times, and Christianity Today, among others. He has edited ten books on topics including natural law, religion and politics, and foreign policy. He was also a co-host of a nationally broadcast weekly radio show called “Faith and Freedom.”
Before joining EPPC, he worked as a special assistant to Charles W. Colson at Prison Fellowship Ministries. A graduate of Covenant College, he holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University.
Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain is Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. She was named a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum in 2007.
Dr. Elshtain is a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and our ethical convictions. She teaches in the Divinity School as well as the Department of Political Science and the Committee on International Relations on topics including just war, human identity, and political ethics.
Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum.
He has been at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he received his Ph.D. in 1964, and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).
The Rt Hon The Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT PC, is Her Majesty’s Lord High Commissioner for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. From 1988 to 1997 he was Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom, the highest office in the judiciary of the UK. He is also Chancellor of Heriott-Watt University and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum.
The Lord Mackay was born James Peter Hymers Mackay in Edinburgh on 2 July 1927. He was educated at George Heriott’s School and at Edinburgh University where he graduated MA with Honours in mathematics and natural philosophy.