Jubilee Professional Speakers Bios

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Dr. Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson earned a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Liz, moved to Kansas City in 1989 to begin Christ Community Church, where he has served as senior pastor since. Tom was ordained by the EFCA in 1992, and has served the EFCA on the Midwest District Board, the national Ministerial Association Board, and the Board of Regents of Trinity International University.

Tom is also president of Made to Flourish, a nationwide pastors’ network for the common good, where he provides overall strategic direction and is a regular speaker and facilitator. Tom is the author of Five Smooth StonesDiscovering the Path to Wholeness of Soul, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship with Monday Work and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity. The Nelsons reside in Leawood, Kansas, and have two adult children, Schaeffer and Sarah.

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Lisa Slayton

Lisa Slayton attended Mount Holyoke College with a major in Anthropology and later received her Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University in 2012.

Over 20 years of experience in the marketplace in sales and marketing and senior management roles as well as ministry leadership experience marries a unique set of capabilities to serve in her current role. Having both strong strategic and integrating capabilities as well as design and connecting strengths allows her to serve the organization on a number of fronts. Slayton develops and implements all strategic initiatives and gives operational oversight for the organization.

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DR. Angela Dills

Angela Dills is Professor of Economics and the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University. She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. She previously held faculty positions at Clemson University, Mercer University, Wellesley College, and Providence College.

Angela’s research and passions center on policy questions including questions around ride sharing, school choice, and drug and alcohol policy. Her paper on “Ride-sharing, vehicle crashes, and crime” recently won the annual best paper award for the Southern Economic Journal. Other research has appeared in journals such as Economic InquiryJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Economics of Education Review. Angela serves on the editorial boards of the Economics of Education Review and the Eastern Economic Journal. She lives in Franklin, NC with her husband and coauthor, Sean Mulholland, and their three children, Julian (11), Porter (8), and Kathryn (4).


Jim Stout

Jim Stout is the Vice President at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation. He oversees the Leaders Collaborative Communities and adds operational and strategic capacity.

Prior to joining PLF, Jim provided 10 years of leadership as a campus minister and area director with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. After which he spent a combined 10 years in real estate development with Neighborhood Solutions, and Insurance with Provident.

Jim has been married to his wife Mari for 16 years and they have three wonderful children- Owen (12), Søren (9), and Davita (7). Additionally, Jim is in the final stages of completing a Masters in Professional Counseling.

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Scott Erickson

Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance speaker, and creative priest who mixes autobiography, mythology, and aesthetics to create art and moments that speak to our deepest experiences.

Using his passion and commitment to craft, Scott has been a working artist for over a decade, and has had his work appear on CNN, National Geographic, and various magazines and newspaper outlets.

He is the co-author of, Prayer: Forty Days of Practice, an adjunct professor at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, and a professional dishwasher for his food blogging wife.

Scott is most loved by his wife Holly and his children Anders and Elsa. Find out more about Scott: scottericksonart.com


Kathy Emmons

A native Pittsburgher, Kathy Emmons is the cohost of The Ride Home with John and Kathy, the afternoon drive talk program broadcast by WORDfm in metropolitan Pittsburgh & streamed worldwide.  At the forefront of faith-based radio, The Ride Home combines conversation, news, entertainment and learning, all in the framework of the Christian worldview.

Kathy has also served as Worship Leader and Music Director at Bellefield Presbyterian Church on the University of Pittsburgh campus since 1998. She holds a degree in Communications & Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Kathy loves sports, photography, reading, and slow Sundays with her family. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two daughters.


Dr. Dan Allender

Dr. Dan Allender has pioneered a unique and innovative approach to trauma and abuse therapy over the past 30 years. Central to Dr. Allender’s theory and approach are the categories of Faith, Hope and Love, and their converses betrayal, ambivalence, and powerlessness. Through identifying and engaging these categories in one’s personal narrative, healing and transformation can occur by bridging the story of the gospel and the stories of trauma and abuse that mark so many.

After receiving his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Allender earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. Dan taught in the Biblical Counseling department of Grace Theological Seminary for seven years (1983-1989). From 1989-1997, Dan worked as professor in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University in Denver. In 1997, Dan and a cadre of others founded The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, in order to train therapists, pastors, artists, and leaders to more effectively serve in the context of the 21st century. Dan served as President of The Seattle School from 2002-2009.

Dan continues to serve as Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School. He travels and speaks extensively to present his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, intimacy and marriage, worship, and other related topics. Dan is the author of The Wounded Heart, The Healing Path, To Be Told, and God Loves Sex, and he has co-authored several books with Dr. Tremper Longman, including Intimate Allies, The Cry of the Soul, Bold Love, and Bold Purpose.

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Dr. Gregory Thompson

Dr. Greg Thompson is the Executive Director of New City Commons, a social impact consulting firm that equips institutional leaders for the work of nurturing thriving communities.

He is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American democratic imagination.

Prior to his work with New City Commons, Greg served for ten years as senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Greg brings a powerful and deeply inspiring charge to how we view the involvement of the church in all of society, and what it takes for a city to flourish.

He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville with his wife and four children.

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Brian Schutt

Brian Schutt is an Indianapolis based entrepreneur that has launched successful startups in trades and real estate. His current focus is growing Refinery46, a first-of-its-kind coworking and incubator space built to serve growing businesses in trades and home services. Through building a collaborative community of values driven companies, he hopes to create a workforce development magnet for the under-supplies industries that are tenants.


Dr. John Wallace

John M. Wallace, Jr., Ph.D. is a bi-vocational urban minister whose career demonstrates the integration of faith and work. Dr. Wallace is the senior pastor of Bible Center Church, located in Pittburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, and a full professor at the University of Pittsburgh, with appointments in the School of Social Work, the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Deitrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Wallace integrates his faith and work through the ministries of Bible Center and through his research, teaching and service at Pitt. He is the founder of The Oasis Project—the community and economic development division of Bible Center. He is passionate about what he calls, “holistic faith-based development,” with a particular focus on education, employment, entrepreneurship and “withintrification”—real estate ownership and development by local residents and organizations. His current projects focus on ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math) education for children, and the creation of businesses to create jobs, meet pressing needs and transform communities. The Oasis Project’s most recent venture is Everyday Café, Pittsburgh’s first completely cashless coffeehouse and Homewood’s hub for art, culture and community.

In addition to being a pastor and professor, Dr. Wallace is a husband and a father. He has been married to his wife Cynthia for nearly thirty years and together they have four children.

Dr. Wallace earned his BA from the University of Chicago and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, all in sociology.