Part Think Tank, Part Agencey

The faces behind the curtains

In all of its work, the Louisville Institute is guided by its fundamental mission to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions by bringing those who lead religious institution with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.

“I’m grateful for the work of the LI. For pastors, religious educators, and academic researchers, it remains a vital center for sponsoring high quality empirical research, allowing all of us to avoid speculation and discern what is actually happening with religion in the world.”
Dr. Gerardo Marti
Davidson College: Professor & Chair of Sociology
“The Louisville Institute Board gives us the privilege of investing in the good and holy work of congregations, pastors, and academics throughout North America.”
The Rev. Michael Mather
First United Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado: Pastor
“In times of great change, thoughtful study is more necessary than ever. LI stands ready to invest meaningfully in people and networks, movements and ideas that will make a difference to the church and academy alike.”
Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto
Princeton Theological Seminary: Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament
“Serving as a Board Member for Louisville Institute is a great opportunity to stay abreast of the latest research, support pastors and congregations inquires, and work with a group of compassionate and caring individuals.”
Rev. Dr. Vanessa K. Allen-Brown
University of Cincinnati: Associate Professor, School of Education
“I serve as chair/moderator of the Louisville Institute board as president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary but equally out of a deep commitment to innovating theological educational for our day and time. LI is leading edge in this regard. Grounding what we do at LI in conjunction with LPTS is an integral way for me to model our partnership and to tangibly celebrate the future of our vocational witness for the academy, church and society.”
Dr. Alton B. Pollard III
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Seminary President and Professor of Religion and Culture
“As a pastor and a seminary faculty member, I am particularly drawn to the Louisville Institute’s aim to facilitate generative conversations between the church and the academy in North America.”
Rev. Dr. Peter Cha
Rev. Dr. Peter Cha
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: Professor of Church, Culture and Society
Dr. Neomi DeAnda
Dr. Neomi DeAnda
University of Dayton: Associate Professor of Religious Studies
“Midwifing good ideas from the imagination into the world requires partnership with the Holy Spirit, and it’s a gift to be part of that coaching, coaxing teamwork with the Louisville Institute.”
Rev. Dr. Katie Hays
Rev. Dr. Katie Hays
Galileo Church (Mansfield / Fort Worth, Texas): Lead Evangelist
“As a professor who cares about scholarship that is relevant in the ‘real world,’ I am grateful to be a part of the inspiring work that the Louisville Institute does to facilitate exciting and impactful projects in the church, the academy, and the society at large.”
Dr. Justin M. Reed
Dr. Justin M. Reed
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Assistant Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible