Behind the Scenes:

The LI Advisory Board

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

“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
“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
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.”
Justin Reed
Dr. Justin M. Reed
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Assistant Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
“I value the Louisville Institute’s ability to engage and broaden ideas in structured and collaborative ways. As a board member, I’m blessed to share in the work of increasing confidence, solving challenges, and overcoming obstacles alongside people who have the motivation to succeed in pastoral leadership, congregational life, research, and academics.”
Telika McCoy
Rev. Dr. Telika McCoy
Mt. Peace Baptist Church (Raleigh, NC): Pastor
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to help the Louisville Institute support relevant research that bridges congregations, pastors, and scholars within and across their respective contexts.”
Tim Tseng
Dr. Timothy Tseng
New College Berkeley: Co-Executive Director
“Today, theologies live at-large, shaping communities in innumerable ways; I am excited to advance scholarship that will strengthen religious contributions to public life.”
Dr. Erica M Ramirez
Dr. Erica M Ramirez
Auburn Seminary: Director of Applied Research