annual consultation on the missional church 2012

on the road to emmaus: the missional church and global media cultures

The Eighth Annual Consultation on the Missional Church
Nov. 9-10, 2012

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Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Baeta-Grau Professor of African Christianity, Director of the Center for the Study of African Christianity, Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana

“Discipling on Tape, on Air and Online: Media, the Missional Church and the Shift of Christianity to the Global South”

J.Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu is the author of “African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana.” He is a respected African media studies and theology scholar in the international conversation on media, religion and culture. He writes frequently and thoughtfully on issues of media spread and use in the African continent, and particularly on film, radio and new media in emerging religious movements.



elizabeth drescher

Lecturer, Santa Clara University

"Jesus Has So Left the Building: A Digital Missiology"

 Elizabeth Drescher is an educator, scholar, writer and public speaker on Christian spirituality, with an emphasis on the spiritual practices of ordinary believers and seekers today and in the past. She holds a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and an M.A. in systematic theology from Duquesne University. Drescher teaches in the undergraduate program in religious studies and the graduate program in pastoral ministry at Santa Clara University. She was previously the director of the Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership and assistant professor of Christian spiritualities at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where she remains an adjunct faculty member. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to the highly regarded online magazine Religion Dispatches. Her writing has been highlighted by the Atlantic Monthly and the BBC. She has published essays and poetry in both popular magazines and academic journals. Drescher is an invited preacher, conference speaker and workshop leader for churches, seminaries, colleges and universities, and religious organizations throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of a number of grants for the study of religion and education. She is currently beginning research on a book about so-called religious Nones—believers and seekers who answer “none” when asked with what religious denomination or tradition they identify.


mary hess

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Luther Seminary

"Encountering Strangers on the Road: Transforming the Challenges of Media Estrangement with Missional Leadership"

Mary E. Hess is associate professor of educational leadership at Luther Seminary, where she has taught since 2000. She has a B.A. from Yale, an M.T.S. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Boston College. She directed the Religious Education and Challenge of Media Culture Project prior to coming to Luther, and the Open Source Religious Resources project, which developed the site. Her most recent books include “Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts: Promises and Contradictions,” and “Engaging Technology in Theological Education.” She is a frequent contributor to Religious Education. She is currently the immediate past president of the Religious Education Association/Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, and a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Association of Practical Theology and the American Academy of Religion. She consults widely with U.S. theological school faculties on topics of distributed learning and pedagogy, and has worked with both the Wabash Center and the Lexington Seminar. She has written the blog Tensegrities since early 2003, is the editor of, and is active in a variety of other digital venues.


rex miller

Author and Speaker

"When the Word became the Gospel in a Cloud Era"

  • Rex Miller is the author of "The Millennium Matrix" and "The Commercial Real Estate Revolution. He was awarded the 2009 CoreNet Global Innovator of the Year Award. He speaks to large groups on the new rules for a digital era, innovation, leadership and mapping your future and provides executive coaching and strategic advice to business leaders. He writes blogs for the commercial real estate and construction industries, and on innovation and the future. He leads organizations and industries through an innovation process called mindshift and is an expert in building strategic partner alliances. He is the creator of SWARM (smart work and referral marketing).

jolyon mitchell 

Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues

"Portraying Emmaus: Hopes Dashed, Eyes Opened and Hearts Warmed"

Educated at Cambridge, Durham, and Edinburgh Universities, Jolyon Mitchell worked as a producer and journalist for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 before he was appointed to the University of Edinburgh. As director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues he directs a number of research projects and helps to host a wide range of public lectures and events. He has supervised over a dozen doctorates and supervised well over 100 other postgraduates. Many of these completed doctorates have been published as books or articles. Mitchell is a regular broadcaster and has given numerous invited lectures around the world. He is author and editor of a number of books and numerous chapters and articles. His publications reflect some of his research interests and include: “Media Violence and Christian Ethics” (Cambridge University Press, 2007); “The Religion and Film Reader” (co-editor with S. Brent Plate Routledge, 2007); “Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture” (co-editor with Sophia Marriage, Continuum, 2003); “Visually Speaking” (T&T Clark, 1999); and “Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence” (Routledge, 2011). Mitchell is also co-editor of three research monograph series with Routledge, including on Media, Religion and Culture; and on Film and Religion. He is a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, a member of the national AHRC Peer Review College and acted as the only British Member of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion & Culture. He has worked as a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, a visiting fellow at Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Study at the University of Cambridge and a visiting fellow at Ormond Hall, the University of Melbourne. He was director of the Third International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture, Edinburgh, July 1999 and director of the Fourth International Conference on Peacemaking in the World of Film: from Conflict to Reconciliation, Edinburgh, July 2007.