Meet our Pastoral Advisory Committee

September 22, 2016

The Pastoral Advisory Committee of our Theology of Joy and the Good Life project is comprised of leaders of prominent churches whose experiences in their congregations will provide important insights about the relevance of project research to pastors and laypeople and suggest directions the project should take.


Lillian Daniel is the Senior Minister at 1st Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa. She has written four books, most recently Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong to (2016) and When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough (2013). She has taught preaching at a number of seminaries but cannot be held responsible for every boring sermon you hear. You can find her work in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Christian Century, Christianity Today, Relevant, and on PBS. 

Adam Hamilton is the Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He has authored 13 books and several small group studies on topics as diverse as forgiveness, simple living, love and marriage, morality, politics, God’s will, and world religions. His most recent publications include Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today and The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Allen Hilton, Ph.D., is the founder and leader of House United, a non-profit dedicated to bringing people together across political, religious, and racial divisions for the common good. (houseunitedmovement.org) He has served on the faculties of Yale Divinity School and St. Mary’s College of California and on clergy teams in New Canaan, CT, Seattle, and most recently Wayzata, MN., where he built and taught a popular class, “Bible for Dummies.” He is working on the last chapters of a popular book House United and a scholarly book Illiterate Apostles.

Otis Moss III is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. He is a life member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, board member of the Christian Century Magazine, and Chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. He is co-author, with his father, Otis Moss, Jr., of Preach!: The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise

Rich Nathan has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Vineyard Columbus in Ohio since 1987. Prior to becoming the church’s first senior pastor, he taught business law at The Ohio State University for five years. For nearly two decades, he has served on the National Board for Vineyard: A Community of Churches and is currently serving as the leader of the Large Church Task Force for the Vineyard. His publications include Empowered Evangelicals: Bringing Together the Best of the Evangelical and Charismatic Worlds and Both-And: Living the Christ-Centered Life in an Either-Or World