Join the launch event for Ryan Panzer's new book, Grace & Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture.
Tuesday, December 1, 1:30-4:30 CST
Join Leading Experts on Church and Technology
About the Book
In today's tech-shaped culture, we learn and we know through questions, connection, collaboration, and creativity—the networked values of the digital age. Drawing on experiences from a career as an instructional designer in the technology industry and a lifetime of leadership in the Lutheran church, Ryan M. Panzer argues that digital technology is not a set of tools, but a force for cultural transformation that has profound implications for ministry.
Meet the Presenters
Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is an Episcopal priest and an educational media producer and researcher. He studies how we make meaning by making media in faith and faith-adjacent settings. Currently he is a doctoral candidate in educational media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and serves as communications and marketing manager and adjunct instructor in Christian education at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and infant daughter and is coping with the pandemic by listening to Star Wars novels on Audible.
Mary E. Hess is Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary, where she has taught since 2000. During the 2016-2017 year she held the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Visiting Chair in Religious Education at the University of St. Michael’s College, in the University of Toronto. Hess has degrees from Yale, Harvard and Boston College, and has directed a number of projects focusing on the challenges of media culture for communities of faith. As an educator straddling the fields of media studies and religious studies, Hess has focused her research on exploring ways in which participatory strategies for knowing and learning are constructed and contested amidst digital cultures.
Shamika is a person who is passionate about people and technology! She studied technology and ethics by developing technowomanism at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. There, she also created and developed the concept of a Tech Chaplain. On Juneteenth 2020, she launched the Tech Chaplaincy Institute, which uses the best practices of pastoral care and chaplaincy to serve faith communities who are open and affirming, social justice-oriented, progressive as well as mission-driven organizations with their everyday tech needs.
Stephanie Williams O’Brien
Pastor Stephanie Williams O’Brien is the Lead Pastor at Mill City Church in Northeast Minneapolis and a professor of ministry at Bethel University and Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Stephanie has opportunities to coach leaders around the world through speaking, developing resources, and her podcast Lead Stories with her friend Jo Saxton. Her first book, Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith, was released in fall 2019.
Rev. Jim Keat is the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City and the Director of Online Innovation for Convergence, a diverse collective of faith-based leaders, learners, artists, activists, communities, and congregations. He is also a Digital Consultant to various progressive faith agencies and organizations. He is the producer of original media projects from The Riverside Church, as well as the creator of the Thirty Second Bible project and Thirty Seconds or Less. Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsea, their son, Loren, and their two cats, Whitman and Wendell. When the weather is warm, they enjoy visiting a new state park in their sixteen foot Airstream and creating videos for their Free and Simple channel on YouTube.
Sarah Stonesifer Boylan
Sarah lives into her baptismal vows every day. She focuses on digital teaching, coaching, resources, and training for thoughtful, innovative Christian formation, and community for all ages. She spends her time digging into social media, educational technology, and digital communications and creating digitally-savvy leaders. Continuing her passion for systems management and organizational change, she is completing her Educational Doctorate in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She is also an elected member of The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council. When she’s not working, Sarah hangs out with her terrier-chihuahua, Lucas, and her husband, Brooks
Kristin is part of The Joshua Group team and bring the most impact possible to non-profits and congregations for health, vitality, mission focus and financial stability. She joined Kairos full-time in 2013 and helped develop The Joshua Group in 2014. She was the Principal and Lead Consultant of Seraphim Communications for more than 16 years. Kristin has a BS from Augsburg College and is finishing a MA at Penn State in Organization Development. She is an active leaders in her congregation and serves on non-profit boards. She and her husband Hans, a Lutheran pastor and Associate Professor at Augsburg University, enjoy their four children and reside in St. Paul, MN.
Dave Daubert is the Lead Consultant for Day 8 Strategies. He has a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and a PhD in Theological Studies. Dave works with faith-based organizations and with leaders to connect people to God’s work in the world and support revitalization for the sake of God’s mission. He also serves as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL—a role he shares with his wife Marlene who is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA. He has been interviewed on NPR and is the popular author of several books and articles about mission, leadership and the practice of ministry. His new book, Becoming a Hybrid Church, is now out. It was co-written with his friend and colleague Richard Jorgensen. Dave and his wife live in Elgin, IL with their dog Elsa. They are the parents of two grown children and new grandparents.