Day Job: Director of the Graduate Programs in Theology at Christ College, Concordia University
Preferred Super Power: Teleportation
"I would appreciate the power of teleportation. One, I can teleport to Dallas every Sunday afternoon to watch the Cowboys play. Two, I can finally fish the world's greatest trout streams without spending a dime on travel. Three, if I found myself in a sticky situation...I could get the heck out. I suppose you could do all these things by flying as well, but I have to wonder, wouldn't flying like Superman leave you with an incredibly sore neck?"
Joel Oesch, MDiv, holds a PhD from Concordia Seminary and is a graduate of Yale University. Dr. Oesch has served as the Director of the Graduate Programs in Theology for Christ College, Concordia since 2012. Prior to his tenure as a college professor, Oesch served as Director of Christian Education for 10 years. His research interests include embodied theology, the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and contemporary culture.
Day Job: Assistant Professor & Director of the Director of Christian Education Program of Christ College, Concordia University
Preferred Super Power: The Force
"I would like the power of the force. It would be awesome to be a Jedi, of course, and use my powers for the right cause: protection. I would not be swayed by the Dark Side."
Rebecca became an Assistant Professor/Director to the DCE Program of Christ College after serving Lutheran Churches as Director of Christian Education throughout the country (Idaho, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida) in life-span education roles working with Children, Youth, Family, Older Adults for 14 years. Her service to the body of Christ also includes speaking at youth gatherings, conferences and leading training events for Family Friendly Partner's Network (FFPN).
Day Job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, specializing in the Philosophy of Science at Christ College, Concordia University, Irvine
Preferred Super Power: Cyberpathy
"The ability to control software with your mind. The world will be in dire trouble from two post-apocalyptic sources: zombies and killer robots. When, not if, those two threats to humanity merge as zombiots nobody will be ready for what follows. In such an environment computer-programming skills to deprogram the zombiots will be key to survival. Thus, my desired superpower is the ability to program computers with my mind, aka cyberpathy. But wait! If biological zombies do not have minds, will zombiots not have a functioning CPU to run software?"
Dr. Daniel Deen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University, Irvine. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2015. His philosophical musings lean toward virtue epistemological perspectives in religious and scientific epistemology with a strong penchant for dialogue between science and religion, Christ and culture. In other words, he is committed to that philosophical ideal of promoting great conversations with an eye toward apologetics. When not philosophizing, he is often found surfing, exploring nature with his wife and three children, or getting into trouble with power tools.
Day Job: Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Concordia University, Irvine
Preferred Super Power: Animal Telepathy
"The ability to control animals with telepathy to fight as an army against the coming robot apocalypse."
Dr. Jeff Mallinson earned his doctorate from Oxford University, studying under Dr. Alister McGrath, where he focused his research on the topic of religious epistemology during the Reformation era. In addition to his broad academic interests, he enjoys riding beach cruisers with his family up and down Balboa Peninsula, in Newport Beach, CA, or riding his new era Triumph up Pacific Coast Highway from Newport Beach to Venice Beach. Mallinson loves all human beings, and avoids needless battles just as Kwai Chang Kaine of Kung Fu fame was taught to do. As he travels through this world of woe, he seeks to spread a rumor amongst fellow strangers that all manner of things shall be well.
Day Job: Director of Operations and Scholarship for 1517 The Legacy Project and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University
Preferred Super Power: Mind Control
Dr. Scott Keith is the Director of Operations and Scholarship for 1517 The Legacy Project and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine. He is a Contributor to The Jagged Word and 1517 The Legacy Project, as well as a host of the Thinking Fellows podcast. Dr. Keith is the author of Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace. He earned his doctorate from Foundation House Oxford, under the sponsorship of the Graduate Theological Foundation, studying under Dr. James A. Nestingen. Dr. Keith’s research focused on the doctrine of good works in the writings of Philip Melanchthon.
Day Job: DCE student and jazz pianist
Day Job: DCE student of Christ College, Concordia University Irvine
Adam's Preferred Super Power: Super-Flight
Adam Dougherty (pronounced "dockerty") is in his second year of studies at Concordia University Irvine. He is preparing for full-time church work as a Director of Christian Education in the DCE program and also a jazz pianist in his spare time. Adam spent 5 months traveling around the world with CUI in the Fall semester of 2016. Adam and Maddie have been working together seamlessly for almost 4 years, coordinating and planning events, teaching conferences on teen leadership, and even leading a training on how to use social media as a witness tool.
Maddie's Preferred Super Power: Flight
Maddie Upchurch is a senior Director of Christian Education student at Concordia University Irvine. She served as an Executive Team member for Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) for three years, speaking at and hosting leadership trainings directed towards youth who are leaders in their communities. When she’s not completing her DCE practicum, Maddie enjoys watching the X-Files and discussing if aliens could actually exist.