President and Founder: Dr. Paul L. Gavrilyuk, Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy, Theology Department, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Dr. Paul L. Gavrilyuk is an internationally respected historian of early Christianity and Orthodox theologian. Translated into ten languages, his publications include The Suffering of the Impassible God: The Dialectics of Patristic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2004), Histoire du catéchuménat dans l’église ancienne [A History of the Catechumenate in the Early Church] (Le Cerf, 2007; Russian edition in 2001) and Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance (Oxford, 2013). Dr. Gavrilyuk holds the endowed Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. His professional experience includes directing international collaborative research projects, including the Spiritual Perception Project; organizing conferences and symposia; advising several leading university presses; publishing edited volumes; and serving on the Board of Directors of the Pappas Institute, Brookline, Massachusetts. His church-related activities have included missionary and catechetical work. He is the Founding President of the International Orthodox Theological Association.
Vice-President: Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak, Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Gayle E. Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Gayle received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Toledo (Medical College of Ohio). She did her postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic, and then moved to Argonne National Laboratory until 2001. Her scientific interests are predominantly in the areas of molecular biology. radiation biology, and nanotechnology studies, and she has authored over 200 papers. She is editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Radiation Biology, is a member of various national and international committees and serves on the US delegation to the United National Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. She also received a DMin degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Eastern Christian Studies having worked in bioethical questions and science and religion studies. She is Adjunct Professor of Religion and Science at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago and Sessional Professor of Bioethics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Her research interests there include environmental issues, bioethical questions, and evolution.
Lori Branch, Associate Professor of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Lori Branch is associate professor of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature at the University of Iowa. Her first book, Rituals of Spontaneity: Sentiment and Secularism from Free Prayer to Wordsworth, was named 2007 Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature. She has published widely on literature and religion ranging from the fourth-century Sayings of the Desert Fathers to contemporary Gothic fiction, and frequently lectures on postsecular studies in Europe, the US, and China. With Mark Knight she has also co-directed two NEH Summer Seminars for faculty on “Religion, Secularism, and the Novel.” She is currently at work on a book project titled Postsecular Reason, and she edits the monograph series “Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies” for Ohio State University Press.
Robert Saler, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, Associate Dean for Evaluation, and Director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Robert Saler is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, Associate Dean for Evaluation, and Director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. The author or editor of five books and a number of scholarly articles, Saler is primarily interested in how theology can contribute to debates around public epistemologies in their aesthetic, spiritual, and political dimensions.
V. Rev. Anton C. Vrame, Director of Holy Cross Orthodox Press and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, USA
V. Rev. Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., Co-Chair for the Orthodox Education Group of IOTA, is Director of Holy Cross Orthodox Press and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA. He has published and lectured extensively about Orthodox Christian education, including the book, The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way. He was President of the Orthodox Theological Society in America (2007-2009) and Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ USA (2008-2013).