Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.Dietrich Bonhoeffer
More than 60 years ago, a group of dedicated educators, theologians and church leaders took up the responsibility to cultivate quality leadership for the church and academy. That commitment formed the legacy of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). Today, FTE board members dedicate their time, talent and resources to support gifted, diverse young adults pursuing vocational leadership in ministry and teaching.
Through their wisdom and service, the FTE board of directors acknowledges their role and stake in helping young adults explore their purpose, passion and calling.
Trustee Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is coordinator of relationships for theological entities at Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH). Prior to this role, she served as dean and vice president of education at Esperanza College of Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA.
Trustee Hyepin Im is president and founder of Faith & Community Empowerment (FACE) in Los Angeles, California. Recognized nationally for her work and advocacy, she also serves as a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Board of Corporation for National and Community Service.
Board Chair Linda Kay Klein is the founder of Break Free Together, a not-for-profit organization that uses story exchange to help people release shame and claim their whole selves—mind, spirit, and body. She is also the author of PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free.
Secretary/Treasurer Ross Lockhart is associate professor at St. Andrew’s Hall at The University of British Columbia. Rev. Dr. Lockhart is also the director of denominational formation at The Vancouver School of Theology where he teaches courses in Reformed Worship, Creeds and Confessions and Evangelism and Catechesis.
Trustee Jesse Miranda is founder and president of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership (JMC). Most recently he served as distinguished professor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, providing the leadership for this institution to become the second Christian Hispanic Serving Institute in the nation under Title V of the U.S. Department of Education.
Trustee Shively T. J. Smith serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Smith is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she serves as a resident scholar at the historic Cathedral of the AME Church, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.
Trustee J. Larry Stine is a senior principal at the labor and employment law firm of Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. A former regional counsel to the U.S. Department of Labor, he specializes in employment discrimination issues, wage and hour matters, and concerns involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Trustee Starsky D. Wilson is an activist, pastor, philanthropist and president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant-making organization devoted to making child well-being a civic priority in the St. Louis region. Previously, Rev. Wilson led Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) where he led activism on several issues, including youth violence prevention, Medicaid expansion, public school accreditation, voter mobilization, and raising the minimum wage.
Trustee Frank M. Yamada is the executive director of the Association of Theological Schools. He previously served as the president and Cyrus McCormick Professor of Bible and Culture at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is the first Asian American to serve as president of a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. Prior to becoming president, Rev. Dr. Yamada was the director of the Center for Asian American Ministries and associate professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick. He also taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.