CO-FOUNDERS  Ryan Bell & Syd Shook


Ryan J. Bell is Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Global Studies Department at Azusa Pacific University. He has written numerous articles,  contributed to several books—most recently, Manifest: Our Call to Faithful Creativity—and is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post. He maintains a personal blog at

Ryan is a sought after commentator, panelist and pubic speaker on issues at the intersection of religion, faith and public life. He serves on several interfaith organizations including The Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out and the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative.

For the past 19 years Ryan has served as a pastor, most recently as the senior pastor of the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church, since June 2005. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Ryan and his family live in Los Angeles.


Randall FrederickRandall Frederick is originally from the Gulf Coast, where he worked with churches and media for over a decade. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to The Hillhurst Review, he oversees two other sites focusing on religion and sexuality, is brand manager for The Christian Closet, a consultant to Level Ground and Candice Czubernat on LGBTQ issues, and is a writer for The Huffington Post.

Syd Shook has worked cross-culturally in international community development as Co-Director of Communityfor, a Community of Faith FBO, since 2008 when she attended her first Amahoro Africa Gathering in Rwanda. In 2007 she earned her BA from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Linguistics and her certificate in community-based development from Colorado State’s International Institute for Sustainable Development in partnership with Village Earth. She currently works as an assistant pastor at Hollywood Adventist Church and as a freelance actor. She is a student at Fuller Theological Seminary  and a contributing editor for Molossus. She lives Los Angeles with her husband David and her chihuahua Okie Doke.

Contributing Editors

Kelley Johnson-Nikondeha is co-director of Amahoro Africa and international staff member of Community of Faith with her husband Claude. She’s a thinker, connector, advocate, avid reader and mother of two beautiful children. Kelley lives between Arizona and Burundi.  She is a regular contributor to SheLoves Magazine as well as a lover of hand-written letters, home-made pesto and anything written by Walter Brueggemann.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is an ecumenical global networker among innovative Christian leaders. He has written more than a dozen books including, most recently, A New Kind of Christianity and Naked Spirituality.

Ron Osborn is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California.  His research deals with the intersection of politics, violence, and religion.  The son of Christian missionaries, he has lived for more than half of his life outside of the United States, including in Asia, Africa, and Europe.  He is the author of Anarchy and Apocalypse: Essays on Faith, Violence, and Theodicy.

David Shook studied endangered languages in Oklahoma and poetry at Oxford. He served as Translator in Residence at the Poetry Parnassus in London, where he premiered his covertly filmed documentary Kilometer Zero, featuring Equatorial Guinean poet Marcelo Ensema Nsang. His poems, translations and essays appear widely, in magazines like AmbitPoetryWorld Literature TodayWasafirinominated his poem “Mutt Ghazal” for the 2012 Forward Prize. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, where he edits Molossus and publishes Phoneme Books.

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