2024 Scholars

Dr. Chris Armstrong

Dr. Chris Armstrong

Education: PhD, Duke University; MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Current Position: Editor, Faith & Flourishing; Senior Editor, Christian History.

Chris Armstrong is a church historian, educator, author, editor, and academic entrepreneur. He taught from 2004 to 2013 at Bethel Seminary, St Paul, Minn, where he founded and directed Work with Purpose, a faith and work initiative. From 2014 to 2018 he served as faculty member and founding director of Opus: The Art of Work at Wheaton College (IL), a faith and vocation center. From 2019 to 2023, he served the Kern Family Foundation as Program Fellow, planning and executing faculty development initiatives for a national network of professors. Since 2012, Chris has also served as Senior Editor of Christian History magazine; he also currently serves as Editor of Faith & Flourishing. He blogs at https://hwol.substack.com/ (archives also available a https://gratefultothedead.com/) and can be reached via Facebook and LinkedIn.

Chris became a church historian to learn how Christians have lived out their understandings of God, humanity, and the world; the same impulse drives his current research on faith, vocation, and human flourishing. His recent book Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C S Lewis (Brazos, 2016) retrieves medieval themes of faith and life as a resource for today’s
Christians. Chris is currently working on a book with the working title Fully Human: A Brief History of Pro-Flourishing Faith

Maria Horning

Maria Horning

Education: M.S. in Organizational Development and Leadership, St. Joseph’s University.; B.A. in Economic
Development, Eastern University.

Current position: Vice President for Leadership Development, Legatum.

Maria Horning is the Vice President for Leadership Development at Legatum, a Dubai-based investment firm. Maria designs and facilitates leadership development workshops, coordinates leadership retreats for executives, and contributes to online courses that develop leaders of character globally. She is passionate about creating hospitable environments for personal growth and interpersonal contact, believing in the power of relationships and cohesive teams to drive positive, transformative change. Her research focuses on team dynamics and pro-social behavior.

Prior to joining Legatum in 2023, Maria was a Senior Program Director at Geneva Global, a philanthropic consulting firm. In this role she managed grant programs that supported changemakers and local leaders seeking to end modern slavery and child marriage. This
experience further enkindled Maria’s deep-seated desire for justice, recognizing the dignity of each person, righting systemic injustice, and creating opportunity for flourishing. Maria holds a Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s
University and a Bachelors of Arts in Economic Development from Eastern University. She is based in Philadelphia, PA

Kara Martin

Education: MA in Christian Studies, Australian College of Theology; MCom in Human Resources,
University of Wollongong; BA in Communications, University of Technology – Sydney.

Current Position: Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Visiting Fellow with the
Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square; Member on the Board of the Theology of Work Project.

Kara Martin is the author of Workship: How to Use your Work to Worship God, and Workship 2: How to Flourish at Work; co-author of Keeping Faith: How Christian organisation can stay true to the way of Jesus, and was co-editorof Transforming Vocation: Connecting Theology, Church, and the Workplace for a Flourishing World. She is a lecturer with Mary Andrews College and Adjunct Professor with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston. Kara is also a Visiting Fellow with the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square and on the Board of the Theology of Work Project in the US. Kara has presented, taught, and run workshops in churches and theological colleges in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the US, New Zealand and throughout Australia. She has published in Faith in Business Quarterly (Cambridge, UK).

Dr. Jay Moon

Dr. Jay Moon

Education: PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary; MBA Howard Dayton School of Business at Asbury University; M.A. in Social Sciences, Azusa Pacific University; Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.S. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech.

Current Position: Professor, Asbury Theological Seminary

Jay Moon is a Professor of Evangelism & Church Planting and the Director of the Office of Faith, Work, and Economics at Asbury Theological Seminary. He authored six books, including Missional Vibrancy and Financial Viability: Alternate Financial Models for Churches and Church Plants When Tithes and Offerings are Not Enough. He also edited five books, including Entrepreneurial Church Planting: Innovative Approaches to Engage the Marketplace. He is a frequent speaker on areas of church planting, evangelism, discipleship, and marketplace mission in both the U.S. and over 13 countries. In addition to his role as a teaching pastor in a local church plant, Jay holds a Professional Engineer’s license and has started a handful of small businesses including the design/build/management of deluxe tree houses. He teaches several business courses in the MBA program at the Dayton School of Business in Asbury University. He is presently the Vice President of both the American Society of Missiology and the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. He served 13 years as a missionary with SIM, largely in Ghana, West Africa among the Builsa people focusing on church planting and water development, along with his wife and four children (and now seven grandchildren). His hobbies include tree houses, axe throwing, and small business incubation.

Dr Kent Saunders

Education: PhD in Applied Economics, Clemson University; MA in Economics, Clemson University; BS in Mathematical Economics, Ball State University.

Current positions: Professor of Finance and Economics at Anderson University in South Carolina. 

Kent Saunders teaches a broad array of finance and economics classes. His research interests are teaching pedagogy, investments, and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Kent has been married to my wife Chrissie since 1991 and together they have three grown children and two dogs. Kent currently lives on three acres and enjoys growing a half-acre garden and a mini orchard. Additionally, Kent likes to play chess and hike to waterfalls. In 2019, Kent became a South Carolina “ultimate outsider” by visiting all 47 state parks in South Carolina. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Kent taught at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova as a Fulbright Scholar. Kent loves teaching at AU because he can share his whole self and does not need to compartmentalize his academic knowledge and keep it separate from his Christian faith.