PAUL ATWATER has a passion for helping spiritually confused people experience the joy of discovering God’s purpose for their lives. Toward this end, Paul launched North River Community Church (Pembroke) in 1989. Paul’s gifts focus on leadership, teaching and evangelism. Paul was a co-captain of the Wheaton College (IL) football team and received his M.Div. from Denver Seminary. He has contributed articles for Leadership Journal and Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. Under Paul’s leadership, North River Church was profiled by WCVB Channel 5’s “Chronicle” and Paul received the 2004 Purpose Driven Church Health Award on North River’s behalf. He also teaches Old Testament at South Shore Christian Academy in Weymouth. Paul and his wife, Sue, have two daughters and live in Hanover.
REV. MARK BOOKER is the Rector of the Church of the Cross, Boston. Originally from Colorado, Mark used to work professionally in the great outdoors. After completing theological study at the University of Oxford, he ministered in congregations in Jackson, MS, and Washington, DC, prior to moving to Boston in 2009. Mark and his wife, Mandy, have four children.
DR. J. DAVID FRANKS has been blessed by God the Father with a passion for teaching. He is a Theologian and Ethicist, and is honored to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL), the Commonwealth’s flagship pro-life grassroots organization. David studied at Swarthmore College and The Catholic University of America before receiving a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College. Above all, David cherishes his role as father. He has six wonderful children, in Boston.
REV. DR. KENNETH J. BARNES holds the Mockler-Phillips Chair in Workplace Theology and Business Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His recent book projects include: Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y (2017); Redeeming Capitalism (2018); and “Religion and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business”, in the Routledge Companion to Business Ethics (2018).
FR. JÜRGEN LIIAS has a razor sharp wit that is matched only by his genuine warmth and contagious love of people. Known for his earnest desire to see hearts mended and lives transformed, he has been especially involved in movements of spiritual renewal within the church. Jürgen has been a frequent retreat and mission leader. On April 20, 2013, Jürgen was ordained a Catholic Priest, and now serves on the staff at St. Patrick’s Parish in Stoneham. Born in Germany in 1948, he came to the United States as a refugee in 1951, settling and growing up in the Boston area. He graduated from Amherst College and the Episcopal Theological School and was ordained in 1972. He has previously served parishes in Danvers, Hamilton, Malden, and downtown Boston. Jurgen and his wife Gloria have two grown children and three grandchildren.