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Barna Group’s senior vice president, research, Brooke Hempell, has been a market research advisor for nearly 15 years, designing both qualitative and quantitative research to guide clients in new product development and positioning, brand portfolio strategy, communications planning, and sales and marketing effectiveness.
Prior to joining Barna in 2015, Brooke worked with Boston-based MaPS (Marketing and Planning Systems), HawkPartners, and London-based i-to-i research, a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe. She has served Fortune 100 clients in a range of industries, primarily pharmaceuticals, financial services, nonprofit, and retail, in the U.S. and globally.
Brooke earned her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing, from Cornell University. She is active in church-planting and racial reconciliation ministries and lives in Atlanta, GA.
David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research, and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.
Jonathan has been equipping students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture for 15 years, and is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. He holds a Master of Divinity, Master in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a Doctorate in Worldview and Culture from Talbot School of Theology.
He is the director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute and an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible, and Is God Just a Human Invention? and also contributed to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Jonathan and his wife have been married for 16 years and live with their three children near Atlanta.
Roxanne Stone is Editor in Chief at Barna Group and the general editor of the FRAMES series. She has more than a decade of experience in publishing, serving as an editor at Christianity Today, Group Publishing, Q Ideas and This Is Our City, and as the editorial director for RELEVANT magazine and its sister publications Reject Apathy and Neue. She has edited books, magazines, websites and curriculum; and is the author of dozens of articles, including an award-winning cover story on the relief efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. In addition, Roxanne curated and co-hosted the first annual Q Women event.
She speaks, trains and consults in the areas of faith and culture, vocation, Millennials, social justice and church leadership.
Daniel O’Quinn, known to the students as “Big D,” has been the chapter director of KLIFE Atlanta, a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families, for 3 years. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Human Development, he has worked with students in a variety mediums including child development research centers, children’s homes, and churches for the past 10 years. Outside of hanging with his students and volunteer leaders, Daniel enjoys Olympic weightlifting, taking his dog to swim in the Chattahoochee, and dating his lovely wife, Mary Grace.
Lisa Victoria Fields grew up as a pastor’s kid; however, she had no ministry ambitions. Growing up, Lisa wanted to be a stockbroker. She planned to move to New York and work on Wall Street, but God had another plan. In 2005, Lisa started her undergraduate career at University of North Florida (UNF) with a major in Investment Finance. It was during the end of her first year of college that she encountered God in a very real way. She then began to pursue God like never before. She decided to take a religion course at UNF to cultivate a deeper knowledge of God’s word. However, she was shocked on the first day of class when her New Testament professor declared, “I’m going to change everything you thought you knew about Jesus.” With this statement, her professor quickly shattered her expectations for the course. Lisa was presented with information about the Bible that she had never encountered. The professor focused on biblical contradictions and textual criticism. Lisa’s faith was challenged on a level that it had never been before. It forced her to rethink what she believed. Through months of prayer and reflection, Lisa was faced with a decision, believe the bible or abandon the faith. She chose the bible, however, not with blind faith but faith informed by theological evidence. Since that time, Lisa has been on a mission to equip believers with the tools to defend the faith. She believes that one of the greatest tools to defend the faith is biblical literacy. Lisa graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Religious Studies and Liberty University with a Master of Divinity with a focus in Theology. Lisa is the founder and President of the Jude 3 Project, a Christian apologetics organization dedicated to helping the black community know what they believe and why. She has spoken at evangelism, apologetic and biblical literacy events at various universities and churches across the country. She has a passion for teaching the Word of God. She believes it’s important for Christians to engage the culture and represent a biblical worldview. Above all, Lisa hopes to be marked by her love for God and people, because in her mind that is the only thing that really matters.
Elizabeth Pouns has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Masters in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, with a Child and Adolescent Specialization. She has extensive experience working with all ages of kids, from toddler to college age. She has worked with kids in ministry and clinical settings and currently works as the Director of Kids Ministry at her church, City Church Eastside. Her lens and way of viewing kids and teens is also shaped by her work with women struggling with relational and sexual brokenness. She is passionate about healthy development of kids beginning at a young age after seeing the long-term impact of childhood experiences on adult life. She is also a certified yoga instructor and believes in a holistic approach to overall wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
Troy Earnest is a passionate promoter of things that truely matter. For the last 13 years, he has been on staff with the ministry of Young Life as an Area-Director where he is in charge of overseeing adults who invest in the lives of kids in Atlanta, Georgia. Troy knows community changes lives and he believes, only when adults slow down enough to actually care and show up in the lives of kids, will kids’ lives change. In other words, adults can make an incredible impact on kids’ lives; they just have to show up.
Troy Earnest is gifted, creative, and passionate and has increased Young Life’s outreach on the Eastside of Atlanta from 2 schools to 7 schools and 10 volunteers to 80 in last few years.
When he isn’t running around with leaders, kids, and folks in the community, he spends time working on photography, listening to vinyl records, and supporting the Georgia Bulldogs. He is currently working on opening more schools for Young Life in the East Atlanta area.