Astrid von Schlachta of Weierhof, Germany, is head of the Mennonite Research Center and lecturer at the University of Regensburg. As a historian, she has published widely on the history of Anabaptism, Pietism and the Estates in the Early Modern period. She is a member of the Mennonite congregation in Regensburg and on the board of the Associated Mennonite Churches in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischer Gemeinden in Deutschland).
Ben Tapper is the host of the Invisible Truths podcast and the co-founder of the Kindred Collective which is an organization designed to address racial equity through consulting and healing dialogue programs. He has a bachelor of arts in political science from Manchester University, a master of public affairs from Indiana University and a master of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary.
David and Leann Augsburger are two semiretired people (CA school psychologist, Fuller Seminary professor) who co-lead a home-based church (Peace Mennonite Church,Claremont, California) and volunteer to welcome, care and connect people in the San Gabriel valley.
Jennie Wintermote is a full-time mother and part-time librarian for the Western District Conference Resource Library in North Newton, Kansas. She is a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas.
Joanne Gallardo is conference minister of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA in Goshen, Indiana. Originally from northwest Ohio, Joanne is a graduate of Goshen College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to church work, Joanne has spent part of her career working in mental health. In her spare time, Joanne writes, sings in a women’s choir and enjoys spending time with friends.
Melanie A. Howard is assistant professor and program director of biblical and theological studies at Fresno Pacific University in California. She holds dual church membership in Mennonite Church USA and the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and is an active member at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Fresno, Calif.
Sarah Augustine, a Pueblo (Tewa) woman, lives with her family in White Swan, Washington. She is the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties, and is a member of Seattle Mennonite Church. She is co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund and the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition.