Meet the Recovering Evangelical Team

Chris LaTondresse, Founder & CEO Recovering Evangelical

Chris LaTondresse

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Since graduating from Bethel University (MN) in 2005, Chris LaTondresse has leveraged his talents as a thought-leader, communicator, connector and strategist by helping world changing organizations and businesses—from Minnesota to the Mississippi Delta, from East Africa to Eastern Europe, to the Middle East—connect-the-dots between youth culture, faith-inspired activism and advancing the common good.

Raised in the former Soviet Union as the son of American missionary parents, LaTondresse spent his young-adult years serving at summer bible camps, suburban mega-churches and working in politics for a Democratic Member of Congress and for the Republican Governor of Minnesota. These experiences provided him with a global outlook matched with a commitment to the idea that God is not a Republican or a Democrat.

Before launching Recovering Evangelical, LaTondresse served as the Special Assistant to Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners Magazine, followed by a tenure as the U.S. Director of Questscope, a Middle East based NGO pioneering education reform and youth empowerment strategies across the Arab world.

LaTondresse currently serves on the board of YouthFactor and as a Senior Fellow for the Case Foundation’s Buxton Initiative. His work has appeared in RELEVANT Magazine and Sojourners Magazine; he has been interviewed by CNN, ABC and Fox News.

Josh Dickson, Co-founder & COO

Josh Dickson

As the Recruitment Director and Manager of Outreach for Teach For America’s Faith Community Relations Team, Josh Dickson led their national faith-based campus outreach and managed partnerships between Teach For America and faith-affiliated organizations for the past two years.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Dickson joined Teach For America first as a kindergarten teacher on Chicago’s southwest side from 2006 to 2008. While teaching, he became involved in community organizing with Public Action for Change Today (PACT) and, as a volunteer leader, worked on school funding reform, jobs and housing for homeless youth, and other issues impacting low-income children and families.

Josh Dickson is passionate about mobilizing faith communities to work for sustainable solutions to poverty, with a special focus on education. He now attends the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

He currently serves as an executive organizer for the 30 Summit, an annual gathering of Millennial thought-leaders and activists.

Dickson’s work has been featured in TIME Magazine, most recently in Amy Sullivan’s article about how young evangelicals are applying their faith toward making the world a better place.

Brad Vermurlen, Research Specialist

Brad Vermurlen

Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2008, Brad Vermurlen has worked to bring the best of academic theory and scholarly research to bear on today’s rising generation of evangelicals.

Currently in the process of completing his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Vermurlen specializes in the sociological study of culture, churches, globalization, movements, emerging adults, and worldviews.

At Notre Dame, Vermurlen works as a research assistant in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, where he assists professors on a number of ongoing national research projects.

He also works as a research team captain for Docent Research Group, a specialized team of young scholars, writers, and seminarians who provide academic quality sermon and book research for several of the leading evangelical churches in the United States.

Jill Hamilton, Communications Specialist

Jill Hamilton

An expert organizer of information and people, Jill Hamilton brings a strong background in communicating complex issues and world-changing ideas through writing and online strategies, including website development and social media.

She currently applies these talents at SE2, a Colorado-based mass communications firm focused on public issues, policy and social marketing.

After graduating from Taylor University (IN) in 2007, Jill joined the team at the Dalit Freedom Network, an international non-profit focused on human rights for India’s “untouchables” as their youngest-ever communications and development director. During this time she saw DFN through its transition from a grassroots movement to a well established organization.

Growing up in the Bible-Belt, Jill’s early worldview was shaped by the converging influences of Presbyterian pre-school, Catholic grade school, evangelical high school and attending one the largest mega-churches in the country with her family. During her time at Taylor University she spent a semester at the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, CO.

Jill is also the deacon of community connection at Fellowship Denver church and serves on the leadership team for Colorado Women of Vision, a local chapter of World Vision.

Andrew Wilkes, Senior Contributor

Andrew Wilkes

A recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Andrew Wilkes is a committed citizen and clergyman who writes about the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. He is a contributing writer for Sojourners Magazine, Huffington Post blogger, and a staff writer on social enterprise for justmeans.com.

A 2007 graduate of Hampton University (VA) Andrew has worked as a Freedom Schools teaching intern for the Children’s Defense Fund, a policy and organizing fellow for Sojourners, and as a policy intern for Mayor Cory Booker in Newark, New Jersey. He was recently selected as a 2010-11 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Brian Kammerzelt, Senior Contributor

Brian Kammerzelt

Brian specializes in “communication and culture” and has applied his expertise to help Christians understand, engage, and create culture. Currently full-time faculty at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) Brian Kammerzelt has also taught for Trinity International University, Wheaton College, and Loyola University Chicago

During his graduate work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, while attending Willow Creek, Brian founded The Just Life, a ministry aimed at transforming evangelical churches by helping them deepen their basic understanding and holistic practice of the biblical call to social justice.

Andrew Ulasich, Senior Contributor

Andrew Ulasich

After graduating from Taylor University (IN) in 2007, Andrew Ulasich joined Word Made Flesh, an organization committed to incarnational, holistic service to the poorest of the worlds’ poor, modeled on the life and legacy of Jesus.

During this time he moved to Kathmandu, Nepal and lived among the most vulnerable members of a poor community for 15 months: caring for young girls abandoned by their families (and seriously at-risk of getting drawn into the global sex trade), serving elderly people and visiting those he developed friendships with in prison.

Today Andrew serves as a Senior Team Leader at Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota based non-profit providing relief for global hunger by helping volunteer teams in the United States pack millions of nutritious meals every year for people suffering from hunger, malnourishment and starvation around the world.

Andrew also serves on the board of Daylight Center, a peace-building school in rural northwestern Kenya for nomadic children orphaned and uprooted by conflicts between rivaling tribes.