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The Digital Society

The Digital Society: Rethinking the Christian Commentary on Technology for the 21st Century, June 22–23, 2012

Keynote Speakers



Heidi Campbell is one of the foremost researchers of the intersection of media, religion, and culture. Her books include Exploring Religious Community Online, and When Religion Meets New Media. Her current research looks at how bounded communities domesticate the Internet in light of their social values and core beliefs.

Heidi A. Campbell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communications
Texas A&M University



John Dyer is the author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology, as well as the popular technology-and-faith blog Don't Eat The Fruit. He has been a web developer for more than 10 years, building tools for Apple, Microsoft, Harley Davidson, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

John Dyer, Th.M.

Executive Director of Communications
and Educational Technology
Dallas Theological Seminary


Scott Griffin retired from The Boeing Company in 2007 in order to work full time in the nonprofit sector as a pro-bono consultant. He is currently doing confidential consulting with nonprofit boards in Washington, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and California. In his 28 years with Boeing, he held leadership positions in customer services, manufacturing, engineering, and information technology. He became the vice president and CIO/vice president of e-commerce for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 1997. In 1999, he was promoted to Boeing VP and CIO, with responsi-bility for all information technology used by Boeing and its subsidiaries worldwide.

Scott Griffin, M.B.A.

Former CIO of Boeing



Matthew C. Clarke.  Technology Strategist with background in artificial intelligence, information architecture, user experience design, knowledge management, and software product development

Geraldine Forsberg, Ph.D.  Instructor focusing on media ecology, media theory, and media and cultural studies, English Department, Western Washington University

David Gill, Ph.D.  Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; Founding President of the Jacques Ellul Society

Grant Havers, Ph.D.  Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, with a cross appointment in political science, Trinity Western University

Charles Kwon.  Partner with The Arnold Group, a Seattle-based management consulting firm

Neal Locke.  One of the organizers of the First Presbyterian Church in Second Life, the virtual reality online community

Rosie Perera, M.C.S.  Computer consultant, writer, photographer, and creator of the popular Faith and Technology blog

Jesse Rice.  Youth and Family Ministries staff member at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, WA, and author of The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected are Redefining Community

Lars Rood.  Long-time youth worker and pastor who has done extensive work analyzing the online practices of young Christians

Derek White.  Th.M. candidate at Regent College, and former head of the Waikato Center for e-Learning, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Colin Wong.  Founder and CEO of

Conference Organizers

Al Erisman, Ph.D., Co-founder and Editor of Ethix online magazine, Executive in Residence, School of Business and Economics, Seattle Pacific University

Al Erisman completed a 32-year career at The Boeing Company in 2001, with his last 10 years there as director of R&D for computing and mathematics. In this capacity, he managed a staff of 250–300 scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and engineers with the objective of bringing new technology to Boeing's processes and products.

David Stearns, Ph.D., Lecturer, History Department, Seattle Pacific University

David Stearns is a historian and sociologist of technology. He was a developer and program manager in the software industry for 12 years, nine of which were at Microsoft. You can read his thoughts on technology and culture on his blog tech.soul.culture.