Instead: Biola at Home Chapels: February 1-7
Walter Augustine, Brett McCracken
- Monday, February 1, 2021
- 9:30 a.m.–11:59 p.m.
- Hosted By: Spiritual Development
- Open to: Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Parents, Staff, Students
Cost and Admission
This event is free to attend.
Walter’s passion is holistic discipleship and development of people in their relationship with Christ, their ministry for Christ, and their fellowship as the Body of Christ. His role as the director of intercultural education and research allows him to pursue this passion through utilizing his skills and experiences as a scholar and pastor.
Walter graduated from Howard University in May 1991 with a B.A. in Business Administration. He participated in a short-term inner-city summer missions project with Campus Crusade for Christ where his passions began to crystallize. Living and ministering with a diverse group of students during that summer, he experienced members of the Body of Christ contributing with their unique gifts, talents, skills, and backgrounds for the development of one another and for the benefit of those to whom they minister.
Walter also holds a Masters of Theology in Urban Pastoral Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where his dissertation focused on Christology and economic ethics. He is an ordained Baptist minister who served as pastor of discipleship at Merrill Avenue Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago for ten years; and as assistant pastor at New Vision Ministries - a church plant in Fort Worth, Texas – for four years. In 2010, he began working at Biola as a financial aid technician - a position he held for over six years. In 2012 Walter became the co-founder of Iron Sharpens Iron, an affinity group at Biola University. Most recently, he has worked at Biola as the director of M.A.L.E.S Initiatives and multi-ethnic church relations, and an adjunct instructor of theology at Talbot School of Theology. He and his wife Charlotte, who is currently completing her dissertation, have been married for twenty-one years.
Brett McCracken is a senior editor and director of communications at The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World, Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide (Baker, 2010), Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (Baker, 2013), and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community (Crossway, 2017). He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Converge, Mere Orthodoxy, ERLC, Canon & Culture and Q Ideas. He speaks and lectures frequently at universities, churches and conferences.
Brett and his wife Kira live in Santa Ana, California and are active in their local church, Southlands, where Brett serves as a pastor/elder. Brett loves movies, particularly those by Terrence Malick (or those with a Malickean sensibility). Other things Brett enjoys: Marilynne Robinson, the Inklings, Kansas Jayhawk basketball, the Kansas City Royals, reading and writing in coffeeshops, history, art museums, food, hiking, traveling, planning trip itineraries and making things better by editing.