Conference Presenters

Jason Alfonse FiletaJason Fileta

Fileta grew up in Wheaton, Ill., the son of Egyptian immigrants. The plight of the persecuted church in Egypt compelled him enter the struggle for justice.  He is the former director of Micah Challenge USA, a church-based movement committed to ending extreme global poverty, and is the current executive director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary. 

The Rev. Adam Phillips

Adam PhillipsPhillips is the faith relations manager of the ONE Campaign. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, he previously co-led the revitalization of 111-year-old Resurrection Covenant Church in the city of Chicago. As board chair of Micah Challenge USA, a network of churches praying and acting in the fight against extreme poverty, Phillips has worked since 2005 to mobilize faith communities to use their voice and advocate for smart policies to end hunger and senseless deaths from global diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. He studied international relations at The Ohio State University and pastoral ministry at North Park Theological Seminary. Phillips is also a delegate to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa – a movement of global Christian engagement started in the 1970s by the Rev. Billy Graham. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in Baltimore.

Backed by a movement of 2 million ONE members, ONE achieves change through advocacy. We hold world leaders to account for the commitments they've made to fight extreme poverty, and we campaign for better development policies, more effective aid and trade reform. We also support greater democracy, accountability and transparency to ensure policies to beat poverty are implemented effectively.

David P. Gushee

David GusheeGushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University. Raised in Virginia, he earned his Bachelor of Arts at the College of William and Mary (1984), Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987) and both the Master of Philosophy (1990) and Doctor of Philosophy (1993) at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Gushee came to Mercer in 2007 from Union University where he served for 11 years, ultimately as Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy.

As Distinguished University Professor, Dr. Gushee teaches at McAfee School of Theology and throughout Mercer University in his specialty, Christian ethics. Beyond his work at Mercer, he is the board chair of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a senior columnist for Associated Baptist Press, a regular contributor to the editorial page of USA Today, and a contributing editor for Christianity Today. Dr. Gushee also currently serves as co-chair of the Scriptural/Contextual Ethics Consultation of the American Academy of Religion, on the editorial board and board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, on the church relations committee of the United States Holocaust Museum, and on the Christian Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

He has published 12 books, and many hundreds of essays, book chapters, articles, reviews, and opinion pieces. His books include the award-winning Kingdom Ethics, as well as Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Getting Marriage Right, and Only Human. He was the principal drafter of both the Evangelical Climate Initiative (2006) and the Evangelical Declaration against Torture (2007).

Currently, Dr. Gushee’s research interests focus on issues emerging at the intersection between Christian faith, ethics and public policy. He published two books in 2008, The Future of Faith in American Politics (Baylor University Press) and The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy (Mercer University Press). His next book project, with Eerdmans Press, explores the theological and ethical roots and implications of belief in the sanctity of human life.