Kathy Baldock is currently the Executive Director of Canyonwalker Connections, a 501(c)3 organization with a focus on education, encouragement, and engagement between the Christian church and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christian community. As a straight Evangelical Christian ally, her perspective is unique in understanding both sides of the dialogue. With seven years in advocacy work, Kathy has strong relationship connections throughout the U.S. in many LGBT Christian organizations and LGBT rights groups.
Kathy is the mother of two adult, heterosexual children. She has a background in civil engineering, retail business ownership, and technology sales. She understands business plans and networking and brings that strength to The Reformation Project along with her advocacy skills.
Dr. James V. Brownson
Dr. Jim Brownson is the James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, where he has served as moderator of the Commission on Theology, dean of Western Theological Seminary, and General Synod Professor. He has taught the New Testament for more than 25 years and is the author of a number of books. In 2013, Brownson published Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships, which was hailed by The Boston Globe as “perhaps the most extensive, accessible, and direct evangelical reckoning with the Bible’s passages on homosexuality.” Brownson was a guest lecturer at The Reformation Project’s inaugural conference, and his lecture series from that event can be found here.
Darren Calhoun is currently the Worship Leader at Urban Village Church - South Loop in Chicago and previously served as a volunteer worship leader at Willow Chicago for 9 years. Worship has been a central part of Darren’s ministry life, including leading choirs, dance teams, and visual arts ministries. Additionally, racial justice and LGBTQ+ inclusion are especially important to him. Darren is an Associate Fellow for Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action and a long-time volunteer with The Marin Foundation. In 2015, he co-facilitated The Academy for Racial Justice at TRP in Atlanta, and led worship at TRP in Kansas City. He brings with him an intentional focus on the church being inclusive of a diversity of people and expressions as an authentic reflection of the Kingdom of God. Lastly, Darren is an extrovert who loves hugs, anything involving chocolate and peanut butter, and social media. Follow him on Twitter at @heyDarren or through his blog, DarrenCalhoun.com.
Kenji Kuramitsu is a writer and Master of Divinity student at Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary. He is interested in the study of sacrament, public service, critical mixed race theory, and liberation theologies. Kenji works with queerspawn (the children of LGBTQ parents), residential communities, and diverse faith groups to foster healthy conversations about Christian spirituality and LGBTQ identity. Kenji was raised both Roman Catholic and evangelical, and was received into the Episcopal Church in 2015.
Kenji serves on the Japanese American Citizens League’s national youth student council, where he works to empower other young Nikkei (Japanese in diaspora). He is a co-editor of the Theology of Ferguson anthology, which serves as an online resource for people of faith seeking to faithfully engage with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kristin Romens is a Senior Consultant for The Learning Agenda, where she leads engagements focused on nonprofit strategy, research and development, and organizational learning. Ms. Romens has over 15 years of experience as a nonprofit leader. Before joining The Learning Agenda, she served as Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Growth at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she provided oversight and guidance to a network of 325 affiliates in the areas of research and evaluation, program development, and professional learning. She set the research agenda and program strategy for the network, which serves almost 200,000 children annually, enabling affiliates to improve program quality at scale. Ms. Romens also has wide-ranging experience advising nonprofit leaders as a consultant with the Bridgespan Group. At Bridgespan, she worked with nonprofit clients to develop sustainability and growth plans, professional development and performance management frameworks, and replication strategies. Ms. Romens’ educational background is in the social sciences and law. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and began her career as a human rights attorney, then a litigation associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale.