Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell
Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell joined Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Fall 2019 as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor University, she was an Associate Research Scholar at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, working on the Theology of Joy and the Good Life Project, and a lecturer in Divinity and Humanities at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She is an ordained pastor with 14 years of ministry experience. Dr. Gorrell is passionate about finding issues that matter to people and shining the light of the Gospel on them. She is the author of always on: practicing faith in a new media landscape and a new book and The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found, which shares findings of the joy project while addressing America’s opioid and suicide crises. Dr. Gorrell’s expertise is in the areas of theology and contemporary culture, education and formation, meaning-making, joy, new media, and youth and emerging adults. Dr. Gorrell regularly consults, speaks, and leads workshops and retreats on her research and areas of expertise.
Dr. Dustin Davis Benac
Dr. Dustin Davis Benac joined Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in fall 2020 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to coming to Baylor, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke Divinity School, working with Kate Bowler and the Everything Happens Project. Dr. Benac works at the intersection of practical theology and organizational theory to understand and explore the organizational ecology that supports communities of faith during times of transition and uncertainty. Dr. Benac is passionate about coming alongside leaders and communities of faith as they discern their next step in ministry and witness. He regularly works with student and faith leaders to release new imagination about how they resource, organize, and sustain their vision for ministry and community. A regular writer and speaker for academic and popular audience, his is the co-editor of Crisis and Care: Meditations on Faith and Philanthropy. His second book, Adaptive Church, explores how people of faith adapt to uncertainty and shifting organizational environments and will appear in 2022 with Baylor University Press.