Engaged Pentecostalism has always been a communal enterprise. Indeed, our goal is to present diverse perspectives from around the pentecostal landscape on relevant topics that affect our world today. While we certainly want to encourage all pentecostals, our primary aim is to help pentecostals who feel abandoned by their faith know that they still belong and that they can contribute to the betterment of the world through their active, Spirit-filled faith.
It is important to remember that Pentecostal history is replete with people that refused to forfeit their beliefs to the State’s agenda by serving the “least of these” in love and grace. That is the heritage that we want to maintain and further through this site.
We are excited about the future of EP, especially because we have the privilege of including more editors to the team:
Enoch Sathiasatchi Charles
Enoch, originally from the state of Tamil Nadu, India, has been part of the Evangelical-Pentecostal tradition. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Theological Studies at Regent University with his teaching and research interests traversing Christian theology, apologetics, ethics, world religions, and mission. Enoch is married to his wonderful wife, Stephanie Grace, and they are greatly blessed with their daughter, Zedakah Jesudine, born in June 2017.
Heather is a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) who works part-time for a mental
health therapy group in Washington, DC, serving children and families through the public
school system. Heather has experience as a school social worker and mental health educator as well as working with students in churches. She and her husband, Joel, have been in ministry together as youth pastors and church planters since before they were married 16 years ago. Heather loves being in nature, baking yummy treats to share with friends, and taking their three beautiful children on adventures around the District.
Joel is currently a Chaplain-in-Residence and Ph.D. candidate at Georgetown University. He
studies religion from a global perspective through world Christianity, particularly Pentecostalism, Chinese religious philosophy, interreligious dialogue, spiritual formation, and comparative theology, philosophy, and ethics. More importantly, he is the husband of a superstar and father of three world-changers. He’s ordained through the American Baptist Churches, USA, closely affiliating with the charismatic branch of the denomination.
Reverend Katie Francis is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. She currently works as a Resident Minister at Georgetown University and as a part-time hospital chaplain at Medstar Georgetown University hospital. Katie has spent the past 7 years working as a chaplain in some capacity. Growing up in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches until her twenties, Katie found relief in the order and structure of the Presbyterian church, but simultaneously has never abandoned her ‘life in the Spirit.’ Katie is married to her husband John, a T.V. editor at National Geographic, and is mother to three incredible girls: Wren (6), Cedar (5), and Ozette (2).
Alex is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mission Studies at Boston University, and he is a minister in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He is married to an amazing wife who puts up with everything those two facts entail. When he’s not reading or writing, he’s usually dreaming of eating Chinese food.
Mary Beth Unthank
Mary Beth is a stay-at-home mom to four wildly wonderful children, and she serves with
her husband as middle school pastors in their hometown of Knoxville, TN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Maryville College and over a decade of ministry experience. In her abundance of free time, she enjoys scrolling through Facebook, using the bathroom alone, and folding clothes that will never be put away.
Each of these editors brings a unique perspective, which is welcomed! The Pentecostal movement is filled with diversity that is united not through dogma or defined doctrines but instead by the Spirit that moves however, wherever, whenever, and through whomever the Spirit wills.
The EP editor team is fluid, meaning new editors might be added while others transition to different things. The goal, then, is not to establish EP as a specific, stagnant entity. In fact, our hope is to never reduce the Pentecostal message to one “thing.” Every context experiences the Spirit differently, and the Pentecostal movement grows when we include as many voices as possible. If you’d like to contribute your particular perspective, please let us know!
We are so very grateful for our new editors and for what God will do through their work with EP.
Note from the Editorial Team: Engaged Pentecostalism is a community that values open dialogue and respectful engagement from different perspectives. The views expressed above are the author's own and do not reflect those of every part of the community.