Speaker Bios

Jerry Root

Jerry Root

Jerry Root is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University, both located in Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the Open University.

He has written The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction, with Mark Neal and he is the author of C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism, and co-author and co-editor of The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-six of His Best Loved Writings. Furthermore, he is co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of the best selling, The Quotable C. S. Lewis. Jerry has contributed to many edited works about C. S. Lewis and has published numerous articles about Lewis, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Wheaton College and serving as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative as well as being a Faculty/Scholar Practitioner at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. He also teaches graduate courses (MA in Evangelism and Leadership Program) and undergraduate courses (Christian Formation and Ministry Department) at the College. In addition, Jerry has been a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University from 1990 to the present.

His hobbies and interests include all things Lewisian, travelling, wine-making, and rich conversation with all he meets. He played some form of American football until he was 44, and coached football at Wheaton College for 10 years and was the head coach and player for the Oxford Bulldogs in Oxford, England. He loves virtual fear including turbulence on airplanes, skydiving, swimming with sharks, hammerhead stalls in biplanes and has, 80 times, done bungee jumping equivalents. Furthermore, he is an airplane fanatic and particularly loves WWI and WWII vintage airplanes.

He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children-all of whom are married, and they have thirteen grandchildren.

Phil Jamieson

Phil Jamieson

The Rev. Philip D. Jamieson, Ph.D. is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. After serving local churches for eleven years, he taught pastoral theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. There, he developed his course, “Ministry and the Baptized Imagination.” Utilizing C.S. Lewis and other Inklings, the focus was upon the importance of imagination for various pastoral acts. Phil became President of the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences in 2013. This position gives ample opportunity to help church members and pastors develop the imagination to see money in theological terms.

Phil holds degrees from Taylor University, Asbury Theological Seminary and Boston College. He is married to Janet and they are the parents of two children. They are the coauthors of Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors (Westminster/John Knox, 2009) and the 2012 United Methodist Guidelines for Finance Committees (Abingdon, 2012). Phil is also the author of The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption (IVP Academic, 2016).

Mark Neal

Mark Neal

Mark Neal is the coauthor of The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis. He has lectured internationally on Lewis, as well as published interviews and articles and contributed chapters to books.

He is currently the VP of digital marketing for a Chicago-based marketing firm. He has lectured and published on marketing, advertising and social media strategy.

Mark is a graduate of Wheaton College, and of National-Louis University where he received his master’s degree.

He and his wife Reba live outside of Chicago.

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