LIBERATE’s message is defined by Jesus’ mission: “I have come to set the captives free” (Luke 4:18).
Through the demand of his law, God confronts and condemns people in their bondage and sin; through the declaration of his gospel, God comforts and forgives people with the liberating love of Jesus Christ. We want sufferers to hear these “two words” (law and gospel) so they can believe the promise that frees us from our past of guilt and shame; frees us from the present bondage of bitterness, insecurity, self-reliance, and fear; and frees us for the joy of worshiping God and serving our neighbor.
Our mission is to announce (and then announce again and again) this liberating word to a wounded and worn out world, hoping that the burdened and burnt out, the Christian and the non-Christian, will hear and rest in the freedom that Jesus came, died, and lives to give.
ABOUT TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN
A South Florida native, Tullian Tchividjian is the grandson of Ruth and Billy Graham. He is a graduate of Columbia International University, where he earned a degree in philosophy, and Reformed Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity. Tullian was the founding pastor of the former New City Church, which merged with Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in 2009, where he is now Senior Pastor. He speaks at conferences throughout the United States and his sermons are broadcast on the radio. He is the author of Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship; Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Jesus + Nothing = Everything, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, and One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World. Tullian is Lecturer of Pastoral Theology at Knox Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.
Rob Pacienza, Executive Director
Rob is currently the Executive Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. In this role he has the privilege of overseeing the staff, ministries, and operations of the church. Prior to working at Coral Ridge, Rob was on staff at Rio Vista Community Church for 7 years as Director of Student Ministries and later as Executive Pastor. Rob graduated from Samford University with a B.A. in Religion and Knox Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. Rob has been married to Jen for 10 incredible years. They have three children, Preston, Lydia, and Lily.
Nick Lannon, Editor-in-Chief
An ordained Episcopal priest, Nick has pastored churches in both urban and suburban New Jersey. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Arizona and a 2007 graduate of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. An avid movie-watcher, NBA fan and all-around couch potato (when he’s not playing basketball or softball), Nick is fascinated by the intersection of the Gospel and everyday life. Nick grew up in northern Virginia and lived there until going to Arizona in 1996, harboring naive fantasies about playing on the basketball team. He and his wife Aya have three children, Hazel, Patrick, and Charlie.
Dan Siedell, Curator
Dan is Presidential Scholar and Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City. He has served as a Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and as the Chief Curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dan earned his doctorate in Art History from the University of Iowa and his Master of Arts in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from Stony Brook University, and is the author of God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art.
Jono Linebaugh, Theologian-in-Residence
Jono is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He studied New Testament Theology at Durham University and has written extensively on Paul’s theology of grace and righteousness in conversation with the texts of early Judaism. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume from IVP Academic entitled Reformation Readings of Paul and is working on a book examining Martin Luther’s interpretation of Paul’s letters. When not teaching and writing, Jono enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, playing and watching lacrosse and basketball, reading, and traveling.