LIBERATE exists to connect God’s inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world. We believe that Christianity needs to, once again, be known by its core message: the Gospel. We want to introduce God’s good news of grace to a broken and burned out world by announcing over and over again that Jesus lived, died, and rose again to “set the captives free.”
Pastor 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, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, and It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News. 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.
Jonathan Maxim, Editoral Director
Jonathan is also a Web Consultant with Church Plant Media where he serves gospel ministries including The Gospel Coalition, Anglican 1000, and Sovereign Grace Churches. After almost 40 years of “do more, try harder” Christianity, he and his wife made “Law and Gospel” their central focus and joined a confessional Lutheran congregation, where he currently teaches a Lutheranism 101 class to adults and teens. Jonathan holds both an Associates in Art from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelors in Bible from Lancaster Bible College. He and his wife Melissa have 5 children (1 girl and 4 boys).
Nick Lannon, Content, Research & Writing
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
Danis Presidential Scholar and Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City and Associate Professor of Christianity & Culture at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale. He has previously served as a Professor and Chief Curator of the Sheldon Museum of Art, both at the University of Nebraska, and earned his Doctorate in the History of Modern Art from the University of Iowa. Dan is the author of God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art and Who’s Afraid of Modern Art?, forthcoming from Cascade. He and his wife Kerri have three children, Daniel, Morgan, and Jacob.
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.
April Masterson, Conference Coordinator
April is currently planning her second national LIBERATE conference. She has the pleasure of leading a team of Coral Ridge staff and volunteers to prepare for this yearly gathering of thousands for one weekend in February. Graduating from Samford University, April quickly began planning events for the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, DC Festival with Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, and Fleet Week and the Air & Sea Show in Fort Lauderdale. April has served on staff at Coral Ridge for the past five years, along with her husband, Adam, a pastor. They have a son, Wyatt, and daughter, Channing.