PHIL SNIDER is an award-winning writer, speaker, pastor, and teacher whose work focuses on the intersection of religion and postmodernism in relationship to community practices and traditions. His books include Toward a Hopeful Future (winner of the 2011 Mayflower Award for best book in church and society), The Hyphenateds, and Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics (2012). Phil did his undergraduate work at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), then earned his masters degree at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary (at the University of Chicago). He also holds a certificate in pastoral care and counseling from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Phil’s vocational heart is with the friends and participants of Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, MO, with whom he has worked closely since 2003. As a community organizer and advocate for justice, Phil has served in various leadership capacities in the Springfield community, including: President of the Drury University Board of the School of Religion; member of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ Civility task force, representative leader to the Springfield Interfaith Alliance, member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council at Missouri State University, founding member of the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation at Brentwood Christian Church, and past president of the Springfield Ministerial Alliance. He is the recipient of several awards and his religious commentary has been featured in various local and national media outlets, including NPR affiliates and nationally-syndicated radio programming. In addition to being an adjunct instructor and/or guest lecturer in religious studies courses at Missouri State University and Drury University, he regularly speaks at a variety of conferences and events across the United States.