Meet a church clarity volunteer: jess kotnour


Church Clarity Advocates agree that Ambiguity is Harmful and Clarity is Reasonable.
Learn more about our team below and consider becoming an advocate today!

Leadership Team

George Mekhail (he). Executive Director. Architecture.

George has been in the church his whole life. From growing up in the Coptic Orthodox tradition, to serving in Pastor roles within Evangelical and Mainline Churches. Follow him on twitter (@gmekhail) or email him.

Sarah Ngu (she). Database Director. Methodology.

Sarah Ngu is a freelance writer based in New York. A deacon at Forefront Brooklyn church, Sarah co-organizes Queer Communion and is a podcast host. Find her on Twitter and email.

Daniel Chou (he) Website Director. Experience.

Daniel (@danielchou) is editor-in-chief at Inheritance magazine and co-founder of Winnow+Glean, a creative studio that specializes in branding and web development.

Advisory Council

Larycia Hawkins

Larycia Hawkins, Ph.D.,  is a faculty fellow and lecturer at the University of Virginia, a speaker, and an activist. She was the first and only black female tenured professor at Wheaton College, when she wore a hijab to call attention to the most visible targets of Islamophobia, Muslim women. In the wake of her act of embodied solidarity, she and Wheaton College parted ways in February 2016.

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers is a writer, speaker, and leader in the movement working for LGBTQ equality in faith communities. You can read more about her at

Clarity Advocates (100 latest)

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Adam Phillips
Founding Pastor, Christ Church: Portland
Founding Pastor
Christ Church: Portland
Jenny Rain
Marketing Manager,
Marketing Manager
Valerie Ohle
Member/Certified Candidate, United Methodist Church
Member/Certified Candidate
United Methodist Church
Victoria Rosales
Holistic Narrative Therapist and Holistic Health Consultant, SHARED: A Sacred Space
Holistic Narrative Therapist and Holistic Health Consultant
SHARED: A Sacred Space
Helen Kim
, Candler School of Theology
Candler School of Theology
Sarah Gallagher
Founder, Kaleido Coaching
Kaleido Coaching
William & Victoria Hamilton
Pastors, St. John's Lutheran Church (ELCA)
St. John's Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Mark Howland
Youth & Young Adult Minister, St Stephen's Lutheran Church
Youth & Young Adult Minister
St Stephen's Lutheran Church
Elliot Vos
Board Member, Mission Friends 4 Inclusion
Board Member
Mission Friends 4 Inclusion
David Strugar
Nhien Dougherty
Associate Minister, Unity Temple on the Plaza
Associate Minister
Unity Temple on the Plaza
Mariah Houston
, Gravity
Andrew Hill
Brittany Niequist
Jim Keat
Rev., The Riverside Church
The Riverside Church
Drew King
, Countryside Community Church
Countryside Community Church
Joshua Blount
Film Maker / Tech Director, Christ Church: Portland
Film Maker / Tech Director
Christ Church: Portland
Chris Heuertz
Founding Partner, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism
Founding Partner
Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism
Myles Markham
Organizing & Programs Coordinator, The Reformation Project
Organizing & Programs Coordinator
The Reformation Project
Betty McGuire
Licensed Massage Therpaist and Wellness Guide, Wellness Integrated
Licensed Massage Therpaist and Wellness Guide
Wellness Integrated
Tim Schraeder
Marketing and Communications Strategist,
Marketing and Communications Strategist
Danielle Powell
Co-Creator/Host, REVEL
Jonathan Grant
artist-in-residence, The American Church in Paris
The American Church in Paris
Ryan Walton
Tony Jones
author, Tony Jones
Tony Jones
Eric Van Giessen
Operations Manager, Generous Space Ministries
Operations Manager
Generous Space Ministries
Drew Palmer
Law student,
Law student
Michael Baysinger
Host, Inglorious Pasterds Podcast
Inglorious Pasterds Podcast
Andrew Shipley
Teaching Pastor, Missiongathering Christian Church Charlotte
Teaching Pastor
Missiongathering Christian Church Charlotte
Aaron Harris
Artist & Creative Consultant, Aaron Harris Art, LLC
Artist & Creative Consultant
Aaron Harris Art, LLC
Ophelia Hu Kinney
Writer & Activist,
Writer & Activist
Morgan Guyton
Co-pastor, NOLA Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry
NOLA Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry
Rev. Emmy R. Kegler
Founder & Editor, Queer Grace
Founder & Editor
Queer Grace
Jess Kotnour
, Canterbury Kenyon
Canterbury Kenyon
D. Danyelle Thomas
Writer & Faith Leader, Unfit Christian
Writer & Faith Leader
Unfit Christian
Sharon Ketchum
Senior Minister, Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing
Senior Minister
Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing
Suzanne DeWitt Hall
Elise Tiralli
Social Worker/Community Organizer,
Social Worker/Community Organizer
Kelley Hartnett
Freelance Writer,
Freelance Writer
Monica "Niki" Fox Elenbaas
Retired non-profit executive,
Retired non-profit executive
Amber Cantorna
Founder and President, Beyond
Founder and President
Grace Kao
Associate Professor of Ethics, Claremont School of Theology
Associate Professor of Ethics
Claremont School of Theology
Colby Martin
Co-Pastor, Sojourn Grace Collective
Sojourn Grace Collective
Tim Schaefer
Minister to Youth, Royal Lane Baptist Church
Minister to Youth
Royal Lane Baptist Church
Topher Mehlhoff
Rev., United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
David Spearman
Policy & Data Analyst,
Policy & Data Analyst
David Roberts
Executive Director, Missiongatheting Movement
Executive Director
Missiongatheting Movement
Sherien Barsoum
Kevin Garcia
Speaker, writer, content creator,
Speaker, writer, content creator
Melanie Kim
Operations Manager, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism
Operations Manager
Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism
Nancy Allison
Pastor, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
Emily Lane
Paige Bach
Director of Youth Ministries, Connell Memorial UMC
Director of Youth Ministries
Connell Memorial UMC
Fred Harrell
Founder and Sr. Pastor, City Church San Francisco
Founder and Sr. Pastor
City Church San Francisco
Bethel Lee
Founder + Director, Yoga Chapel
Founder + Director
Yoga Chapel
J Caleb Collins
Mr., St. Mark's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Darren Calhoun
Associate Fellow, Evangelicals for Social Action
Associate Fellow
Evangelicals for Social Action
Walker Brault
, Hamline Church United Methodist
Hamline Church United Methodist
Caleb Morris
, thelightchase