About Redeeming Babel
Curtis Chang founded Redeeming Babel in 2019 to address three underlying theological problems driving the chaos and confusion of our current world. These three problems damage Christians in their interior, institutional, and societal selves:
- a mistaken spirituality of anxiety (interior)
- a missing theology of organizations (institutional)
- a misshapen approach to politics (societal)
Since its inception, Redeeming Babel has woven insights at all three levels and guided Christian engagement with the broader world. For example, in 2021, we founded and spearheaded Christians and the Vaccine, the leading national effort to persuade vaccine hesitant evangelicals. Our efforts addressed the anxiety felt by millions stemming from a distrust in institutions and countered the toxic politicization of a public health solution.
Our theologically rich approach is accessible to all Christians through online courses, short videos, the Good Faith podcast (Curtis Chang with friends), and a blog. Our current initiative, The After Party: Towards Better Christian Politics, equips evangelicals to pursue a biblically faithful approach to politics that offers a hopeful alternative to the polarization currently besetting so many communities.
Meet The Team
Curtis Chang bridges the worlds of secular institutions and theology. In the former world, he is the founder and CEO of Consulting Within Reach (CWR), a firm serving nonprofits and government agencies. His consulting work has won an award in social innovation from the Obama White House, and he teaches strategic planning as a faculty member of American University’s School of International Service.
In the Christian world, he is a consulting professor at Duke Divinity School and a Senior Fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary. Curtis is also a former senior pastor of an Evangelical Covenant Church in San Jose, California. He is the author of the upcoming book, The Anxiety Opportunity: How Worry Is the Doorway to Your Best Self and Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas, and contributor to several other books.
Before joining Redeeming Babel, Aryana worked for the American Enterprise Institute’s Initiative on Faith and Public Life organizing events and conferences for college students and professors on topics related to Christianity, politics, law, business, and public policy. She was an assistant producer for the documentary For Love of Neighbor: Politics for the Common Good. Aryana is also a writer and aspiring poet. Her work has been published at Breaking Ground (a project of Comment), Mere Orthodoxy, and Vita Poetica. Aryana is dedicated to the questions that surround how Christians can best serve the public square in all of its various nuances and challenges.
Nancy is a five-time New York Times best selling author, an essayist, investigative journalist, and The Moth story teller. She has published op-eds and articles in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Springfield News-Leader, Time, and other publications too numerous to list. Her investigative journalism into abuse in the context of religious institutions appeared on the front page of USA Today. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee.
Board of Directors
Karl Wirth is a business leader and entrepreneur. He co-founded Evergage in 2010 and, as CEO, led the company from startup to the leading personalization platform on the market to successful acquisition. He is now leading and scaling the business for the acquirer. Prior to Evergage, Karl had a variety of leadership roles in general management, product management, and marketing for Red Hat (now IBM), RSA Security (now EMC), and Sentillion (now Microsoft).
Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Katherine served as founding director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) from 2002 to 2012. Since 2013, Katherine has worked with a variety of churches to establish faith and work ministries and led the New City Fellows program in Raleigh, NC for its first two years. She is also adjunct faculty in Regent College’s Masters of Arts program in Leadership, Theology and Society (MALTS). Katherine received her BA from Wittenberg University, her MBA from the University of Virginia, and has taken seminary classes from Regent College. She has served on the boards of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of the Performing Arts, the Theology of Work Project, International Arts Movement and the Carver Project. Katherine co-authored Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.
Kenneth P. Miller is the Don H. and Edessa Rose Professor of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College, where he also serves as the Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Miller has been a visiting scholar at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University (2011-2012) and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (2017-2018). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Veritas Forum.
Dakota Pippins was born and raised in New York. He studied applied mathematics as an undergraduate, followed by graduate programs in computer science and in theology. Dakota began worked with InterVarsity in 1996 and served as Regional Director in the Mid-Atlantic. He is currently Senior Field Director at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Dakota and his wife, Jennifer Rodriguez Pippins, have two high-energy boys.
Statement of Faith
Redeeming Babel affirms the traditional orthodox understanding of the Christian faith as articulated by the early church in the Apostles’ Creed.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
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