The New Evangelicals are supported by a team of dedicated staff, board members and volunteers who are passionate about advocating for systemic change. We’re definitely not perfect, but we hold each other accountable to create a bigger, wider and more inclusive space than ever imagined. Come sit at the table of Christ with us. You are welcome here.

MEET THE TEAM THAT
Makes it all happen…

The New Evangelicals is a growing organization supported by a generous community. Our content, eduction and interactions are all free, thanks to a dedicated group of passionate, engaged group of change-makers. Let’s get to know each other!

Staff

Tim Whitaker

Tim Whitaker

Creator + Facilitator

Growing up, Tim always felt at home in evangelical spaces – until years later, when his studying and questions caused him to no longer be welcomed at in his church community. Brokenhearted, but undeterred, Tim continued to pursue a deeper understanding of faith, history, theology and the evangelical church. The more he uncovers, the more he realizes the importance of advocating for the marginalized in the church, exploring the full depth and breadth of Christian faith traditions, and holding toxic churches and leaders accountable.

Board of Directors

Krista Widman

Krista Widman is a middle school and high school teacher in Washington State. She found The New Evangelicals through Instagram and offered up help for managing the direct messages in 2021. When not teaching or responding to the community, she can be found hiking, mountain biking, hanging out with friends and family, or traveling with her husband and dog. Krista loves reading, podcasts, coffee, and learning new skills in life. She has a passion for being present and involved in her local community as a way to be the change she wants to see for the church moving forward.

Rachael Schaefer

Rachael Schaefer works in healthcare and found The New Evangelicals during the 2020 election cycle. She is an avid podcast listener and is always looking for a good podcast recommendation or discussion. She appreciates that her Christian up-bringing allows her to resonate with some hilarious memes, however, Rachael believes we have a lot of work and learning to do in order to not repeat the past mistakes of the church.

Her favorite part of The New Evangelicals is the book club. Even though the discussion topics can be heavy, the people at book club make the future seem bright.

Hope Decker

Hope Decker is a librarian, rural community researcher, and facilitator. She is always learning and brings her whole self to her professional and personal pursuits. She is committed to seeing people and their communities flourish. Hope loves journeying with those who seek authentic discovery and dismantling harm. In addition to being on the board, she also coordinates the zoom groups for the New Evangelicals.

Hope is mother of three adult children, partner to Andrew, and church volunteer. She also enjoys being in the woods, a vigorous uphill hike, trying new plant-based recipes, writing poetry, and spending time with the people she loves.

Volunteers

Noah Althoff
Podcast Producer

Simon Nixon
Facebook Community Admin

Nicole Sudduth
Accounting

Riley Martinez
Research

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Many volunteers make our work together possible.
Want to help out? Check our listings of openings, or let us know more about you skills and ideas!

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