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The Authors:

The book draws heavily on the views and insights of those in the front line of Christian living as active and involved young adults with pastoral involvements. Several people were involved collaboratively through much of the manuscript development, all of the younger ones being in the same age group as the intended readers, and (then) unmarried. All are now married, which we hope suggests some grounding in reality for chapter 3! The main two are listed here by way of acknowledgment.

Ian Hore-Lacy is rich in years, married to Libby, with four adult progeny (2 sons, 2 daughters) and a grandchild. He is engaged in some informal pastoral ministry and mentoring in Australia (and recently in UK) out of which the main subject matter of this book arose (apart from his earlier bachelor experience of getting many things wrong!) He has been a youth worker and intervarsity staffworker, then teacher and environmental scientist and somehow ended up working in the nuclear power industry based in London, in a public information role. His most recent Christian book is Responsible Dominion, a Christian approach to sustainable development (Regent College Publishing 2006).

Will Jones is his mid 30s, married to Becky and now a father. He has been involved with church and university campus ministry in UK. He is often lost in deep thought and has considerable gifts in writing on all aspects of the interface between religion and society. His honours degree in mathematics led to a PhD in philosophy and politics at Reading University in 2013, with a theology diploma from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and an MA in ethics and political theory. His recent work has focused on the relationship between conceptions of religion, liberalism and natural law in Western society. He teaches ethics at the Diocese of Coventry where he works.

Early in 2005 Will bravely asked Ian to mentor him in relation to development of his gifts and vocational interests. This grew into a close friendship and collaborative relationship expressed in the evolution of this book.

In addition, early in the formative process of the book, two others were actively involved:

Helen Hewitt (nee Barratt), as a young doctor in London, played a major role in rescuing early drafts from myopically prejudiced male irrelevance. She has a Masters degree in Bioethics and has been involved in student ministry both at Imperial College and All Souls church, London. No shrinking violet, she stepped forward as the rose among the thorns single-handedly to balance the perspective of the male co-authors. She married David in 2007 and works as a public health doctor in London, with a PhD in health services research and policy.

Jono Green, then in his terminal teens, joined the project to complement the others for a late teenage readership. He is incorrigibly energetic and in the midst of undergraduate studies took up the role of Youth Pastor at Northgate Ministries in Sydney. From there he moved to schools ministry with Youth for Christ in Melbourne and in 2010 took over as Director of Youth Alpha in Australia while completing his degree and starting to get involved with national politics. He then started the Wilberforce Foundation in Australia. He is married to Laura.

These with others initially provided a reality check, but went on to do much more. They contributed a lot of substantial and solidly Christian input to the book over many discussions and in later drafting.

As co-author of the Open Letter to Churches, Jon Horne was Director of Agapé Workplace Initiative (London). He has two degrees in theology and a background in publishing and marketing. He has close involvement with All Souls church in London and marreid Kathy in 2009.