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seth cain

Seth Cain is the pastor of Village Church, an Anglican parish in Greenville, SC. Village Church is located and actively involved in the underresourced neighborhoods of the West side of the city, a community devoted to worship and servanthood as the interwoven command to love God and neighbor. Seth was involved in local church revitalization for 9 years after graduating from Wheaton College (IL) in 2004 with an MA in Biblical Studies & Spiritual Formation (Interdisciplinary). He and his wife, Ashley, were both English majors at Emmanuel College (GA). His personal website and blog can be found here. Having grown up in both the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and on the coast of Northeast Florida, Seth loves all things land and sea – flip flops, running shoes and hiking boots. He can be found riding a longboard around the West side, throwing the Frisbee with his kids, Silas & Augustine, or making new friends through the Village Wrench bicycle ministry.


Aaron headshotJ. Aaron Simmons is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2006. Specializing primarily in philosophy of religion and 19th/20th Century European Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Existentialism), he is the author of God and the Other (Indiana, 2011), co-author of The New Phenomenology (Bloomsbury, 2013), co-editor of Phenomenology for the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave, forthcoming), co-editor of Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion (Duquesne, 2012), and co-editor of Kierkegaard and Levinas (Indiana, 2008). Simmons has held positions in the Society for Christian Philosophers, The South Carolina Society for Philosophy, The American Academy of Religion, and the Soren Kierkegaard Society. His personal website and blog are available here. A pentecostal Christian (Church of God, Cleveland), Simmons and his wife, Vanessa, have one son, Atticus, and they all are Florida State Seminoles fans!