RNS Board of Managers

Deborah CaldwellDeborah Caldwell — Deborah Caldwell became Vice President, Head of Content at PepsiCo in August, after a long journalism career culminating at Time Inc, where she was managing editor of Fortune.com among other posts. Perhaps more notably, Deborah was vice president of content and managing editor at Beliefnet.com and a senior writer at the Dallas Morning News, where she won a Templeton Award for her religion reporting. Since leaving reporting, Deborah has branched into native and branded content, e-commerce content, and corporate communications. She’s a digital innovator and media executive deeply devoted to building metrics-driven digital content products and verticals. Deborah also has been itching to give back to the profession where her passion still resides: religion journalism. The foundation board couldn’t imagine a better adviser to RNS.

Ken ChitwoodKen Chitwood — Ken is a religion scholar at the University of Florida studying Religion in the Americas and Global Islam (with the Center for Global Islamic Studies). He has published multiple pieces on the topics of religion & culture, Islam, Latina/o Muslims, globalization, popular culture, secularism, Christian-Muslim relations, global Christianity, and theories of religion, & ethnographic methods in a global and digital age. Writing as both an academic and an award-winning journalist his bylines have appeared in Religion News ServiceDeseret News National, The Huffington Post, The GuardianThe Houston ChronicleNewsweek, Sojourners, OnBeing, Christian Century, US Catholic, RealClear Religion, The Daily Dot, The Gainesville Sun and Sightings from the University of Chicago.

Ken lives in Gainesville, Florida where he writes, teaches, and enjoys ultra-distance running, well-placed sarcasm, craft beer, bike-commuting, traveling, hiking, camping, & rugby.

Nicole Neroulias GupteNicole Neroulias Gupte — Nicole is thrilled to bring her journalism, religion and nonprofit management expertise to Religion News Service’s managing board. During her reporting and editing career, she created a weekly Faith section at The San Mateo County Times, covered Judaism and national trends for Religion News Service and created Beliefnet’s Belief Beat daily news blog. She won a Religion Newswriters Association reporting award in 2006 and was a contest finalist in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Since transitioning to the nonprofit sector, she has worked with a range of foundations, corporate giving programs and community organizations on communications and development campaigns in the Pacific Northwest. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cornell University, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two young children and a young-at-heart beagle. In her spare time, she plays oboe and percussion in the Seattle Symphonic Band and practices public speaking at Emerald City Toastmasters.

Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D.Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D. — Indiana Wesleyan University (f. 1920, over 14,000 students) named Jerry its first University Professor in 2014. He also serves as the executive director of education for the Museum of the Bible, where he was one of the museum’s two founding scholars (2010) and established its international Scholars Initiative. He is associate publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review and on the board for Yale’s Jonathan Edwards Center. He has distinguished appointments at Tyndale House Cambridge, the Sagamore Institute, Excelsia College (Australia), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to more than 20 books, his articles have appeared in many leading venues (WP, WSJ, CT, InsideHigherEd, etc.) and he has garnered various writing and education awards. In 2007 and 2008 he participated in roundtable meetings at the White House on compassion efforts, and has keynoted at many of America’s largest universities on Purpose-based education. Books in 2017 include: The World’s Greatest Book (w/ Lawrence Schiffman), The Global Impact Bible, The Book: The History, Narrative and Impact of the Bible (4 Vols.), and Faith Made Real. Books scheduled for 2018 include: The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (Tyndale House), The State of the Evangelical Mind (IVP), The Impact of the Bible on Western Culture (2 Vols, MOTB), CSR (theme issue on the evangelical mind), and Is the Bible at Fault? How the Bible Has Been Used to Justify Evil and Suffering (Worthy).

John Terrill, Ph.D.John Terrill, Ph.D. — John is executive director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, where he guides Upper House, a multi-experiential ministry center on the University of Wisconsin (Madison) campus. John previously served as director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University, as well as national director for InterVarsity’s Professional Schools and MBA Ministries. John holds a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. He is also a graduate of Indiana University (BS), Northwestern University (MBA), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MAR & MATH). He and his wife, Vanja, live in Middleton, Wisconsin, with their daughter, Elena.