Leadership

The Henry Center is led by an advisory board consisting of TEDS faculty, denominational leaders, and local pastors. The center is managed by a small team of staff members along with the help of a few student assistants.

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    HCTU Staff

    Joshua Jipp, Director

     

    Josh has been Director of the Henry Center since 2023. He is also Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has served on faculty since 2012. After completing his undergraduate studies at University of Northwestern, he earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a ThM at Duke Divinity School, and a PhD at Emory University, where he studied with Luke Timothy Johnson. In addition to numerous academic articles, Josh is the author of multiple books, including Divine Visitations and Hospitality to Strangers in Luke-Acts (Brill, 2013), Christ is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology (Fortress, 2015), Saved by Faith and Hospitality (Eerdmans, 2017), Reading Acts (Cascade, 2018), The Messianic Theology of the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2020), and Pauline Theology as a Way of Life: A Vision of Human Flourishing in Christ (Baker Academic, 2023). He loves reading novels, playing all kinds of sports (especially baseball) with his kids, being outdoors, listening to music, and having great conversations with his wife.

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    Matthew Wiley, Managing Director

    Matthew Wiley, Managing Director

    Matt has worked with the Henry Center in various capacities since 2016. After studying theology at Moody Bible Institute, Matt came to TEDS for his Master of Divinity, which he earned in 2019. He is now pursuing his PhD in systematic theology, writing a dissertation on ecclesial division. He is interested in theology for the sake of the local church, and also serves as Director of Youth Ministry and Theological Education at Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Matt lives with his wife Ellyn in Oak Park.

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    Heather Cordero, Events Coordinator

    Heather Cordero, Events Coordinator

    Heather is from a small town in Illinois and studied Elementary Education at Wheaton College. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling at Trinity in 2006. Before working with the Henry Center, Heather served in Student Life at Trinity for many years, where she directed and mentored students while employing her love of event planning and organization. In her current role, she enjoys creating spaces for learning, cultural engagement, and relational connections. Heather and her husband, Rich, live in Highwood with their two children.

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    Shayla Manke, Resident Designer

    Shayla Manke, Resident Designer

    Shayla graduated from Trinity International University with a double major in Business Management and Graphic Design in May of 2021. She was active in student leadership both as a Senior Resident Assistant and the women’s cross country captain. After graduating, she joined the Henry Center team as the Resident Designer where she enjoys creating images and designing printed and virtual materials that bring the Henry Center’s words and thoughts to life. Outside of work, Shayla loves to constantly try new creative hobbies and to go on runs around her neighborhood in Wheaton with her husband Chase.

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    Makayla Payne, Website and Social Media Coordinator

    Makayla Payne, Website and Social Media Coordinator

    Makayla has been working as a Graduate Fellow for the Henry Center since she came to TEDS in 2019. She’s recently joined the staff to coordinate the website and social media. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. She then came to TEDS for the MDiv and will graduate at the end of this year. She’s passionate about writing theology beautifully and making it accessible to the church. She’s particularly interested in the issues of gender and trauma. In her free time, Makayla enjoys exploring the Chicago food and coffee scene, writing, and quality time with friends.

    HCTU Advisory Board

    • Brenda Brainerd

      Chaplain

    • Deborah A. Colwill

      Chair of the Educational Ministries Department and Associate Professor of Educational and Leadership Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

      Faculty Profile
    • Dwight Gibson

      Vice President of Advancement and University Relations, Trinity International University

      University Profile
    • Joshua W. Jipp

      Director, Henry Center for Theological Understanding

      Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

      Faculty Profile
    • Steve Mathewson

      Senior Pastor, Crosslife Evangelical Free Church

      Church Profile
    • Harold A. Netland

      Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

      Faculty Profile
    • David W. Pao

      Dean and Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

      Faculty Profile
    • Nicholas Perrin

      President, Trinity International University

      University Profile
    • Greg Strand

      Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing, Evangelical Free Church of America

      EFCA Profile
    • Kevin J. Vanhoozer

      Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

      Faculty Profile