Editorial Board

Brian Brown

Senior Editor

Brian Brown loves building the institutions, habits, and networks that make people thrive. He is the founder of Humane Pursuits, where he writes a featured column and edits the Give channel. He started his consulting company, Narrator, to help great mission-driven organizations modernize and grow. He lives with his wife Christina and son Edmund in Colorado Springs, where they mix cocktails, hunt for historic architecture, and see how many people they can squeeze into their house for happy hour.

Anne Snyder


annesnyderAnne Snyder is currently living in Houston, Texas, where she is studying the assimilation patterns of the city’s growing immigrant population while also working for the Laity Lodge Leadership Initiative. She has started a biweekly column for the Orange County Register and freelances elsewhere. Before moving to Houston she worked in the Op-Ed department of The New York Times in Washington, DC, and before that at World Affairs Journal and the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Originally from Boston but given the cross-cultural bug from a childhood spent in Hong Kong and Australia, she holds a B.A. from Wheaton College (IL) and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

Jace Yarbrough


Jace is a life-long Texan and is currently a JD candidate at Stanford Law School. Before heading out to California he served in the Air Force, taught AP Calculus in Honduras, studied at the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law (www.johnjayinstitute.org), and earned his B.A. in Government and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys all things old and dust-covered, and his favorite pastime is reading to his wife, son, and daughter.

Bryan Wandel


Bbryanwandelryan Wandel works in government finance and has studied history, accounting, and religion. Bryan’s writing has appeared at Comment Magazine, First Things, and elsewhere.


Liz Horst

Play channel editor

Liz Horst has a degree in English literature and currently works as a Suzuki violin teacher. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two toddlers and enjoys stealing away, now and then, to an easy chair with a good book.


Jody Byrkett

Pray channel editor

Jody Byrkett lives in picturesque Colorado where she enjoys hiking by sunshine or by starlight, foggy mornings and steaming mugs of tea, reading classic literature and theological essays, studying words and their origins, and practising the art of hospitality. (She also has a habit of spelling things ‘Britishly’.)

Emily Weitz

Create channel editor

Emily Weitz is a graduate of Patrick Henry College, and now works in a small town with a delightful commute through the backwoods of Virginia. She has a deep love for adventure, friendship, beauty, road trips, and music. She sees creativity as a foundational human experience. Emily is also the co-founder of The Cellary, an interview-based music blog.

Christy Janssen

Work channel editor

Christy Janssen said she would never grow up to be a writer or an editor. So naturally, she now works in organizational readiness strategy and communications at a large poverty-focused non-profit and edits the Work channel of Humane Pursuits. She has too many hobbies, regularly says”yes” to more things than any reasonable person should, and is always thankful for how beautiful her life has become because of it. She, her husband, and their foster children live in the shadow of Pikes Peak.

Marlene Schuler

Social Media Editor: Instagram and Pinterest

Marlene is a lover of literature, Latin, and dusty old things. She is currently studying at the Thomas More College in New Hampshire, where she is pursuing a degree in the liberal arts. When she is not glued to a book or writing a paper, she can be found in her natural habitat (that is, coffee shops), wearing vintage clothes and enjoying the nectar of the gods.

Ethan Pyle

Social Media Editor: Facebook and Twitter

Ethan Pyle is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University where he studied theology, literature, and his favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Inquisitive and amiable, he never wants to stop learning
and loves to meet and learn from new people. He hoards books, meaning he never has enough bookshelves, and cherishes a dream of one day visiting Finland. He blogs at Refracted Light.