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J.A. Pagán, M.Div., Ph.D. 

Dr. J.A. Pagán is the founder and Chief Instructor of The Institute for Intellectual Formation & Skeptical Inquiry. Prior to his current profession, he served our nation as a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces (1995-2000). J.A completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Concordia Theological Seminary (2008; 2011). During his doctoral dissertation research, he also studied problems at the intersection of science and religion at Princeton Theological Seminary (2009-11). In addition to his work at the Institute, he is also a graduate school professor, business consultant, and author (Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to Modern Objections). His areas of specialty include analytic religious epistemology, philosophical theology, worldview theory, integration of science and religion, and Islamic studies.

Chad Van Meter, B.A.
Chad Van Meter directs The Institute’s northeast satellite location. Chad has a distinct interest in teaching young adults to reflect with clarity on rigorous concepts and contentious issues. Chad holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University (1998), and received his colloquy in Christian Education at Concordia University, St. Paul (2008). He has worked with youth and young adults for nearly 20 years, particularly encouraging a more intellectually robust Christian understanding of the world, culture, and art. He is the Minister of Discipleship at Holy Cross Lutheran (Fort Wayne) and is currently deployed to Lafayette, IN as the Director of Community Ministry at University Lutheran.

Henry Graf, M.A., M.Div. 
Henry Graf serves as director of the northwest satellite location. Henry is the Senior Pastor of Promise Ministries, Fort Wayne. While gaining professional experience in various ministry settings, he completed an M.A. degree, and went on to teach in the Communications Dept. at Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne. He was called to Promise Lutheran after graduating from the M.Div. at Concordia Theological Seminary. Pastor Graf is a published author, consultant, TEDx speaker, and internationally invited lecturer. Outside of pastoral ministry, his professional work focuses on how individuals and groups create spaces for their creative potential to flourish organically. Henry’s most recent publication, More Than a Story (2013).

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What is “intellectual formation”? In Rom. 12:2, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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What is “intellectual formation”? In Rom. 12:2, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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