Advisory Board Members

The RLDP Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of scholars and practitioners. The feedback, insights and guidance of the advisory board have been immensely helpful to the project. We are very grateful for their support and engagement.


Mark Chaves, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies and Divinity
Duke University

Brad Christerson, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Biola University

Penny Edgell, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
University of Minnesota

David L. Odom, D.Min.
Director of Faith and Leadership Programs
Duke Divinity School

Alvin Sanders, Ph.D
Associate Executive Director of ReachNational
Evangelical Free Church of America

Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D
Professor of Christian Ethics
Howard University School of Divinity
Senior Pastor
Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C.

Christian Smith, Ph.D
William R. Kenan, Jr.
Professor of Sociology
Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society
University of Notre Dame