Jason Byassee is the inaugural Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. Previously, he was senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference. He worked at Duke Divinity School from 2008-2011, writing and teaching about theology and leadership with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and editing the Call & Response blog at Faith & Leadership for much of that time. He serves as a contributing editor to Christian Century, where he was an assistant editor from 2004-2008. He is author of Trinity: The God We Don't Know (Abingdon, 2015), The Gifts of the Small Church (Abingdon, 2010), Reading Augustine: A Guide to Confessions (Cascade, 2006), An Introduction to the Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Cascade, 2007) and Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine (Eerdmans, 2007). He has a master of divinity and doctorate from Duke University.