The Board

The Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek — Chair

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek is a pastor serving the largest church in the Presbytery of Tropical Florida - First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale. Chris earned his Masters degrees in Divinity and Theology (Ethics) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also the youngest graduate of the first cohort of the world’s first Doctor of Ministry program focusing on Science and Theology. The program was started at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Currently, Chris is also enrolled at Durham University in England where he is working on a Ph.D. in Theology focusing on the intersection of technological futurism and eschatology. Chris’ religious and social commentary has been featured in many of the world’s most prominent news sources. To connect or learn more about him please visit his website:


Dorothy Deasy — Secretary

Dorothy Deasy is a qualitative design research consultant and a Spiritual Director. She is Secretary and Board Member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, a contributor to and an active fellow for Better She received her Master's of Applied Theology from Marylhurst University in 2011 having written her thesis on spirituality and the transhuman age.


Emily Redding — Treasurer

Emily Redding has 11 years of accounting experience, and is currently serving as Senior Director of Financial Services for a healthcare company based in Nashville, Tennessee. In her management role, she has overseen the creation and launch of multiple business processes and internal software projects.


Lincoln Cannon

Lincoln Cannon is a technologist and philosopher, and leading advocate of technological evolution and postsecular religion. He is a founder, board member, and former president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. He is a founder and board member of the Christian Transhumanist Association. And he formulated the New God Argument, a logical argument for faith in God that is popular among religious Transhumanists.

Lincoln has two decades of professional experience in the business of technology. He has worked for large enterprises, including, Merit Medical, and Symantec; at startups, including The World Table; and with investment firms, including OS Fund. He is presently CEO at Thrivous and Discerner.

Lincoln received formal education in business and the humanities. He holds an MBA from the Marriott School of Management. He holds a degree in philosophy from Brigham Young University. He is also an alumnus of the Exponential Medicine executive program at Singularity University.


Neal Locke

Neal Locke is a former High School English teacher,  current Presbyterian pastor, and future monastic bicentenarian. He holds an  M.Div. and a Master of Arts in Education, both from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a husband and a father of three who enjoys using open source software, building virtual environments, and brewing his own beer.  Ever the pioneer, Neal wrote his first program on a Commodore 64 in 1983, designed his first website in 1995, and was recognized by EdTech magazine in 2004 for being one of the first teachers in the nation to incorporate blogging in the classroom. In 2009 Neal helped to organize 1PCSL — a Presbyterian community that gathers weekly in the online virtual world of Second Life. Neal can be reached via Facebook, twitter, and Google+ using the handle “mstrlocke,” in Second Life via his avatar “Neill Loxingly,” and via his website at


Amy Gaskin

Amy Gaskin is a professional musician, artist, and sociologist pursuing graduate degrees in theology and aerospace science. Her work researches, analyzes, and interprets the influence we give the metaphysical and its effect on isolated communities and the future of human spaceflight.


Ryan Hogan


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