Justin Holcomb, PhD
Episcopal Priest and Seminary Professor, Florida
The Rev. Dr. Justin S. Holcomb is an Episcopal priest (serving as the Canon for Vocations in the Diocese of Central Florida) and teaches theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lindsey, have co-authored numerous books: God Made All of Me: Helping Children Protect Their Bodies; Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Sexual Assault Victims; and Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence. Justin also serves on the board for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). His blog can be found at justinholcomb.com.
Development and Leadership Professional, Georgia
Matt is currently the director of development for GRACE. He is the former president of Providence Cottage School. He served as the vice president of development at Reformed Theological Seminary for eight years, during which he successfully raised funds for the school’s Atlanta campus. Prior to his time with Reformed Theological Seminary, Matt was involved in management for another non-profit entity, and his resume includes experience with a Fortune 500 company.
Diane Langberg, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Seminary Professor, Pennsylvania
Dr. Diane Langberg has over 35 years of experience counseling trauma survivors and clergy. She’s a sought-after international speaker and is the director of Diane Langberg & Associates, a mental health clinic in Pennsylvania. Dr. Langberg is also a faculty member of Westminster Theological Seminary and the author of four books, including Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Xulon) and On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Tyndale). She is a columnist for Christian Counseling Today and is on the board of both the Society for Christian Psychology and the American Association of Christian Counselors. She is also the founder of The Place of Refuge, an inner-city, non-profit trauma and training center.
James Luttrull, JD
District Attorney and Criminal Justice Professor, Indiana
Jim has been the Grand County Prosecutor in Marion, Indiana, since 2003. Previously, he worked for 20 years in Marion as both Deputy Prosecutor and Chief Deputy Prosecutor. He also teaches in the Criminal Justice Department at Indiana Wesleyan University and serves on the boards of First Light Child Advocacy Center, Youth for Christ of North Central Indiana, St. Martin de Porres Center, and Grace House. He has trained child abuse prosecutors and investigators at the local, state, and national level. He has lectured for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Council (IPAC), Finding Words Indiana, and the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA). He is also the president of the Indiana Child Advocacy Centers Coalition.
Duncan Rankin, PhD
Seminary Professor and Pastor, Texas
Dr. W. Duncan Rankin is currently serving as an associate pastor in Houston, Texas, as well as an adjunct theology professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, having previously taught on their Mississippi campus for 10 years. He has served on the Theology and Strategy Working Group of the International Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and won the Templeton Foundation Science and Theology Course Competition Prize through the Center for Religion and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California. Duncan was first introduced to the painful problem of child sexual abuse during his years of pastoral ministry.
Charissa Sloan Dvorak, JD, MBA
Child Abuse Attorney and Criminal Justice Professor, Texas
Charissa Sloan Dvorak is a graduate of Baylor University Law School and a former child abuse prosecutor from Texas who has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases involving child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence. For over eleven years she advocated for children and victims of violent crime in the Dallas County, McLennan County (Waco), and Harris County (Houston) District Attorney’s Offices. Charissa has also worked in Indiana as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Homeland Security, and Ethical and Legal Aspects of Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2012, Charissa was appointed the Lead Investigator for GRACE in its Independent Investigation of Bob Jones University. She and her husband live in the Dallas, Texas area and are active in church ministry and in the community.
Basyle ‘Boz’ Tchividjian
GRACE Founder and Professor of Law, Virginia
Boz Tchividjian founded GRACE in 2003. He is a former assistant state attorney, who served as chief prosecutor in the Sexual Crimes Division, where he gained experience in cases involving sexual abuse, and later served as the attorney for the Child Advocacy Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Boz has also spoken extensively on the subject of child abuse at various events including the conferences sponsored by the American Association of Christian Counselors and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). Boz currently serves as a law professor at Liberty University School of Law and currently writes a blog for Religion News Service entitled, “Rhymes with Religion” that focuses on the intersection of abuse and faith communities. His blog can be found at boz.religionnews.com.Boz recently published a book entitled Thank You Billy Graham (Barbour). He has also authored numerous law journal articles related to the issue of child sexual abuse and is also the author of a new mini-book entitled, Protecting Children from Abuse at Church: Steps to Prevent and Respond (New Growth).
Public Relations Senior VP, New York
Emmanuel Tchividjian is a senior vice president at the public relations firm of Ruder Finn in New York City. Prior to joining Ruder Finn, Emmanuel worked for the Government of Switzerland organizing special media events. He is the past president and ethics officer of the New York Chapter of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) and is also the past treasurer of the IIMHC (International Institute for Mediation and Historical Conciliation). He is also a member of the Ethics Officers Association, which is the national professional association for managers of ethics and compliance programs. He frequently speaks on ethics, public relations, and crisis communication. He has been a guest on CNN/FN, NY1, WGBH, and New England Cable News.
Laura Thien, LMSW
Licensed Social Worker, South Carolina
Laura Thien is a social worker working in counseling and clinical support for Still Wind Ministries in Greenville, South Carolina. Laura completed a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of South Carolina. Laura works with children, adults, and families who have experienced grief and loss, anxiety, anger, and trauma. Laura is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and integrates evidence-based therapeutic interventions with Christian counseling to provide a holistic treatment model. Laura served on the Board of Directors for the Julie Valentine Center for six years, two of those years as Board President. She continues to volunteer with Julie Valentine Center in a number of capacities and has completed their victim advocacy training, focusing on crisis intervention with survivors of child abuse and sexual assault.
Victor Vieth, JD
Child Abuse Attorney and Child Protection Training Director, Minnesota
Victor Vieth is a former child abuse prosecutor who went onto to direct the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, a program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). He worked with the NDAA and Winona State University in creating the National Child Protection Training Center, which is now a program of Gundersen Health System. Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses on child maltreatment as well as numerous state and international forensic interview training programs. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed works on child abuse and has received numerous awards and honors for his work. Mr. Vieth serves on the board of directors of the Academy on Violence & Abuse (AVA), GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) and on the advisory board to Male Survivor. Through GRACE, he serves on a national committee to develop a model seminary course on child sexual abuse.