Derek Penwell is an author, editor, speaker and activist. He is the senior minister of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Ky., and a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities. He has a Ph.D. in humanities from the University of Louisville. He is the author of articles ranging from church history to aesthetic theory and the tragic emotions, as well as the author of an upcoming book from Chalice Press on how mainline denominations can avoid despair in an emerging world. He contributed to the recently released book, From Each Brave Eye: Reflections on the Arts, Ministry, and Holy Imagination.
His new book, The Mainliner's Survival Guide, considers how the declining church should live into the hope of its legacy by living out the Gospel’s radical nature with reckless abandon. In a world where the fastest growing religious self-designation among emerging generations is “none,” the hope of the church may lie in worrying less about the survival of the church and aiming more toward living like Jesus.