Speakers for 2022 FPR Conference


Chris Arnade

Chris Arnade is the author of Dignity, a book exploring poverty, addiction, and faith in the US. He is currently walking across the cities of the world.

Charles E. Cotherman

Charles E. Cotherman (PhD, University of Virginia) is pastor and planter of Oil City Vineyard Church in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He is the program director of the Project on Rural Ministry and has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Grove City College. He lives in Oil City with his wife and four children.

Rachel Ferguson

Rachel Ferguson is an affiliate scholar of the Acton Institute and co-author of Black Liberation Through the Marketplace: Hope, Heartbreak, and the Promise of America. Her commentary has been featured at the Christian Post, the Acton Power Blog, Discourse Magazine, Law and Liberty, EconLib, and the Online Library of Liberty.

Fr Gregory Hogg

Fr Gregory Hogg was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended college at Grove City College (’78), seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary (’82), and received his PhD from Indiana University in 1997. He is currently a Senior Affiliate Faculty member in the Philosophy department of Grand Valley State University, and serves Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI, as an attached priest. He is married to Cindy (Grove City ’77); they are parents of 5 and grandparents of 10.

Bill Kauffman

Bill Kauffman is the author of eleven books. He is a columnist for The American Conservative and The Spectator World. Bill wrote the screenplay for the 2013 feature film Copperhead. He is a founding editor of Front Porch Republic and has served as a legislative assistant to Senator Pat Moynihan, editor for various magazines and publishers, and vice president of a professional baseball team that was extinguished by MLB. He lives with his wife Lucine in his native Genesee County, New York.

Joe Nail

Joe is the CEO & Co-Founder of Lead For America. Joe’s call to public service comes from his faith and his family. Joe’s Mom is a middle school nurse, and his Dad works for the U.S. Army as a civilian contractor. Joe is a proud service member of the U.S. Army National Guard, and is an avid outdoorsman, Ironman triathlete, and ultramarathoner.

Angel Adams Parham

Angel Adams Parham is Associate Professor of Sociology and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (IASC) at the University of Virginia. Her new book is The Black Intellectual Tradition: Reading Freedom in Classical Literature draws on this work. She is also co-founder and executive director of Nyansa Classical Community, an educational organization which provides curricula and programming designed to connect with students from diverse backgrounds, inviting them to take part in the Great Conversation, cultivate the moral imagination, and pursue truth, goodness, and beauty.

Jason Peters

Jason Peters tends a small acreage in Ingham County, Michigan, and teaches English at Hillsdale College. A founding member of FPR, he is the editor of both Local Culture: A Journal of the Front Porch Republic and Front Porch Republic Books. His books include The Culinary Plagiarist: (Mis)Adventures of a Lusty, Thieving, God-Fearing Gourmand (FPR Books 2020), Wendell Berry: Life and Work (University Press of Kentucky 2007), Land! The Case for an Agrarian Economy, by John Crowe Ransom (University Press of Notre Dame, 2017), and Localism in the Mass Age: A Front Porch Republic Manifesto (co-edited with Mark T. Mitchell for FPR Books, 2018).

Jeff Polet

Jeff Polet is Director of the Ford Leadership Forum at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Previously he was a Professor of Political Science at Hope College, and before that at Malone College in Canton, OH. A native of West Michigan, he received his BA from Calvin College and his MA and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Carl R. Trueman

Carl R. Trueman is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen. Before coming to Grove in 2018 he served as William E Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. He is a contributing editor at First Things and Touchstone Magazine as well as a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in DC, and he is the author of numerous books both on church history and on modern culture.

Brian Volck

Brian Volck MD, MFA, MAT is a pediatrician and writer. He is the author of a poetry collection, Flesh Becomes Word, and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ars Medica, Atlanta Review, DoubleTake, Health Affairs, Image, and The Journal of Moral Theology. A Benedictine oblate at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Brian teaches at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.