James Tonkowich

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Jim Tonkowich "is Senior Vice President of Oxford House Research, a UK-based think tank focusing on the role of faith and morality in global affairs. Tonkowich served as President of the Institute on Religion & Democracy from March 2006 through April 2009 and now writes for the IRD as a scholar, offering commentary on how Christians develop a political witness.

"Prior to joining IRD, Jim served as the Managing Editor of BreakPoint radio. Jim comes to IRD with a varied background. He worked in prep school youth ministry with FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) directing boarding school outreach. After that he pastored Peninsula Hills Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. He then spent two years in a Northern Virginia high-tech company.

"Jim holds a degree in philosophy from Bates College and both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His doctorate focused on issues of spiritual and cultural transformation and renewal making it a solid educational foundation for his work at IRD.

"Jim and his wife Dottie live in Falls Church, Virginia." [1]

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  1. Jim Tonkowich, organizational web page, accessed April 23, 2012.