OrdainThyself started with a theologian and a dream. The Reverend Doctor Tony Jones (A.B., M.Div., Ph.D.) has developed a growing suspicion that religious people take themselves too seriously. And he’s come to this conclusion as a religious person himself.
Further, as an ordained minister, he thinks that ordination isn’t that important, or that serious. Maybe it was in the past, but it isn’t any longer. In this age of openness and crowdsourcing, he was looking for a way to make ordination available to ALL! (Or, at least to everyone who has an iPhone.)
So he gathered a team that included project manager Matt Glatzel, developer Tim Urness, and graphics guru Gerardo Obieta. In their spare time they worked on OrdainThyself, hoping to bring the revolution of ordination to the citizenry of iPhoneland. And now they’ve done just that.
So wait no longer — get thyself ordained!
Tony is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and several other books, and he is a trained theologian. He has worked with numerous publishing houses and has consulted with non-profits, universities, and graduate schools around the world. Tony has a wide range of experience running events, camps, and retreats, and he is known to bring creative thinking to every endeavor. Tony is married, has three children, and lives in Edina, Minnesota, his hometown. Visit Tony’s Blog
Tim Urness is an Associate Professor of computer science at Drake University. He is an active researcher in the areas of computer science education and scientific visualization, including many published papers. He currently teaches courses on software development, including mobile devices, and also instructs summer camps to middle school students on app development. He is married, has two children, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Matt is a digital project manager for Modern Climate. He is actively interactive and has been since he was in the single digits. Currently based in Minneapolis, you can usually find him playing various instruments, riding around on his ’78 Puch Maxi or watching soccer.
Gerardo is a Minneapolis based Graphic Designer from Mexico with a passion for illustration, web design and infographics. Graphic design is not just his job, it’s his life, he has been working as a professional designer for 15 years. His career in design has going through illustration, brand identity, web design and interactive, motion graphics and most recently infographics and data visualization. These days he can be found working as a designer for Weber Shandwick Minneapolis, a world leading global public relations firm. Visit his portfolio at gobieta.com