About – Aaron Monts

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about-me-aaron-monts-bannerI was the founding pastor of IKON Christian Community in San Francisco (2008-2012), which was featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Bay Citizen and featured as an important voice for spirituality in the “Power Issue” of San Francisco Magazine (2012). I was also the founding director of Forge San Francisco (a missional training network started by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch), helping to lay some of the groundwork for the missional movement in San Francisco. In December of 2015, my family and I moved to Seattle to begin laying the foundation for a new church in the city.

In my writing, speaking, and living, I am committed to expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just, and excruciatingly gracious. I believe that society and the Church are strengthened by constructive dialogue around the issues of faith and theology, justice and politics, and transparent yet gracious conversations about our shortcomings. We must be a people that thoughtfully and graciously engage in the conversation rather than shutting it down.

Currently, I am a PhD Candidate (2015) at the Center for Global Studies, Johnson University researching the non-humanization of black people in America. My Candidacy Paper was entitled: The Negro and the Imago Christi: W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk. I earned my MA in Contemporary Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary (2008) and a BA in Ministry, Preaching and Biblical Studies from Lincoln Christian University. I serve on the Advisory Board for Because Justice Matters, an organization in San Francisco that works to reach women who are victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence, and offer support to those experiencing isolation due to economic and cultural challenges.

In my spare time you can find me cheering on the San Francisco Giants, out for a run, tinkering with my fantasy sports teams, trying new craft beers, reading, or enjoying the outdoors with my wife and daughter.

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