Meet Our Contributors

Mark DeForrest
Mark in Spokane is the blogging name of Mark DeForrest, an attorney and law professor who lives in Spokane, Washington. Mark is a 1992 graduate of Western Washington University, where he majored in history and minored in political science. With that kind of academic background, the harsh forces of the free-market compelled him to go to law school. He attended Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane as a Thomas More Scholar from 1994-1997. After graduation he clerked with the judges of the Chelan County Superior Court in Wenatachee, Washington. After his clerkship, he practiced law briefly before beginning teaching at Central Washington University in the Law and Justice Department. After two years at CWU, Mark moved back to Spokane and became a legal research and writing instructor at Gonzaga. He currently is an assistant professor of legal research and writing at Gonzaga. He has published widely on First Amendment topics and legal rhetoric. Mark grew up on a farm and misses country life a lot.

Brad Hart
Hart holds a B.A. in History from Mesa State College, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Utah Valley University, and an M.A in History from the University of Colorado. He is primarily interested in the history of religion in early American society and Medieval Europe. Hart is a member of the American Historical Association and Phi Alpha Theta. He is also a former Deputy Sheriff with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northern Chile from 1997-1999. Hart also writes at his personal blog, which can be found here.

Josh Hoisington
Josh Hoisington is currently completing a B.A. in Classics at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI--just outside of Grand Rapids. His writings about 1960s Los Angeles recording studio culture have appeared in several national publications. In the matter of religion, he is a pastor's son with an intimate understanding of what happens behind-the-scenes in the American Church. He plans to go on in higher education, focusing on history and law

Gary Kowalski
Reverend Gary Kowalski is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A. 1977) and the Harvard Divinity School (M.Div. 1982). He is author of Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers (BlueBridge, 2008), Science and the Search for God (Lantern 2003), The Souls of Animals (New World Library 2006), The Bible According To Noah (Lantern, 2001) and Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet (New World Library 2007). As minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont, he is active in his community, serving on the board of Vermont Interfaith Action and as a member of the Vermont State Advisory Board to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Kristo Miettinen
Kristo Miettinen is an electrical engineer and Army reserve officer, married with 4 children, living in Greece NY (outside Rochester). As a civilian, Kristo designs remote sensing systems for government applications at ITT Space Systems Division, while as a soldier he presently commands the North Central Information Operations Center, a cyberwarfare battalion. When not making America safe from various forms of unpleasantness, Kristo sails on lake Ontario with his wife Denise, plays chess or tennis, and otherwise engages in his constitutional rights to their fullest degree. Kristo is a member of Hope Lutheran church (LCMS) in Greece, NY.

Orbis, ultima confinia. Haec sunt itinera astranavis Incepti. Huic missio quinque annorum: explorare mundos alienos novos, petere vitam novam novosque cultus, ire fortiter quo nemo iverit ante.

Jonathan Rowe
Jonathan Rowe is a 35 year old attorney and college professor. He holds JD, MBA, and LL.M. graduate degrees from Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. He is an Assistant Professor of Business in the Business and Technology Division at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ. He lives in Yardley, PA.

Raymond Soller
Ray Soller is a retired Geographic Information Systems analyst, who keeps delving into the question, "Did George Washington say 'So help me God' at his First Inauguration?" He's old enough to have been in high school when "under God" was plugged into the Pledge of Allegiance, submit to the renovation of our National Motto, and to see the emergence of an Orwellian legend proporting that George Washington started an inaugural tradition by adding a sacred codicil to his presidential oath.

Brian Tubbs
Brian Tubbs is a Washington, DC area minister, writer, and speaker. A lifelong history buff with expertise in both American and religious history, Brian is the founder and editor of the American Revolution and Founding Era blog and the feature writer for Protestantism at Suite

A former non-profit executive and educator, Brian now serves in the ministry. He is currently the pastor of Olney Baptist Church in Montgomery County, Maryland. You can read more about Brian's ministry at Brian holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in apologetics through a distance learning program with Biola University.

Brian and his wife, Jane, have two children and make their home in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Tom Van Dyke
Tom Van Dyke is a businessman and musician who is the longest-running champion of The Joker's Wild and also won Ben Stein's Money. Tom knows stuff, although not everything. TVD is an occasional contributor to The American Spectator Online and He continues to write on matters of Great Importance from his mini-estate high on a hill above Los Angeles.