Dr. Jeffery J. Ventrella
Dr. Jeffery J. Ventrella is the Director and Chair of the truthXchange Fellowship. Chair of the truthXchange Board for years, Jeff comes to truthXchange with a wealth of experience that will serve the ministry’s vision for truthXchange 2.0. Following a successful career as a “partner” serving clients in “Big Law” for 15 years, Jeff then served for nearly 23 years as Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Training at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), including serving on ADF’s Executive Team for many years.
After joining ADF in 2000, he designed the curriculum for a number of ADF training programs, including the Blackstone Legal Fellowship (BLF), a unique training and professional development program for law students. He also helped design ADF International’s Areté Academy Europe, Areté Academy Asia, and Areté Latin America, which provide training for exceptional international advocates and cultural leaders who are on a path to future leadership in a variety of disciplines.
Academically, Ventrella has diverse experience: He has served as a research Fellow and a member of an ad hoc graduate thesis committee for the Department of Philosophy and Constitutional Law at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He currently serves as Professor of Law for Trinity Law School, principally teaching Constitutional Law. He has been appointed as a Senior Lecturing Fellow for Regent Law as well as Extended Faculty for High Point University’s Kahn School of Law. And, he continues to publish both popular and scholarly pieces and lectures widely.
He is also a distinguished Fellow of Law and Culture for the Center for Cultural Leadership and a Fellow with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. In 2014, TruthXchange appointed him Senior Fellow. As an approved speaker for the Federalist Society, he serves as an appointed member of the society’s executive committee – guiding its Religious Liberties Practice Group. Dr. Ventrella is also an elected member of The Philadelphia Society.
His book The Cathedral Builder: Pursuing Cultural Beauty (2007) is part of the BLF Core Curriculum Project. In addition, he also edited the Fellowship’s Curriculum and conceptualized and served as founding curator for ADF’s speech journal, Clarion. He is the author of numerous published monographs and has contributed to and/or edited about ten books.
Ventrella received a bachelor’s degree in music education, magna cum laude, from the
University of Northern Colorado, where he specialized in trumpet performance. He holds a
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in church and state studies from Whitefield Theological Seminary and earned his
juris doctorate from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he served as Production Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.
He has practiced law since 1985 and is a member of the state bar of Idaho serving on its Professionalism & Ethics Section as well as its Diversity Section. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Married since 1986, he and his wife enjoy their five adult children.
Dr. Peter Jones
I was born in Liverpool, England, where I would buy fish and chips on Penny Lane with John Lennon, a high school friend with whom I shared a desk for five years. Not that we did much at those desks! I was too interested in football (soccer), while John spent his time messing around. We played music together at school, but I never became a Beatle because my Christian parents wouldn’t allow me to go to clubs. When I got serious about my studies, I went to the University of Wales, then to Gordon Divinity School, near Boston. During my master’s year at Harvard Divinity School, I met Francis Schaeffer (through his books) and a Wellesley College student, Rebecca Clowney, daughter of Edmund P. Clowney, president for many years of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Schaeffer’s analysis of his culture and his expression of the Christian faith in a coherent system helped me apply biblical understanding to all areas of life. Meanwhile, Rebecca and I talked about theology, sang in a gospel group, played golf, studied, enjoyed Boston, and became engaged. We married in 1971 while I was a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1973 we took our first two children to France, where I taught New Testament at La Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée d’Aix-en-Provence, in a cooperative agreement with Mission to the World (PCA). There I taught, wrote, spoke, and helped start a Christian school and a church. We had five more children. We were extremely happy in France, where food, friends, and fun in the sun added extra joy to fulfilling the tasks God had given us to do.
In 1989, a letter broke into our peace. It asked me to consider moving back to the US to teach. After much prayer and reflection, I decided to accept an invitation to teach at Westminster Seminary in California. But America was not the same country I had first seen in 1964 (when the Beatles landed on US shores). The culture shock I experienced upon re-entry led me to publish the Gnostic Empire Strikes Back (1992). What I first identified as “New Age” was far more than a left-coast fad. A new spirituality had taken over America. Several years of research led to the publication of Spirit Wars (1997), which explores the nature of the New Spirituality and its manifestations in society and the church. In an attempt to make the message available to younger readers and to groups, I published Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies: Can You Tell the Difference? (2000). The DaVinci Code craze led me to write Cracking DaVinci’s Code with Jim Garlow in 2004 and this led to a book that analyzes the Gnostic vs. the Christian Jesus, entitled Stolen Identity: The Conspiracy to Reinvent Jesus. In 2006, I published two more books: The God of Sex: How Worldview Determines Sexuality, and Capturing the Pagan Mind: Paul’s Blueprint for Thinking and Living in the New Global Culture. In addition to our two compendium volumes from our truthXchange Think Tanks (Global Wizardry and The Coming Pagan Utopia), I have published One or Two: Seeing a World of Difference (2010) and The Other Worldview (2015). A book tentatively entitled Whose Rainbow? should be available in 2020.
From July 1991 to December 2002, I taught New Testament and Greek at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. My interest in rising paganism and its threat to the church gradually demanded more of my time and energy. I finally decided to devote all my energies to this task. Our children are grown, and Rebecca (as she has always done) willingly shares her energies to help me accomplish my kingdom passions. I am grateful to the Lord for her faithful help, vision and hard work and for the health to serve my Lord with full physical strength.
Dr. Jones is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Director of Operations
Joshua has served as a youth pastor, street preacher, and evangelist. He is competent in a myriad of practical ways. He has worked for truthXchange with passion and rigor since 2011 as Executive Assistant to Dr. Jones. In late 2018, with the full confidence of the staff and board of truthXchange, Joshua relocated to open an East Coast office in Columbia, South Carolina. His duties are many –podcasts, finances, phone calls, travel, fundraising, seminars, DVD production, and a host of other duties. His love for Christ, for his family, and for the ministry is profound. A dedicated church member, he reads voraciously and is a patient helper to anyone in need. He and his wife Lael have four boys (Isaac, Moses, Abraham, and Enoch) and a darling little girl, Tikvah.
Researcher, Volunteer, Board Member
Pam holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is currently researching and writing on the influence of postmodern culture and the rise of neopagan spirituality on the Evangelical church. She has contributed a chapter to two volumes: The Coming Pagan Utopia and On Global Wizardry. She focuses her research on Alternative Worship, the Enneagram, Emerging Church Movements, Contemplative Prayer, and the rising New Spirituality. Reading Peter Jones’s book Spirit Wars clarified for Pam the invasion of Gnostic spirituality in both the culture and the church and encouraged her to expand her research. Pam’s passion and wisdom are a precious gift to our staff and board meetings and our conferences, while her dedication to prayer upholds the ministry before the Lord.
Rebecca graduated from Wellesley College and married Peter Jones in 1971. She and Peter have seven children and fifteen grandchildren. She has served on the board of the San Diego Christian Writers Guild and the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. She has published two books: A Dark Ride and Does Christianity Squash Women?. Rebecca teaches women’s Bible studies in her home church and speaks occasionally for women’s retreats. She attends staff meetings and is in the office most days, writing, editing, keeping up the database and doing other administrative work for truthXchange on a volunteer basis.