David Pocta (Author)
David Pocta is a Christian Spirituality Scholar, ministry builder, and educator. After nearly three
decades of pastoral work, he returned to school for his PhD in Christian Contemporary
Spirituality. His work blends his experience in pastoral ministry with spirituality scholarship.
His research interests include the spiritual journey, spiritual wilderness, contemporary
evangelical church culture, and Christian mysticism. His dissertation addressed how the spiritual
journey of Christians, when in their own wilderness, exposes the need for a reimagined church
culture in Protestant evangelicalism.
David is a collaborator and builder. He enjoys creating spaces for honest dialogue and authentic
learning. He lives with his wife of more than thirty years in San Antonio and treasures having his
daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren nearby.
John J. Markey (Author)
John Markey, OP, is a Professor of Theology and the Director of the PhD program in Spirituality
at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Notre
Dame in 1984, then earned an M.A. in Theology there two years later. He entered the Dominican
Order in 1987 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He received his M.Div from the Dominican
School of Philosophy and Theology in 1991 and his PhD in Philosophy and Theology from the
Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 1997.