Cross & Culture 2020

About John Dyer

Dr. John Dyer is the Dean of Enrollment Services and Educational Technology and Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. John has been a technology creator for more than 20 years, building tools used by Facebook, Google, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, the Department of Defense, and the Digital Bible Society. He has written on technology and faith for a number of publications including Gizmodo, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and in the book From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. John and his brilliant wife Amber have two bright and hilarious children, Benjamin and Rebecca.

To see more of John's work, visit his webpage.



Stephen Garrison

Stephen Garrison is President and Co-CEO of Cycorp. He brings strategic and operational experience from both the public and private sectors.

At the White House, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy under President George W. Bush. During his time in the West Wing, he focused on a range of domestic policy issues. Earlier, he also served on President Bush’s Presidential Campaign policy staff and as Deputy Director of Rapid Response as well as on the policy staff of then-Governor George W. Bush.

While at Bain and Company as a Principal, he served clients across industries, launched a new regional industry practice, and was a member of the Performance Improvement practice area. Later, after starting a hospital management company and serving as its CEO, he led a successful hospital turnaround and strategic transaction as CEO of the hospital and General Partner of the 83 member ownership group. Garrison was also previously named one of Becker’s Hospital Review national 25 Rising Stars Under 40 in Healthcare.

Immediately before joining the Cyc team, he served as CEO of Cooper Wellness Strategies, the corporate and technology affiliate of the world-renowned Cooper Clinic.

Stephen has a B.A. from Stanford University in Public Policy and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Brooke Shannon

Brooke Shannon is the Founder and Executive Director of Wait Until 8th. The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. More than 20,000 families from across the country have taken the Wait Until 8th pledge and numerous media outlets have featured the pledge including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and the Dallas Morning News. Brooke has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC national news, NPR, and CNN Headlines News.

Brooke believes all children should experience a childhood filled with outside play, long afternoons with books and puzzles and time without the presence of a screen. She also is a passionate champion of responsible and moderate use of technology in schools. For the past year, she has served on her school district’s Digital Learning Task Force advocating for a balanced approach to technology in the classroom.

Brooke has a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of Miami. She lives in Austin with her husband and three daughters.

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Mike Shannon

Mike Shannon is a partner at Vianovo, a strategic advisory firm for brand, public policy and crisis issues. He previously worked for the Boston Consulting Group and is a veteran of two winning presidential campaigns and the White House staff. He began his career in corporate finance. Mike’s writings on the “politics of brands” have been featured in the L.A. Times, Washington Post and National Journal. Mike holds an MBA from the Kellogg School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University. He serves as a board member of Side by Side Kids, an after-school program for at-risk children in East Austin, and has been a member of All Saints since 2006.


Rev. Jordan Griesbeck

Jordan grew up in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012. After college, he completed a two-year internship with RUF at the University of Virginia. In 2017 he began working as the Youth Pastor at All Saints while working on a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, from which he graduated in December 2017.

In his role as Youth Pastor Jordan has a unique perspective on technology, specifically its role in the lives of teenagers today.