Michael_Hardin New HeadshotMichael Hardin is the co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace, a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA whose motto is “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.” An internationally known speaker, he is one of the earliest members of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion and is a co-founder of Theology and Peace, also based in the United States. Michael was educated and hold an M.Div. from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and is a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia.

He is the co-editor of Stricken by God?: Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ (Eerdmans, 2007), Peace Be With You (Cascadia 2009), Compassionate Eschatology (Wipf & Stock, 2010), editor of Reading the Bible with Rene Girard (forthcoming) and author of the acclaimed The Jesus Driven Life (JDL Press, 2010), What the Facebook?: Posts from the Edge of Christendom (JDL Press, 2014) and Walking with Grandfather: A Skeptic’s Journey to Spirituality (JDL Press, 2014).  He is currently writing his latest book Lamb Up!: The Resurrection Gospel. He has published over a dozen articles on the mimetic theory of Rene Girard in addition to essays on theology, spirituality and practical theology.  Michael also participated in the documentary Hellbound?.

With his wife Lorri, Michael has taken courses for the past decade on wilderness survival and Native American healing traditions. In addition to this, Michael has been involved in movie and video production and is a singer/songwriter.