The Rev. Steve Newcom is an ordained Comunity of Christ minister, the founding director of the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation and developed and leads United’s Leadership for Social Transformation program. He received an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2008-2009 to research the intersection of theological education and social justice ministry. The research identified a fundamental gap within Seminary education around the applied competencies of social transformation and effective public witness. His academic work addresses this gap with the mission of advancing social transformation as a practical theological discipline and core competency. He served the Headwaters Foundation for Justice as the Executive Director for 18 years and prior to that worked for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.