David Zahl is the Director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog. Born in New York City and brought up elsewhere, David graduated from Georgetown University in 2001, and then served as an itinerant youth minister with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Christians in Universities and Schools) in their New England Boarding Schools region. In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City. David and his wife Cate currently reside in Charlottesville, VA with their two boys, Charlie and Cabell, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. Even after all these years, he’s still mourning the end of Calvin and Hobbes and holding out hope that Axl and Slash (or Morrissey and Marr!) will bury the hatchet. His favorite films have been directed by Woody, Whit and Wes, and his favorite theologian is probably a cross between Johnny Cash, Flannery O’Connor and his brother Simeon. His current project is These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty: Essays and Observations from Mockingbird.
Ethan Richardson came on staff with Mockingbird in 2011. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009, majoring in Religious Studies and English. In June of 2011, he finished two years of teaching 5th grade in the inner city of New Orleans with Teach For America, and moved back to Charlottesville, VA to work with Mockingbird. In 2012, he completed his first major publication, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Grace of God, and then in 2013, Ethan oversaw the completion of The Mockingbird Devotional. Ethan currently serves as editor of The Mockingbird magazine. He digs the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Charles Wright, and Wallace Stevens, and the writing of Southern sentries William F., Wendell B., and Walker P.
Will McDavid grew up in Central Georgia, studied religion and economics at the University of Virginia, and has been has been employed by Mockingbird since then. His interests include medieval theology, local delicatessens, and behavioral economics. Will oversees Mockingbird’s publishing efforts, having edited Grace in Addiction and PZ’s Panopticon, among other projects. In 2014, he authored his first book, Eden and Afterward: A Mockingbird Guide to Genesis. His favorite books include Augustine’s On the Trinity, Kierkegaard’s Postscript, and Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards. In his spare time, he reads, watches football, and discusses theories about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.
In addition to David, Ethan, and Will, Mockingbird relies on the invaluable contributions of its many volunteers. In the summer, we offer a handful of internship opportunities for college students and seminarians. Inquiries may be directed to David Zahl at email@example.com.