• Tech in Churches 

    Research Team

    Dr. Heidi A Campbell

    Principal Investigator &
    Project Director

    Professor at Texas A&M University

    Heidi Campbell is a Professor of Communication, affiliate faculty in Religious Studies, and a Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University, Heidi is also director of the Network for New Media, Religion, and Digital Culture Studies. Her research focuses on intersections between technology, religion and digital culture, with an emphasis on Jewish, Muslim & Christian negotiations with digital media.

    Dr. Campbell has recently published a number of e-Books that relate to digital culture, religion, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These include The Distanced Church,  Religion in Quarantine,   Social Distancing in a World of Memes, and Digital Ecclesiology.

    Mandy Jordan

    Senior Research Associate

     Instructional Assistant at University of North Texas

    Mandy Jordan is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Masterof Science degree in applied anthropology.   Besides work for this project she is an Instructional Assistant in Anthropology at the University of North Texas. 

    Mandy has also led several research projects in Santa Fe, TX, including community-wide engagement research with the City of Santa FeResiliency Center and an evaluation of Aldersgate United Methodist Church's role in facilitating space for the City of Santa Fe Resiliency Center after the 2018 Santa Fe High School mass shooting. 

    Sophia Osteen

    Senior Research Assistant

    Graduate Student at Wheaton College

    Sophia Osteen graduated from Texas A&M University in 2020 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. Currently, she works as a lead researcher on this project, as well as an Editorial Assistant for Dr. Campbell. She has been involved in several projects exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted religious groups in America and beyond through the NMRDC. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College.

    Sophia has co-authored several articles with Dr. Campbell, including  "Moving Towards a Digital Ecclesiology: Key Themes and Questions" in the eBook Digital Ecclesiology (2020) and Lessons from Revisiting The Distanced Church in the eBook Revisiting The Distanced Church (2021).

    Avery Alban

    Media Manager

    Graduate Student at Texas A&M University

    Avery Alban graduated from Texas A&M University in 2021 with a degree in Communication Honors and a minor in Business. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Marketing degree from A&M as well. She works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Campbell and the Social Media Manager for The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. Avery hopes to utilize these experiences in her future career as a brand marketer.

    Andrea Wallace

    Research Assistant

    Undergraduate Student at Texas A&M University

    Andrea Wallace is a junior Telecommunications major at Texas A&M University, with a minor in Journalism and Urban Design. Though she is from San Antonio, she spent the first ten years of her life in Panama City, Panama. This has given her a unique experience as a bilingual student, which she feels enriches her education and life experience overall.

    Katherine Fiedler

    Research Assistant

    Undergraduate Student at Texas A&M University

    Katherine Fiedler is a sophomore Economics major and Religious Studies minor at Texas A&M University. She is passionate about the many ways religion shapes society and individual decision-making and hopes to one day study the effects of religion on governments and economies.

    Madison Hejny

    Research Assistant

    Undergraduate Student at Texas A&M University

    Madison Hejny graduated in Dec 2021 from Texas A&M University with a major in Communications and minoring in Psychology. In addition to being an Honors student, she also earned a certificate in Global Media. Her hobbies include video games, reading, polo, and playing with her dog.

  • Advisory Board

    Associate for Digital Content for Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary and pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA and

    Associate Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Texas in Austin.

    Assistant Professor in Theological Studies and Vice President for Enrollment Services and Educational Technologies at Dallas Theological Seminary.


    Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary in Minnesota.

    Founder and Head of the Tech Chaplaincy Institute and doctoral student in Information Science at University of Colorado-Boulder

    Chief product officer at hybrid ministry development company Learning Forte, and Doctoral candidate in Educational Media at Teachers College, Columbia University.