C. Wess Daniels is originally from Canton Ohio, he is the oldest of eight siblings spread across two families, he has been married to his beloved wife Emily since 2001, and they have three children. He is an Enneagram 3. Enjoys reading, writing, riding his motorcycle, drinking bourbon, roasting coffee and geeking out over Apple tech.
Wess is a graduate of both Malone University (BA) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MAT and PhD) and is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Previously he was the ‘released Quaker minister’ (i.e. pastor) at Camas Friends Church in Camas WA. He has a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in the School of Intercultural Studies on the subject of the renewal of faith traditions within participatory culture.
His book, “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture” is available online through Wipf and Stock and Amazon.
He has taught classes at George Fox Seminary, Earlham School of Religion and Way of the Spirit. He serves on the boards of Quaker Voluntary Service and Barclay Press and Friends Association for Higher Education.
Wess also enjoys sketchnoting (seen above), which is a visual way of taking notes. He has been included in Mike Rohde’s “The Sketchnote Workbook,” as well as “143 Visuals to Inspire You To Take Action” by Scott Torrance. His post on “Learning the Art of Sketchnote Preaching” was featured on Antioch Session and SermonSmith.org. You can listen to an interview about it here.
Some of his publications include:
Convergent Friends: The Emergence of Postmodern Quakerism (2010) in Quaker Studies, I (Hope) I see Dead People (2012) in Friends Journal and A Faithful Betrayal: The New Quakers (2010) in Quaker Life. He has also written on the subject of suicide in Father Factor titled “The Dark Side of the Moon and the Suicide of a Father.” He was a co-editor for the volume “Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices” and a contributor to “An Inner Strength: Quakers and Leadership.”
You Can hear Wess on these podcasts:
- The Rhett Smith Podcast – “Exploring a Rhythm of Life, Creativity and Leadership“
- Sermonsmith with John Chandler – On Being a Sketchnote Preacher
- Quaker Faith and Podcast – Convergent Friends
- Message on Revelation at Deep River Friends Meeting.
- 2019 – Being Unnormal: – “Being Religious“