Nonpropria hopes to be a place where you can join the ecumenical discourse in a variety of ways.  In our first year, we hope to deliver content and moderate discussion in couple of different mediums. Follow us on Twitter for more @nonpropria.

What’s with the name?

  • propria – a nonessential property common to all the members of a class;attribute.
  •  In nonpropria venit, et sui eum non receperunt. johanus I: XI  “He came to a people who were not his own and they did not receive him.” John 1:11
  • nonpropria was a latin term sometimes used to indicate the status of a freed slave
Domain names are hard to come by.  We stumbled onto this and the meanings keep stacking up.  If you know of any other uses in Latin or English, let us know.


Blog Posts

Nonpropria will post original content on a  weekly basis right here at Nonpropria home.  Each of our team members will make a post once a month.  The fourth week of each month, we’ll feature a guest contributor.  Once we get the technical hang of this, we will assign each month a broad topic to which each of our posts  will relate.  Join in the conversation through the comments or on twitter.


Download our monthly podcasts here or subscribe to us in iTunes and listen to our entire team and occasional guests discuss the major topics we’ve been discussing on the blog as well as lighter recurring segments that run the gamut from serious earnestness to news stories about how fart sniffing reduces the risk of cancer.  (seriously, listen to our first podcast here) <link>

Our Team

Jacob – Managing Editor, @jvandemoortel

jacob in treeJacob VandeMoortel teaches history in the Chicago suburbs.  He dedicates most of his time to his three amazing kids, Cohen (6), Sophia (4), and Ellie (2) and his wife Liz (he’s also no dummy).  After graduating from Augustana College in 2004 with degrees in History and Religion, he traveled to China and interned at a Law Firm before discovering the service and fulfillment of teaching.  He watches too much baseball, listens to too much sports talk radio, drinks too much wine and tries too hard at fantasy football.  He helped launch nonpropria as a way to have the most important conversations with the people he most wanted to have them with in a forum most public. As the last sentence clearly shows, he likes analogous structure more than quality content.

Justin – Managing Editor, @justinkelder

DSCF8084 Justin teaches 2nd grade in Naperville, Illinois.  Before entering the teaching field, he worked for  Young Life, an inter-denominational youth ministry and he and his wife started a special needs  ministry called Access in 2006.  His loves include iPads, Disney World and of course his two  daughters and wonderful wife. If you can’t catch him at home binge watching on Netflix or an NBA  game, he’s most likely playing with the girls in the backyard.


Chris – Contributor, @chrishennessey

CHennesseyChris has served in the church for over ten years in different areas from youth ministry to small group ministries. He graduated with a Masters in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary in 2013. After growing up in the amazing land of Iowa, he and his wife moved to the Chicago suburbs where they currently live with their baby boy, Josiah, and his puppy brother, Titan. Chris has a great passion for Christ and His church, theology, Biblical leadership, and Iowa Hawkeye sports. He regularly blogs at chrishennessey.wordpress.com.

Liz – Contributor, @lizvandemo 

Liz grew up in Bemidji, MN. Having grown up around ice and snow her whole life, Liz participated in the 1994 Winter Olympics in the now dissolved category of Ice Dancing. She took home the Silver having never actually practiced Ice Dancing in her life. She just figured her knowledge and understanding of ice and snow would translate well into dancing on it. A fun fact, the plot of the feature film, Frozen, is loosely based on Liz’s life in Bemidji.

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