Tim Wright is the pastor of Community of Grace in Peoria (Phoenix) AZ, which was founded in 2005. He has been an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Pastor since 1984. He has trained pastors and church leaders throughout the U.S. and around the world and has written 6 books. He and New York Times Best-Selling Author Michael Gurian (THE WONDER OF BOYS; THE MIND OF BOYS; BOYS AND GIRLS LEARN DIFFERENTLY) have worked together since 2006, which has led to the creation of several tools for calling boys into manhood including the rite of passage program, FOLLOWING JESUS: A HEROIC RITE OF PASSAGE FOR JR. HIGH BOYS, and for calling girls into womanhood, including the rite of passage program: FOLLOWING JESUS: A RITE OF PASSAGE FOR JR. HIGH GIRLS. His latest book, SEARCHING FOR TOM SAWYER: HOW PARENTS AND CONGREGATIONS CAN STOP THE EXODUS OF BOYS FROM CHURCH, offers parents, church leaders, and educators a blue-print for calling boys to follow Jesus into manhood.