Jordan J. Ballor directs the research agenda of the CRCD, which includes oversight of research publications as well as pursuit of his own scholarship, popular speaking, and writing. He has previously held research positions at the Acton Institute and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and has doctorates in Reformation history from the University of Zurich and in moral theology from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Ballor’s scholarly interests include Reformation studies, church-state relations, theological anthropology, social ethics, theology and political economy, and research methodology. His work at the CRCD manifests his passion for combining a robust theological understanding of social life with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the development of civil society.
Ballor has published extensively over the course of his career. He has authored multiple books, including a forthcoming introduction to the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. Working with Lexham Press, he served as a general editor for the 12 volume Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology series. Ballor’s research articles can be found in such publications as Journal of Markets & Morality, Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Reformation & Renaissance Review, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Faith & Economics and Calvin Theological Journal.
In addition to his work at the CRCD, Ballor also directs the Kuyper Conference and is associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.
Matt Paprocki is president of the Illinois Policy Institute. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Anna, and their daughter, Fiona, and son Rocky.
Paprocki earned a degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is an avid reader and runner and is a self-taught banjo player.
Paprocki is an appointed member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Illinois Advisory Committee. He was previously appointed by then-Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the Task Force on Charter School Funding. In addition to leading the Illinois Policy Institute, Paprocki is also the chairman of the Illinois Policy PAC, an advocacy group that gives taxpayers a stronger voice in Springfield. He has consulted for nonprofits around the country, advising leaders on how to grow, recruit talent and work strategically.
He started his career as a legislative staffer in Springfield, where he focused on budget and pension issues. Several decades later, these issues remain top of mind for Paprocki, who is committed to solving Illinois’ biggest policy crises. Paprocki is a proven leader whose work has helped the Institute evolve into the leading state-based think tank in the country. He is deeply committed to making Illinois a place where anyone can achieve success and plant roots.