Donavon Riley is a Lutheran pastor, conference speaker, author, Online Content Director forHigher Things,serves on the Board of Directors for Christ Hold Fast, and is co-host of the podcasts 'All The Dirt on Church History,' and 'The Higher Things Simul Cast'. He is pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church in Webster, MN. He is the author of the blogs “The First Premise” and "Gnesio Lutheran." A graduate of Concordia Universities in St. Paul, Minnesota and Portland, Oregon, Pastor Riley received his seminary and post-graduate education at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He colloquized into the LC-MS from the ELCA in 2008. He is married to Annie, and is the father of four children: Owen, Alma, Hoshea, and Hallel.