About Us

Josh HeadshotJosh Packard is the Director of The Dechurched Project and is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a well-published author of numerous academic articles, reviews and scholarly presentations. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of religion, research methods and community health.  He is also Co-Director of the Social Research Lab at the University of Northern Colorado which conducts research projects for non-profit, government and industry clients.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and his B.A. in English from Texas Lutheran University in 2000.  He currently resides with his wife and son in Greeley, CO.

Ashleigh HeadshotAshleigh Hope is researcher with The Dechurched Project.  She is the process of gaining her Ph.D. in Sociology at Vanderbilt University. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014. She is currently a member of a church in Nashville, TN, and is interested in the various religious and life perspectives that exist in- and outside of the modern congregation.


Dr. Todd Ferguson is a researcher with The Dechurched Project.  He is a sociologist who researches congregations, clergy, and gender. He is currently at Baylor University where he explores how status differences between women and men affect religious congregations. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Social Science Research, Sociology of Religion, and Sociological Focus.  He is a Baylor University Presidential Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Todd is a former pastor and has an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School.  See his website here: www.toddwferguson.com

meganfaceMegan Bissell is a researcher with The Dechurched Project.  She leads This is Why I Art, our investigation into the world of religious art as well as assisting with CHURCH.  Megan is currently a student  at the University of Northern Colorado and works for the Dean of Students, Office of Student Engagement, Title IX and Equity & Inclusion at UNC.