iAN MORGAN CRON
Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, nationally recognized speaker, Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, Dove Award–winning songwriter, and Episcopal priest. His books include the novel Chasing Francis and spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me. Ian draws on an array of disciplines—from psychology to the arts, Christian spirituality and theology—to help people enter more deeply into conversation with God and the mystery of their own lives. He and his wife, Anne, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2007, Ian published his widely acclaimed first novel, Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale, which offers a historical account of St. Francis of Assisi’s life, woven into the compelling narrative of a 21st century pilgrimage. Ian not only revisits St. Francis’ teachings – his radical identification with the poor, his environmentalist theology, his dedication to peacemaking – but also shows how deeply they resonate in our contemporary spiritual moment, some 800 years later.
Ian’s 2011 spiritual memoir, Jesus My Father, the CIA, and Me, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a featured title in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. It received accolades from Rob Bell, Richard Rohr, and the Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, among others.
Ian has presented at conferences, churches, seminaries, retreats, and universities around the world. With transparency, humor, and insight, he facilitates conversations on topics ranging from Twelve Step spirituality to ancient contemplative practices. At his core, Ian is a storyteller; he weaves his knowledge into narratives that illustrate, rather than merely instruct. His stories engage the imagination and speak to the skeptic and believer that live within all of us. He can tailor his presentations to help individuals and communities of various backgrounds discover God at work in their own unfolding stories.
Ian has spoken at Willow Creek, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, Denver Seminary, the Catalyst Conference, the International Arts Movement Encounter, Story 2011, the Center for Action and Contemplation with Richard Rohr, Belmont University, the Wild Goose Festival, Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Laity Lodge, The Storyline Conference with Donald Miller, and alongside Amy Grant and Becca Stevens at An Evening of Stories at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ian most recently shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, and others at the Tokens Show in Nashville’s historical Ryman Auditorium.
Ian is also a student and teacher of the Enneagram, an ancient personality typing system that identifies nine types of people and how they relate to one another and the word. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding why we behave the way that we do, and how our motivations are largely determined by personality. It provides a framework for how we can begin to live into our most authentic selves, and also reveals the wisdom that each personality type can offer to others. The Enneagram is therefore not just a powerful tool for personal growth, but also an ongoing journey of transformation that we can take with our families, romantic partners, co-workers, and faith communities. In daylong workshops, Ian can provide an overview of Enneagram system, describe the nine personality types, and speak to the myriad ways in which the Enneagram can enrich our spiritual lives. The enneagram is perfect for leadership, marriage and parenting seminars, church staff and lay-leadership training, corporate settings, non-profits, and boards of director retreats.
In addition to writing and speaking, Ian is the curator of the Conversations on Courage and Faith Series at Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, which in the past year has hosted Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author and Medal of Freedom Winner Maya Angelou, theologian N.T. Wright, Krista Tippett, Christian Wiman and Richard Rohr, among others.
Ian holds a BA from Bowdoin College, an MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary, an MDiv from New York Theological Seminary, and is currently completing his doctorate in Christian Spirituality at Fordham University.