Wess lives a Quaker minister, author, and teacher. He is originally from Canton, Ohio and is the oldest of eight siblings spread across two families. He has been married to his beloved wife Emily since 2001, and they have three children and a rescue dog named Magnolia.
Wess has a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Intercultural Studies. While at Fuller he focused on the Quaker tradition, philosophy, and cultural studies in the pursuit of trying to understand how faith traditions evolve over time.
, a college founded by Walter and Emma Malone who were holiness Quakers. Since that time he has become a voice in the Quaker world for convergence; bridge-building, Remixing tradition, and renewal among all Friends.
Wess has written two books and edited many others:
Teaching and speaking interests include congregational renewal, appreciative inquiry, remixing the Quaker tradition, Convergent Friends, leadership development among Friends, Friends approaches to the Bible, and