Belize Faculty

Dr. Joe Sheldon - Terrestrial Ecosystems & Tropical Forest Ecology (Messiah College, PA)

Dr. Joe Sheldon - Terrestrial Ecosystems & Tropical Forest Ecology (Messiah College, PA)

High school in St. Helens, Oregon; B.S. The College of Idaho (biology); Ph. D the University of Illinois (Entomology).  Thirty six years of college teaching at Eastern College and Messiah College (both in Pennsylvania).  Summer teaching faculty of Au Sable Institute of Environmental science (1987-2007) Received outstanding teaching awards at both Eastern and Messiah College.  Received the Conservation Educator of the Year, Classroom Category, for the state of Pennsylvania in 1998.  Served as President of the American Entomological Society (1991-1997) and President of the American Scientific Affiliation (1998-1999).  Board Member of the Evangelical Environmental  Network (2004-2007).  Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Creation Care Study Program (2004-2007).  Presented invited expert testimony on the Endangered Species Act for the House Committee on Resources (2004).  Participant in the first Scientists-Evangelicals Retreat in 2006 at The Melhana Plantation, Thomasville, GA., sponsored by the Center for Health and the Global Environment, (Harvard Medical School) and the National Association of Evangelicals.   Author of numerous articles on insect ecology; science/religion focusing on stewardship of Creation; and two books – Rediscovery of Creation: A Bibliographical Study of the Church’s Response to the Environmental Crisis, 1992, The American Theological Library Association ATLA Bibliography Series, No. 29 and The Scarecrow press, Inc; Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship, 1996.  Inter Varsity Press, Co-authored with Van Dyke, Mahan, and Brand.  Retired to Whidbey Island, WA June 2007.  Board Vice Chair for Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship (2009-present).

Dr. Rolf Bouma - God and Nature (Uni. of Michigan, MI)

Dr. Rolf Bouma - God and Nature (Uni. of Michigan, MI)

Rolf Bouma is the Director of the Center for Faith and Scholarship in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Academic Pastor for the Campus Chapel. He teaches Environmental Ethics and Public Policy courses in the University of Michigan's Program in the Environment and directs the Graduate Fellows program for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. A native of Michigan, Rolf has a law degree (U.Mich.), an M.Div. (Calvin Seminary), and a PhD (BostonU) in eco-theology. His primary interests are in human valuing of the natural world and ways in which people discern the value God places on creatures and creation. He is married to Sandra, a nutrition specialist who works with bone marrow transplant patients at C. S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan. They have three children: Dietrich, Lindsey, and Jalen. Their most loved activities are biking, hiking, birding, camping, and sports (Go Wolverines & Red Sox!).

Dr. David Warners – Terrestrial Ecosystems & Tropical Forest Ecology (Calvin College, MI)

Dr. David Warners – Terrestrial Ecosystems & Tropical Forest Ecology (Calvin College, MI)

David Warners grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Calvin College with a major in biology and chemistry in 1985. Dave earned a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Botany from the University of Michigan. Between graduate degrees Dave and his wife Teri lived and worked for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee in Tanzania from 1990–1992.   He has been teaching ecology, botany and research courses at Calvin for 16 years while doing research with students in the areas of conservation, restoration and plant evolution.  Recently he has been involved in a community initiative in Grand Rapids to help churches become involved in improving the health of an urban stream and its surrounding watershed, work that has included reintroducing native habitats into urban and industrial areas.  Dave has taught several classes at Au Sable Institute as well as both CCSP campuses and loves the opportunities these educational experiences provide for facilitating experiential learning while engaging in a mutually affirming community of Christian stewards. Dave enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with Teri and their three children, including camping, gardening and cooking.  He is also quite fond of his big tall red Schwinn Varsity bicycle, which he rides as much as he possibly can.

Dr. Corey Beals - God and Nature (George Fox Uni., OR)

Dr. Corey Beals - God and Nature (George Fox Uni., OR)

I live with my wife, Jillian and two sons, Jonathan (6) and Daniel (4), in a nearly hundred-year-old house across the street from George Fox University where I have been teaching philosophy and theology for the last six years. Philosophers are sometimes parodied as having their heads in the clouds and being of no earthly good, but my love of wisdom has brought me closer and closer to the soil, rather than farther from it. I love to hike, climb, kayak, and walk; I love to dig my hands into garden soil and work with mud, wood or stone in restoring our old house.  (see my blog: dirtsoul.blogspot.com)

I have taught philosophy seminars on Evil, Goodness, Postmodernism, Truth, and Wendell Berry and Creation Care. My writing has been focused on some of these same topics, especially focusing on the ways that we become invisible to one another. The purpose of my teaching, writing and living is to find ways for myself and others to move out of invisibility into faithfully seeing and being seen, knowing and being known and being loved anyway.  Some of the things heard said by people who know me best: My boys: "let's wrestle" My wife: "let's wrestle"; my Men's Group: "look out for that freighter!"; my House Church (including my wife): "we love you anyway.”

Drew Ward, M.A. - Environmental Literature (Chaffey College, CA)

Drew Ward, M.A. - Environmental Literature (Chaffey College, CA)

Drew Ward is part of an ongoing experiment living in intentional Christian community and has been teaching Imagining the Earth in Belize and the South Pacific for the Creation Care Study Program since 2002.  With a Masters in English (emphasizing Environmental Literature) and two Bachelors, one in Classical Languages and one in Comparative Literature, all from the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Drew recently taught Writing and Literature for Azusa Pacific University, and currently teaches Writing at Chaffey College. 

A writer himself, he's a former poetry editor for Creation Care magazine and consultant for Restoring Eden.  He speaks around the world about the earth, revolutionary marriage, Christian community, and the Biblical imagination.

Dr. Erik Lindquist – Terrestrial Ecosystems & Tropical Forest Ecology (Messiah College, PA)

Dr. Erik Lindquist – Terrestrial Ecosystems & Tropical Forest Ecology (Messiah College, PA)

Erik Lindquist has been called a combination of Indiana Jones, Tarzan and Einstein. An Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College, Erik has taught for CCSP many times. Two chief goals predominate his professional life: 1) to reveal the magnificence of Creation through the mechanisms of ecology, selection, and adaptation; and 2) to challenge university students to consider a life of intentional and examined faith.  As an ecologist and a conservationist, he teaches college students in all disciplines to reflect upon how their lives impact and interact with the natural world.  The Socratic maxim, "the unexamined life is not worth living," defines the direction of his teaching philosophy.  From this, he strives to make every effort as a professor to encourage students to become introspective by examining their lives, their faith and their world.  Erik's enthusiasm is certainly contagious.  Start practicing your kiwi call!

Dr. Steve Bouma-Prediger - God and Nature (Hope College, MI)

Dr. Steve Bouma-Prediger - God and Nature (Hope College, MI)

Having lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Chicago, I now live in Holland, Michigan (in southwestern Michigan) in a 120 year old house with my wife Celaine and numerous animals with Spanish names (Rosita, Lokita). I have three daughters: Anna graduated from Hope College three years ago and is studying in France; Chara graduated in May of 2014 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and is serving with the Peace Corps in Paraguay; and Sophia is a second-year student at Hope majoring in Spanish. My wife is a marriage and family therapist, a spiritual director, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. I teach in the Religion Dept. and am Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at Hope, where I have been for the past 20 years. I also direct the Environmental Studies program and spend as much time as possible outside, including taking students whitewater rafting, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, and backpacking in the Adirondacks of upstate New York every May as part of a three week long Hope religion course.

I am a graduate (in mathematics and computer science) of Hope College, have masters degrees from the Institute for Christian Studies (in philosophy) and Fuller Theological Seminary (in theology) as well as a Ph.D. in religious studies from The University of Chicago. I have written five books, including For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care (revised second edition) and Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in an Age of Displacement, co-authored with Brian Walsh. I have taught with CCSP for over fifteen years, in both Belize and New Zealand, and am delighted to be a part of this program.

(Photo: Dr. Bouma-Prediger and his daughter backpacking in Kings Canyon, CA)

 

Dr. Laurie Furlong - Marine Ecology & Stream Ecology (Northwestern Uni., IA)

Dr. Laurie Furlong - Marine Ecology & Stream Ecology (Northwestern Uni., IA)

An environmental scientist, Dr. Furlong holds a doctorate in ecology, evolution and marine biology. Her research and publications have been in the fields of stream ecology, entomology and biogeography, and she has experience as a biological consultant. Furlong teaches Introduction to Environmental Science, General Biology, Invertebrate Zoology and Aquatic Ecology at Northwestern College, Orange CIty IA.. She has also been a stream ecology and Marine ecology instructor in both the Belize and New Zealand programs.

Fred Bahnson, Th.M - Environmental Literature (Wake Forest Uni. School of Divinity, NC)

Fred Bahnson, Th.M - Environmental Literature (Wake Forest Uni. School of Divinity, NC)

Fred is a writer and permaculture gardener who lives with his wife and three sons in Transylvania County, NC. He holds a masters in theological studies from Duke Divinity School (’00) and a BA in English from Montana State University (’96). After being wooed into the agrarian life while serving as a peaceworker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, he returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, NC which he then directed until 2009. He now speaks and writes full time about the intersection of food, faith, and agriculture. His essays have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Orion, The Sun, Christian Century, and the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin), Wendell Berry and Religion (Univ. Press of Kentucky) and State of the World 2011—Innovations that Nourish the Planet (Norton). He has received a 2006 Pilgrimage Essay Award, a 2007 Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, a 2008 William Raney scholarship in nonfiction at Bread Loaf, a 2009-10 Kellogg Food & Community fellowship at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and a 2012 North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the NC Arts Council. He is co-author, with Norman Wirzba, of Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation, forthcoming from InterVarsity Press (Spring 2012) and is currently at work on Soil & Sacrament: Four Seasons Among the Keepers of the Earth, forthcoming in 2013 from Free Press (Simon & Schuster).

Lucas Sheaffer, M.A - Environmental Literature

Born in a small rural Pennsylvania community, Lucas Sheaffer was heavily influenced by the land-based farming stories of his grandfather.  As the son of an itinerant clergyman, he moved nineteen times before becoming a first generation college student.  Lucas graduated from Messiah College with a BA in English Literature and was accepted to study for a semester at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Keble College, Oxford University.  After graduating Lucas worked in undergraduate enrollment for five years.  While working, he completed a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Penn State University--Harrisburg, focusing on literature and critical theory, specifically the work of Wendell Berry and his intersections with philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

After completing his M.A. Lucas was accepted into Temple University's Ph.D. program in English in Philadelphia, PA, where his work focuses on ecological criticism, 20th century American fiction, and the relationship in narratives between land and violence.  Outside the classroom Lucas has studied in England, worked in Albania, spent a month last summer backpacking through Spain, France, and Italy with his wife Ashley, and is scheduled as a co-leader of a service-learning trip to Bolivia in the summer of 2012 where he will be assisting with the a burgeoning agro-business model in a small rural community.  Currently Lucas and Ashley live in Harrisburg, PA, where she is the Director of Messiah College's Harrisburg Institute, an urban living community focused on civic and non-profit engagement in Harrisburg.

Dr. Michael Lodahl - God and Nature (Point Loma Nazarene Uni., CA)

Dr. Michael Lodahl - God and Nature (Point Loma Nazarene Uni., CA)

Michael Lodahl is Professor of Theology and World Religions at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. Prior to moving to Point Loma in 1999, Dr. Lodahl taught theology at his alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University, for 11 years. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Lodahl has served as a pastor in California, Georgia and Idaho. He is also privileged to have taught or lectured in Israel, Kenya, Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Mexico.

Dr. Lodahl is married to Janice, who grew up in Ohio. They have been blessed with three wonderful children and two fabulous grandchildren – all of whom still live in San Diego.

Dr. Lodahl received his PhD in Theological Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the author or editor of eight books, including one in ecological theology, God of Nature and of Grace: Reading the World in a Wesleyan Way (2003), and, most recently, Claiming Abraham: Reading the Bible

Clint Baldwin, M.A.- God and Nature (George Fox Uni. , OR)

Clint Baldwin, M.A.- God and Nature (George Fox Uni. , OR)

Clint Baldwin is Assistant Professor of International Studies; Director of the Center for Global Studies; and Director of the Center for Peace and Justice at George Fox University.  He is also remains affiliate faculty at Asbury Theological Seminary where he taught before coming to George Fox University.

Clint’s undergraduate work is in Psychology and Chemistry-Biology from Asbury College.  He then did post-baccalaureate work in Mandarin and Chinese history at Spring Arbor University with a visiting professor from China’s Sichuan Province before continuing on to complete work in Political Science focusing on international relations and diplomacy at Western Michigan University.  After this, Clint attended seminary focusing on intercultural studies through the lenses of anthropology, missiology and comparative religious study at Asbury Theological Seminary.  His doctoral work from the University of Kentucky engages international and intercultural communication as relates to human rights and peace studies.

Clint has been involved in student life work since undergraduate study.  He and his wife have continued to participate with students in both the formal classroom of the academy and the larger informal classroom of life throughout their marriage.  Clint’s wife is currently University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Life at their institution and so they are blessed to be able partner together in ministering to, with, and among students as well as being ministered to by them.

As part of his work, Clint travels fairly often to various international destinations.  He is thankful for such opportunities and has found that it has increased his appreciation for the love that God has for humanity.  This is not meant to suggest that suffering goes unnoticed.  It is meant to suggest that Clint believes there is something deeper and more real than the suffering – the very essence of the Creator abiding in us.

Dr. Brian Walsh - God and Nature (Uni. of Toronto, ON)

Dr. Brian Walsh - God and Nature (Uni. of Toronto, ON)

Brian J. Walsh is a Christian Reformed campus minister at the University of Toronto and adjunct Professor of Theology of Culture at Wycliffe College. He has served on the faculty of CCSP since 2002.  He has co-authored with J. Richard Middleton, The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View (IVP, 1984), and Truth is Stranger than it Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (IVP, 1995). With Sylvia Keesmaat he has written Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (IVP, 2004). And with Steve Bouma-Prediger he wrote Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Dislocation (Eerdmans, 2008). Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat and their two children live at Russet House Farm in Cameron, Ontario

Dr. Loren & Mary Ruth Wilkinson - God and Nature (Regent College, BC)

Dr. Loren & Mary Ruth Wilkinson - God and Nature (Regent College, BC)

Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson have been married to each other since 1965, and organized and taught their first Christian “environmental studies” program at Seattle Pacific in 1974.   In 1977-78 Loren was one of the visiting scholars in the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship’s project on “Stewardship of Creation”, and was editor of Earthkeeping, one of the early books on that subject.   They were on the faculty at the Oregon Extension, a residential learning program in the mountains of Southern Oregon from 1978-1981, and in 1981 joined the faculty at Regent College, a graduate school of Christian studies (affiliated with the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver).  In 1988 they moved to a community-owned farm on Galiano Island (between Vancouver and Vancouver Island), and they have lived there since, teaching courses on “Wilderness, Technology and Creation”, “Theology and Food”, and “Gardening the City of God” (an exploration of the relationship between the garden and the city).   They have written together the book Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard.  Loren and Mary Ruth have two grown children and three grandchildren. They divide their time between teaching at Regent and taking care of chickens, two dogs and a big garden.   As of S2012 they have taught several times for CCSP in Belize and New Zealand.

Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat - God and Nature (Uni. of Toronto, CA)

Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat - God and Nature (Uni. of Toronto, CA)

Sylvia Keesmaat spends her days homeschooling, gardening, feeding cows, chickens, ducks and dogs, chopping kindling, and looking at cool bugs on an organic solar-powered farm where she lives with her husband, Brian Walsh, and their two children. After completing a doctorate in Oxford, Sylvia taught Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics at the Institute for Christian Studies for ten years. In 2004 she left full-time academia to pursue her interests in sustainable living. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the Institute for Christian Studies and at the Toronto School of Theology. Sylvia is the author of Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (with Brian Walsh, [2004]), Paul and His Story: (Re)Interpreting the Exodus Tradition (1999), and editor of The Advent of Justice (1994). Sylvia has been teaching for CCSP since 2002, and learns something new from each class!

Dr. Mike Guebert - Stream Ecology (Taylor Uni., IN)

Dr. Mike Guebert - Stream Ecology (Taylor Uni., IN)

Mike Guebert has taught a variety of courses in geology and environmental sciences at Taylor University since 1999.  Prior to his appointment at Taylor University, he held faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University and Wheaton College, Illinois.  Michael’s teaching interests lie in hydrology, geomorphology, mapping and environmental planning.  His scholarly interests include water source delineation and protection; soil and water conservation in agricultural settings; and water resources, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in developing countries. 

In the past few years, Dr. Guebert has involved undergraduates in service-learning activities of ground water monitoring of wetlands, wellhead protection planning for the town of Upland Indiana, and environmental resources and groundwater vulnerability mappings for Grant County.  Currently, Guebert is completing a multi-year, interdisciplinary diagnostic study of the Middle Mississinewa River watershed in east-central Indiana. He offers a biennial course sequence focused on water resources, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and appropriate technology in the context of environmentally sustainable international community development.  The sequence climaxes with a three-week course in Guatemala to drill and protect wells; construct filters, cisterns and latrines; and teach health and hygiene lessons. He has given supervision to a number of graduate thesis and internship students in a variety of projects related to earth, hydrology and environmental sciences.

Dr. Bill Duetsch -  Stream Ecology (Auburn Uni., AL)

Dr. Bill Duetsch -  Stream Ecology (Auburn Uni., AL)

Bill Duetsch is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University.  His interests include aquatic ecology, community-based watershed stewardship, and cross-cultural environmental education.  Bill is a graduate of Houghton College with a B.S. major in Zoology and a minor in Biblical Studies.  He has a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree in Biology from the State University of NY at Binghamton, and a Ph.D. with Post-doctoral Studies in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries from Auburn University.

Bill worked 11 years for environmental consulting companies in Pennsylvania, conducting ecological studies of the Susquehanna River as a Research Biologist, Research Coordinator and Director of Aquatic Research.  At Auburn University for the last 25 years, he has directed several watershed related projects with funding from USAID, USEPA, USDA, Heifer International, and other state and private organizations.  He also directs two community volunteer water monitoring programs, Alabama Water Watch and Global Water Watch. For this work, Bill has made about 70 international trips to 25 countries.  He has been on faculty of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies since the mid-1990s, and has taught at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica.

Bill has been married for 38 years to his wife Janet, and they have four married daughters and 13 grandkids.  He designed their timber frame house in the woods of east-central Alabama, and enjoys going to sleep with frog calls, waking up to bird calls, growing berries and vegetables, and teaching his grandkids to feel at home with nature.

Dr. Dan Ippolito - Stream Ecology (Anderson Uni., IN)

Dr. Dan Ippolito - Stream Ecology (Anderson Uni., IN)

Dan F. Ippolito is Professor of Biology at Anderson University and has taught Stream Ecology for CCSP in Belize and New Zealand.  His professional interests include ichthyology and stream ecology, with special emphasis on macroinvertebrate assays.  Dan is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Biology.  After graduating from Yale, Dan completed a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral research focused on competition between native and introduced fish species in a Texas reservoir.  After graduating from UT, Dan taught Marine Biology for four years at the University of New England in Biddeford (Maine).  He then took a position at Anderson University in Anderson (Indiana), where he is currently on faculty.  He has also taught Aquatic Biology and Fish Biology at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Northern Michigan, and he has led two AU student trips to Costa Rica.  He is married to Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, a molecular geneticist also on faculty at Anderson University and senior author of the best-selling Inquiry into Life.  Dan’s hobbies include history and philosophy of science, with special emphasis on the faith/science interface, action/adventure movies, tennis, volleyball, and Karate.

Dr. Dorothy Boorse - Stream Ecology (Gordon College, MA)

Dr. Dorothy Boorse - Stream Ecology (Gordon College, MA)

Dorothy Boorse received her master’s degree in Entomology from Cornell University, and her doctoral degree  in Oceanography and Limnology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the Gordon College Biology Faculty in January of 1999. Her primary research and teaching interests are in aquatic community ecology and invasive species. She spends a great deal of time connecting science to non-scientists and looking at ways science and faith integrate, particularly in the area of environmental ethics. She is a coauthor on an environmental science textbook, and lead author on “Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Climate”  an initiative of the national Association of Evangelicals to address climate change and poverty.

Dr. Ian Johnston - Tropical Marine Ecology (Bethel Uni., MN)

Ian Johnston, born and raised in the United Kingdom, is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at Bethel University, St.Paul, Minnesota. His Ph.D. from UCLA focused on the biology of reef-building corals and involved field work in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Micronesia. He has led student groups to Belize and Jamaica, and for 15 years taught a course in the Philippines and Hawaii titled "Human Impacts on Coral Reefs."   The inexorable decline of reefs worldwide in the last 30 years has forcefully brought to his attention the issues of Christian stewardly responsibility towards reefs, and the promise of God's ultimate redemption of this particular ecosystem as well as the rest of His Creation!

Dr. Randy Van Dragt - Tropical Forest Ecology (Calvin College, MI)

Dr. Randy Van Dragt - Tropical Forest Ecology (Calvin College, MI)

Randy Van Dragt is Professor of Biology at Calvin College where he has taught ecology and vertebrate biology for 30 years.  He has led frequent off-campus courses to South and Central America, including a conservation and development course offered over the last decade in Belize and Costa Rica.  Since 1991 he has also taught restoration ecology at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in northern Michigan.  Randy is an ecologist with interests in ecosystem structure and function and for much of his career has applied his academic interests to ecosystem preservation, restoration and management.  He has designed and supervised construction of several nature preserves and for 25 years has directed the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, a 100-acre woodland and wetland preserve on the Calvin campus.  Randy has researched ecological succession on abandoned oil well drilling sites in northern Michigan and prairie restoration in the islands of Puget Sound in Washington State.  In addition to his faculty responsibilities Randy is presently chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, an organization based on Whidbey Island, Washington dedicated to research and education in sustainable ecosystem management and restoration.

Dr David Foster - Tropical Forest Ecology & NZ Ecosystems (Messiah College, PA)

Dr David Foster - Tropical Forest Ecology & NZ Ecosystems (Messiah College, PA)

David Foster is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College. He has studied the vegetation of the world from Pennsylvania to the Desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the jungles of Belize and Guatemala, the tropical forests of Amazonian Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and the Gondwannan temperate forests of New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina. His lifelong interests center on how native peoples use plants for food and medicine. He grew up in the northern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior and has spent more than 3 years living outdoors. Dr. Foster has a BS in Biology (Eastern University, 1990); a MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a PhD in Botany (University of Wisconsin- Madison 1993, 1998). Dr. Foster also teaches for AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (1997-present), The Creation Care Studies Program (1999-present) and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Dr. Lowell (Rusty) Pritchard, Jr - Sus. Community Development

Dr. Lowell (Rusty) Pritchard, Jr - Sus. Community Development

Lowell (Rusty) Pritchard, Jr. is a resource economist who has worked at the interface between resource use and environmental conservation for 20 years. He serves as a key adviser to numerous evangelical organizations and leaders on climate issues. He has been a sought-after speaker on climate issues for conferences, churches, symposia, and leadership summits, including numerous live broadcast debates. He has served as President and Co-founder of Flourish, and prior to that worked with the Evangelical Climate Initiative. As a full-time faculty member at Emory University he helped create the Department of Environmental Studies there in 1999.

From 1992 to 2002 Pritchard was a researcher and science office with two major international research programs that integrated and applied social and natural sciences—the Resilience Alliance, and the Land Use and Land Cover Change program of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.
Dr. Pritchard has taught courses and lectured worldwide in natural resource economics, environmental institutions, public health, resource use and management, environmental justice, ecological economics, and environmental decision-making under uncertainty. He holds degrees from Duke University (B.S., zoology) and University of Florida (Ph.D., resource economics; M.S., environmental engineering sciences).
Dr. Pritchard lives in inner-city Atlanta with his wife and three children, where they serve in a multi-racial church doing church-planting, neighborhood evangelism, and community development. He is a regular speaker on creation care, economics, and discipleship at churches, Christian colleges, youth groups, and community organizations. He grew up in North Florida and enjoys gardening, canoeing, fishing, and Southern barbecue.

Dr. Jonathan Warner - Sus. Community Development (Quest Uni., BC)

Dr. Jonathan Warner - Sus. Community Development (Quest Uni., BC)

Jonathan Warner studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, and then obtained his PhD from the University of Wales. His dissertation was grandly called, “the role of Welfare Economics in Public Policy”, but really tried to explain how society should decide on the level of bus fares. He also holds a PGE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from Birmingham University.

After completing his degrees, Jonathan taught at Maidstone Grammar School (England) for four years, moving on to North Cyprus in 1988 to teach at Eastern Mediterranean University. After ten years (with a year off for good behaviour in Poland), he moved to Central Asia and taught for a year at the American University in Kyrgyzstan, before moving to Dordt College, in the scenic corn country of northwestern Iowa. Two years ago, he moved to a new university, Quest, in British Columbia, where he teaches economics. Jonathan has also taught at the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow, and has three sessions in the Creation Care Study Program in Belize under his belt. Jonathan's research interests are in development economics, the role of religion in economics, and in scrip money (especially its use during the Great Depression). He and his wife, Lynda, don't have any children, just a cat. He has ambitions of one day organizing a CCSP Cricket Team.

Dr. David Unander - Sus. Community Development (Eastern Uni., PA)

Dr. David Unander - Sus. Community Development (Eastern Uni., PA)

David Unander is a Professor of Biology at Eastern University in the Philadelphia area. He studied agriculture, biology and plant breeding at Southern Illinois University and Univ. of Minnesota. After finishing his doctoral research in 1983, on genetic variation for cold tolerance in soybean seedlings in Minnesota, he was hired by Univ. of Puerto Rico, where he learned Spanish and worked on disease resistance and other traits in several vegetables in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries. In 1987, he was hired as the resident botanist and plant breeder for a research team led by Nobel laureate Baruch Blumber at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia that was investigating tropical plants with antiviral effects.  During this time, he joined the Board of ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) in Ft. Myers, FL, a Christian mission that provides training and extension services to missionaries and others globally, and has since served their board for 14 years (in non-consecutive terms).

Dave was hired full-time by Eastern University, primarily in the Dept. of Biology, with part-time involvement in courses related to International Development and to Science and Values. He helped develop the CCSP program in the mid-1990s and has taught in Belize four previous times. He developed and teaches the May term course, ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, for the Au Sable Institute, has taught 14 Biology- or Development-related travel courses in various Latin American countries for Eastern, and served on numerous missions projects with university students and others. Besides ECHO, he has served on the boards of Plant with Purpose (formerly Floresta), a Christian mission with a reforestation focus, and Hope Seeds, a Christian mission that provides ecologically appropriate seeds for relief and development efforts of other missions. His primary professional focus at this time is university teaching and extension-type service. Recently, he has been learning Italian and helping develop new programs and courses in Italy for Eastern University. He has four grown children and two (God willing, soon three) grandchildren, and is actively involved at Providence Church in West Chester, PA.

Dr. Sara Alexander - Sus. Community Development (Baylor Uni., TX)

Dr. Sara Alexander - Sus. Community Development (Baylor Uni., TX)

Sara Alexander is Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of African Studies at Baylor University.  She is an applied social anthropologist who has conducted research in Belize since 1993 on a variety of development-related topics.  She also works in Costa Rica, West and East Africa, and in Appalachia. Her research interests broadly focus on the Third World development process with emphases on livelihood security and vulnerability, food security, ecotourism, natural resource management, human dimensions of climate change, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Dr. Alexander has recently completed a two-year field study (funded by NOAA) in several coastal communities in the Meso American Barrier Reef System to examine resilience of vulnerable households to climate-related events and shocks. These data are being used to develop a Resiliency Index. The project continues fieldwork this year to facilitate new coalitions within and outside communities to identify linkages that could be enhanced to increase resilience at household and community levels.

Dr. Alexander has also been an advisor to a number of NGOs – Save the Children, CARE, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, and the World Food Programme – on various programs and projects over the last fifteen years.  She travelled to Haiti in May with Save the Children as a Development Advisor and she has most recently returned from Nepal where she was working on a Livelihood Security Assessment for WFP.  She is currently writing Guidelines for WFP addressing sustainability issues around food aid programming for the use of food aid to address impacts of HIV/AIDS in eastern and southern Africa.

Micalagh Beckwith Moritz - Program Director MSW

Micalagh Beckwith Moritz - Program Director

Micalagh Beckwith Moritz, a Jersey girl at heart, has most recently been living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with her farmer husband, Josh. She graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Human Development & Family Science. After working at human service organizations in PA and DC, she attended Temple University, earning her Master’s of Social Work with a Specialization in Global Community Practice. She traveled to Belize for the first time while completing an independent study while in graduate school…and fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the fry jacks. She has had varied job and volunteer experience with youth and community efforts in urban areas, and has most recently worked as a clinical therapist for youth, families, and adults in Harrisburg.

She has lived in several forms of intentional community, including a volunteer year with Church of the Saviour in DC and in Harrisburg, and is excited to participate in community living at CCSP. She is passionate about investing in community wherever she goes, listening to and sharing stories, doing yoga, drinking good coffee, and enjoying the outdoors.