Joseph Bankard
BA (Point Lorna Nazarene University), MA (San Diego State University), PhD (Claremont Graduate University)

Dr Joseph Bankard’sBankard, Joseph research is focused primarily on the interdisciplinary dialogue taking place between science, religion, and morality. He is the author of Universal morality reconsidered: the concept of God (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) as well as several journal articles including ‘Moral instincts and the problem with reductionism: a critical look at the work of Marc Hauser’, Theology and Science, 9/4 (November 2011);‘Is Christian hope a form of long term economy? An argument from the writings of Albert Camus?’, in Eric R. Severson, ed., Gift and economy: ethics, hospitality, and the market (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012); and ‘Training emotion helps cultivate virtue: how loving-kindness meditation develops compassion and increases helping behavior’ (forthcoming). Dr Bankard also serves as philosophy department chair at Northwest Nazarene University.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho, USA
Project: The science of Christian virtue
Bernard Boyo
BTh (Ontario Bible College/Scott Theological College), MDiv (Nairobi International School of Theology), MTh (Nairobi EvBoyo, Bernardangelical Graduate School of Theology), PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Dr Bernard Boyo teaches in the areas of Bible and theology as well as hermeneutics and contextualization at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. He has been a facilitator and speaker at seminars and conferences on theological, social, and political issues and has with spoken at churches throughout Africa and the USA. He has carried out international collaborative research and participated in social, theological, and Christian forums and academic workshops. His research interests include public theology, culture, economic and socio-political impacts on suffering communities, and religion’s role and response.
Dean and Professor of Bible and Theology, Daystar University, Kenya
The integration of science and religion in traditional healing (ethno medicine) and faith-based healing
Patricia Bruininks
BA (Hope College), MS (University of Oregon), PhD (University of Oregon)
Bruininks, Patricia 2Dr Patricia Bruininks is a social psychologist who studies the emotion of hope. She was an assistant professor at Hendrix College from 2002 to 2007 before becoming an associate professor at Whitworth University in 2007 and department chair in 2012. Her research addresses definitional and measurement issues regarding the emotion of hope, and she has examined psychological differences between optimism, hopefulness, and hoping, and how these distinct states are affected by negative and positive information about an anticipated outcome. She is currently studying the psychological effects of living in a consumer culture and how they affect the experience of optimism and hope; she is also interested in how self-compassion and self-esteem relate to materialistic values and desires, optimism, and hope.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Whitworth University, Washington, USA
Project: Views of the self, materialism, and the experience of hope
Adam arapChepkwony
BA (Houghton College), MA (Asbury Theological Seminary), Dip Ed (University of Nairobi), Higher Dip (Psychological Counselling) (Kenya Institute of Professional Counseling), PhD (Moi University)
Chepkwony, AdamDr Adam arapChepkwony is Vice President of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians and a member of other professional bodies. He has written five books and over thirty journal articles, chapters in books, and entries in encyclopaedias. He has received the International Society for Science and Religion’s Library Project Award (2011), the Metanexus Institute’s The Local Societies Initiative Award (2004)and Local Societies Initiative Supplementary Award(2005), and the Science and Religion Course Competition Award from the Center of Theology and Natural Sciences, Berkeley, California (2002).
Professor of Religion, University of Kabianga, Kenya
Project: Healing in African Christianity: the interface between African Christianity, African spirituality, and science
Stephen Contakes
BS (Lehigh University), BS (Lehigh University), PhD (University of Illinois)
Contakes, StephenDr Stephen Contakes joined the Westmont chemistry faculty after completing BS degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering at Lehigh University, a PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Illinois, and postdoctoral studies in biophysical bioinorganic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches courses on topics including chemistry, culture, and society, and a seminar on chemistry and Christianity. His scientific research interests include the synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds with interesting redox properties and the preparation of photoactive nanoparticles for the remediation of persistent inorganic pollutants. He is also interested in the current and past relationship between Christianity, chemistry, and society, which he has explored in articles in the philosophy of chemistry and science and religion literature.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Westmont College, California, USA
Project: Atoms, alchemy, and the chemical arts in Christian thought and practice: preliminary enquiries relevant to the development of a framework for thinking about chemistry and the Christian faith
Steve F. Donaldson
BS (Samford University), BS (University of Alabama), MS (University of Alabama, PhD (University of Alabama)
math 4.09Dr Steven Donaldson is director of the computer science programme and co-director of the computational biology programme at Samford University. He also teaches in the university’s fellows programme and science and religion programme and is a co-founder of the Samford University Center for Science and Religion. His interests in cognition, models of intelligence, autonomous systems, self-organization and emergence, and the interface of science and religion have led him to pursue a number of interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities. His current research focuses on simulating the evolution of neural architectures as a gateway to plausible insights into the relationship between randomness and divine providence.
Professor of Computer Science, Samford University, Alabama, USA
Project: Simulated brains, artificial minds, and the image of God
Mark Eaton
BA (Whitworth College), MA (Boston University), PhD (Boston University)
Eaton, MarkDr Mark Eaton is Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, where he teaches American literature and film studies. He is co-editor of The gift of story: narrating hope in a postmodern world (Baylor University Press, 2006) and a contributor to A companion to the modern American novel, 1900–1950 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), A companion to film comedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and Screenwriting (Rutgers University Press, 2014). His book Suspending disbelief: religion and American fiction since 1950 is forthcoming, and he is currently working on a book to be titled What price Hollywood?
Professor of English, Azusa Pacific University,California, USA
Project: American literary supernaturalism 1875–1925
Laird Edman
BA (Luther College), MA (University of Notre Dame), PhD (University of Minnesota)
Edman, LairdDr Laird Edman holds the Northwestern College endowed chair. He specializes in the cognitive science of religion, the integration of faith and learning, psychology and critical thinking and personal epistemological development. His PhD in educational psychology focused on cognition and learning, and he holds graduate degrees in counselling psychology and English literature.He has published research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and has presented over eighty papers, workshops, and seminars at the annual conferences of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Association for Psychological Science, and the International Conference of Psychological Science, and at universities throughout the USA. Dr Edman has taught at Iowa State University, Waldorf College, and Luther College. He holds Teacher of the Year awards from Waldorf College and Iowa State University and was the 2008 recipient of Northwestern University’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Professor of Psychology, Northwestern College, Iowa, USA
Project: The cognitive science of religion, Christian practice, and spiritual formation
Carlos Miguel Gómez
BA (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá), BA (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá), MA (University of Lancaster), PhD (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt)
Gomez Rincon, CarlosDr Carlos Miguel Gómez’s main areas of research are the epistemology of religion (particularly the rationality of religious belief), as well as the normative conditions for interreligious and intercultural dialogue and the transformations of religion in contemporary societies. Among his publications are the books La religión en la sociedadpostsecular (Universidad del Rosario, 2014),Interculturality, rationality and dialogue: in search for intercultural argumentative criteria for Latin America (Echter, 2012), and Diálogo interreligioso: el problema de su base común (Universidad del Rosario, 2008)
Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CETRE), Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia
Project: Religious and metaphysical presuppositions of current social sciences theories: the case of the socio-constructivist paradigm
Randolph Haluza-DeLay
BSc (University of Montana), BSc (University of Montana), MA (University of Alberta), PhD (University of Western Ontario)
Randoph-Haluza-Delay-150x150Dr Randolph Haluza-DeLay has published over forty academic journal articles and book chapters, and hasco-edited Speaking for ourselves: environmental justice in Canada (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and How the world’s religions are responding to climate change: social science investigations (Routledge, 2014). His PhD is in education,and he also holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s in recreation. His research focuses on social movements, religion and the environment, environmental education, and the cultural politics of sustainability. He is also active in peace and anti-racism initiatives and interfaith dialogue. Baptized a Roman Catholic as an adult, he participates in an Anabaptist (Mennonite) congregation in Edmonton.
Associate Professor of Sociology, The King’s University, Alberta, Canada
Project: When the sacred canopy burns: climate change science and religious engagement
Jonathan P. Hill
BA (Grove City College), MA (University of Notre Dame), PhD (University of Notre Dame)
Hill, JonathanDr Jonathan P. Hill’s scholarship is concerned with the relationship of religious pluralism to higher education institutions, the religious faith and practice of emerging adults, and the influence of social and religious contexts on beliefs about human origins. He joined the Calvin College faculty in 2009 and in 2013 received the college’s Faculty Lectureship Award. He is co-author of the book Young Catholic America: emerging adults in, out of, and gone from the church (Oxford University Press, 2014) and has a book on emerging adult faith forthcoming from Calvin College Press.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Calvin College, Michigan, USA
Project: Assessing the influence of religion on beliefs about human origins in the US public
Brick Johnstone
BS (Duke University), MS (University of Georgia), PhD (University of Georgia)
Johnston, BrickDr Brick Johnstone is a professor and clinical neuropsychologist. He participated in the inquiry on religious experiences and moral identity at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, 2013–14,which was supported by the John Templeton Foundation. His research interests are primarily in the neuropsychology of spirituality. His collaborative studies with scholars from the humanities have suggested that selflessness, associated with decreased right parietal lobe functioning, is a neuropsychological foundation of transcendence and forgiveness. His other studies suggest that increased left-hemisphere processes form the neuropsychological foundations of other-oriented abilities (e.g. empathy, altruism). He is currently investigating such relationships among persons with traumatic brain injury in the USA (Christian) and India (Hindu, Muslim), the spiritual beliefs of sceptics and agnostics, and hyper-religiosity in persons with intractable epilepsy.
Professor of Health Psychology, University of Missouri, Missouri, USA
Project: Hyper-religiosity and epilepsy
Jeongah Kim
BSW (Seoul Theological University), MPA (Eastern Washington University), PhD (Ohio State University)
JeongAh_Kim_PictureDr Jeongah Kim’s, research focuses on factors associated with religion, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS,and also addresses challenges related to social welfare policies that are unique to developing nations. She has more than twenty publications in national and international journals and was one of fourteen emerging scholars selected for training in a programme sponsored by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which aims to develop a new generation of leaders in the field of addiction. In 2014 she was appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services Region IV Health Equity Council,which addresses regional health disparities. She is dedicated to social justice and attention to religion in social work and related philosophical, practical, and policy concerns.
Associate Professor of Social Work, George Fox University, Oregon, USA
The relationship between self-determination and religion in the field of social work
Daniel Kuebler
BA (Catholic University of America), MS (Catholic University of America), PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

Kuebler, Dan Dr Daniel Kuebler has served on the faculty at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 2001 and currently teaches courses in evolutionary biology, cell biology, and human physiology. His biological research involves two major projects: understanding the relationship between metabolism and seizure disorders, and examining the effects that various biologics have on human adipose-derived stem cells. Heis the co-author of The evolution controversy: a survey of competing theories(Baker Academic, 2007), which critically examines the various theories of evolutionary thought. He has also published popular articles on science, politics, culture, and religion.

Professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Project: Protein evolution: creative convergence and a self-giving creator
Hans Madueme
BS (McGill University), MD (Howard University), MA (Trinity International University), MDiv (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), PhD (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

Madueme, HansDr Hans Madueme was born in Sweden and grew up in Nigeria and Austria. After studying anatomy and medicine, he completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Prior to lecturing in Christian doctrine at Covenant College, he was the Managing Director of the Henry Center for Theological Understanding and the Associate Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His research interests are in systematic theology and the interface between science and theology; his dissertation critically examined proposals to revise hamartiology in light of modern biological perspectives. He recently co-edited the book Adam, the Fall, and original sin (Baker Academic, 2014)

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College, Georgia, USA
Project: The evolution of sin? Sin, theistic evolution, and the biological question— a theological account
April Cordero Maskiewicz
Maskiewicz, AprilBS (University of California, San Diego), MA (University of California, San Diego), PhD (University of California, San Diego, and \San Diego State University)
Dr April Maskiewicz, focuses on developing more effective approaches for teaching ecology and evolution enabling students to develop not only factual knowledge, but biological ways of thinking and reasoning about the living world. As a Christian biologist trained in science education research, she is able to identify evidence-based approaches to help science students to engage with the science–religion divide. For example, she is studying how to cultivate the virtues of charity and humility among Christians who confront challenging or controversial topics such as evolution or global climate change. Her findings contribute to the scholarly discourse in education on learning in biology and to the development of theory for reconceptualizing biology instruction at Christian universities. She is also active in several professional development projects with schoolteachers as well as university biology staff.
Associate Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University, California, USA
Project: Documenting the development of college students’ perceptions about faith and science
Federico Arturo Melendez
Master of Divinity (Fuller Theological Seminary), Doctor of Ministry (Nazarene Seminary)
Federico Arturo Melendez 2Dr Federico Melendez was born and educated in Guatemala as a Roman Catholic but later converted to evangelical Christianity. During his undergraduate studies in California he was inspired by John Wesley’s social ethics to become a socially oriented pastor in order to engage with the issues of poverty and to speak for marginalized people in society, and he was ordained in 1984. He returned to Guatemala and in 2002 was appointed Dean at Universidad Mariano Galvez, where his encounters with university students changed his outlook on the new dialogue between science and faith.
Dean and Director of the School of Theology, Universidad Mariano Galvez, Guatemala
Project: The intersection between ideas about human evolution and contemporary theological elaborations of the nature of evil
Amanda Nichols
BS (Oklahoma Christian University), PhD (Oklahoma State University)Associate
Nichols, AmandaDr Amanda Nichols has taught chemistry at Oklahoma Christian University since 2008, and also teaches an honours class on science and Christianity. Her doctoral research concerned nanocrystalline materials in inorganic chemistry. Her recent research interests have focused on science education and mentoring female undergraduates studying STEM(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. She looks forward to a forthcoming project which will combine current teaching assignments with work related to her PhD studies. She is a member of the American Chemistry Society and has served as a section chair in recent years.
Professor of Chemistry, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma, USA
Molecular symmetry and group theory and their functional role in aesthetics
Myron A. Penner
BA (Columbia Bible College), MCS (Regent College), PhD (Purdue University)
Penner, MyronDr Myron A. Penner’s main research and teaching interests are in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and the philosophical implications of scientific data for religious belief. He held a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame Centre for Philosophy of Religion. In 2013–14 Dr Penner was a John Templeton Foundation Research Fellow at Ryerson University as part of the ‘Axiology of Theism’ project led by DrKlaasKraay. He was recently appointed Director of the newly formed Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning at Trinity Western University.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada
Project: Understanding and overcoming religion-based science fear
Bradley L. Sickler
BS (University of Minnesota), MA (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), PhD (Purdue University)
Sickler, BradDr Bradley L. Sickler is the programme director for the MA in theological studies at the University of Northwestern–St Paul. An ordained minister, Dr Sickler has spent five years as a pastor and also served in other ministry positions. His philosophical interests focus on causation and laws of nature, other issues in the philosophy of physics, and philosophy of religion.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Northwestern–St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Project: Natural laws and divine compositionalism
Erin Smith
BA (Point Loma Nazarene University), MA (University of California, Riverside), PhD (University of California, Riverside)
Smith ErinDr Erin Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive psychology, human development, and research methods. Following her BA in general psychology, she studied cognitive development at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests focus on the cultural and cognitive influences on the development of religious cognition and scientific reasoning. One question that guides much of her research concerns the psychological and cultural reasons for why some people reject religious belief in favour of science, why others reject scientific research in favour of religious belief, and why (and how) others manage to integrate the two as complementary and mutually enriching.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, California Baptist University, USA
Project: Promoting and preventing the dialogue: psychological influences on discussion in science and religion
William M. Struthers
BA (Illinois Wesleyan University), MA (University of Illinois at Chicago), PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
struthers-bill-fprofDr William M. Struthers investigates the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioural arousal and the processing of novel environments in the cingulate cortex and basal ganglia. Dr Struthers’s theoretical research interests are in the areas of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and science–faith dialogue issues. He has been involved in the Wheaton College Animal Care and Use Committee and its Institutional Review Board overseeing the ethical treatment of animals and human subjects. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, the Association for Psychological Science, and the International Neuroethics Society. Recently Dr Struthers was named Visiting Research Fellow of Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought.
Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College,Illinois, USA
Project: Neuroscience, religion, and the media: fostering dialogue in the public square
Aeisha Thomas
BA/MA (Harvard University), PhD (Harvard University)
Thomas, AeishaDr Aeisha Thomas is interested in undergraduate biology education, and her current research project is on student choice, exposure to primary literature, and science literacy. Crown is her first Christian college, and while she welcomes the challenge of faith integration in content-heavy biology courses, she desires strategies that are more pedagogically sound. Her Templeton project will facilitate the development of a model for learning Christian bioethics in the context of the relevant biology. Before working at Crown College she held two one-year visiting assistant professorships and carried out postdoctoral research on sickle cell disease.
Associate Professor of Biology and Life Science, Crown College, Minnesota, USA
Project: Developing a Christian bioethics curriculum for an introductory biology course
Dennis R. Venema
BSc (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of British Columbia)
Venema, DennisDr Dennis R. Venema received his PhD in cell biology and genetics in 2003. His research interests include the genetics of pattern formation in Drosophila, genetics pedagogy, and the interface between the biological sciences and evangelical Christianity. Heis also Fellow of Biology for the BioLogos Foundation, and frequently writes on the evidence for evolution in that role. A forthcoming book by Dr Venema and the New Testament scholar Scot McKnight will address the evidence for human evolution, our ancestral population dynamics, and the role of Adam in New Testament theology.
Professor of Biology, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada
Project: Teaching of evolution in CCCU schools
Cara Wall-Scheffler
BA (Seattle Pacific University), MPhil (University of Cambridge), PhD (University of Cambridge)
Wall-Scheffler, CaraDr Cara Wall-Scheffler’s research centres on evolutionary trade-offs, and particularly on how human body shape is influenced by surrounding ecosystems and subsistence strategies. She focuses specifically on the trade-offs inherent in the mobility strategies of extinct and extant populations, and how populations balance access to resources, thermo-regulation, and reproduction. Within a population, she aims to decipher the role of sexual dimorphism and sex differences in physiology as they relate to differences in male and female locomotion. In order to understand better the meaning behind morphological and physiological variation, she combines research in biomechanics, locomotor energetics, telemetry physiology, palaeontology, archaeozoology, and behavioural ecology. Her work on human locomotion is widely cited, and she is a leading scholar in the study of women’s gait.
Associate Professor of Biology, Seattle Pacific University, Washington, USA
Project: Evolution within God’s good creation and as a continuing mechanism within new creation