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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Advisory Board

Ken Blanchard ’61 is one of the leading management experts in the world. He is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm, and the author of over 40 books.  The One Minute Manager (William Morrow, 1982) has sold over 15 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. In addition to being a renowned author, consultant, and speaker, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus.


Donald A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A prolific writer and active guest lecturer, Carson has written, or edited over 40 books, including The Gagging of God (Zondervan, 1996). He is also the Chair of The GRAMCORD Institute, a research and educational institution designed to develop and promote computer-related tools for biblical research. Carson presented Chesterton House's inaugural Institute of Biblical Studies in 2002. Click here for audio.


Andy Crouch '90 is Executive Editor of Christianity Today and the author of several books, including Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling (Intervarsity Press, 2008), and most recently, Playing God (Intervarsity Press, 2013).  Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology.


Elaine Ecklund '95, Ph.D. '04 is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice University, where she is also director of graduate studies. In addition Ecklund is director of the Religion and Public Life Program in the Social Sciences Research Institute and a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her research addresses the areas of religion, immigration, science, and gender. Ecklund is the author of two books with Oxford University Press, including Science Vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, which was named a book of the year on religion by the Huffington Post.  She received a PhD in 2004 from Cornell University. Click here for audio of two lectures Ecklund delivered at Cornell: A Way Forward for Dialogue Between Religious and Scientific Communities (Sage Chapel), The Faith(s) of Scientists (Bethe House).


Joseph H. Holland '78 ("Holland") is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. and was an All-American football player. He has served on the University's Board of Trustees for twelve years before being appointed Trustee Emeritus. He holds his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and is a real estate developer, ordained minister, Harlem-based attorney and civic leader with twenty-five years of experience working in prominent organizations in law, business and government. Read more about Joe in his memoir, From Harlem With Love (Lantern, 2012).


Dick Keyes is the director of L'Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts. Formerly a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church in London, Keyes has also been an adjunct professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, and is currently writing a book on cynicism. Click here to hear a series of lectures Keyes presented: Between Cynicism and Sentimentality.


Ard Louis, Ph.D. '98 is a Reader in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, where he studies problems on the border between chemistry, physics, and biology. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University.  He is also International Secretary for Christians in Science and serves on the European advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation. He has written for the BioLogos Foundation, where he sits on the Board of Directors.


Joe Maxwell is an award-winning journalist currently serving as Journalist in Residence at Belhaven College. Formerly a Chicago-area newspaper reporter and Senior Editor of re:generation quarterly, which won the Utne Reader’s national top alternative magazine during Maxwell’s tenure. Maxwell also served as assistant news editor for Christianity Today and national editor of World Magazine. Additionally, Maxwell is the author of political biographies and local histories, as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. In 2003 he founded LifeStory Publishing, which is devoted to writing, editing, and publishing local and regional histories. Maxwell received a 2005 IPPY book award from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for one local history book.His present project—commissioned by the St. Dominic Health Services Foundation—is titled A Sister’s Love: The Story of the Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic Health Services, and is near completion.


Carl F. Neuss is Founding Principal of the Pacific Cascade Group (“PCG”) family of companies based in Orange County, CA. Neuss graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, received his Master of Engineering degree at UC Berkeley, and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. Neuss is an active supporter and Advisory Board Member of Chesterton House. In addition, Neuss currently serves as Advisory Board Member for the Cornell University Baker Graduate Program In Real Estate where he has taught graduate courses in real estate investment and venture structuring. Also, Neuss has served as Board Member of the Harvard Center for Housing Studies.


Richard Pratt is President of Third Millennium Ministries and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando). Dedicated to bringing seminary level educational materials to neglected parts of the world, Pratt has taught academic lecture series in Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Slovakia. He received his Th.D. from Harvard University, and is the author of six books. Click here to hear Pratt's Institute of Biblical Studies, Designed for Dignity.


Randy Stair is the President of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Foundation. Formerly Chief Financial Officer for Park Communications, Inc., Stair is a Ruling Elder at ChristChurch Presbyterian in Atlanta, GA.


Eleonore Stump, Ph.D. '75, is the Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. Prior to completing her Ph.D. in medieval studies at Cornell, she was the valedictorian of Grinnel College and received an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Harvard. Author of several works in medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics, Stump has served as president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, and president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. She delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 2002. Click here to hear Stump's lecture The Desires of the Heart and the Problem of Evil (Goldwin Smith Hall).


Drew Trotter is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. He has written on film and popular culture for over thirty years in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today and Critique, and in the field of Biblical studies published Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews (Baker, 1997). Drew teaches a seminar entitled Show and Tell: How to View a Movie Responsibly, and is presently working on a book of the same name. A well-respected Bible teacher, Drew has lectured and preached at seminaries, churches and colleges throughout the United States and Canada on a wide variety of topics from discipleship in the Gospel of Matthew to the cultural impact of Bob Dylan.