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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell


Karl Johnson '89, PhD '11, Executive Director, received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Karl previously served as the Dan Tillemans Director of the Cornell Team and Leadership Center, a division of Cornell Outdoor Education. Karl was recognized as a 1999 Academy of Leisure Sciences Future Scholar and has received several writing awards, including the 2014 Literary Award of the Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. His interests include human relations with the natural landscape, from wilderness to urban environs. Read more/Publications.

Kayla Bloodgood graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a degree in English Writing & English Literature. Upon graduation, she accepted a year-long fellowship with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), where she learns and serves under Nicole & Billy at Chesterton House. When she's not working, she is usually reading short fiction, watching Gilmore Girls, or playing a collaborative board game. 

Julie Johnson'90 is the Office Manager at Chesterton House. She is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Human Ecology where she studied Human Development and Family Studies. Her interests include reading, knitting, and all outdoor activities--especially cycling around the stunning Fingerlakes region.

John Nystrom '18, who serves as an RA at Chesterton House, is a junior animal science major in the college of agriculture and life science on the pre-vet track and is interested in the partnership of livestock and people. He comes from northwest Arkansas where his parents instilled his four siblings and him with a living and abiding love for learning, reading, and discussing. His favorite hobbies include bouldering, drinking tea, discussing major metaphysicalities, and reading any and every book by C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton.

Billy Riley, Student Engagement Coordinator, is originally from south central PA. He received bachelor's degrees in philosophy and psychology from Washington & Jefferson College before joining the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). He spends his free time watching good movies, running, playing basketball, and reading.

Nicole Riley, Student Engagement Coordinator, received a bachelor's degree in English Writing and English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a year long fellowship at her alma matter with the Coalition of Christian Outreach (CCO) before joining staff full time. She is passionate about the intersection of global engagement and faith. She enjoys short stories, cryptograms, and watching people cook.