Board & Advisors

"The academy struggles with articulating the critical concepts of being and meaning necessary for human flourishing. For Christian students and scholars at Cornell, Chesterton House is the preeminent organization for the sharpening of minds and souls."
Jonathan Butcher, Professor, Biomedical Engineering & Chair, Chesterton House Faculty Advisory Committee
Chesterton House collaborates closely with Christian faculty at Cornell. The Chesterton House Faculty Advisory Committee assists the director and staff with public lectures, visiting scholars, and courses for credit. In addition, Chesterton House helps convene faculty gatherings during the academic year. Many of these faculty members engage Chesterton House students via Sunday Night Dinners and faculty discussion panels. The Chesterton House Board maintains at least one tenured Cornell Faculty member.

Governing Board

Frederick Barber '87

CEO of Response:AI
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Frederick Barber '87

CEO of Response:AI

Dr. Fred Barber ’87 is the CEO of Response:AI, a market research technology firm. Dr. Barber has built several marketing strategy and analytics businesses, and previously served as Chief Analytic Officer of Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, now part of Accenture Interactive. Fred earned a BA magna cum laude in Sociology from Cornell where he served on the Student Assembly, and was inducted into the Quill & Dagger Senior Honorary Society. He holds a Masters in Demography (Georgetown), and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership (Regent University), where his work focused on the role of spiritual disciplines in entrepreneurship. Fred and his wife Alice have three daughters and attend Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, TX. Dr. Barber has also advised the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell, and for ten years he oversaw a mission support organization, His People Africa Missions, in South Africa and Namibia.

Esther Jiang '16

Law Student & Augustine Collective Alumni Coach
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Esther Jiang '16

Law Student & Augustine Collective Alumni Coach

Esther Jiang ’16 graduated from Cornell University as a Merrill Presidential Scholar with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. While a student at Cornell, she was the founding editor-in-chief of the Cornell Claritas, a student-run journal of Christian thought. She continues to be involved with the Christian publication movement by serving as an alumni coach for the Augustine Collective. Esther is currently pursuing a law degree at Columbia Law School.

Matt Brown

Founding Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn & VP of Strategic Partnerships for the CCO
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Matt Brown

Founding Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn & VP of Strategic Partnerships for the CCO

Matt Brown is the Founding Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn, a network of neighborhood churches in New York’s largest borough. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Matt is also the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a national campus organization and ministry partner to Chesterton House. He and his wife, Deb, live in Park Slope, Brooklyn with their three children: Flannery, Charlotte and Walker.

Jonathan Butcher

Professor and Associate Director of Cornell's School of Biomedical Engineering
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Jonathan Butcher

Professor and Associate Director of Cornell's School of Biomedical Engineering

Jonathan Butcher is a professor and the Associate Director of the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 2007. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2000, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004. Jonathan participated in the starting of the very first Christian Study Center at the University of Virginia as a student. Jonathan’s research focuses on understanding how tissue assembly and maturation during embryonic development are controlled by mechanical signaling, and in turn how these developmental signaling pathways are reactivated in postnatal diseases. He applies this information to engineer new regenerative and therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular diseases. Jonathan is also the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the undergraduate major of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell, which began in 2015. He has a passion for building student community and exploring the intersections of science, engineering, and the human condition. He and his wife Christine live in Ithaca NY with their five children.

Andrea Lodge

Teacher, Writer/Editor, Youth Worker
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Andrea Lodge

Teacher, Writer/Editor, Youth Worker

Andrea Lodge has worn many hats: teacher, writer/editor, youth worker, homeschooling parent, master gardener, old-house renovator. She packed up her young family three different times to undertake sabbaticals with her husband, an ecologist – from Nairobi to California. Lodge (B.A., Covenant College; M.A., Wheaton College) has published many articles and is the author of Peter Veldman: Dutch Immigrant, American Entrepreneur. Through it all, she has been motivated and moved by friendships, story, community, and a deeply rooted love of the outdoors. Lodge and her husband recently moved to Ithaca after living for 30 years in South Bend, IN. She is the mother of three adult children.

Karl Johnson

Founder | Director of Graduate Student Ministries
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Karl Johnson

Founder | Director of Graduate Student Ministries

Karl Johnson 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.

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Nelson Mead

Senior Portfolio Manager at Cornell Pochily
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Nelson Mead

Senior Portfolio Manager at Cornell Pochily

Nelson Mead ’81 graduated from Cornell University with a degree in business management and marketing, and has worked in financial services since 1984. He became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner in 1989 and a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder in 2003. Nelson currently holds the position of Chief Investment Officer at Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors. Previously, he was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for HSBC Private Bank. Nelson serves numerous local non-profits as volunteer and board member, is an Elder at Covenant Love Community Church in Dryden, NY, and is Deputy Chief of the Freeville, NY Fire Department. Nelson and his wife Kathy have three grown children and reside in Freeville, NY.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Rosemary Avery

Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management
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Rosemary Avery

Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management

Rosemary Avery received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1971, her Honors in Science degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1982, and her Master’s of Science (1984) and Ph.D. degrees (1988) in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University. Dr. Avery joined the Cornell University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing in 1988. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the department of Policy Analysis and Management in 1994, and to the rank of Professor in 2000. She currently serves as Dean and House Professor in Flora Rose House on Cornell’s West Campus.

Chris Barrett

Professor of Applied Economics and Management
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Chris Barrett

Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management;, as well as a Professor in the Department of Economics. Dr. Barrett is a Faculty Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future where he co-directs the Food Security Working Group. He lives with his wife, Clara, in Lansing, NY, where they raised five children.

Jonathan Butcher

Professor and Associate Director of Cornell's School of Biomedical Engineering
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Jonathan Butcher

Professor and Associate Director of Cornell's School of Biomedical Engineering

Jonathan Butcher is a professor and the Associate Director of the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 2007. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2000, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004. Jonathan participated in the starting of the very first Christian Study Center at the University of Virginia as a student. Jonathan’s research focuses on understanding how tissue assembly and maturation during embryonic development are controlled by mechanical signaling, and in turn how these developmental signaling pathways are reactivated in postnatal diseases. He applies this information to engineer new regenerative and therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular diseases. Jonathan is also the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the undergraduate major of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell, which began in 2015. He has a passion for building student community and exploring the intersections of science, engineering, and the human condition. He and his wife Christine live in Ithaca NY with their five children.

David Williamson

Professor at Cornell in the School of O.R.I.E.
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David Williamson

Professor at Cornell in the School of O.R.I.E.

David Williamson is a professor at Cornell in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE). He previously worked as a Senior Manager at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California and a Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His degrees (bachelor, masters, and doctorate) are all from MIT. He lives with his wife and three children in Ithaca. In his rare moments of spare time he enjoys reading and road biking.

Praveen Sethupathy '03

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University
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Praveen Sethupathy '03

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University

Praveen is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University. He received his BA degree from Cornell University and his PhD in Genomics from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Francis Collins, he moved in 2011 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. In 2017, he returned to Cornell University as an Associate Professor. Praveen has authored over 85 publications, and has served as a reviewer for over 35 different scientific journals. Honors include selection by Genome Technology in 2011 as one of the top 25 rising young investigators in genomics, as well as a Faculty Merit Award in 2016 for outstanding teaching and mentoring. Praveen has been an invited speaker for the Veritas Forum, served on the advisory board for the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BioLogos Foundation. He lives in Brooktondale, NY with his wife and three children.

Advisory Board

Ken Blanchard

Advisory Board Member
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Ken Blanchard

Advisory Board Member

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

Advisory Board Member
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Donald A. Carson

Advisory Board Member

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

Advisory Board Member
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Andy Crouch

Advisory Board Member

Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books—2017’s The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016’s Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He served the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae’s 2014 single “Non-Fiction.”

From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

Elaine Ecklund

Advisory Board Member
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Elaine Ecklund

Advisory Board Member

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

Advisory Board Member
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Joseph H. Holland

Advisory Board Member

Joseph H. Holland ’78 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

Advisory Board Member
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Dick Keyes

Advisory Board Member

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

Advisory Board Member
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Ard Louis

Advisory Board Member

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

Advisory Board Member
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Joe Maxwell

Advisory Board Member

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 '76

Founding Principal of Pacific Cascade Group, LLC
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Carl F. Neuss '76

Founding Principal of Pacific Cascade Group, LLC

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

Advisory Board Member
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Richard Pratt

Advisory Board Member

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.

Eleonore Stump

Advisory Board Member
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Eleonore Stump

Advisory Board Member

Eleonore StumpPh.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

Advisory Board Member
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Drew Trotter

Advisory Board Member

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 & CultureChristianity Todayand 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.

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