Who We Are

Cornwall Alliance Key Staff

E. Calvin BeisnerDr. E. Calvin Beisner                                                                         Cornwall Alliance Founder and National Spokesman

Dr. Beisner is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a network of about 60 Christian theologians, natural scientists, economists, and other scholars educating for Biblical earth stewardship, economic development for the poor, and the proclamation and defense of the good news of salvation by God’s grace, received through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Dr. Beisner was associate professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary from 2000 to 2008 and of interdisciplinary studies (focusing on the application of Biblical worldview, theology, and ethics to economics, government, and public policy) at Covenant College from 1992 to 2000. He earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Philosophy at the University of Southern California, his M.A. in Economic Ethics from International College, and his Ph.D. in Scottish History/History of Political Thought at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, planting a new congregation for the latter and serving on its pastoral staff for three years. He and his wife Debby, an accomplished portrait painter, have seven children and six grandchildren.

His early childhood in Calcutta, India, where he observed both the beauties of God’s creation and the tragedies of poverty, informed his later concerns for caring for both the natural world and the poor. His theological and philosophical studies in the 1970s led eventually to his studying political and economic philosophy in the 1980s, resulting first in his book Prosperity and Poverty: The Compassionate Use of Resources in a World of Scarcity, published in 1988, an introduction to economics informed by Biblical theology and ethics, and then his book Prospects for Growth: A Biblical View of Population, Resources, and the Future, published in 1990, which applied the lessons of the prior book to questions about overpopulation, resource depletion, and environmental degradation and conservation. In 1997 he published Where Garden Meets Wilderness: Evangelical Entry into the Environmental Debate, a history and constructive critique of the evangelical environmental movement.

In 1999 Dr. Beisner and about 35 other scholars with shared interest in these subjects composed The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship, which was quickly endorsed by over 1,500 religious leaders from around the world and became the basis on which he founded The Cornwall Alliance in 2005.

In addition to the three books mentioned, he has written nine other books, edited over 30, contributed to over 35, and published thousands of articles, popular and scholarly, has lectured at universities, seminaries, conferences, and churches in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate change and climate and energy policy before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, briefed the White House Council on Environmental Policy, and presented a paper to a scholarly colloquium on climate change of the Pontifical Institute for Justice and Peace at the Vatican in Rome. In 2014 the Heritage Foundation honored Dr. Beisner with the Outstanding Spokesman for Faith, Science, and Stewardship Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change.

Education:

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Religion and Philosophy and double minors in Classical Languages and Classical History, University of Southern California (1978)

M.A. in Society with Specialization in Economic Ethics, International College (1983)

Ph.D. in Scottish History (History of Political Thought), University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2003)


 

Megan ToombsMegan Toombs                                                                                       Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Megan has a passion for people and loves to spend time making new friends. She loves the opportunity the internet has created for individuals to have a voice, and is an enthusiastic promoter of social networking as a platform for education and the free exchange of ideas. She loves to travel, see new cultures, meet new people, and try new things. Megan is an avid reader, cook, and gardener, and loves to spend her free time in the outdoors or with a good book. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish, and loves all policy analysis domestic and foreign.

If you would like to connect with Megan, you can email her at Megan@CornwallAlliance.org, or connect with her on a variety of social platforms including LinkedIn, and Twitter (@megantoombs). She will also receive your message if you tweet @CornwallSteward or message on Facebook.com/CornwallAlliance.


 

Cornwall Alliance Advisory Board

  • Dr. Ted Baehr, President, Christian Film and Television Commission
  • †Howard Ball, National Director, ChurchLIFE, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
  • Joel Belz, (Ret.), Founder and Publisher, World MagazIne
  • Kenneth Chilton, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Fellow, Institute for the Study of Economics & the Environment, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
  • Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center, Director, Evangelicals in Civic Life
  • Barrett Duke, Ph.D., Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Charles Dunahoo, Coordinator of Christian Education & Publication, Presbyterian Church in America
  • Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Jackson, MS, and President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
  • Alan W. Gomes, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA
  • Rev. George Grant, Ph.D., Teaching Pastor, Christ Community Church (PCA), Principal, Kings Meadow Study Center, Nashville, TN
  • Wayne Grudem, Ph.D.,^ Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, AZ
  • Steven Hayward, Ph.D., Thomas Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio; Secretary of Energy & Interior under President Ronald Reagan; author of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators
  • Daniel R. Heimbach, Ph.D., Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Research Institute Fellow, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
  • Peter J. Hill, Ph.D., (Ret.), George F. Bennett Chair of Economics, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Peter Jones, Ph.D., Executive Director, truthXchange, and Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA
  • †Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy (deceased), Founding & Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; Founder & President, Evangelism Explosion, Coral Ridge Ministries, & Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • John Khushal, Associate Director, CRU, North India
  • Dr. George Khushf, Humanities Director, Center for Bioethics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Rev. Dr. Paul D. Kooistra, Ministry to the World, Presbyterian Church in America
  • Rev. Henry Krabbendam, Ph.D., President, Africa Christian Training Institute, (Ret.) Professor of Biblical Studies, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Kevin Alan Lewis, J.D., M.Div., Th.M., Associate Professor of Theology and Law, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • Stephen Livesay, Ph.D., President, Bryan College, Dayton, TN
  • Tracy Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Grove City College, Grove City, PA
  • Marvin Olasky, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, World Magazine
  • Rev. Jerry O’Neill, Ph.D., President, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Joey Pipa, Ph.D., President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Herbert Schlossberg, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Ethics & Public Policy Center
  • Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition
  • Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, and Lead Scientist, NASA Aqua AMSR-3 Satellite Remote Sensing Program
  • Timothy Terrell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  • James A. Wanliss, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
  • Rev. Ralph Weitz, Stewardship Pastor, Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, VA
  • Harry V. Wiant, Jr., Ph.D., Ibberson Chair in Forest Resources, Penn State University

 


 

Cornwall Alliance Scholars

(*indicates also serves as a Contributing Writer; ^indicates also serves on the Advisory Board.)

 

Senior Fellows

  • Kenneth Chilton,*^ Ph.D., Senior Environmental Fellow, Institute for the Study of Economics & the Environment, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
  • Wayne Grudem, Ph.D.,^ Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, AZ
  • Daniel R. Heimbach,^ Ph.D., Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Research Institute Fellow, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
  • Peter Jones,*^ Ph.D., Executive Director, truthXchange, and Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA
  • David Legates,* Ph.D., Professor of Climatology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Vishal Mangalwadi, Ph.D., Theologian and Author, Founder, RevelationMovement.com, Pasadena, CA
  • Craig Vincent Mitchell,* Ph.D., Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Roy W. Spencer, Ph.D.,^ Principal Research Scientist, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, and Lead Scientist, NASA Aqua AMSR-3 Satellite Remote Sensing Program
  • Timothy Terrell,*^ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  • G. Cornelis van Kooten,* Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Research Chari in Environmental Studies and Climate, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
  • James A. Wanliss,*^ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

 

Fellows

  • Barrett Duke,*^ Ph.D., Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Washington, DC
  • Stephen Livesay,^ Ph.D., President, Bryan College, Dayton, TN
  • Tracy Miller,*^ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Grove City College, Grove City, PA
  • Ben Phillips,* Ph.D., Associate Dean, Havard School of Theological Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Shawn Ritenour,* Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Grove City College, Grove City, PA

 

Adjunct Scholars

  • Mark Brandly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
  • Gordon Evans,* M.S., Environmental Manager, Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX
  • Steven Hayward,*^ Ph.D., Thomas Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio; Secretary of Energy & Interior under President Ronald Reagan; author of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators
  • Jamieson C. Keister,* Ph.D., (Ret.) Pharmaceutical Research Specialist, 3M Company, Lakeville, MN
  • Kevin Alan Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Law, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • Michael Salazar,* Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, Union University, Jackson, TN
  • Chris Skates,* M.S., Plant Chemistry Supervisor, Electric Energy Inc., Joppa, IL

 

Contributing Writers

  • William Anderson, Associate Professor of Economics, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
  • William D. Balgord, President, Environmental & Resources Technology, Inc., Middleton, WI
  • Michael E. Bauman, Ph.D., Professor of Theology & Culture, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
  • Kenneth Chilton,^ Ph.D., Senior Environmental Fellow, Institute for the Study of Economics & the Environment, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
  • Charles Clough, Ph.D., Atmospheric Physicist (Ret.), Adjunct Professor, Chafer Theological Seminary, Bel Air, MD
  • Mark Coppenger, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Apologetics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • Rev. Richard S. Courtney, Expert Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Methodist Preacher, Cornwall, UK
  • Doug Daugherty, Project Manager, The Maclellan Foundation, Chattanooga, TN
  • Barrett Duke,^ Ph.D., Vice President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Washington, DC
  • Arthur Eberle, M.S., President, Compliance Assurance, Harvest, AL
  • Gordon Evans, M.S., Environmental Manager, Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX
  • Bill Flax, Columnist, Forbes, Cincinnati, OH
  • Steven Hayward,^ Ph.D., Thomas Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio; Secretary of Energy & Interior under President Ronald Reagan; author of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators
  • Peter Jones,^ Ph.D., Executive Director, truthXchange, and Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA
  • Jamieson C. Keister, Ph.D., (Ret.) Pharmaceutical Research Specialist, 3M Company, Lakeville, MN
  • Edward Krug, Ph.D., (Ret.) Soil and Water Scientist, Illinois State Water Survey and National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, Urbana, IL
  • David Legates, Ph.D., Professor of Climatology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Terry Lovell, Ph.D., Professor of Business, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ
  • Anthony Lupo, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Ronald Marks, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, North Greenville University, Greenville, SC
  • Tracy Miller,^ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Grove City College, Grove City, PA
  • C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University, Jackson, TN
  • Craig Vincent Mitchell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Rev. Mark Musser, M.D., Pastor, Grace Redeemer Bible Church, Olympia, WA
  • Todd Pedlar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Luther College, Decorah, IA
  • Ben Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Havard School of Theological Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Shawn Ritenour, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Grove City College, Grove City, PA
  • Anthony J. Sadar, M.S., Adjunct Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Statistics, Air Pollution, Meteorology, & Engineering, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA
  • Michael Salazar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, Union University, Jackson, TN
  • David Shormann, Ph.D., Marine Chemist and Limnologist, President, DIVE (Digital Interactive Video Education), Houston, TX
  • Chris Skates, M.S., Plant Chemistry Supervisor, Electric Energy Inc., Joppa, IL
  • John Sparks, Ph.D., Dean of Humanities, Grove City College, Grove City, IL
  • John Swayze, Ph.D. (Ret.), Organic, Medicinal, and Agricultural Chemist, Carmel, IN
  • Timothy Terrell,^ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  • Ashley Thorne, Director of Communications, National Association of Scholars, Princeton, NJ
  • Charles Van Eaton, Ph.D., Professor of Economics (Ret.), Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI; Pepperdine University, Santa Monica, CA; Bryan College, Dayton, TN
  • G. Cornelis van Kooten, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Research Chari in Environmental Studies and Climate, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Stephen Vantassel, Ph.D., Wildlife Control Consultant, Project Coordinator, Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • James A. Wanliss,^ Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
  • Alan Wisdom, independent writer and consultant, former Vice President, Institute on Religion & Democracy