The Creation Care Council is an advisory body for MCCN. Maintaining relationships and a flow of resources across the U.S.-Canadian border is a particular focus. Its members include four U.S. representatives, two Canadian representatives, the staff person and two ex officio members from MCCN’s sponsoring organizations, Merry Lea and Everence. The Creation Care Council meets once a year in person and several times electronically.
See annual reports from the council’s work.
Meet the Current Council Members
Corvallis, OR. Dave is a geographic information systems (GIS) analyst with the Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program of the U.S. Forest Service. Dave has earned an M.A. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, with an emphasis on the role of religion in motivating sustainable behavior. His research focused on the environmental attitudes and behaviors of Amish and Mennonite farmers in Belleville, Pennsylvania. In the past, Dave has worked with sustainable forestry in southern Oregon and watersheds in central Pennsylvania. Presently, the idea of responsible consumption energizes him. Dave challenges his ingrained Mennonite tendency toward frugality with the mantra, “Cheaper isn’t always better.” He’s learning to vote with his dollars, purchasing products and services that support the kind of world he wants to live in.
Janeen Bertsche Johnson
Janeen Bertsche Johnson is Director of Campus Ministries at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. She is also conference coordinator of AMBS’ biennial Rooted and Grounded Conference on Land and Christian Faith, and co-editor of the book Rooted and Grounded: Essays on Land and Christian Discipleship. She teaches two spiritual practices courses, “Water of Life” and “Trees of Life,” and loves to teach people about the seminary’s restored prairie. Janeen is a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen, and an Indiana Master Naturalist.
Phil Kniss serves as senior pastor at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA. since 1996. With the help of his leadership and that of committed lay leaders, his congregation installed solar panels, began a climate change reparations fund and follows a lawn care plan involving youth and a rotary mower. Phil says, “If we Christians had read Genesis and Jesus right, we would have been admired worldwide for our courageous and sacrificial love for our planet and cosmos. I’m trying to correct that.”
Luke Beck Kreider
Luke teaches core and elective courses in ethics, peace studies, and religion at Goshen College. His particular focus is the moral, religious, and spiritual dimensions of sustainability. Part of his job includes facilitating the Sustainability Leadership Semester at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.
Goshen, IN. Marlene is a stewardship consultant at Everence working in the Michiana core market. She helps congregations and individuals discern where they are on their stewardship journey and where they’d like to go.
Marlene’s passion for the earth comes from her family of origin where she learned that resources were not to be wasted but to be used as needed and with care.
Marlene enjoys spending time ruminating. She has spent the last several years contemplating how our understanding of power and strength impacts how we do just about everything we do. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, skating, skiing and storing up food items for the winter.
Kenton Lobe teaches international development and environmental studies at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Man. He also stewards 15 acres as a sustainable farmer.
Edmonton, AB. Joanne is associate professor of Environmental Studies and Geography at The King’s University, where she enjoys the opportunity to integrate faith into her teaching on environmental issues. Her recent research explored faith-based organizations engaged in environmental work in Canada, and her broader research interests centre on the relationships between humans and their socio-ecological environments, the factors that influence these relationships, and how these relationships can be modified and improved. Joanne has worked as an environmental consultant for various research and writing projects, including the Mennonite Central Committee’s 7 Days website, which was later published as Earth Trek: Celebrating and Sustaining God’s Creation. She also volunteered with Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba Peace Advisory Committee and Mennonite Church Canada’s Climate Change Working Group.
Jennifer Halteman Schrock
Goshen, IN. Jennifer is the director of MCCN. She has also worked with communications and public programs at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, and taught a few undergraduate courses related to earthkeeping. She is the author of Just Eating: Practicing Your Faith at the Table and Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth. Jennifer loves learning about ecology and natural history and has many friends in the plant kingdom. She is a member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.