The CEL Team

Founded in late 2010, the Center For Environmental Leadership (CEL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  Three Christian tertiary institutions came together to conceptually undergird, and mutually support, CEL’s mission.  Those institutions were the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP), Houghton College, and George Fox University.  These institutions remain key CEL supporters.

Dr. Chris Elisara, the center’s director and founder, is supported by an advisory team that includes Clint Baldwin (Associate Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh and lecturer at Asbury University), Brain Webb (sustianability coordinator at Houghton College), Dr. Jeff Schloss (Westmont College), Dr. Norman Wirzba (Duke Divinity School), and Mel McGowan (Visionerring Studios).

Chris Elisara Ph.D.

Director & Founder

Dr. Elisara is a visionary educator and filmmaker who founded the Creation Care Study Program and Center for Environmental Leadership. In late 2011 he became chair of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Creation Care Task Force, and in 2013 he joined the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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Jeff Schloss Ph.D.

Advisory Board

Dr. Jeff Schloss is a renowned scholar and speaker on Christian faith and science issues. Dr. Schloss is also the director of the Center for Faith, Ethics, and Life Sciences, and Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biology T.B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College.

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Norman Wirzba Ph.D.

Advisory Board

Dr. Wirzba is a professor at Duke Divinity School, and the author of several books including “The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age,” “Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight,” and his most recent book “Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating.”

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Mel McGowan

Advisory Board

Mel McGowan has worldwide urban planning experience and expertise, and is one of the founders and principals of Visioneering Studios.  Mel’s passion for urban design is infectious, which makes Mel a top communicator regarding new urbanism.  CEL is delighted to Mel as a part of our team.

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Clint Baldwin

Advisory Board

Clint Baldwin  is Associate Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh (an international development and advocacy organization with communities around the world working among the most vulnerable of those experiencing poverty, oppression and marginalization in the world)

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Brian Webb

Advisory Board

Brian Webb is the sustainability coordinator at Houghton College where he promots sustainability at an institutional level. This includes leading student activities, coordinating with faculty to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, and working with facilities to “green” operations.

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