Rev. Dr. Russ Pierson is a writer, an educator and a community builder.
Russ is also an ordained minister, a GreenFaith Fellow, a 2013 USGBC Greenbuild Scholar, a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP), a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA) and a GreenAdvantage™ certified professional. He serves as Director of a rural, coastal satellite campus for one of the largest community colleges in Oregon.
Russ graduated with his DMin as part of the initial cohort in the Leadership and Global Perspectives program at George Fox University in their seminary program in 2012, and he was likewise part of the inaugural cohort in the two-year Christian Earthkeeping concentration at Fox, arguably the first such program offered by an American Evangelical seminary. In addition to his on-the-ground work at Lane in green building and sustainability, his research interests include cultural cognition and other aspects of cognitive science, along with environmental issues and their relationship to the faith community. Russ and his wife Tami have been married 34 years, and they have three great children and three of the brightest and best grandboys on the planet.
Thank you for taking a moment to read a few of the parts and pieces that illustrate some of what you will find in an upcoming book, MEvangelicals: Wil the Religious Right Be Left Behind. As a grandfather who is fully invested in the coming generations; as a pastor who remains active in a vibrant local congregation even though my “day job” is in higher ed; and as an educator and administrator in both religious and public education settings, I have been on my own roller coast ride through the religious and political minefields of the past half-century. This is an insider’s story, told from the perspective of one has been within the fold of American evangelicalism virtually all my life. And it is a love story, since it is my sincere hope that the passion and purpose of U.S. evangelicals will be re-ignited, re-directed and re-imagined in 2016 and beyond.