About The STEAM Project

The Future

Coming in 2018 we plan to release valuable insights for you and your ministries along with the tools and ideas for engagement. For now, get involved now through weekly emailed content and opportunities, follow the blog, and view an ever increasing bank of resources – we are the best place to get and stay connected.

History of STEAM


STEAM launched officially February 1st, 2016 – fueled with excitement to continue this important work. In year one, we received proposals and chose 31 diverse and excellent projects to be funded.


Projects are currently underway and will finish June of 2018. Grantees are connected virtually for continued education, a circle we are opening to the public.


Public release of project insights and new free resources.

The Team

Project Leaders


Greg Cootsona

Project Director

Greg is project leader for Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries (or STEAM) and teaches at California State University at Chico in Religious Studies and Humanities. He formerly served as pastor for young adult ministries and adult discipleship in New York and Chico, CA. Greg has written five books including C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian and Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Science and Theology. He and his wife, Laura, live in Chico, California and have two young adult daughters. Besides hanging out with his family, he loves to drum, read great books, hike and bike through the beautiful Chico hills, and drink good coffee.



Dave Navarra

Project Co-Director

Dave is excited to provide leadership to the STEAM project and has a passion to see the Church move the gospel of Jesus forward in areas of perceived weakeness. Dave graduated Fuller Seminary with his M.Div, has served in various Churches near San Fransico, CA and is currently leading this project while spending part of 2017 serving overseas with the missions organization Operation Mobilization (OM) in Belgium.



Justin Barrett

Justin L. Barrett is Thrive Professor of Developmental Science in Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology. A cognitive and developmental psychologist (Ph.D., Cornell University), Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology, where he was acting director for the Centre for Anthropology and Mind and remains a research associate. He has authored over 100 scholarly publications, mostly concerning the scientific study of religion. His authored books are Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (2004), Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (2011), and Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (2012).


Rebecca Sok

Rebecca Sok is the Project Coach of Fuller’s office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR). She holds an MA in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA and a BA in Organizational Communication from George Fox University. She is a certified professional coach and has worked at Fuller since 2011, first as manager of the Thrive Center for Human Development.


Zach Ellis

Zach is a Research Assistant for Fuller Theological Seminary’s office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR). He is also a PhD candidate at Fuller researching leadership in participatory congregations. His calling in life is to train and equip pastors to faithfully lead local congregations. When not studying, he’ll most likely be watching Sporting Kansas City score goals or hiking with his wife and two kids.


Brandi Weaber

Project Administrator

Brandi Weaber is the Project Facilitator for Fuller’s Office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR), overseeing grant logistics, and serving as the Project Administrator for the STEAM project. She holds a BGS, from Louisiana State University of Shreveport, with a concentration in social science. Brandi recently moved to Southern California from Louisiana so her husband could obtain his M.Div. She is a southern girl at heart, but has lived many places in the past five and a half years and enjoys traveling.


Funded by The John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

STEAM is also supported by Fuller Theological Seminary, the host organization also committed to the integration of Christian faith and science.

Contact Us

If you'd like to reach a specific project leader from our team, please use the email links above.
For general information, please contact us below.

Brandi Weaber (Program Administrator)

Email thesteamproject@fuller.edu
Phone 626.304.3766
Address 180 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101