Meet Our Team

Project Leaders

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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.


greg@cootsona.net

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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.


dnavarra@fuller.edu

Support Team

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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.


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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).


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Brandi Weaber

Project Facilitator


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.

The History of STEAM

2011

  • The STEAM project has roots in an early 2011 project that first launched to help local ministries integrate science and theology. The project was called Scientist In Congregation or “SinC”.

  • SinC was born with very similar objectives to STEAM today having over 100 churches that applied with unique projects and teams of pastors with a science professional. 37 projects were awarded funding to chart new territory for an important conversation.

2014

  • The Project ended in 2014 with outstanding results as barriers were brought down and great movement occurred. One science professional said, “It felt like coming out of the closet in my Church – and it went great.”

2015

  • In 2015 Greg Cootsona, received a grant Science for Students and Emerging Young Adults (SEYA). The purpose was to spend sixteen months in research through surveying emerging adults to discover how they formed their views on religion and science and how these attitudes change.

  • The SEYA program included a gathering of emerging young adult leaders, both leading theologians and science professionals convened at Fuller Theological Seminary for a two day summit conversation. This capstone event lead to a white paper summary of findings and now has set the direction for a long term (3 year) grant, STEAM.

2016

  • STEAM launched officially February 1st, 2016 – fueled with excitement to continue moving the science and theology discussion along with emerging young adults who are quickly shaping the landscape of contemporary culture.

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.