About Care of Creation

statement of faith   history  staff  board of directors  financial accountability

 

Statement of faith

We believe in:

  • The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things, existing eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—full of love and glory.
  • The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.
  • The value and dignity of all people: created in God’s image to live in love and holiness, but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt, and justly subject to God’s wrath.
  • Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who lived as a perfect example, who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place, and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.
  • Justification by God’s grace to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
  • The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.
  • The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world.
  • The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation but receiving the redeemed into eternal life. To God be glory forever.

Our History

2004: The Development of an Idea

Craig Sorley had brain cancer.  That was when the idea of what has become Care of Creation got started.  That diagnosis and the surgery that followed while he was still in college (he recovered completely) moved him toward a life committed to the people and the land of Kenya and East Africa, where he grew up.  Craig, Tracy and their two sons moved to Kenya in 2002 to begin what Craig thought of as “environmental missions” (he may have actually coined the term).  Ed Brown, then working with Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, came into the picture at the first God and Creation conference the Sorleys organized in Nairobi in 2004.

2005: Our Beginning

A year later the Sorleys knew they needed to find or start an organization to promote this new kind of missions, one that would transform people and the land that sustains them.  Meanwhile, Ed and Susanna found themselves downsized from Au Sable and asking God what he had in mind for them.  An email conversation led to the idea that the Sorleys and the Browns might partner together, and thus, with no funding but lots of faith, Care of Creation was born on April 25, 2005.

today: growth and opportunities

From the start, the idea was to mobilize the church to care for God’s creation.  In Kenya, and now Tanzania as well, this took the form of discipleship and training based on tree planting, then Farming God’s Way, and now including fireless cookers, bees and other techniques.  Ed and Craig have both written and published books, articles and curricula designed to further mobilize the church.  In the US and elsewhere, seminars and networking led to productive partnerships with other organizations in the US and the Philippines in particular, and to a lasting partnership with A Rocha International under the banner of the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network, through which Care of Creation has become one of the global leaders in the evangelical creation care movement.

Our Team

in Austria, Kenya, Tanzania, and the USA
Alice and Martin Tlustos

Alice and Martin Tlustos

Tanzania Alice and Martin Tlustos grew up in different parts of the small and beautiful country of Austria. During their...

Kelly Smiley

Kelly Smiley

 USA Office Manager Kelly grew up in southern California and Puerto Rico, and is especially fond of her time in...

Brian Webb

Brian Webb

USA Campaign Mobilizer Brian Webb’s passion for creation care ministry began with family camping trips growing up and became shaped...

Kermit Hovey

Kermit Hovey

USA Director of Operations and Development   Kermit Hovey joined Care of Creation in 2014. A long time Wisconsin boy,...

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Board of Directors

Care of Creation, Inc. operates as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of Wisconsin. Its affairs are governed by a set of Bylaws and by a Board of Directors. God has provided the following men and women to lead this organization as members of the Board of Directors:
Blair Anderson

Blair Anderson

Blair Anderson grew up on a family farm in S.W. Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, completing a Bachelor...

Janel Curry

Janel Curry

Janel Curry serves as provost at Gordon College in Massachusetts.  She holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of...

John Elwood

John Elwood

John Elwood edits BelovedPlanet.com, a voice for creation care from within the Evangelical Christian community. He owns Good Hand Farm,...

Secretary/Treasurer: Luke Baine

Secretary/Treasurer: Luke Baine

Clarksville, TN BS from College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia Luke and his wife of 8 years,...

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Financial and Organizational Accountability

ECFA AccreditedAs part of our fiscal responsibility to our community and to honor the God we serve, we strive to operate in a transparent manner when it comes to our financial filings. With this in mind, we provide the following documents and links:

United States Internal Revenue Service  Letter of Determination  – 501(c)3 Status (PDF document) >>

Link to Guidestar.org (Organizational Information and Form 990 Filings) >>

We are members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and provide them information about our organization and financial  condition. The information is available here.