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...

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,...

Andrea Ebley

Andrea Ebley

USA Media Coordinator Andrea graduated from UW – Madison in 2009 with a degree in International Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her...

Brittany Ederer

Brittany Ederer

USA Creation Care Outreach Specialist   Brittany studied Wildlife Ecology and Latin American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and...

Craig and Tracy Sorley

Craig and Tracy Sorley

Kenya Craig Sorley grew up in three different countries of East Africa as the son of medical missionaries where he...

Ed Brown

Ed Brown

USA Executive Director Rev. Edward R. Brown is the Director and CEO of Care of Creation, and also serves as...

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:

Grant Spickelmier

Grant Spickelmier, Education Curator at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Grant Spickelmier is the education curator at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. From dressing up in animal costumes to creating animal themed video games/apps to appearing on live cooking shows to promoting sustainable seafood, Grant has worked for nearly 25 years to find innovative ways to inspire people to take conservation action on behalf of wildlife.  In particular, Grant is interested in calling Christians back to their original role as stewards and caretakers of the environment.  He has led classes and seminars on Creation Care and written articles for www.greenjesus.com.   Grant holds B.A. degrees in both Biology and Education from Bethel University and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota.

Grant, his wife Jen and their two children (Matthew and Katie) attend Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon where Jen works in a ministry position.

Ex-Officio Member: Craig Sorley

Director, Care of Creation, Kenya (affiliated organization)
Limuru, Kenya

B.S. Natural Resources & Environmental Studies. University of Minnesota

M.S. Forestry (Environmental Education Emphasis). University of Minnesota

Certificate in Cross Cultural & Biblical Studies. Bethany College of Missions. Bloomington, MN

While in graduate school Mr. Sorley was employed as a biology teaching assistant and field crops research assistant and served as manager/developer of a University of Minnesota Extension Service Agroforestry Curriculum Project, which focused on high school students in the Upper Midwest. He wrote a 220 page topical reference/study manual to be used in this program.

He served with Kenya Islands Mission, Inc. developing educational materials emphasizing the environmental problems in the Lake Victoria basin and managed of a demonstration farm promoting agroforestry, soil conservation, and dryland farming methods.

He served as an intern at the Tropical Agriculture at the Environmental Concern for Hunger Organization (ECHO) farm near Ft. Myers, Florida. He was responsible for establishing and maintaining demonstration plots of promising crops and techniques and regularly conducted interpretative tours for farm visitors.

Mr. Sorley served a second internship in Tropical Agriculture with a team in Haiti (sponsored by Haitian American Friendship Foundation) The team established a demonstration farm to teach agriculture and agroforestry to high school students.

Since 2003 he has served as Director of Care of Creation, Kenya and is leading the development of Christ-centered strategies, programs, and initiatives that encourage church pastors and members to respond to the rapidly developing environmental crisis in Kenya.

Craig is the son of medical missionaries and grew up in three East African countries (Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya) where he developed his keen interest in creation stewardship and missions.

Ex-Officio Member: Ed Brown

B.A. (English Literature) Gordon College

M. Div. (Pastoral Studies) Gordon Conwell Seminary

Rev. Edward Brown grew up in Pakistan where his parents were serving as missionaries and has served in a variety of ministry related roles, including Pastor of the Lynnfield Baptist Church in Lynn, MA (1978-1983) and the Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan (1991-1995). He developed a local ministry to international students in Providence, RI as Field Staff worker with International Students Inc. (1984-1991).

Rev. Brown also served as Personnel Coordinator with InterVarsity Link, the overseas department of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1996-2000) and was the Chief Operating Officer for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies (2000-2005).

It was during his time with Au Sable Institute that God awakened in him a deep passion for Christian environmental stewardship. This passion coupled with his foreign missions experience, theological education and his writing and public speaking talent

s have prepared him well to lead an organization like Care of Creation, Inc.

Rev. Brown is the author of a number of articles in print and on the web, as well as the book “Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation”. He is also the presenter of the seminar “Our Father’s World: Why Christians Should Care about the Environmental Crisis.

Ed and his wife Susanna, who was also a child of missionaries in Pakistan, live in Madison, Wisconsin and are the parents of four grown children (a son and three daughters)

Janel Curry

janel_curryJanel Curry serves as provost at Gordon College in Massachusetts.  She holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota and has published extensively on the relationship between nature and society.  Prior to going to Gordon College she served as a faculty member and dean at Calvin College.  She is the proud mother of two adult daughters who are creation-care advocates, one of whom is a science teacher and the other who is a social worker.  She likes the flat open prairies and big sky of the Midwest and Great Plains.

John Elwood

elwood head shot 2015John Elwood edits BelovedPlanet.com, a voice for creation care from within the Evangelical Christian community. He owns Good Hand Farm, which supports more than 600 organic CSA produce memberships in New Jersey, and serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He actively partners with the CRCNA Office of Social Justice, the Lausanne Creation Care Network, Climate Caretakers and Climate Stewards USA, in addition to serving on the board of Care of Creation, Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer: Luke Baine

board member Luke BaineClarksville, TN

BS from College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia

Luke and his wife of 8 years, Katie, currently live in Clarksville, Tennessee, a suburban community north of Nashville, and attend Community Life Church. He is a native Texan who graduated from the University of Georgia and currently is a commercial real estate broker with KW Commercial – Middle Tennessee.

Luke has always had an interest in environmental stewardship and mission work. Luke’s parents supported missionaries in Africa who transcribed the Bible in local languages and Luke has helped support their son, Erik Ness and his wife Rachel in their mission work for many years. Luke’s relationship with Care of Creation came from his relationship with Erik and Rachel Ness and he is honored to serve God and his creation by being on the Board of Directors.

Chair: Paul Halverson

Paul HalversonProfessor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

B.S. (Biology) Macalester College MN

Medical school, residency, fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Paul Halverson is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milkwaukee, practicing in the areas of rheumatology and internal medicine.  He attends Elmbrook Church and has served on the Council of Elders and in the missions ministry. He has been involved with overseas missions including medical teaching, working in clinics, and organizing conferences. Paul and his wife, Gloria, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

 

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.