Breaking Barriers, Ministering in Relationships, and Exemplifying the Gospel: Tips for Using Science-Faith Dialogue as an Opportunity to Promote Discipleship and Strengthen Local Churches
Stephen Contakes is an assistant professor of Chemistry at Westmont College in Santa Barbara where he teaches courses in analytical, inorganic, physical, and nonmajors chemistry, along with a senior seminar focusing on issues of science and faith. His research interests span synthetic inorganic, bioinorganic, and environmental chemistry although he is also has interests in exploring the present and historical connections between chemistry and Christian faith. He has been active in the ASA's Southern California local section since its inception in 2010 and currently serves the chapter as its secretary. When not engaged in teaching or scholarly pursuits he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
**Co-authors and contributors to the conference and this essay:
· Audrey Chen, postdoctoral scholar in biology at Caltech who also served on the staff of both Hill Community Church and Caltech’s Encounter Jesus Fellowship.
· Robert Duke, chair of Azusa Pacific University’s department of biblical studies and an active participant in science-faith dialogue on its campus.
· Alan Claasen Thrush, associate pastor at Upland Brethren in Christ, who previously taught theology and conflict studies with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Nicaragua.
· David Vosburg, organic chemist at Harvey Mudd College who has been actively involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over 20 years and is currently writing a discussion guide to help groups wrestle through issues of science and faith.
· Leslie Wickman, an earth and space scientist who facilitates science-faith dialogue on the Azusa Pacific University campus.