Intersections Editorial Review Team


Research Staff
of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

Mario Tafferner, MA; Managing Editor

Mario serves as a Research Analyst and the Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellow at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. He has an MA in Semitics and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Marburg and is currently pursuing his PhD in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Besides his academic work, he is a candidate and licentiate of the Presbyterian Church in America’s Chicago Metro Presbytery and lives in Deerfield, IL with his wife and young daughter. 

Michael Sleasman, PhD; Editor

Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is the Managing Director and Research Scholar for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD). He is an affiliate professor of bioethics for Trinity Graduate School. He co-edited and contributed several essays to the volume Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends with Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Charles A. Anderson. He has also contributed several articles on theology, bioethics, and theological engagement with technology. He and his wife Cindy reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago with their three children.

Bryan Just; Copy Editor

Bryan Just serves as a Research Assistant at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Nyack College, and is currently pursuing his MA in Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His academic interests include early Christian studies, Evangelicalism, and American church history. He and his wife, Rebekah, reside on Trinity’s campus and attend Village Church of Lincolnshire.


Editorial Reviewers

Michael Cox, MA, PhD

Michael previously served as a Research Analyst and the first Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellow at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. His doctoral research at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School examined the relationship of Old Testament Law and ethics. Michael's bioethical interests are in theological and ethical hermeneutics, human flourishing, theological engagement with the practice of medicine and technology. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty in Biblical and Religious Studies at Trinity International University. Michael frequently preaches and leads children's worship at his church where he has also led a small group.

Samuel Fredin

Sam previously served as the President of the Bioethics Roundtable Society at Trinity International University. Originally from Minnesota, he resides in Chicago where he recently completed a masters in Bioethics and a masters in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Becca Owens, MA

Becca completed her degree in Ethics, Theology, and Culture from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband live in central Arkansas where they serve in a local church.

Benjamin Parks, MDiv, MA (Bioethics)

After completing his MA in bioethics and MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Benjamin and his wife moved to St. Louis where he is pursuing doctoral studies in Theology and Bioethics at St. Louis University.

Colleen Small, MA

While pursuing her degree in theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Colleen was the inaugural secretary/treasurer for the Bioethics Roundtable Society. She enjoys researching topics related to theology and social change, as well as legal hermeneutics and biblical hermeneutics; her major research projects at Trinity focused on interpretive issues and the social gospel. She's now working as a paralegal in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and attends Vineyard Community Church in Grafton, where she and her husband are part of the church's worship team and small-group community.

Emylee Thompson, MA (Bioethics)

Emylee graduated from Trinity International University in May 2017 with a Bachelors in Pre-Med and a Masters in Bioethics. Her dream is to become a holistically-minded doctor who heals physically as well as spiritually while utilizing her bioethics degree in both the medical field and the church.  Bioethical issues Emylee is most passionate about include reproductive technologies and end-of-life care.  She attends and volunteers at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL with her family.