Intersections Editorial Review Team


Research Staff
of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

Anna Vollema, MA; Managing Editor

Anna serves as a Research Analyst and the Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellow at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. She holds a double MA in Old and New Testament from Talbot School of Theology in Southern California and is currently pursuing her PhD in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Also holding a degree in Psychology, research in the area of bioethics offers her the chance to further explore the nature of human flourishing, asking complex questions not only about what man is capable of, but also what they should pursue in light of the nature of God and that of His creation. Anna's family is spread across the Unites States, including several churches, whose people comprise an extension of her family.

Matthew Eppinette, MBA, PhD; Editor

Matthew Eppinette, MBA, PhD, is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. He holds a PhD in Theology with concentrations in Christian Ethics and Theology & Culture from the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he also earned an MA in Theology. He is a 2004 graduate of the MA Bioethics program at Trinity International University, and he has an MBA with concentrations in Quantitative Analysis and Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Eppinette’s current research interests include transhumanism, Alasdair MacIntyre’s ethics and epistemology, and the intersection of fiction, film, and other areas of culture, particularly popular culture, that raise or address bioethics issues. Matthew and his wife Ginger reside in suburban Chicago.

Bryan Just, MA; Copy Editor

Bryan Just serves as the Event & Executive Services Manager at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Nyack College and an MA in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is currently pursuing a second MA in Church History. His master’s thesis is looking at the history of CBHD and its impact on the Evangelical bioethics movement. His academic interests include American church history generally, Evangelicalism, and the history of bioethics. He and his wife, Rebekah, reside in Gurnee, IL and attend Village Church of Lincolnshire.


Editorial Reviewers

Justin Coverstone, MA

Justin is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in rural Northern Illinois. In his first career he worked in various aspects of the building trades for ten years. He received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida, in 2010. His pastoral interests compel his reflection upon how classic Biblical and confessional Christianity and ethics shed light on contemporary issues in technology and wellness. Justin and his wife Brianna and their seven children serve the Lord in Freeport, Illinois.


Michael Cox, 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 serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at LCC International University in Lithuania and 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.


Amanda Higginbotham, MA

Amanda completed her Master of Arts in Christian Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. Some of her therapeutic interests include depression and anxiety, trauma recovery, women's issues, and crisis pregnancy care; select areas of bioethical interest include the impact of technology on mental health and wellness, reproductive technologies, and issues which have to do with human rights in the developing world. She lives and attends church in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her family.

Lance Higginbotham, PhD

Lance is an adjunct professor in Old Testament Studies at Wheaton College and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (online). He has a PhD in Theological Studies, with a concentration in Old Testament, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His research interests include the Old Testament Wisdom Literature, the Pentateuch, and Old Testament Theology. Lance was born and raised in West Texas, and currently lives and attends church in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two children.

Amber Nedreberg, MA (Cand.)

Amber received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Toccoa Falls College and is pursuing her masters’ degrees in Theological Studies and Bioethics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity Graduate School. She served as a Bioethics Intern for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Her research interests include women’s health, fertility, feminism, and Biblical theology. She enjoys working with her youth group at Village Church of Lincolnshire and resides with her husband in Kenosha, WI.

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.

Tyler Stauffer, MDiv

Tyler is Pastor of Discipleship at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in rural Iowa. He has served in the military as a medic and currently serves in the Chaplain Corps. He has served as a guest lecturer of theology at Action Pastors College in Lusaka, Zambia and is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. Tyler’s interests include human/technology interaction, ecological bioethics, bioethical training in the local church, and end-of-life decision-making. Tyler lives in Iowa with his wife and 2 children.

Mario Tafferner, MA

Rev. Mario Tafferner, PhD (cand.), serves as Instructor for Old Testament Language and Literature at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands. He holds an MA in Semitics and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Marburg and is currently pursuing a PhD in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he previously served as The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity's Research Analyst and Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellow. He also is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, serving under the denomination’s foreign mission agency. Mario is originally from Germany. Together with his wife, Elsbeth, and their daughter, Natalie, he currently resides in Badhoevedorp, a suburb of Amsterdam.