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 an Associate Professor of Bioethics and Director of Bioethics Degree Programs for Trinity Graduate School. He previously served for 12 years as the managing director and research scholar for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. 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, and also has 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, 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 on Trinity’s campus 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.


Matthew Eppinette, MBA, PhD

Matthew Eppinette, MBA, PhD, is Interim 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.


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.