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, MA (Cand.); 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 MAs in Church History and Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 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

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 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.

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.