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  Rev. Adam Arn
Adam Arn is the Associate Pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Grafton where he has served since 2003. He has a B.A in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University. One of the primary emphases in his graduate work was ecological hermeneutics, which involved reading sacred texts from the perspective of the Earth community with an eye toward addressing contemporary environmental concerns. Some of the issues he addressed were global climate change and the honeybee crisis know as Colony Collapse Disorder. In addition to advocating for environmental stewardship as a critical component of spiritual formation, he understands the importance of exploring one's sense of place, which is why he can often be found meandering through the white cedars of Lake Michigan's unique coastal ecosystems adam(at)vineyardcc.com

  Dr. Peter Bakken State Coordinator (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), received his PhD in theology from the University of Chicago. His dissertation focused on theological and ecological assumptions of Aldo Leopold and Joseph Sittler. He is Coordinator for Public Policy for the Wisconsin Council of Churches, promoting faith-based advocacy on issues from climate change to hunger and health care reform. For 14 years he was Coordinator of Outreach for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, a Christian environmental education organization. His publications include Church on Earth: Grounding Your Ministry in a Sense of Place (with Jeff Wild) and a collection of writings by Joseph Sittler, Evocations of Grace: Writings on Ecology, Theology and Ethics (coedited with Steven Bouma-Prediger). bakken(at)WisconsinIPL.org
  Rev. Dr. John Helt
WIPL President
Rev. Dr. Helt is the Pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Colgate. He graduated with M. Div. from Eden Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Rev. Helt served UCC congregations in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He served on the Wisconsin Council of Churches, board of directors, 1992-2000, is a baritone, Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee, since 2010, and serves on Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ, historical committee, worship committee, annual meeting planning committee, association and conference committees on church and ministry. johncliffordhelt(at)gmail.com



Sr. Rose Jochmann


Sister Rose is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay. She serves as treasurer of the community and has been an elementary school teacher and principal. She has a BS from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, and a Masters of Science in Administration for non-profit organizations from the University of Notre Dame. She has strong knowledge and interest in renewable energy and sustainability issues. She also serves on the finance committee for JOSHUA (Justice Organization Sharing Hope & United for Action). The convent's 112 KW solar voltaic system has cut utility costs at the mother house by 28%.
  Dr. Daniel Weber
Dan received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is a Senior Scientist in the Children's Environmental Health Sciences Center. Dan’s community outreach activities include Canfei Nesharim: Sustainable Living through Torah, J-WISE: Jewish Wisconsin Initiative for a Sustainable Environment, and Tikkun Ha'Ir, an advocacy program of the Jewish community to enhance environmental and social justice in Milwaukee. He represents Tikkun Ha’Ir on the Environmental Justice Committee of MICAH: Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope. dweber(at)uwm.edu
  Rev. Jeff Wild
Vice President
Jeff is a retired Lutheran (ELCA) pastor. During his tenure as pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Madison, WI, he led numerous initiatives related to environmental sustainability. It has been a priority of his to undergird every initiative with solid theology. He co-authored Church on Earth: Grounding Your Ministry in a Sense of Place with Peter Bakken and has published articles in The Lutheran and Word and World. Advent's advancements in environmental sustainability--including rooftop solar panels, energy efficiency measures, prairie restoration, and community gardens--have been recognized locally and nationally by EPA's Energy Star Program, the National Council of Churches, and more. Jeff graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

  Dr. Jerry Zabronsky
Jerry is Procurement Sustainability Leader for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah, WI. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He is President of the Moses Montefiore Synagogue in Appleton.

Founder of Wisconsin Interfaith Climate & Energy Campaign (1999)

The Rev. Dr. Dave Steffenson The late Rev. Dr. Dave Steffenson was a United Methodist minister with a BA from the U. of Denver in social sciences and journalism; Th.M from Iliff School of Theology, Denver; STM in political social ethics from Yale University Divinity School; and the Ph.D. in "Ecological Social Ethics" from The Union Institute and University, a national program based in Cincinnati, OH. He taught college Eco-Ethics courses part-time for over 35 years. He directed the Wisconsin Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign (now known as WIP&L) on his retirement for three years and continued to be active in the program and other environmental activities before his death in 2016.

Thank you to Former WICEC/WIPL Board Members!

Wayne Stroessner; Rev. Dick Blomker; Rich Bogovich; Dr. Joe Bachman, MD; Rev. Jim Theselius; Sarah Streed; Rev. Sue Moline Larson; Sr. Shell Balek; Elisha & Kim Herb; Susan De Vos; Judy Skog; Alycia Ashburn; Mark Edge; Dennis Briley; Trish Tucker-Kees; Amy Johnson; Mark Kresowik; Ryan Schryver; Rev. Meru Doug Szper,Rev. Susan Gilbert Zencka; Rowland Todd; Mike Mangan; Michelle Moede; Bob Reuschlein; Terry Burki; Chris Cowles; Huda Alkaff; Rev. Neddy Astudillo; Justin Yotter; Katy Walter; Rev. Nick Utphall; Sr. Janet Weyker; Melissa Taylor; Rebecca McAllister.



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