Professor Dave Ellingson joins GreenFaith’s National Fellowship Program

Dec. 10, 2012

National initiative trains religious leaders for environmental leadership, advocacy, justice

President John Reed is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. David Ellingson, Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies at Trinity Lutheran College, has been named a GreenFaith Fellow and will join the 2013 Class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship Program is the only United States comprehensive education and training program to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dave Ellingson to the Program,” said Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director. “We look forward to working with him to support his growth as a religious-environmental leader.”

Through three residential retreats, monthly webinars and extensive reading, Ellingson will receive education and training in eco-theology, “greening” the operation of institutions, environmental advocacy and environmental justice. Each Fellow writes his or her own eco-theological statement and carries out a leadership project in the local community, mobilizing religious leaders in relation to an environmental issue. Upon graduating, Ellingson will join the Fellowship’s alumni network and mentor other emerging leaders in this field.

Ellingson joined the Trinity Lutheran College faculty in 2004 after serving the church for over 30 years in campus ministry, parish ministry, regional administration, and college and seminary teaching. He currently teaches courses in youth and family ministry, human development, spirituality and social justice. He is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Ellingson will join a class of 21 Fellows from diverse religious backgrounds. The Fellows represent over ten religious denominations, including Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, Evangelical, Hindu and Unitarian Universalist. Additional Fellows from previous classes are from the Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities. Fellows work in a wide variety of settings, including congregations, universities, campus ministries, NGOs, and denominational organizations.

"I am excited to be a part of this fellowship and to become better equipped to help the college become a leader in our community in its care for creation and stewardship of the earth," Ellingson said.

GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental coalition whose mission is to educate and mobilize diverse religious communities for environmental leadership. Founded in 1992, GreenFaith is a leader in the fast-growing religious-environmental movement and has won national and international recognition for its work. For more information, see