Doug Graber Neufeld, Director
Doug joined CSCS as Director in August, 2017, after spending 2 years as Livelihoods advisor for Mennonite Central Committee in Kenya. Doug worked with rural farmers, and with urban informal settlements, on water and agricultural issues, and saw firsthand the impact of climate change in East Africa. Doug is Professor of Biology at EMU, helps to direct the Environmental Sustainability program, teaches water and pollution related courses at EMU, and works with rural agricultural communities of Appalachia on water issues. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Arizona and the University of Otago, New Zealand. In addition to 2 years in Kenya, he served two years with Mennonite Central Committee in Cambodia working with Royal University of Agriculture and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. In his free time, he likes to explore the local mountains with his sons and wife, and work in his garden.
Daniel is a researcher, writer, and organizer who has been catalyzing communities for climate action for the past three years. His work has taken him around the world, from Tanzania to the Balkans, and now to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to work with the Center. His experience ranges from organizing with Friends Committee on National Legislation to working with the Office of Sustainability at Houghton College and serving on the Steering Committee of Virginia Interfaith Power and Light. Having worked with over a dozen nonprofit organizations in the past four years, Daniel is excited to use his skills to further the mission of the center and create lasting change in the Anabaptist faith community around climate action.
Doug is a pastor and environmental activist who began as the Director of Pastoral Ecology at CSCS in February 2018. In this role he organizes and leads pastoral and leadership retreats on climate change, helping congregations reduce their carbon footprint and engage society more broadly in climate action. He continues as a pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN, a Green Patchwork congregation with Mennonite Creation Care Network. Doug first became passionate about creation care when he discovered that the Elkhart River, where they often baptize, sometimes is compromised with too much manure. Since 2005, he has led a Hoosier Riverwatch group there. The congregation, whose vision includes “pursuing God’s peace at the river,” has also led river cleanups, installed solar panels, includes recycling, and has a green group. Doug recently completed a Th.M. in theology and ecology at the University of Toronto and has a M.Div. from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN. He is also trained as an Indiana Master Naturalist. He previously served as a conference minister with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.