Important Announcement from Drew Trotter

October 29, 2020

Dear friends,

It is my great privilege and joy to announce that Karl Johnson, Founder and long-time Executive Director of Chesterton House at Cornell University will on January 1, 2021 become the new Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. One of the founders and original board members of the CCSC in 2008, Karl has been deeply involved in the study center movement for much of his working life. Most recently Karl has been serving as a consultant to The Octet Collaborative, the new study center at MIT, which just held a very successful launch event earlier this month.

I cannot think of a better choice for the leadership the Consortium needs at this critical time in its life. Educated at Cornell for his Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D., Karl will bring the background of a successful entrepreneur, an experienced teacher, and a seasoned manager to the association of which you are a part. “Leader” is a word that is thrown around a lot, but it fits Karl better than anyone I know. He will be “quick to listen” (James 1:19); he will thoughtfully consider the situation, when it is necessary; and he will act with faith, when the time is right. I have worked with him over the past twenty years as a board member, a study center head, and a friend, and he has never disappointed with his insight, honesty, and enthusiasm, all in the context first and foremost as a servant of Christ.

If you would like to know more about Karl’s education and experience, you can find his bio here. Karl and his wife Julie have five children and live in Ithaca, New York, where he also serves as a Ruling Elder in his church.

After Karl assumes the Directorship on the first day of next year, more will become clear about Karl’s vision for the Consortium and the many practical details that I am sure some of you would like to know, but for now join me in giving thanks to our gracious God for the servant He has brought to lead our Consortium.

Yours in the service of the King,

Drew Trotter