Karl E. Johnson is the Executive Director Elect of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers and founder of Chesterton House at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Karl received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. As a student, Karl was active on the soccer team (goalkeeper), the Wind Ensemble (French Horn), and the Outdoor Education and Wilderness Reflections/ Outdoor Odyssey programs. His education included a 5000-mile cross-country bicycle trip, a 21-day NOLS course, mountaineering expeditions in Latin America, and ten weeks on SEA’s tall ships Westward and Corwith Cramer. While an undergraduate, he taught Physical Education classes in day hiking, backpacking, bicycle touring, basic mountaineering, and he started the first service-oriented Physical Education class at Cornell, Trail Maintenance.

After managing the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Outings Program for a few years, Karl served for ten years as the inaugural Dan Tillemans Director of the Cornell Team and Leadership Center, a division of Cornell Outdoor Education. He designed Cornell’s Hoffman Challenge Course, provided leadership development programs for corporations such as JP Morgan Chase, and served as a trainer, consultant, and expert witness in the outdoor education field. He also taught Cornell Adult University’s popular Outdoor Thrills and Skills course for many years beginning in 1993. He is the proud namesake of two local facilities—a yurt on Mt Pleasant, in recognition of 20 years of service to Cornell Outdoor Education, and the Karl Johnson Privy in Danby State Forest, in recognition of service to the Cayuga Trails Club.

Karl received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources where he focused on the history and philosophy of recreation and leisure. He has received grants from Atlantic Philanthropies and The Lilly Endowment, and has guest lectured at many universities around the country. Closer to home, he has lectured in Cornell’s departments of Education, Natural Resources, and Applied Economics & Management, as well as in Ithaca College’s Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies. Karl was recognized as a 1999 Academy of Leisure Sciences Future Scholar and has received several writing awards, including the 2014 Literary Award of the Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. His interests include human relations with the natural landscape, from wilderness to urban environs, and his publications on related topics have appeared in Christian Scholar’s Review, Journal of Experiential Education, Leisure/Loisir, and in popular publications such as Books & Culture, Taproot, re:generation quarterly, and New York State Conservationist.


Drew Trotter is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. He was for twenty-two years the Executive Director and President of the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville, VA. Drew has written on film and popular culture for over thirty years in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today and Critique, and in the field of Biblical studies published Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews (Baker, 1997). For over twenty years, he has presented a seminar entitled Show and Tell: How to View a Movie Responsibly, helping laypeople and students in churches, Christian college and secular university environments understand this powerful medium and how to think about its influence both on the individual and the society. He has taught seminars on popular culture, university education in America today, a Biblical model of discipleship and how to interpret the Scriptures. Also a well-respected Bible teacher, Drew has lectured and preached at seminaries, churches and colleges throughout the United States and Canada on a wide variety of topics including prayer, discipleship, and Christian cultural awareness. Drew has three sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren and lives with his wife of forty-eight years, Marie, in Charlottesville, VA. Click here for Drew’s CV and a list of speaking/lecture topics.


Elaine Rollogas is the Operations Manager of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. Before coming to work with the Consortium, Elaine had a number of roles at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City since 1990, ending with being the Managing Director of Operations and Volunteer Mobilization. She studied business in Nebraska and has training in grant writing, volunteer management, and computer programming.  She divides her time between an interest in photography, Bible Study, and exploring new towns and communities around Charlottesville.


P1000680.JPG – Version 3Marie Trotter is the part-time Administrative Assistant of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Secondary Education. Marie taught second-graders for twenty-seven years at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, and was honored by the school naming the second grade classroom after her, when she retired. She is married to Drew (see above!) and enjoys long walks, gardening, tending to the grandchildren when she gets the chance and greatly mourns the completion of Downtown Abbey.