About the Alliance:

How shall we implement our mission?

  1. Promote collaboration between the scientific community and K-12 Christian schools.
  2. Equip teachers to effectively integrate science and faith in the classroom. Each year, Science & Faith Alliance conference for teachers has guest speakers from Christian universities and schools with backgrounds in theology and/or science who share their expertise in this area. Also, such resources are included on the SAFAlliance website.
  3. Provide a place for Christian science teachers to meet, share lesson plans, and to lead sessions in their area of expertise, such as NGSS, technology, and robotics. The Alliance has engaged leaders in various fields of science/engineering/technology (both university professors and scientists/physicians) as speakers at the annual conferences. Several of the Alliance’s board members are professors, teachers and scientists who have engaged in providing valuable presentations/sessions for the teachers.
  4. Direct teachers to science, engineering and technology resources and establish a virtual network of Christian science teachers through Facebook and other social media venues. The Alliance has already a website which includes many resources for the teachers.
  5. Raise funds for teachers to further their education in the sciences, engineering and technology.
  6. Obtain funds to establish small academic scholarships for high school students who plan to pursue a degree in one of the sciences, engineering and technology majors at an accredited, Christian, 4-year university. The objective is to develop Christian leaders in these areas to impact their communities.
  7. Raise funds to help Christian schools purchase up-to-date equipment for their science classrooms. Many Christian schools cannot afford to have state of the art science equipment.
  8. Award and recognize teachers who demonstrate excellence in the teaching of science, engineering and technology.
  9. Foster the development of high quality supplemental science curriculum that is accurate, faith-based, engaging, and inquiry-based. The Alliance will reach out to educators/scientists with an established science writing record.

Statement of Faith

  1. We believe in the eternal God, revealed in Holy Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe in the inspiration and final authority of the Bible in matters of faith and conduct.
  3. We believe that by faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command. Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal and divine nature- has been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made [Hebrews 11:3; Romans 1:20].
  4. As God’s stewards, we are responsible for His creation and will use science and technology for the good of humanity and to further His kingdom on earth.
  5. We believe that God has called His people to unity in the midst of diversity. We believe that there are certain essentials of the faith that one must believe to be saved. We also believe that there are other issues that are considered to be peripheral, rather than central, to faith in Jesus. In these matters, we shall not pass judgment on one another [Romans 14:13], but will rather respect and understand the differences of opinions in matters of science and faith.

Board of Directors

Dianne Anderson, Ph.D., Vice-President
Professor of Biology and Director, Master’s Program in Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University

Dr. Anderson earned her B.S. in Biology from Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, ID, her M.S. in Microbiology from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. in Math and Science Education jointly from UC San Diego and San Diego State University. She serves as both a professor in the biology department, and program director of the graduate program in biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. She teaches courses in general biology, history/philosophy of science, and botany. She also conducts research on teaching and learning in biology.

N. Celeste Bailey, Ph.D., Founder and President
Chief Scientific Officer at AMCR Institute Inc. & President and Co-owner of Science2Discover

Dr. Bailey earned a Bachelors degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Florida at Gainesville, a master's degree from New York Medical College and a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from The Mount Sinai Medical Center of the City University of New York. Her thesis project was under the supervision of Dr. Constantin Bona and renowned molecular Immunologist Dr. Frederick Alt at Columbia University. Subsequently, her post-graduate work was in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of The American Association of Immunologists (AAI), American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), and American Diabetes Association (ADA). She is a Core Adjunct Professor at National University in the Forensic Sciences program.

Julie Cantillion, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Schools at Diocese of San Diego

Dr. Cantillon earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in leadership studies from the University of San Diego. She currently works as the Associate Director for Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Diego. The Diocese is comprised of 43 elementary schools and 5 high schools in San Diego and Imperial Valley.

Debbie Culley, M.A., Secretary
Science Teacher/Department Chair, Santa Fe Christian Schools

Debbie Culley earned her B.A. in Biology from Gettysburg College and her teaching credential from Eastern College in Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. in General Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Debbie began her career as a high school biology teacher near Philadelphia, PA. For the last 25 years, she has taught Life Science to 7th grade students at Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach, CA. During her tenure at SFC, Debbie has also taught Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and twice served as chair of the Middle and Upper School Science Department. Debbie has also been a presenter at workshops including ACSI, NSTA and the San Diego Science Teachers' convention.

Ken Kush, Ed.D.
Headmaster of Horizon Prep

Head of Schools at Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Dr. Kush served as the Senior Vice President for Policy, Planning and Research at Trinity Western University. Prior to that position, he served as the Vice President for Student Life. Dr. Kush received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Wheaton College and a Doctor of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of British Columbia where he also served as the Director of Student Counseling and Resources Center.

As a research-practitioner, Dr. Kush has presented and authored many papers related to student learning outcomes and career development. He is a member of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), National Career Development Association (NCDA), and a Co-founder and served as a Board member of the Canadian University Survey Consortium.

Janean Stripe, CFP., Co-Founder and Treasurer

Janean is a Certified Financial Planner with more than 30 years of experience in financial services. She is currently Vice President and Wealth Manager of Lucia Wealth Services with Lucia Capital Group and has offices in Carlsbad and San Diego. She has a passion for education and sees the expanding need for Christian leaders in positions of influence especially in the expanding fields of Science and Technology. Janean has a Master in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and continues to serve on the Advisory Council for the School of Business. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Chapman University. Janean also serves on the board of directors for Kingdom Advisors, The Barnabus Group, Outside the Bowl and The Country Friends.

Wendell Wierenga, Ph.D.

Dr. Wierenga, former executive vice president of research and development (R&D) of Santarus, Inc. since 2011, joined SRI’s Board of Directors in 2014. Previously, he was executive vice president of R&D at Ambit from 2007-2011, and at Neurocrine Biosciences, which he joined in 2003.

From 2000 to 2003, Wierenga was chief executive officer of Syrrx, Inc., a private biotech company specializing in high-throughput, structure-based drug design (sold to Takeda in 2004/5). Prior to joining Syrrx, from 1997 to 2000, he was senior vice president of worldwide pharmaceutical sciences, technologies, and development at Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert (now Pfizer). From 1991-1997, Wierenga was senior vice president of drug discovery and preclinical development at Parke Davis. Concurrent with his tenure there, he was vice president of Medtech Ventures, a Warner Lambert investment fund.

Prior to Parke-Davis, Wierenga was at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals for 16 years, where his last position was executive director of discovery research. Wierenga led and/or participated in the R&D of more than 70 Investigational New Drug (IND) disclosures, more than 15 New Drug Applications (NDAs), and 16 marketed products, including Lipitor®, Neurontin®, Lyrica®, and Uceris®.

Wierenga has been an scientific advisory board member of seven biotech/pharma companies, and is currently on the scientific advisory board of Concert Pharmaceuticals, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and aTyr Pharma, Inc. He has served on the boards of directors of five biotech companies, and is currently on the boards of Cytokinetics Inc., Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and XenoPort, Inc.

He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University.