The People behind the Just Peacemaking Initiative

Glen Stassen is Executive Director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative and Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Stassen graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in nuclear physics, and he studied systematic and historical theology, Christian ethics, and political philosophy during his graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and Duke University. He has done postgraduate study at Harvard University, the University of Heidelberg, Union Theological Seminary (New York), and the University of Notre Dame. Stassen’s primary research and teaching interests are theological ethics, incarnational discipleship, peacemaking, social justice, and our need for healing in what he calls an “Age of Interaction.” He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with Fuller’s 1999 All Seminary Council Faculty Award for Outstanding Community Service to Students, as well as the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching at Berea College and the Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jacob Cook is Associate Director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative, Sustainability Coordinator, and a PhD candidate in Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation. Jacob is a Kansas native, born and raised just a stone’s throw from the Yellow Brick Road. He has a passion for character formation in small groups, moral education, and endeavors that put faith in action. His research aims to help U.S. Christians in the twenty-first century reflect more honestly on the multiplicity of their allegiances and loyalties in order to (1) discern how these relationships affect their judgments and better conform to the pattern of Jesus and (2) respect their neighbors as more complex beings than the modern propensity for polarization allows. Jacob’s research interests include: incarnational discipleship, identity ethics, peacemaking and nonviolence, and cosmopolitan ethics.