Timothy L. Van Meter

Associate Professor in the Alford Chair of Christian Education and Youth Ministry
Coordinator of Ecological Initiatives
Timothy L. Van Meter
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Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Emory University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Division of Religion, 2003
M.Div., Emory University, Candler School of Theology, 1996
B.S., Tennessee Technological University, 1985

Areas of expertise

Teaching and research related to the spiritual and vocational aspirations of youth and young adults including youth cultures, popular culture, spiritual practices, ecology, justice and peace movements, communal movements, alternative forms of church and educational theory.

Selected published works

Created in Delight: Youth Ministry and the Mending of the World, Wipf and Stock 2013.

“Do Something in the World: Youth Ministry and Ecology,” Circuit Rider, November/December/January 2015-16.

“Living in the Delight of Creation: Youth Ministry and Practices of Ecological Theology,” Journal of Youth and Theology, Vol. 8, No. 2.


In January 2021, Dr. Van Meter and Bishop Marcia Dinkins of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light lead "A Conversation About Faith, Food, and Race," sponsored by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

Dr. Van Meter discusses his teaching at MTSO.

Dr. Van Meter speaks about his work in the ecological realm and his passion for engaging some of the big questions of our time.


This is Dr. Van Meter's faculty lecture, "Millennial Dreaming: Cultivating Hope and Ecological Vision," delivered April 20, 2016.