WHAT WE DO
Provide Inspirational Information.
Extend Creative Challenges.
Promote Best Practices.
Give Hope to Millennial Christians.
C3 provides a platform to address the critical environmental issues of our day. We challenge Christians to act boldly in loving God and neighbor by loving all God’s creation. We highlight best practices among persons, churches and organizations which are impacting creation in positive ways. We speak, act and lead from a multi-generational perspective, recognizing the problems we face will only be solved when every generation joins the effort.
C3 does not engage in partisan politics though we bear witness to issues that have environmental consequences. We do not pretend caring for creation is the sum total of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but we affirm that being a disciple of Jesus includes loving everything God made.
We are a brand new organization with many needs. You can help us move C3 in the right direction and have a global impact on the care of creation by helping us with any of the following needs:
Recommendations for board members
Recommendations for consulting scientists and theologians
Recommendations of churches, businesses and organization who practice faithful stewardship
DON GORDON, FOUNDER AND CEO
Don Gordon is the founder and CEO of C3 - Christians Caring for Creation. After 35 years of teaching and preaching in churches, Christian colleges and seminaries he has made a decision to devote the next season of his life to the care of creation. His decision was driven by recognizing that climate change is the existential challenge of our generation. Preparation for this calling began working in his mother's garden as a young boy and then earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Campbell University. He did further graduate work in Mathematics at N.C. State University. He later earned a doctorate of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (PCUSA), focusing on gospel and culture.
The author of three books on the subjects of church history, prayer and children's devotional life, Don has spent a career reading and writing about God's revelation and humankind's response. Currently he writes and gives lectures as a professor of religion at Lenoir-Rhyne University and writes curriculum for healthcare professionals on subjects of ethics and leadership at Healthcare Academy in Minnesota.
Don has served on numerous boards including Board of Directors for the Clemmons YMCA and the Board of Trustees for Campbell University. He continues to serve as a founding board member for Good Faith Media (merger of Ethics Daily and Nurturing Faith). He is the father to three daughters and grandfather of one grandson.
CYNTHIA SOFIA, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Cynthia Sofia has been on the heroine’s journey for the last twenty years and has returned to share her found gifts with “the real world.” She walked away from a prestigious career in television production and set out on the path of shedding the layers of life that inhibited her from knowing her deepest self and allowing the Light of God to shine through her.
She is a mystic in the Christian tradition, spends time daily listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and has a profound love for creation and its creatures. She expresses this through this deep listening and seeing the inner beauty within all things and each person.
She has lived for twenty years on the southern coast of Italy and ten years in India running a small mission serving women and children through creativity. Cynthia speaks fluent Italian, follows the Spirit wherever it calls her, faces her fears, photographs, paints, dances, writes and allows the Creator to create through her in myriads of ways!
ROBERT DAVIES, CONSULTING SCIENTIST
Robert Davies is the Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Department of Physics at Utah State University. His work focuses on global environmental change, sustainable human systems, and scientific storytelling ― for critically important stories. As a physicist his training has been in atmospheric physics, surface physics, and quantum optics. His published scientific works are in the fields of spacecraft interactions with the space environment; the fundamental nature of light and information; and Earth’s climate system.
He is a leader in the Crossroads Project which fuses original music with art, imagery, and science to create live performance experiences that address global sustainability and provide a path toward meaningful response.
C3 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matthew is an attorney practicing law in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his J.D. from Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, graduating in 2018. Since then, he has practiced with the Whitley Law Firm, representing individual plaintiffs. Born in Winston-Salem, Matthew grew up at Ardmore Baptist Church.
Rich was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States with his family as a child. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Harvard University and an M.Div from Duke Divinity School. While there, he served as ministerial intern at Yates Baptist Church, where Don Gordon was pastor. He has served as a missionary in Kazakhstan and has a passion to follow the call of Jesus on his life everyday. He has served as the pastor of Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Durham since 2010 and was recently married in September 2020 to Elizabeth.
Rebecca became the Development Director at Child Care Resources, Inc. in Charlotte in 2020. Prior to this she was the Project Coordinator for Central Piedmont Community College for three years. In all, she has served in the non-profit world as executive or development director for more than 20 years. She is married to Jay Grant and mother to Julia and Bo. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Communications and a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte. One interesting fact about Rebecca is that she was married to Jay 30 years ago by C3 Founder Don Gordon. Don and Rebecca agree they were too young to be doing any of that at the time, and yet it has all turned out well. She lives in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Caleb O. Oladipo, originally from Nigeria, holds the inaugural Snellings Chair of Christian Evangelism and Mission at Campbell University Divinity School. Caleb earned a BA degree in Theology from Wayland Baptist University in Texas, followed by a MDiv degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, another masters degree in Sacred Theology at Yale University Divinity School and a PhD in Theological Studies at Baylor University. He has served as a visiting scholar on five continents and is the author of two books on spiritual, political and theological movements in Africa. He is fluent in six languages and has three children. He lives in Cary, NC.
The Reverend David E. Roberts II was born and raised in Asheville NC to the Reverend James and Rosa Lee Roberts SR. He is the second born of three children. David graduated from Asheville High and moved on to Western Carolina University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduation he joined the United States Navy Reserves and served for 20 years. He attended the University of North Carolina Charlotte for a masters in inclusion in Education then attended Liberty University where he received a Masters in Divinity. He has been married to Marie L. Roberts for 32 years and they have two sons. He is currently the Pastor of Morning Star First Baptist Church in Hickory, NC.
Kim has been the Executive Director for The Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center in Durham, NC since 2010. There she coordinates work with 1100 nonprofits and has the largest volunteer database in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel area. She received a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of North Carolina and is a member of Yates Baptist Church in Durham. Kim is the mother of two adult children and the grandmother of three. She has a passion for living out the call of Jesus to care for the poor and the earth that is their home.
Since 2005, Rev. Dr. Lea Slation has served as pastor of Wilson's Mills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Clayton, NC. She is a graduate of Mars Hill University (BA), East Carolina University, Shaw University Divinity Schoo (M.Div.) and Drew University (D. Min.)
Lea's congregation is a certified Green Chalice congregation meaning that stewardshiip of God's creation is part of their mission.
Lea and her husband, Joe have been married for 29 years and have two cats. Lea enjoys being an adult student of the piano, reading, taking long walks, and painting peace poles. As a side note, Lea's dad, Dan Pardue, was youth minister to C3 founder Don Gordon. She has stories ....
Gabbie Wray, College Intern
C3 welcomes Gabbie Wray to be its first college intern. Gabbie is from Wake Forest, NC and has been a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh all her life, serving in many capacities, including multiple mission trips. She is currently a sophomore at UNC-Asheville majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on management and policy. Gabbie has a passion for using her mind and heart to serve God by loving others and taking care of the earth God has created.
Denise Filip, Accounting Consultant
Denise Filip has been working in the accounting field since 1984. She is the accountant for her husband's business and has done further accounting work in churches. Denise lives in Hickory, NC where she has served as a minister of music in several churches in addition to teaching choral societies in public schools. Denise will be providing consultation and overseeing that C3 maintains the highest accounting standards in all transactions and reports.