Ian Sutton — author of the book Faith in a Changing Climate

Personal and Professional Background

My name is Ian Sutton. I am the webmaster for this site and author of the book (still in draft form) Faith In A Changing Climate. Here is some information as to my background and interests. I have already written a brief Three Point Sermon. Here is a three part resumé.


Chemical Engineer

I have worked as a chemical engineer in the process and energy industries for my entire career. (The picture is of me standing on a North Sea Oil and Gas platform. Although hard to see, it was snowing lightly when the picture was taken.) This engineering background helps me understand much of the science and technology that lies behind discussions to do with the Age of Limits.



I have a Masters in Literature from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. I believe that this combination of engineering and literature helps me better understand the nature of the issues that we are facing. One of the themes of this book is that church leaders need to have a grasp of scientific and technological issues. The same idea applies in reverse to technical people — it is important for them to be familiar with the insights that can be provided by the liberal arts.


Finally, I am a member of the Episcopalian/Anglican church. My home church is St. James the Less in Ashland, Virginia — about 20 minutes north of Richmond, and an hour and a half south of Washington D.C.


I participated in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program organized by the University of the South. This is a four year program. Students attend a weekly class and carry out the necessary background reading.) Students attend a weekly class and carry out the necessary background reading. The first year curriculum covers the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. My class colleagues heard me talk about how the Peak Oil/Climate Change issues create opportunities for fresh Christian leadership, so they suggested that I become a modern-day prophet. Taking on such a role is obviously presumptuous. How can a semi-retired chemical engineer handle such knotty theological questions? Nevertheless, someone has to do it, so I decided to give it a go.


St. James the Less, Ashland, Virginia