Professional Background

The priest answered them, “Go in peace. Your journey has the Lord’s approval.”

Judges 18

Ian Sutton

I am a chemical engineer. I have worked 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 also 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, and that it helps overcome some of the ‘Two Cultures’ issues discussed in Chapter 4 of the book Faith in a Changing Climate. Additional biographical information is provided at our blog: New City of God.

I am also 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.