Susan Coppage Evans, DMin
Dr. Evans, president and board member of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality, has a passion for developing administrative structures that foster the sustainability of organizations—and their ability to offer health and healing.
After initiating the formation of Creation Spirituality Communities in 2006, Dr. Evans was ordained by CSC in 2016. She is honored to further Matthew Fox’s legacy by offering transformative education at FICS in her home state of Colorado and hosting national and international retreats through her company, Wholehearted, Inc.
Prior to her work with FICS, Dr. Evans was a psychotherapist and later served as an executive in psychiatric hospitals, co-founding the Eating Recovery Center in 2008, now the nation’s largest and most comprehensive hospital system for the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. She continued to impact national psychiatric healthcare systems by bringing her Creation Spirituality-inspired leadership to work with private equity acquisitions and advocating for a mind-body-spirit approach to healthcare and healthcare facilities.
Dr. Evans holds a master’s degree in counseling from University of Louisville and a doctoral degree in ministry from the University of Creation Spirituality.
Carol Bennington, PhD
Dr. Bennington, Dean of Students and Registrar for the Fox Institute is an educator, administrator and healing arts practitioner. She is most passionate about the pedagogy of Fox Institute, both as an educator and as a student. Her first experience with this profound method of education was as a doctoral student at the former University of Creation Spirituality.
Her concentration in eco-spirituality grew from her life-long deep relationship with Nature, especially with plants. Dr. Bennington is also an adjunct faculty member at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she teaches a course in Botanical Medicine.
Dr. Bennington holds a doctoral degree from Wisdom University and a master’s degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her undergraduate degree in education is from the University of Michigan.
Kip Hubbard, Director of Outreach & Communication, comes to the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality with nearly 40 years of marketing, public relations, teaching, public speaking and non-profit management experience. Following a career in public relations in New York City and L.A., Kip spent nearly three decades building dynamic enterprises that enlivened and enriched people’s lives. He has worked extensively to educate and empower young people, addicts, the underprivileged and immigrant communities, teachers and many other populations through drum, dance, writing, public speaking, the fine arts, and outdoor experiences. Returning to Boulder after spending 11 years in the Aspen area, Kip is excited to be part of the creative endeavor that is FICS.
Pouria Montazeri, MA
Pouria is the Fox Institute's Administrative Coordinator and Registrar. He loves nature and can always be found on one of his sunrise contemplative hikes with scraps of poetry in his pocket in his home state of Colorado.
Pouria is the founder and teacher of In the Footprints of Rumi (www.footprintsofrumi.com). He is passionate about sharing his love of Rumi and mystical poetry and strongly believes that true healing and cognition arise from the root of our Hearst through the universal energy field, holistic experiences, association with higher frequencies, greater coherency, consistency, concentration, dedication, integrity, honesty, harmony, and love. He wrote, directed, and shot Shams & Rumi: The Fragrance of Axis Mundi, which won many international film awards.
Pouria Montazeri draws from his 28 years of experience with Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and other mystical and contemplative practices and his experiences as a teacher, spiritual director/coach, speaker, poet, mindfulness instructor, sangha guide, mentor, and filmmaker to support himself and others to live more creative, peaceful, and meaningful lives.
Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD
Rev. Fox, an internationally acclaimed theologian, 34-year member of the Dominican Order and episcopal priest, serves as mentor, spokesperson and professor for the Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality.
In 1976, he founded the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Mundelein College in Chicago. Rev. Fox’s innovative pedagogy and emphasis on Original Blessing brought spirituality back into religious education and inspired students in compassionate action and prophetic leadership.
When the Institute outgrew Mundelein, Rev. Fox moved it to Holy Names College in Oakland, where it thrived. Rev. He then started his own university in 1996 called the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, where he was president and professor until 2005.
The university’s emphasis on the “priesthood of all workers” drew students to the Doctor of Ministry program from all areas of professional life, including scientists, artists, counselors, physicians, business professionals and clergy.
Since then Rev. Fox has created innovative youth programs, responded to international invitations to teach and has worked with former students to offer new forms of worship and education.
He holds a doctoral degree, summa cum laude, in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris and has authored more than 33 books, which have been translated into 63 languages.
Board of Directors
Marvin Lee Anderson, PhD
Board Chair and core faculty of FICS, Dr. Anderson is also a visiting fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, where he continues to unearth the influence of late-medieval German mysticism on the Reformation.
He has also taught rural ministry for numerous theological faculties and seminaries in both Canada and the U.S., and is a consultant on congregational renewal and community development.
Dr. Anderson holds a doctoral degree in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College - Toronto School of Theology and a master’s in religious studies from Mundelein College in Chicago, where he studied creation spirituality in Matthew Fox’s first graduate program. He lives in Toronto.
J. Melvin Bricker, DMin
Rev. Bricker served nearly 30 years as a United Methodist minister in Michigan, where he was active in addressing world hunger issues.
He was also academic dean and co-director of the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland from 2001-2006 and was a founding Board member of Creation Spirituality Communities.
Rev. Bricker holds a doctoral degree in ministry from the Ecumenical Theological School, a master’s degree in culture and creation spirituality from Holy Names College and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Boston University of Theology. He lives in Walnut Creek, California.
Ann Dean, DMin Candidate
Rev. Dean, an ordained minister in the radical community of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., was the founder and pastor of the ecumenical Church of the Servant Jesus until 2004. She is currently the Program Director at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group.
An internationally-recognized leader of conferences and retreats, Rev. Dean has dedicated her life to designing and leading programs for mentoring contemplative leaders and creating authentic communities committed to Earth care and social justice.
She completed most of her doctoral degree at the University of Creation Spirituality and looks forward to completing her degree at Fox Institute. Rev. Dean lives in Potomac, Maryland.