About Us

The term “watershed discipleship” was coined by Ched Myers in 2010, and watershed discipleship is now a growing international movement of Christians recognizing the current watershed moment of ecological crisis alongside the call to care for creation in the scriptures. If you are interested in these topics, you are part of the emerging watershed discipleship alliance. Those of us maintaining this site include:

Ched Myers & Elaine Enns, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries was founded in 1998 as an ecumenical experiment in capacity-building for communities of faith, incubating collaborative work around liberation, nonviolence, mutual aid, and radical discipleship. BCM is a non-profit organizational vehicle for promoting practices of church renewal, restorative justice, Sabbath economics, bioregional sustainability, and social transformation.

Ched Myers, an ecumenical activist theologian, is a popular educator, writer, teacher and organizer, committed to animating and nurturing church renewal and radical discipleship, and supporting faith-based movements for peace and justice. Find his many publications at www.ChedMyers.org.

Elaine Enns, DMin, a Canadian Mennonite, is an educator, writer, facilitator and trainer in conflict transformation. She focuses on how restorative justice applies to historical violations, including issues of intergenerational trauma and healing. You can find her publications here.

Cherice Bock, Web Curator

Cherice Bock helps maintain the content on the watershed discipleship website. She lives in Oregon where she teaches in the Creation Care Program at  Portland Seminary of George Fox University and serves as creation justice advocate at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is a PhD candidate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England. Find her other publications here.

Katerina Friesen, Editorial Team Member

Katerina Friesen lives in the Tulare-Buena Vista Lakes Watershed, traditionally Yokut land in Fresno, California. She is a follower of Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition, and loves reading and writing poetry, dancing salsa, and building community around the table. Katerina works with incarcerated people to plant gardens behind bars through the Insight Garden Program, and is also an adjunct professor of biblical studies at Fresno Pacific University. Her chapter, “The Great Commission: Watershed Conquest or Watershed Discipleship?” appeared in Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith & Practice.

Vickie Machado, Editorial Team Member

Vickie Machado is a third generation South Floridian interested in Florida’s water issues. She is part of the leadership team for The EcoStewards Program and is always looking forward to the next adventure.

Tim Nafziger, Editorial Team Member

Tim Nafziger is a Mennonite writer who lives with his wife, Charletta, in the Ventura River watershed on the traditional lands of the Chumash people. He works as a web developer and recently served as interim executive director of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. Since 2003, he has been a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, where he worked as part of the administrative team from 2008 to 2014 and is now a reservist. Tim is involved in Showing Up for Racial Justice Ventura County and loves working with small groups of people working for social change within the church and beyond. He thrives on cross-pollination, deep conversations, and board games.

Chris Wight, Communications & Admin

Chris sits behind the curtain, pulling the levers in the Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries office in Oak View, CA, including maintaining the tech aspects of this site. Working part time at BCM, he is a jack of all trades. Chris hails from down under (Australia), and has been living in Southern California since 2011, and right next door to BCM world headquarters since 2013.