Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University is composed of alumni and friends of the College. It exists to:

    • Assist the Templeton Honors College in maintaining a distinctive niche within higher education that includes great books and ideas, the integrated formation of students, and preparation for service to the common good.
    • Provide consultation to the Dean regarding professional needs, challenges, and opportunities both locally and nationally.
    • Enhance the academic quality of the Templeton Honors College through financial development.
    • Facilitate the vocational development of Templeton students through mentoring, internships, and research opportunities.
    • Promote public awareness of the Templeton Honors College, its programs, and activities.

REDMOND BRUBAKER is the Executive Assistant to the President of the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization that invests in research at the intersection of science and theology. There he works with the President across all of the organization’s initiatives, from strategic planning for future grant making, to the management of the investment portfolio, to interfacing with the Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as a member of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences department at the Foundation, managing a portfolio of grants in the areas of astronomy, physics and computer science. He graduated from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Mathematics and Philosophy. Redmond and his wife Christina (Templeton Honors College class of 2012) have two daughters, Haya and Arden, and live in Ambler, Pennsylvania. They worship at the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler where Redmond serves as an Elder.   

ZACH CUSTER spent his entire childhood in Lancaster County. In middle school and high school, he kept busy by competing in math and science based clubs, playing basketball and guitar, and being involved in his church’s youth group. During his junior year of high school, he discovered two activities that would become lasting interests: reading good literature and doing research chemistry.

Zach entered Eastern University in the fall of 2013 and was blessed to have the opportunity to continue to pursue these interests by studying in the Templeton Honors College and pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry. During college he grew as a Chemist by doing undergraduate research in nanoparticle technologies and interning with a local polymer chemistry company. While at Eastern, Zach also met his fiancée, Samantha.

He graduated in May 2016 and is currently an Associate Chemist at Merck pharmaceuticals. Samantha graduated from Eastern University with degrees in psychology and dance. The two married in November 2017 and currently reside in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

NATHAN FARRIS is a native son of Overland Park, Kansas. He moved to the Philadelphia area to attend the Honors College. He graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a degree in philosophy and economics. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated law school magna cum laude in 2016. He works at one of Philadelphia’s top law firms: Ballard Spahr. At Ballard, Nathan’s practice focuses on real estate law. Nathan is an active member at Liberti Church Center City. He and his wife Betsy live a row-home in South Philadelphia with their adorable puppy.

ALLISON GREENPLATE is a Pennsylvania native. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College in 2012 with a degree in biology. During her time at Eastern, Allie conducted research with Dr. Maria Fichera, studying drug resistance in the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. After graduating, she spent two years working as an Assistant Scientist at Janssen before pursuing a Ph.D. in Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Allie was awarded her Ph.D. in May of 2018 for her research investigating the systems immunology response to immunotherapy in patients with melanoma. She and her husband, Jason, are currently in the process of moving from Nashville to Philadelphia where she will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

ALLEN C. GUELZO is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program. He is a renowned and widely published scholar on the subject of Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Guelzo began work in 1996 on an “intellectual biography” of Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000 and the 2000 Book Prize of the Abraham Lincoln Institute. He followed this with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004), which became the first two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize (for 2005) and the Book Prize of the Lincoln Institute.

Dr. Guelzo has been an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (1991–1992), a Visiting Research Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (1992–1993), a Fellow of the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University (1994–1995), Dean of the Templeton Honors College (1999- 2004), and a Visiting Fellow, Department of Politics, Princeton University (2002–2003 and 2010–2011). He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities in 2006.

CHRISTOPHER HALL has served over the past nine years in a number of administrative roles at Eastern: Dean of the Templeton Honors College, Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary, Provost, and Chancellor of Eastern University. He recently moved back into full-time teaching and is happy to be back in the classroom. Dr. Hall possesses a B.A. from UCLA in history, an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Regent College, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He has served in the pastorate overseas (France, 5 years) and in Canada (British Columbia, 2 years). He has also served as Director of Pastoral Care at New Jersey’s only state gero-psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Hall has ministered in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle-East, Canada, and the United States. He serves on the editorial board of Christianity Today and was the associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He has published articles and book reviews in Christianity Today, Catalyst, Christian History, inMinistry, Books and Culture, Christian Scholars Review, Modern Theology, and Crux.

He and his wife Debbie have three children, Nathan, Nathalie, and Joshua and are members of the Episcopal Church.

ROBERT R. REEDER (Bob) was raised in Springfield, Delaware County, Pa.  He attended Gettysburg College, where he graduated with a B.A. in History. He then attended Villanova University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After clerking for a federal court judge in Philadelphia and four years at as an associate at one firm, he spent the next 30 years with the Philadelphia law firm of Cozen O’Connor where he specialized in defending medical device companies and insurance companies in disputes with policyholders. He retired from the law firm in 2004.

Bob has been married to his wife Mary for 49 years and they have three adult children (and 6 grandchildren).  They have lived in St. Davids since 1981. Bob and Mary have been active members of Church of the Saviour in Wayne for more than 30 years. Bob has served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Elder Board on two occasions and Chaired the Stewardship Campaign (2001-2004) Since 2006 Bob has served on the Advisory Council of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University and chaired the Council from 2009 through 2015. Bob also currently serves as the Treasurer for Marinus Ensemble, an ensemble of highly trained world class musicians who present chamber music in traditional concert venues and in residence at colleges or universities.  Bob is also a member of the Advisory Council and Chair of Donor Support for the Liberty Region of Young Life, a Christian organization that works primarily with middle and high school students.