Having interned at Argonne National Laboratory’s Environmental Research Division studying atmospheric and aquatic radiation while studying chemistry and mathematics at Wartburg College, David Glover entered graduate school to pursue a course of studies in atmospheric chemistry and chemical statistics (chemometrics) where he focused his attention on particulate matter; particularly focusing on airborne lead pollution. Following completion of his Master of Science degree he worked for several years as a field and quality control chemist at an environmental consulting firm focusing on issues relating to compliance with the Clean Air Act and response activities necessary to clean up transportation and heating fuels after they had leaked from storage tanks and transmission lines for a variety of local businesses, Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Postal Service, as well as several state and local governments.
David then returned to bench chemistry, first at a laboratory testing a variety of sample medium for dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and later as a quality assurance chemist with a company focusing on the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Having always been active in local congregational ministry, David eventually felt a call to attend seminary and chose to go to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) where he could attend classes offered by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS) and focus his studies using the school’s environmental ministry emphasis.
While attending seminary, David had the opportunity to begin working part-time for ZCRS coordinating arrangements associated with visits by guest speakers at the center’s lectures and seminars. He was able to continue working for ZCRS after graduation, initially continuing his guest speaker hosting activities but more recently administering the center’s finances, by combining this with work on the editorial office staff of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, which shares office space with ZCRS in the LSTC building.
As a diaconal minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America under call by LSTC on behalf of ZCRS, David is active in ministry activities at the seminary as well his local congregation and synod, assisting with worship leadership, and serving on various committees focusing on religious responses to environmental justice issues.