Dr. Hefner directed the Zygon Center from its beginnings in 1988 to 2003. Hefner received his PhD in theology from the University of Chicago. He is currently an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), professor emeritus of systematic theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a former editor-in-chief of the Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Hefner has written 8 books and more than 150 articles. His most notable book, The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, Religion (Fortress Press, 1993) received the Templeton Foundation’s Best Books in Religion and Science Award. He has also given many lectures over the years, with his most recent appearances being a series of lectures for the Metanexus Institute in 2003-2004 centering on the theme of created co-creator and being the featured speaker at the 2006 Goshen Conference on Religion and Science.