Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed is an aquatic research ecologist and part-time theologian living in Alexandria, Minnesota (just up the road from Lake Wobegon).  He finds living on the edge of the Great Plains to be a blessing and considers the prairie to be one of God’s greatest gifts.  Jeff is married to Jeanne and they have three children, Sarah, Anthony, and Will.  Raised Presbyterian in Winneconne, Wisconsin, Jeff is currently a member of the Alexandria United Methodist Church and is also a candidate for ordination as a deacon in the UMC.  He studied at the University of Wisconsin and Auburn University and currently oversees Minnesota’s long-term ecological monitoring program of the state’s aquatic resources.  He is most interested in the effects human activity (mainly agriculture and watershed development) has on lakes.  He recently completed studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN where he earned two M.A. degrees in Theology, one in Scripture and the other in Liturgy.  Not surprising his research interests in liturgy center on baptism and the sacramental nature of water.  Jeff has been fortunate to work with Seeing the Word,a program based on illuminations from the St. John’s Bible that uses visio divina to draw people into reflection on scripture.


Growing up in Wisconsin Jeff was greatly influenced by the writings of Aldo Leopold and he still finds Leopold central to any discussions of ecological sustainability and agrarianism.  While a fan of Wendell Berry, he also sees the need for local voices in discussions about sustainability and agrarianism; to that end, the writings of Minnesota writer Paul Gruchow have had a great influence on him.  His theology has been shaped by the writings of Dom Virgil Michel, the monks of St. John’s Abbey, liturgical scholars Gordon Lathrop and Don Saliers, and most certainly Stanley Hauerwas.  Jeff discovered the EP when a Google search for a research paper turned up Ragan Sutterfield’s God’s Grandeur: The Church in the Economy of Creation.  Jeff attended the EP gathering this past July and is now totally hooked. (posted from the August 2012 Newsletter)