Nathan Stucky serves as Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He grew up on a farm in Kansas where his love for Christian faith and agriculture first took root. After earning a BA in Music from Bethel College (KS), Stucky spent six years doing ecumenical youth ministry on the eastern shore of Maryland, and two years farming back in Kansas. After farming, Stucky earned an MDiv and a PhD (Practical Theology, Christian Education and Formation) from Princeton Theological Seminary. His scholarship explores the integration of theological education and agrarianism, and he sees the Farminary as a locus for enacting that integration. Ordained in the Mennonite Church (USA), Stucky engages Farminary work as integral to his calling to teaching ministry. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.
Check out Stucky's new book: Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath
Emma Lietz Bilecky comes most recently from Durham, North Carolina, where she studied theological ethics and environmental policy at Duke. She has worked on farms and with community-based environmental organizations across the country, and enjoys creating and inhabiting unconventional learning spaces. She is especially interested in how places, land and soil both shape and reflect religious thought and practice, and looks forward to deepening this work as the Farminary Fellow. Bilecky and her partner Tyler grew up in Colorado, but are eager to learn about and from a new place alongside the Farminary's students, faculty, and staff. You can spot them out and about riding bikes, on the trail, or working in the garden enjoying perambulatory conversation.
Since starting at Princeton Seminary just before the world locked down for COVID-19, Bilecky has been relentlessly increasing the vitality of the Farminary and the broader Princeton Seminary community. In spite of pandemic restrictions, she spearheaded the best growing season on record in the Farminary gardens, expanded the farm’s compost program, and has introduced laying hens to the farm. Her work in research and writing have led to numerous presentations at conferences and forums, and she just published an essay on soil in the book Words for a Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church (CSM Press 2020).