Creation Care Team to meet Feb. 23


By Sarah Riehm | Creation Care Team

The Creation Care Team is a new group made up of community members dedicated to a faith-based approach to environmental stewardship. Renowned local environmental biology professor Herb Grover will be serving as the group’s program coordinator. 

The group will be meeting on the third Thursday of every month in the fellowship hall of the Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Grover will introduce the meeting with a short video entitled “Our Father’s World.” A simple dinner of soup and salad will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. If you are interested in making a positive impact on your community, please join us. All are welcome.

This week’s meeting will be primarily a planning session for 2023 programs. We hope to design the programming based on the needs and interests of our own community and its members, so Grover will be taking suggestions for important topics the group can address this year. Following that, there will be a “Potluck of Ideas” where members can share, show and tell their ideas to conserve resources and make better earth-friendly choices for our homes, lawn and gardens, congregations, and our community. 

The Creation Care Team believes that Christians have a biblical mandate to care for creation and earth’s resources with which we have all been richly blessed. We hope to educate, equip and inspire local citizens to preserve, protect and enjoy the natural beauty of Pagosa Springs. 

Grover is a semi-retired professor of biology, ecology and environmental science who has lived in Pagosa Springs for a little over seven years. He spent the last 25 years in teaching and administrative positions at faith-based universities in Texas, and continues to teach environmental science on-line for Wayland Baptist University. Prior to returning to academia in the mid-1990s, Grover was a research professor at the University of New Mexico, worked for the New Mexico Environment Department and was a project manager for a subcontractor to Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is currently a member of the Community United Methodist Church here in Pagosa and is active in several local organizations, including the Weminuche Audubon Society, San Juan Forest Health Partnership and the Pagosa Springs Photography Club.

If you have any questions about the group, please contact Sarah Riehm at