Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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     The Rev. Dr. Todd Scranton

Rev. Dr. Todd Scranton was born in Findlay, OH in 1966.  His family moved to the outskirts of Denver, CO in 1972, and though they returned to Ohio a few years later, the experience of exploring nature and digging for fossils in the Rocky Mountains left a mark on his soul that made an eventually return to the west almost inevitable.  Todd attended the University of Toledo in Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1988.  He then fulfilled his western destiny by enrolling in the Neuroscience program at the University of Washington in Seattle, earning his PhD in 1995. 

Todd’s time in graduate school was “extended” by a passion for hiking in the Cascades and an extensive involvement in the United Methodist Church.  This involvement became a stronger call on his life, and eventually became a call to professional ministry.  Todd enrolled at Saint Paul School of Theology in 2001, where he focused on biblical studies and the dialogue between science and religion, and received his Masters in Divinity in 2004.  He was ordained in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, and has served Churches in Grangeville, ID, Spokane, WA, and Pullman, WA.  He now serves Grace United Methodist Church in Missoula, MT.

Todd and his wife, Alexandra (Director of Research for Women’s Voices for the Earth in Missoula), have two daughters, Eliza, and Susanna.  In addition to his service in the parish, he has volunteered as a chaplain in both hospital and parish settings, provides individual spiritual direction, and has served on the board of several outreach agencies and institutional ethics committees.  He currently participates in the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative and the Montana Interfaith Network and serves on the Institutional Review Board of the University of Montana.  He sings with the Missoula Symphony Chorale, and enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing in the mountains of Montana.