Executive Director Emeritus; Retired June 30, 2019
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, 1999
M.S. in Christian School Administration, Grace Theological Seminary, 1982
B.S. in Biology/Secondary Education, Eastern Mennonite College, 1974
Luke Gascho served as executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for 22 years until his retirement in 2019. During his tenure, he led the implementation of field-based undergraduate programs, a master of arts in environmental education program and the Institute for Ecological Regeneration. He was the chair of the sustainability and environmental education department at Goshen College. In addition to his roles at Merry Lea, he served as chair of the Goshen College Strategic Planning Committee for 15 years.
Luke provided leadership for the establishment of several creation care and social justice organizations. He regularly speaks on the concepts of creation care, leadership, regenerative food systems and repairing relationships with Indigenous people. He is married to Becky, and they have three children and four grandchildren. Luke enjoys visiting family, camping, speaking engagements and tending his 2.5-acre urban farm in his retirement.