Leadership Team

  • Eric Carlsson

    Fellows Program Director and Instructor (Called to Flourish track)

    Eric has spent much of his life, both as a student and a teacher, in the public university setting and has long experience mentoring students. He finds joy in seeing others flourish as they discover how their gifts and passions intersect with their identity and callings in the world. Eric holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UW-Madison. Alongside his role at Upper House, he serves as Lecturer in History and Religious Studies at UW-Madison. Eric is married to Cindy, a professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and they have three sons. His other loves include travel, language, music of many kinds, hikes around Lake Wingra, and the company of friends.

  • Rebecca Cooks

    Fellows Program Coordinator and Instructor (Called to Flourish track)

    Rebecca is happy to bring food, witty comments, and deep conversations to the Fellows Program. After graduating from UW-Madison as a Chancellor’s Scholar with a B.A. in International Studies-Global Security and French, Rebecca gained practical ministry experience in church and campus settings, fueling her enthusiasm for mentoring students to understand themselves as whole and integrated people. Along with leading in the Fellows Program, Rebecca directs the Upper House Intern Program and manages hospitality for Upper House projects. In her free time Rebecca can be found running with friends, frequenting movie theaters, cooking for her crazy diet, and randomly singing Motown wherever she goes.
  • Dan Hummel

    Fellows Program Coordinator

    As a UW alumnus, Dan has a passion for this university and its community. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in American history from UW-Madison. As a historian of American religion, Dan has written on issues ranging from global missions to fundamentalism to Christian Zionism. His first book is Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). At Upper House, along with coordinating the Fellows Program, Dan is the Director for University Engagement. Dan is married to Veronica and they stay busy raising twin toddler boys. Dan enjoys reading, walks around UW’s campus, and the occasional video game.

  • Rachel Hutchinson

    Instructor (Science, Technology, and Faith track)

    Rachel loves to study God and humanity from both creation and the Bible and to explore how to integrate Christian faith with a vocation in science. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Roberts Wesleyan College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at UW-Madison. Her research focuses on understanding how proteins fold into their correct functional structures versus misfolded states that cause diseases. Passionate about mentoring students, Rachel has also led the Science and Faith Integration Group with UW-Madison’s Graduate Christian Fellowship. When not in the lab, she may be found running on the trails, painting, or curled up with a book.

  • Charles Yu

    Instructor (Reading the Bible as a Story track)

    Charles is a pastor, speaker, and Bible scholar who is passionate about helping others read the Bible in a way that leads to transformation of identity, worldview, and lifestyle. As Lead Teaching Pastor at Blackhawk Church, Charles works toward building and equipping Christian communities of many ethnicities, cultures, and languages to do life together, love each other, and learn from each other. Charles holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Div. from Regent College, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew & Semitics from UW-Madison. He co-authored An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach (Zondervan, 2007). Charles met his wife Serena in college; she currently works as a counselor. They have two daughters. In his spare time, Charles enjoys reading books on military history and barbecuing in his backyard.