Past Orr Fellows

The Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellowship
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Mario Tafferner, MA


Rev. Mario Tafferner, PhD (cand.), serves as Instructor for Old Testament Language and Literature at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands. He holds an MA in Semitics and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Marburg and is currently pursuing a PhD in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he previously worked as The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity's Research Analyst and Orr Fellow. He also is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, serving under the denomination’s foreign mission agency.

Mario is originally from Germany. Together with his wife, Elsbeth, and their daughter, Natalie, he currently resides in Badhoevedorp, a suburb of Amsterdam.

Michael Cox, PhD


Michael Cox, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at LCC International University in Lithuania. He previously served as the Research Analyst at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity from 2015–2018. In August 2017 he became the inaugural recipient of the Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellowship. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in Bible, theology, and worldview courses and, since 2013, has served as Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies at Trinity International University. He also enjoys speaking to college student groups.

Michael, his wife Terese, and their three boys moved to serve at LCC International University in 2019.



Quick Facts

  1. Up to $10,000 Fellowship & Staff Compensation package
  2. CV-building experiences with a world-renowned Christian bioethics research center
  3. Ideal for PhD students looking to supplement their doctoral studies with an additional sub-specialization
  4. Recipients may apply for renewal up to 3 times
  5. Applications due Nov 22, 2019


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