The History of the Christian Transhumanist Association
The origins of the Christian Transhumanist Association go back to a small community of people on blogs and online discussion groups in the early parts of 2013. James Ledford's Facebook group was a prominent area of discussion for many of us.
On July 7th, 2013, Micah Redding published a Call for Interest in a Christian Transhumanist Association, and Giulio Prisco publicized it farther. That call led 24 additional people to sign a statement of interest. Those initial names include:
Micah Redding, Lincoln Cannon, James M Ledford, Jason Xu, Jordan Rastrick, Giulio Prisco, Ilia Stambler, Therese Price, Siddartha S Verma, David Hamilton, Thomas Nowell, Micko Hjort, Joe Nickence, Hanno van Tonder, Dorothy Deasy, Snooz, Richard Lyne, Vicky Beeching, John Jastrow, Dan Hegelund, Ryan Hogan, Pace Ellsworth, Andrés Gómez Emilsson, James Michael Moffett, Peter Tovarich
This culminated with the launch of a Christian Transhumanist Association discussion group on November 1, 2013.
Those discussions continued, covering thoughts on purpose and direction, as new people joined in. In March 2014, Christopher Benek joined the discussion, and began offering thoughts and plans.
On April 3, 2014, the group decided to form an organizational task force, and on April 11, 2014, we held a video hangout for those wishing to do the initial legwork to get the group going. Those attending were Micah Redding, Christopher Benek, and Dorothy Deasy.
The group determined that they should file for legal recognition, and began working on that process. The association was formally recognized by the state of Tennessee on May 30, 2014, with Micah Redding as Executive Director, and board member positions as required by the state: Christopher Benek (chair), Dorothy Deasy (secretary), and Emily Redding (treasurer).
That was just state recognition, however, and so the long process of acquiring 501c3 status began.
On July 30, 2014, the first bylaws were adopted. What followed was further paperwork and preparation.
In January 2015, the application for 501c3 status was officially filed with the IRS.
In February 2015, a month-long membership campaign began.
By the end of the month, approximately 14 people had signed up and contributed to the campaign, becoming founding members of the association. Those names include: David Winyard, Jack Zaleski, Josiah Redding, Dan Hegelund, Mark Waser, John Michael Maier, Jonathan Burchel, James Ledford, Lincoln Cannon, Carl Youngblood, R Michael Perry, Jonathan Gunnell.
In March 2015, we held elections for our first Membership Advisory Council, selected by the voting members. Our first membership council consisted of: James Ledford, Lincoln Cannon, Jonathan Gunnell, Dan Hegelund, Ryan Hogan.
On October 6, 2015, the CTA announced its first major donation, with a $1200 gift to the Embrace Infant Warmer project, signifying our commitment to the combination of technology, compassion, and respect for human life.
Also announced was the first CTA Logo, selected by the membership campaign donors.
In December 2015, we received official recognition from the IRS as a 501c3.
Over the next few months, in conjunction with pastors, academics, laypeople, and the Board and the Membership Advisory Council, we composed the Christian Transhumanist Affirmation, which was circulated for public signing on March 30, 2016.
In 2016, a new Membership Advisory Council was elected, consisting of Lincoln Cannon, Amy Henry Gaskin, Jonathan Gunnell, Ryan Hogan, Neal Locke.
There was much discussion about how to continue the evolution of the CTA.
On July 18, 2016, the Board and the Membership Advisory Council were merged, creating an operating board consisting of: Christopher Benek, Dorothy Deasy, Emily Redding, Lincoln Cannon, Amy Henry Gaskin, Jonathan Gunnell, Ryan Hogan, Neal Locke.
In early 2017, Christopher Benek and Dorothy Deasy announced they would step down, to let others serve, and to focus on other activities that could be of help.
This led to the first full board election in March 2017, with 8 seats to be filled.