Staff

Matthew Sleeth, MD – Executive Director

A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment. Since founding Blessed Earth, he has spoken at 1,000 churches and schools throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, the introduction to The Green Bible , and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.  Contact Matthew!

 

Nancy Sleeth – Managing Director

As co-founder and Managing Director of Blessed Earth, Nancy Sleeth travels throughout the U.S. speaking and writing about faith and the environment. Prior to heeding this spiritual and environmental calling, Sleeth served as communications director for a Fortune 500 company and as an educator and administrator, most recently at Asbury University. Nancy is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a masters degree in journalism. She is the author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life. She also authored Go Green, Save Green, the first-ever practical guide for going green from a faith perspective. Nancy and Matthew Sleeth have been married for more than 30 years. They live in Lexington, KY, near their grown children, Clark (a physician preparing for medical missions) and Emma (creation care speaker/author for teens and young adults). Contact Nancy!

 

Laura Leavell – SEMINARY STEWARDSHIP ALLIANCE PROGRAM MANAGER 

Laura June 2014Laura’s passion is connecting with people. She does this by communicating with seminary faculty and staff through Blessed Earth’s Seminary Stewardship Alliance. Before coming to Blessed Earth, Laura completed her Masters at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. She loves travel and has had the opportunity to work in Cambodia in 2011, as well as study abroad on Semester at Sea while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Currently, Laura serves her urban church, both on the  lead team and by heading the Staff Parish Relations Committee. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and live music. Contact Laura!

 

Rev. Bill Hughes – Sabbath Living Initiative Program Manager

billBill has thirty years experience in diverse pastoral and non-profit ministry leadership and is an active Elder in the United Methodist Church. He recently completed fourteen years as director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Kentucky.  Bill grew up in the Chicago area and attended Kentucky Wesleyan College on a golf scholarship. Following a life-changing conversion experience with Jesus Christ, Bill accepted the call to vocational ministry. After graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1986, he was ordained in the Kentucky Conference. He has a passion for evangelism and longs for church renewal.  Bill and his wife Teresa have four grown children and two grandsons residing, working, and serving God in Lexington, Ky. Contact Bill!

 

EMMA Sleeth DAVIS – SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR

emmaEmma, a graduate of Asbury University, is the author of It’s Easy Being Green. When not speaking to high school and college students about creation care, she assists other members of the Blessed Earth team with research, writing, and design projects. She and her husband, Zach, lived three blocks away from each other in Lexington for years, but never saw each other until they were both at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Earth Day 2012. Contact Emma!

 

RYAN BENNETT – SPEAKER AND RETREAT LEADER

RBstaffRyan holds a Master’s in Divinity from Asbury Seminary and pastors a large church in Tennessee. Along with his wife, Heather, a communications professional who has a passionate interest in environmental stewardship, Ryan has taken a lead role in his denomination’s creation care efforts.