Blessed Earth has several sought-after speakers that are available to speak at your event. If you would like to request a speaker, contact Adam York, Administrative Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to set up a phone call to learn more about your event and how we can best resource you.
About Matthew Sleeth, MD
A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving one patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two teenaged children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths. Following a new calling, Dr. 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 throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God and Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (HarperOne, 2008), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life (Tyndale, 2012).
Dr. Sleeth is available to speak from the pulpit, at college chapels, and at faith-based and environmental conferences. Dr. Sleeth focuses on the scriptural call for creation care and the 24/6 life of Sabbatical rest.
About Nancy Sleeth
Nancy Sleeth, co-founder of Blessed Earth, is author of Go Green, Save Green and Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life. Nancy focuses on practical action. She leads two scripturally-based workshops:
- “Teach the Teacher” workshops, which equip churches to lead creation care classes and green teams using the Blessed Earth short-film curricula
- “Good Steward Workshop,” where participants leave with a specific, individualized plan for leading a more simple, sustainable life this day, this week, this month and this year
Nancy is also available to speak at college chapels and environmental and faith-based conferences, classes, and workshops. Prior to heeding her family’s 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. Sleeth is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a masters degree in journalism. Married to Matthew Sleeth for three decades, she is the mother of Clark, who is preparing for a calling in missionary medicine, and Emma, author of It’s Easy Being Green.
About Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes, the Sabbath Living Program Manager, welcomes the opportunity to speak/preach to your church, group, or organization regarding a wide variety of topics related to the ministry and mission of Blessed Earth. Bill is an ordained Elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. Married to Teresa for over thirty years, he has four grown children who know God and are all leaders in the church. He has pastored three churches, and just finished fourteen years as campus minister at the Wesley Foundation of The University of Kentucky.
About Emma Sleeth Davis
Emma specializes in speaking to youth, teens and college students. She is available for college chapels, school assemblies, and youth conferences, a young person speaking to young people in the language they relate to.
Emma’s faith journey began as a result of her family’s conviction to serve God by saving the planet. In her book, It’s Easy Being Green, Emma outlines the changes her family has made and how those principles can be applied to young adult life.
Emma Sleeth is a leading voice in the Creation Care movement and shows other teens what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle.
About Ryan Bennett
Ryan 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.
About Heather Bennet
Heather has a master’s in sustainability from Lipscomb University and served as manager of social media communications for the United Methodist Church denomination.
About A.J. Swoboda
In addition to his work at Blessed Earth, A.J. is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and a number of other universities and Bible colleges. His doctoral research at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) explored the never-ending relationship between the Holy Spirit and ecology. A.J. is the author of several books, including Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology and Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology. He and his wife, Quinn, have a four-year-old son, Elliot.