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 Bible24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, and Dr. Sleeth’s newest book Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us about the Nature of God and His Love for Us.  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!


Rev. Ryan Bennett – Co-Director, Blessed Earth Southeast

RBstaffRyan holds a MDiv 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. Contact Ryan!



Heather Bennett – Co-Director, Blessed Earth Southeast



Heather has a master’s in sustainability from Lipscomb University and served as manager of social media communications for the United Methodist Church denomination. Contact Heather!



Carson Daniel – Executive Assistant, Blessed Earth

Carson lives in Lexington with his wife Dora. Carson received a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Asbury University. In addition to working for Blessed Earth, he also serves as a student pastor at an Anglican church in Lexington, KY. 



Jacqueline Henderson – Office Manager, Blessed Earth

Jacqueline, with her husband Luke, lives in Lexington Kentucky. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Science with an emphasis in Horticulture from the University of Kentucky. Following graduation she began serving as the office manager for Blessed Earth.  



Emily Ott – Travel Coordinator, Blessed Earth

Emily lives in Lexington with her husband Dan, and their three children. She graduated with a B.A in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky. Emily has worked in marketing and event planning roles for 13 years, and splits her time planning events with planning her kids naps and the next date night with her husband.