Staff

Matthew Sleeth, MD – Executive Director

A former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about faith and stewardship issues. Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than one thousand churches, campuses, and events, including serving as a monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders, Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of Blessed Earth and author of numerous articles and books, including Serve God, Save the Planet and 24/6. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with Nancy, his wife of nearly forty years. Their grown children serve with their spouses in full-time parish ministry and as medical missionaries in Africa.  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. Bill Hughes – Sabbath Living Program Manager (KY)

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!

 

Adam York – Administrative Coordinator 

Adam Headshot BWAdam grew up outside of Charlotte, NC. At eighteen years old he was transformed by the grace of Christ and quickly felt called to vocational ministry. Adam attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity, a Masters of Arts in Christian Ethics, and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics. His dissertation is entitled A Critical Analysis of the Relationship between Beauty and Human Flourishing: Using the works of Thomas Aquinas and Jonathan Edwards to Order Properly the Concept of Beauty in the Person of God. He managed a franchise hotel and taught adjunctively at the College of Southeastern for four years before joining Blessed Earth. He married Kathy in 2001, and together they have two sons.  Contact Adam!

Dr. A.J. Swobada – Director of Northwest Operations

SwobodaIn 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. Contact A.J.!,

Emma 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 – Co-Director, Blessed Earth Southeast

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. Contact Ryan!

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Heather Bennett – Co-Director, Blessed Earth Southeast

heatherHeather 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!