The Good Steward Campaign has a great bullpen of speakers to bring to churches, college campuses, and community organization events to share the creation care message! If you are interested in bringing one of these speakers to your community, contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Rev. Richard Cizik
President, The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common GoodSenior Spokesperson, Good Steward Campaign
The Rev. Richard Cizik is President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, an internationally known Evangelical leader on “creation care.” For over 15 years he was a top leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, setting the organization's policy on issues and lobbying the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
In 2002, following meetings and conversations with fellow Evangelical and climate scientist John Houghton, Rich was convinced that addressing climate change and creation care should be part of the Evangelical agenda. His stance, based on Scripture passages such as Genesis 2:15, Revelation 11:18, represented a courageous witness from within the Evangelical community.
In 2005, Rich was instrumental in creating the Evangelical Climate Initiative, signed by over 300 Evangelical leaders nationwide, which led Fast Company to name him one of its "Most Creative Minds" and Belief Net.com to name him among the "Most Inspiring Persons of the Year." In Science magazine he was called "one of America's most dynamic public speakers." In 2008, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Rich delivers a powerful, Biblically-based message in support of creation care. He's spoken in hundreds of churches and on dozens of college campuses. He'll challenge you to think more clearly, to care more deeply, and to act more boldly in your life as a follower of Jesus. "It's time we return to being people known for our love and care of the earth and our fellow human beings,” Rich says. His inspirational style of speaking will engage, encourage, and challenge you to greater faith and works.
Rev. Fletcher Harper
Executive Director, GreenFaith
Senior Adviser, Good Steward Campaign
Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of GreenFaith, one of the oldest religious-environmental organizations in the US. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship from a range of denominations in New Jersey and nationwide about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, he served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church before becoming GreenFaith’s Executive Director.
Rev. Mitch Hescox
President/CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network
Rev. Hescox speaks nationally on creation care, especially on the environmental life threatening impacts on the poor and defenseless. Rev. Hescox has published numerous articles and is a contributor to an upcoming book Conversion: The Sacred Work of Churches to Protect God’s Climate by New Society Publishers. He has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, NPR, PRI and numerous radio programs both Christian and secular. In 2010, Mitch lead the 300 mile Creation Care Walk from West Virginia to Washington, DC and the 80 mile Gulf Coast Prayer Walk during the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. Prior to joining EEN, Mitch pastored a local church for 18 years, and before that he served as Director, Fuel Systems for Allis Mineral Systems in the coal and utility industry.
Rev. Jim Ball
Executive Vice President for Policy and Climate Change, Evangelical Environmental Network
The Rev. Jim Ball is Executive Vice President for Policy and Climate Change at the Evangelical Environmental Network and author of the award-winning book, Global Warming and the Risen LORD: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change. The architect of the “What Would Jesus Drive” educational campaign and the key organizer and national spokesperson for the Evangelical Climate Initiative, Jim has testified before Congress and appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox, CNN, and NPR. He has been featured in the New York Times, and honored by Rolling Stone magazine as one of their environmental “Warriors and Heroes,” and by Time magazine as one of its climate change “innovators."
Rev. Gabriel Salguero
President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Rev. Gabriel Salguero is the founder of P.O.G. international, a ministry focused on diversity leadership empowerment and training. He presently serves as the President of the National Latino Evangelical Coaltion. Salguero is an executive member of the Latino Leadership Circle. He is recognized as one of the emerging national leaders among Latino(a) faith leaders. He is currently a featured panelist for, The Washington Post’s OnFaith panel, an on-line panel of religious leaders and scholars. Rev. Salguero is often a guest columnist on El Diario/La Prensa and has written multiple chapters on ethics and race, multicultural and Latino(a) leadership, borders and immigration reform. He also has had featured articles in Perspectivas: Occasional Papers, Apuntes, and PRISM magazine. Rev. Salguero has been featured on Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo piece on Latinos and ecology.
Dr. Dan Leathers
Professor of Geography, University of Delaware
Dr. Dan Leathers is a Professor of Geography at the University of Delaware where he also served as the Chair of the Department of Geography and as Deputy Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. His major research interests include understanding the role of snow cover in the global climate system, the influence of land-surface changes (natural and human induced) on regional climates, environmental monitoring, and sustainability of global systems, especially in the context of climate variations and land-surface changes. Dr. Leathers also serves as the Director of Delaware Environmental Observing System and as Director of the Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center. A strong Christian, Dr. Leathers is committed to educating the Christian community about the moral and Biblical imperative of stewardship of God's creation.
Rev. Rachel Johnson
Associate with the Eleison Group and Program Director for American Values Network
Rachel Johnson is an Associate with the Eleison Group, a consulting firm that specializes in faith-based outreach for Democrats and progressives. She also serves as Programs Director for the American Values Network, a non-profit advocacy group that mobilizes religious communities around the most pressing issues of the day. Prior to Eleison, Rachel worked as Mississippi Field Director for Faith Outreach for Common Good Strategies. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies and a MAR in Theology from Yale Divinity School. She is an ordained Baptist minister and an active member and deacon in her Washington, D.C. church.
Dr. Michael MacCracken
Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute
Dr. Michael MacCracken is the Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs at the Climate Institute in Washington, DC. His current research interests include human-induced climate change and consequent impacts, climate engineering, and the beneficial effects of limiting emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. His research career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory focused on modeling of climate change and the impacts on climate of factors ranging from volcanic eruptions to greenhouse gases. Mike then spent 9 years leading research and then assessment activities at the interagency Office of the US Global Change Research Program. Among many outside activities, he served as science adviser to a panel of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that prepared their statement on climate change. Dr. MacCracken has given a number of talks to a wide range of groups, including church groups, laying out the science, “seeking to explain the science and different perspectives and trying to help listeners understand the multiple perspectives that have to be considered together.”