Green Jesus is a project aimed at helping Jesus’ community take seriously their responsibility to care for God’s creation in sustainable, worshipful, and biblically-centered ways. Green Jesus will engage with, educate, and equip this community by means of sharing insightful articles, educational videos, and other resources produced or curated by our creation care team. Through this endeavor, we hope to bring renewal by renewing communities by the Holy Spirit.
This site is curated by Dr. A.J. Swoboda. A. J. is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at Portland and Fuller Seminaries, including a number of other universities and Bible colleges. He is the lead mentor of a Doctor of Ministry program on the Holy Spirit and Leadership at Fuller Seminary. He is the director of Blessed Earth Northwest, a center that helps think creatively and strategically around creation care issues in the Pacific Northwest. Alongside this work, he serves as the director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance—a consortium of Christian higher-ed schools that are thinking strategically about Christian training in creation care. 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 The Dusty Ones (Baker) and Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology (Baker Academic). You can find his website and blog at www.ajswoboda.com, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda.
Green Jesus Contributors
Matthew Sleeth, MD, is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet and 24/6. A former chief of staff and emergency room director, Dr. Sleeth left his practice to teach, preach, and write about biblical stewardship. A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, campuses, and events, including serving as the monthly guest preacher at The Washington National Cathedral. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s most influential evangelical leaders, Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of Blessed Earth and founder of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance.
Grant Spickelmier is the education curator at the Oregon Zoo and head of the Education division. Grant has worked for over 20 years in the field of conservation education inspiring individual and community action to protect threatened wildlife. A lifelong Christian, Grant is interested in helping followers of Jesus rediscover their God given role as stewards of creation. Grant holds B.A. degrees in both Biology and Education and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Grant is a member of Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon.
Cayla Pruett is a student at Portland Seminary working on her Masters in Theology. With a deep love for learning and education, she aims to remain “in school” forever by becoming a professor. Her affection for the Scriptures, love of nature, and passion for social justice have compelled her toward advocacy for Christian responsibility as it pertains to social and environmental stewardship. When she is not reading or writing papers, you can likely find her cycling around the city, playing tennis, or sipping Pinot at an Oregon vineyard with her best friend, Amy. Cayla is part of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon.