Kyle van Houtan is the President and CEO of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and former Chief Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A leading science communicator and conservationist, he has been featured on NPR, National Geographic, Wired, and Rolling Stone, and is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama for his pioneering research on how climate regulates sea turtle populations.
Veronica Frans is a wildlife ecologist whose research has taken her around the world to study human impacts on wildlife. She is currently pursuing dual PhDs in Fisheries & Wildlife and Ecology, Evolution & Behavior at Michigan State University.
Milmer Martinez Vergara is the Regional Partnerships Manager for Plant with Purpose, a Christian development organization that works to reverse deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Born and raised in Columbia, he is trained in marine biology and partners with Latin American communities to pursue environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal.
Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY. Born and raised in Jamaica, Richard is the author of five books exploring a holistic Christian worldview, with a focus on the human calling in God’s world, the realities of evil and suffering in our experience, and the Bible’s vision of the eschatological renewal of the world God loves.
Steven Bouma-Prediger is a leading theologian and environmental ethicist and professor at Hope College for the past 27 years, where he oversees the Environmental Studies minor and chairs the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee. The author of six books, he is an influential thinker in reframing Christian understandings of creation care.
Debra Rienstra is professor of English at Calvin University, where she teaches early British literature and creative writing. Her upcoming book Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth joins a range of prior work in exploring Christian spirituality, wonder, and culture.
Jerrell Richer is an economist at Goshen College whose work explores the intersection of economic development, environmental concerns, and Christian values. He has served in the Ecuadorian rainforest since 2015 in part-time two-way missions work through the Mennonite Mission Network.
Gail Heffner is an emerita professor at Calvin University and co-founder of Plaster Creek Stewards, a community organization working to restore the Plaster Creek Watershed. Her academic works explore urban sustainability, environmental justice, and American racism.
Rahel Wells is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Andrews University and president-elect of the Adventist Theological Society. Trained in both biology and Old Testament, her work addresses a range of topics, including God’s care for all creation and the problem of animal suffering.
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October 9 & 10