Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo is a Venezuelan-American, an eco-theologian, and a Presbyterian pastor working for GreenFaith as Director for Training and LatinoAmerica. GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental organization that helps equip, inspire, and mobilize diverse communities for environmental action. In 1998, together with her husband Tom, Neddy co-founded the Angelic Organics Learning Center, a farm-based educational nonprofit building sustainable food & farm systems in Northern Illinois. Since 2013, Neddy has taught Eco-theology at seminaries in the U.S.A. and Latin America. Her written work has been published in a diversity of books and online media.
Frank Dew is ordained in the PC(USA) and is presently serving as Peace and Justice advocate for Salem Presbytery in Greensboro, North Carolina. Frank served as organizing Pastor for New Creation Community Presbyterian from 1985-2016. He has done adjunct teaching at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity and chaired the Triad chapter of Bread for the World.
Eric Dillenbeck is a teaching elder in Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland. He is a member-at-large of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.
Rev. Dr. Sunny Kang is the Pastor of United University Church in Los Angeles. He is currently involved in urban church reinvention through the neighborhood based business development process as the means of building a self-sustaining urban faith community that is committed to the human dignity of all persons. Sunny specializes in assisting congregations to new realities and helping congregational leadership manage transitions to be agents of hope for their communities. He also provides leadership for many community organizations, which includes serving as Executive Director of the Asian Ministry Connection, chairperson of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation committee of the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, and the board chair of KFAM (Korean-American Family Services).
abby is a teaching elder in San Francisco Presbytery and a PhD student in Religion, Culture, and Ecology at Drew University. Originally from the Midwest, she spends her down time looking for joy at the ocean, running long distances, drinking coffee with friends, or making art out of garbage. She swears that God’s grace is incarnate in her two sweet cats.
Sharon Oglesby is a ruling elder at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan. She is the director of community outreach at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church and an active board member with Keep Growing Detroit.
Alex works for an international non-profit focusing on conflict mitigation and empowerment at the grassroots level. He previously served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana with a focus on natural resource management, and a third year as Peace Corps Ghana’s National Coordinator for HIV/AIDS and Gender programming. He holds an M.Div. from Yale University where he focused on religion’s role in fomenting, sustaining, and ending violent conflicts. Alex has also worked at a drug education non-profit in rural Nebraska; was Chief Program Officer for ELI Africa, a non-profit focused on improving the lives of Mauritian youth, and was a consultant for the United Nations. He is an avid runner and singer, and has not found a sport or outdoor activity that he didn’t love.
Betty was formerly a teacher and school counselor in the Indianapolis Public School and Warren Township School districts for 21 years and holds a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. Rev. Tom has served two Presbyterian churches in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Mt. Vernon, New York and is presently the Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Newark, New Jersey. She is passionate about missional ministry and social justice issues.