Genesis 1:26 reveals that God made humanity in His image, and reflecting His nature, for an awesome task and responsibility: to rule responsibly over all He has made. Being good stewards of God’s creation is both a biblical mandate and the historical legacy of the Christian church. In this lecture, Dr. Jessica Moerman will present on how environmental stewardship is at its heart a discipleship issue and part of our Christian witness, as well as a matter of defending the lives and health of the most vulnerable -- including our children, both born and unborn. She will also separate fact from fiction on the science of climate change and the role of human activity on today’s global warming. Lecture will be followed by discussion with Dr. Moerman, John Hart and David Bond.
Dr. Jessica Moerman is a climate and environmental scientist, a church planter, and serves as Senior Director for Science and Policy at the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN). Prior to joining EEN, Jessica was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy. She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has been a research fellow at John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where she researched how climate has changed throughout Earth’s history. Jessica is passionate about leading church communities towards positive solutions to safeguard our cities, neighborhoods, and the next generation from the effects of a warming world and life-threatening pollution and has been featured on the NBC Today Show, the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and numerous podcasts. Together with her husband Chris, Jessica co-pastors Grace Capital City, a local church in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.
John Hart is one the most effective and experienced communicators in the conservative movement. He served as former U.S. Representative and Senator Tom Coburn’s long time Communications Director and co-author. In 2013, Time magazine named Coburn one of the world’s 100 most influential people with a tribute essay authored by then-President Barack Obama. Hart also worked for former U.S. Representatives Steve Largent and Jim DeMint.
Hart is the founder of Mars Hill Strategies, a firm that has advised Silicon Valley companies, numerous non-profits and political campaigns.
Hart co-authored two books with Coburn: Breach of Trust (2003) and The Debt Bomb (2012). He has appeared as a guest commentator on leading cable and radio outlets including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, Sirius XM and more. His pieces have been published at outlets including Politico, Forbes, RealClearPolitics, National Review, and the Hill.
Hart also owns and manages Fairlight Farm, a 62-acre sustainable farm just outside of Washington, D.C.
Drew Bond has decades of experience in the conservative movement and private sector. He served as a Senior Advisor for President George W. Bush at the U.S. Department of Energy, Chief of Staff at The Heritage Foundation under Ed Feulner, Senior Fellow and Director for Energy Innovation at the American Council of Capital Formation, Chief of Staff to former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode and as a Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Don Nickles from Oklahoma. Bond also served as Vice President at Battelle for Energy & Environment Public Policy & Technology Commercialization.
Bond is also the Co-founder, President & CEO of PowerField Energy Inc., which provides an innovative and affordable solar energy system ideal for rural agriculture and emerging market applications. A serial entrepreneur, Bond has launched several other startups including: a data analytics company providing software and services to electric utilities; a distributed waste to energy company; and an online media company dedicated to free-market ideas.