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
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.
Madalyn Salz grew up in Oregon City, Oregon. She attended Vanguard University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. After graduating, Madalyn moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland where she served in several ministry capacities, including leading youth and student ministries at a Presbyterian church, and earned a Graduate Diploma in Theology from Queen’s University Belfast. Since returning to the Pacific Northwest, she has worked in administrative capacities for various nonprofit organizations, including Seminary Stewardship Alliance and Blessed Earth Northwest. Madalyn is active in her church community, Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, learning guitar, going to concerts, and reading.