Speakers

Tammy Alexander
Tammy Alexander is the Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs at the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, focusing on immigration and the environment. Tammy speaks and writes on U.S. policy related to these issues and meets with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She co-chaired the Interfaith Immigration Coalition from 2011-2018. Prior to joining MCC in 2007, Tammy worked as a propulsion engineer on the space shuttle program from 1996-2004. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development from American University and engineering degrees from Purdue University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

 

Keith Miller
Dr. Keith B. Miller’s professional expertise is in the areas of historical geology and paleoclimate:  he is interested in reconstructing the Earth’s climate and environmental history. He retired from his faculty position at Kansas State University, and is now a part-time faculty at Messiah University.  His wife Ruth is an electrical engineer with expertise in renewable energy.  They now live in Morgantown. PA and attend Conestoga Mennonite Church.

 

Jerry Lee Miller
Climate activist, Church of the Brethren pastor (retired). Songwriter (“The Earth is the Lord’s/ tell me what have we done?/ Seasons out of sync/ species on the run/Super storms, melting ice./ We’ve forsaken Parasidse.” – The Earth is a House) Founded Lancaster chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Featured in Guardian documentary, “The Climate and the Cross

 

Eric Sauder
Eric is the founder and director of RegenAll, an organization that works to expand urban-centric climate change responses to a regional scale. He also works with farmers to create holistic farming operations. Eric serves on the board of Pennsylvania Power and Light.

 

 

Doug Kaufman
Doug Kaufman is a Director of Pastoral Ecology at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Goshen College, and pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, who began creation care ministries in response to too much manure in the Elkhart River where they baptize. He leads pastoral retreats on climate change. He has a Th.M. in ecology from the University of Toronto. He lives in Goshen, Indiana.

 

Nicole Litwiller
Nicole is a recent graduate of EMU (2019) and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (2020). She has joined CSCS because of her excitement and energy around intersections. “When I learn about how various social justice issues are interconnected, it feels a bit less overwhelming to know that dismantling these systems of oppression are not individual issues, but rather inseparable from one another.” In addition to these passions, Nicole devotes her time to creating sustainable, planet-centered artwork, and making (and eating) beautiful food.

 

Olivia Shoemaker
Olivia Shumaker is a senior at Lancaster Mennonite School. Starting her freshman year she has worked with different environmental groups including Lancaster Against Pipelines, Global Climate Strike, and the Sunrise Movement. Currently she is working as a co organizer of the Lancaster High School Sunrise Hub. 

 

Sibonokuhle Ncube
Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube has served as the National Coordinator of Compassionate Development Service, the relief and service agency of the Brethren in Christ Church of Zimbabwe and a partner of Mennonite Central Committee. She is currently a student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She has almost 20 years’ experience in various development contexts, including climate change management and finance and disaster preparedness. She served as a deaconess at the Mount Pleasant Brethren in Christ Church, Harare, Zimbabwe. She lives in Goshen, Indiana.

 

Linda Ferich
Retired nurse/ PA Master Naturalist Linda Ferich coordinates the Lancaster Conservancy’s Water Quality Volunteer Coalition. She also leads the Lancaster Conservancy Community Wildlife Habitat Program that trains National Wildlife Federation habitat steward volunteers. As a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and student of Mt Cuba Center’s Ecological Gardening program, she is active with the NWF Sacred Grounds Initiative to inspire churches to transform their properties to benefit the earth. Ferich offers free property assessments to teach property owners how to develop habitat and control stormwater. Lancaster County is on track to become a certified NWF county in 2020–the first PA county with that certification.

Pastor at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren since 2008.  Graduate of University of Findlay (1975) and Lancaster Theological Seminary (2004). 

Pam Reist
Pam has served on several boards, including the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren, the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren, the Samaritan Counseling Center, and currently is serving Elizabethtown College as trustee and Safe Communities Advisory Board. In 2017, during a time of Sabbath Rest, Pam served for two months with the church in Nigeria. Grateful for the opportunity to journey in Jesus’ way with radical disciples, Pam is committed to a faith community that practices peace, service and openness to all.