Dr. Laura Hartman
Dr. Laura Hartman was born and raised in Kentucky, where she learned to love trees and find spirituality in the mountains. She studied religion in college and graduate school, earning her Ph.D. in environmental ethics in 2008. She has been an invited speaker on environmental topics in a variety of Christian and non-Christian contexts and has experience with interfaith dialogue. She is the author of The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World (Oxford, 2011) and the editor of That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (Oxford, 2018). She has taught in the environmental studies program at Roanoke College since 2018. She lives in Roanoke and loves to sing, ride the bus, and pray for the healing of creation.
Rev. Dr. David Jones
David Jones is a native of Highland Park, Michigan. He currently resides in Roanoke with his wife Georgianna. He earned his M. Div, and D. Min. at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. His doctoral dissertation focused on preaching as a catalyst for interfaith dialogue. He is currently the pastor of the Williams Memorial Baptist Church in Roanoke. He also serves on the board of directors for Acts 2 Ministries, political action chair of the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP, and other social justice organizations.