Two North Georgia United Methodists Commissioned as Earthkeepers


Michael Black and Nathan Brasfield (center) with EarthKeeper facilitators Susan Mullin, John Hill, Jenny Phillips, and Jerome Sahabandhu

Michael Black, a member of Decatur First UMC, and Nathan Brasfield, a student at Candler School of Theology, recently joined the ranks of five previous EarthKeepers in the North Georgia Conference.

From August 1-6, Nathan and Michael received training through Global Ministries at Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center and commissioning at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The EarthKeepers’ training is a response to the growing awareness of creation care as an essential part of our discipleship as Christians. Global Ministries' EarthKeeper program aims to commission 500 people across the U.S. for creation care work over seven years.

EarthKeepers are United Methodists who discerned a call from God to a vocation of addressing the ecological and environmental justice challenges in our world today and becoming a part of the movement to transform the world.

Michael’s EarthKeeper project involves assisting North Georgia Conference churches in starting Creation Care teams and mission projects. If you or your church has an interest in starting a Creation Care ministry, contact him at

Last year, Rev. Scott Parrish, Rev. Leslie Watkins, Beth Bond, Tina Wilkinson, Karen Wetherington, & Emily Carroll were trained and commissioned in Global Ministries' first class of Earthkeepers. 


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