Revd. Martha Gordon
Martha loves the outdoors and finding more ways we all can better to connect to God through Creation. She helped St Andrew’s, Kensington become an eco-congregation and is currently Priest in Charge at St Laurences, Discovery
Mark has been an active Anglican in the parishes where he has worshiped, since he was confirmed. He has always had an interest in nature and readily accepted an invitation to join the St Francis Eco group. He was equally happy to join JAEI and as the only accountant on the team, took on the Treasurer role.
Revd. Prof. Kevin Balkwill
Eco-theology / Environmental Specialist
My first word was “goggo”. Since then, I have always been interested in nature and for me, being in a beautiful place brings me as close to God as having a meaningful quiet time. As a self-supporting priest and a professor of biology, I have enjoyed serving on JAEI for several years.
Noeleen has been actively involved in Nature Conservation since 1970 and environmental awareness programmes for the past 35 years.
Noeleen studied Wildlife Management through the University of the Orange Free State in 1973 and in 2005 gained the Environmental Education Diploma from UNISA (Cum Laude).
Noeleen formed Eco-act Environmental Education in 1995 when she saw the lack of this focus in schools – especially pre- and primary schools. Programmes on a wide variety environmental topics are presented in a fun, interactive way to enhance the school curriculum and to encourage a sense of pride and caring for nature among young school children.
Noeleen leads the Eco-team of St Michael & All Angels, Weltevreden Park (established in 2007) and was invited to join Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI) Steering Committee in 2007. She has concentrated on supporting the Green Parish initiative during this time and served as JAEI Chairperson during 2016.
Revd. Judy Bassingthwaighte
I am a member of St Thomas’, Linden and am a part of our fledgling Eco Ministry. Why Eco Ministry? I’ve often struggled with a spirituality which seems to excludes 99% of the universe. The Eco ministry is for me a space in which the interconnectedness of all things is central and which explores an evolutionary God who is in all things.
I am a Nature Conservation student, studying with Unisa doing my 3rd modules. I actually stumbled across Nature conservation in 2013 when I joined a Programme with EWT (Wet Land Rehabilitation in Telekishi) and I wanted to learn more about the environment and how to conserve it too. My Rector at St Andrews Pimville, Soweto introduced me to JAEI and the rest is history. Being a part of nature brings me closer to God.
Revd. Tsepo Matubatuba
Rector: St Andrews, Pimville, Johannesburg