Forester Lecture Series to feature environmentalist

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s Forester Lecture Series will feature the Rev. Jim Ball, Ph.D., president of the Evangelical Environmental Network, on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Ball's presentation is titled "Why Christians Should Care about Climate Change."

Ball is an ordained Baptist minister, publisher of Creation Care magazine, originator of EEN’s “What Would Jesus Drive?” educational campaign, and a key organizer and spokesman for the Evangelical Climate Initiative.

Time magazine named him one of its five climate change innovators in its April 3, 2006, edition. In the November 2005 issue, Rolling Stone magazine named Ball one of its 25 environmental “Warriors and Heroes.”

Ball has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “American Morning,” “Crossfire” and “Headline News,” and Fox News’ “The Big Story” and “Fox and Friends.” ABC’s “World News Tonight” and PBS’ “NOW on the News with Bill Moyers” also have featured Ball.

Ball became EEN’s executive director in January 2000 and was recently named president. Before that, he taught at Montclair State University in New Jersey and was minister of Christian education at the First Baptist Church of Beloit, Wis.

Ball was born in Baton Rogue, La., and was raised in Richardson, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a Ph.D. from Drew University in Madison, N.J.

Ball is married to Kara Unger Ball. They live in Vienna, Va.

For more information on EEN, visit its Web sites:

Also see the Evangelical Climate Initiative’s Web sites at:

Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series each semester. The lectures are designed to bring interesting people and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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