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Summit 2024

Summit 2024: Resilience

EEN’s virtual summit returns this winter for its fourth year! Join us on February 1 from 12 – 2pm EST for Summit 2024: Resilience, an opportunity for our community to gather online to hear from incredible guest speakers, share encouraging creation care stories, learn about new ways to defend God’s creation, and look ahead to another year of engagement and advocacy.

This year’s gathering will feature speakers Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, and Rev. Nate Goodson, EEN Board Member, pastor, and Chairman of the Bywood Community Association in Pennsylvania. Our time together will conclude with informational and interactive breakout sessions led by EEN Staff and partners. 

Registration for Summit 2024 has closed. Click below to watch the recording of this year's gathering!

About Our Speakers

  • Under Secretary Robert Bonnie
    Under Secretary Robert Bonnie

    Robert Bonnie is the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation at USDA. Prior to joining USDA, Bonnie was at Duke University first as a Rubenstein Fellow and later as an Executive in Residence at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions working on conservation and environmental issues in rural America. In 2020, Bonnie also worked with the Bipartisan Policy Center on its Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Initiative. Bonnie was Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA from 2013 to 2017, and a senior advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining USDA, Robert was vice president for land conservation at Environmental Defense Fund where he focused on developing incentives to reward stewardship on private lands. Robert has master’s degrees from Duke in forestry and environmental management. He lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lilly, in Loudoun County, Virginia.

  • Rev. Nate Goodson
    Rev. Nate Goodson

    Rev. Nathaniel Goodson is the chairman of the Bywood Community Association and the Pastor of the Prayer Chapel Church in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, a position he has held for over 30 years.

    The Bywood Community Association (BCA) is a non-profit 5013c organization created to provide a cooperative platform of outreach designed to work collaboratively with residents, government, and businesses connected by situations or issues that affect the well-being of the residents of the Bywood section of Upper Darby, PA.

    Pastor Nate has a master’s in social work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been married to his wife, Audrey, for 51 years. They have one daughter, Dea, a son-in-law, Kwan, and a granddaughter, Layla, who is the apple of his eye.

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