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Oct. 23, 2006

For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Jim Ball, an ordained Baptist minister who is executive director of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), Publisher of Creation Care magazine, originator of EEN’s “What Would Jesus Drive?” (WWJDrive) educational campaign and a key organizer and spokesperson for the Evangelical Climate Initiative, will speak at Campbellsville University Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Little Auditorium of the Student Union Building.

Ball will speak at the Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy’s Earth Stewardship Forum titled “Evangelical Christian Perspectives on Environmental Issues.”

The public is invited to the free event.

Time magazine recently named Ball one of its climate change “innovators” in its April 3, 2006 edition.

Ball has appeared live on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s American Morning, Crossfire, and Headline News, and Fox News’ The Big Story and Fox and Friends.

Ball has also been featured on ABC’s World News Tonight and PBS’ NOW Show with Bill Moyers.

Ball became EEN’s executive director in January 2000. 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 reared in Richardson, Texas. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a master of divinity from The 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 Brunswick, M.D.

For more information on EEN, check out its; and

The Evangelical Climate Initiative’s Web site is at

The Rev. John Chowning, founder of KHIPP and who serves as vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University, said KHIPP focuses its attention on “facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas.”

Chowning said a “wide range of public issues will be studied and presented by the institute for the purposes of engaging Campbellsville University students, faculty and the staff, and the general public, in a greater awareness and understanding of the myriad issues confronting our culture.”

He said KHIPP is committed to preparing Christian civic and political leaders for the 21st century.

“A greater awareness of the public policy process and understanding of the numerous issues being debated in our nation is essential for the citizenry as a whole,” Chowning said.

“KHIPP invites you, the concerned citizen and student of the American political process, to attend one or more events to be presented this spring on the campus of Campbellsville University,” he said.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Rev. John Chowning, at (270) 789-5520 at

Campbellsville University, now celebrating her Centennial year, is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his eighth year as president.