TPP Grant Recipient


Rev. M. Dele is a renaissance woman who has lived and worked on the prophetic edge of social change in Oklahoma, California, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Dele, as she prefers to be called, is ordained in the U.C.C. with Baptist affiliations. As a spiritual director she emphasizes that redeeming the soul requires redeeming the soil.

As Climate Reality Leader and adjunct professor in permaculture, she is passionate about transferring knowledge of environmental restoration from academies of privilege to communities at large. Her current mission is rooting climate adaptation knowledge in communities most vulnerable and least prepared to bounce back. Towards this end, Dele founded Nature’s Friends to train environmental stewards in underserved communities so we ALL may become climate resilient. Nature’s Friends is an evolving worker owned cooperative which seeks like minded souls to participate. This work issues a clarion call to faith communities to become hubs of sustainability which solidify local food sovereignty and water security.

As board member of Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, Dele shares her “Gospel of the Garden” in addition to promoting policies embedded in the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Her blog continues to explore the intersections of faith, ecology and policy.