We're gathering leading creative and arts ministry practitioners, to explore the role of the arts in the local church.


RICK WARREN

Rick Warren is an innovative pastor, renowned author, and global influencer. The various ministries Pastor Rick has created are a multi-faceted expression of his heart to bring the whole gospel to the whole world. Since founding Saddleback Church in 1980, Pastor Warren continues to be at the

forefront of the evangelical movement, encouraging churches everywhere to be a sanctuary for hope and healing.

Saddleback has grown to over 30,000 weekly attendees across sixteen locations, including four international campuses, and an online campus hosting listeners from around the world. Saddleback Church continues to be one of America's most influential churches.

Saddleback Church has built an outreach of more than 300 community ministries, including the nationally recognized Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program now implemented in over 25,000 churches.

Topping the New York Times Best Seller list for the last 3 decades, Rick Warren's books, including The Purpose Drive Life,  are known for taking complex theological principles and translating them for the common man.  PastorRick.com


JASON LEITH

Jason is the director of arts at Saddleback Church's arts initiative, SVA--Saddleback Visual Arts, and an accomplished artist. His Sacred Streets project gained international acclaim. Sacred Streets features twelve portraits of homeless people whom he met and drew right on Los Angeles' "skid row". The portraits were exhibited in temporary gallery made of found materials that was erected on a vacant lot on "skid row".

His desire was to render beauty in ways that marry artistic excellence with social responsibility. "I had a relevation that . . . I did not have to choose between the two or practice them separately." Jason is a graduate of Biola University's fine arts program, and a Masters in Global Leadership candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary.

 


THERESA DEDMON

Theresa is on pastoral staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where she oversees the Creative Arts department for the Church. She instructs on creative worship expressions and creative arts events within the church, as well as strategy and coordination for city transformation and outreach.

Theresa speaks at national and international conferences, equipping and activating people to step into their supernatural destiny. She focuses on helping them walk in creative power to transform the world through creative expressions of God’s presence.

Theresa earned her B.A. in Psychology, minoring in Biblical studies from Vanguard University, and a certification in Arts and Healing from Chapman University. She has been in pastoral ministry for over 25 years.

Theresa has written Born to Create , Cultivating Kingdom Creativity , and a Create Supernaturally DVD/Workbook (three-part series).


J. SCOTT McELROY

J. Scott McElroy is the author of The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation (InterVarsity Press 2015), Finding Divine Inspiration: Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity, and founder of The New Renaissance Arts Movement, dedicated to connecting, equipping and inspiring churches and artists for the New Renaissance. Scott is also the Director of Arts at the Indianapolis Vineyard Church. He speaks nationally about spiritual formation for artists, the arts in the local church, and more. Scott is an award winning audio producer, a voiceover artist, and visual artist. He served as Emmis Communications Indianapolis Production Director for 20 years, and hosted the Animal Planet TV series, "Wildlife Journal" from 2004-2007.

Scott talks about Creative Church Handbook HERE.

See more at JScottMcElroy.com.

 


MARIA FEE

Maria Fee is an artist with an M.F.A. in Painting, and an M.A. in Theology.  As an adjunct professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, she helps seminarians negotiate their theological observations through a creative medium. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate of Theology and Culture at Fuller. Conversely, past ministry includes encouraging New York City artists to consider their work within a theological scope. Maria’s own art practice explores ideas of fragmentation, metizaje (cultural mixing), alienation, and rootedness.

Visit her personal website to see many of her paintings, and listen to her on the Christians in the VIsual Arts (CIVA) podcast. Maria has been published by a variety of visual arts journals. Most recently, she was featured in the journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies writing about the work of Russian artist Natalia Goncharova.


KUTTER CALLAWAY

Kutter Callaway is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-director of Reel Spirituality. He is the author of Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing our Cultural and Spiritual Norms, Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue, and Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience. Prior to teaching at Fuller, Callaway served in pastoral ministry for nearly a decade, focusing primarily on developing creative worship spaces for young and emerging adults. He tweets @kuttercallaway

 

 


KATHRYN ERVIN

Kathryn is an artist, art educator, and arts advocate. She'll present the unique "Treasurish Hunt" at the conference, part scavenger hunt, community art making experience, dinner, and a musical performance.

Recognizing the dire need for arts education and integration in all sectors of rural, Southern America, she co-founding TOSS, art studio in Morganton, NC, with the goal of harnessing the power of creativity as a means for health and well being. Currently she has accepted a fellowship through the Brehm Center at Fuller Seminary in order to study the integration the theology and the arts while continuing her work of creative place-making in the South.  She has a BFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University in 2014. Her portfolio encompassed a number of interdisciplinary projects that focused on site-specific installation, social action, and collaboration. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys running, biking, and jumping on trampolines.

KathrynErvin.com

 


JEROME GASTALDI

Jerome Gastaldi is a contemporary American artist of Italian ancestry, whose work combines first hand impressions, perceptions and observations that explore and comment upon our society. Jerome will facilitate a large scale community art making project for attendees of the conference. Gastaldi’s powerful works stand astride the borderline between Expressionism and Surrealism, and have been compared by art critics to that of Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Kienholz, and Francis Bacon. His creative process is both emotional and intuitive, as evidenced by Gastaldi’s rapid handling of paint, his distortion of the human figure, the rich use of symbols, and the inclusion of found objects. There is a complexity and depth to his multi-layered imagery that reflects what the modern world offers the individual; not fixed, solitary images that can be grasped and reflected upon, but instead a seemingly unceasing flow that blurs the sense of reality and threatens to overwhelm the ability to comprehend.

He lives and works in Southern California. His studio is on his four acre ranch called Rancho Capriata, named after the town of Capriata de Orba in Northern Italy, where his family is originally from. He works in a number of media, including painting, sculpture, print making, and performance.

Gastaldi’s work has been exhibited internationally in museums, universities and other public institutions, as well as held in public, private and corporate collections.

To see other works by the artist, as well as his exhibition Bridges to Freedom, which focuses on the positive and important aspects of the diversity of American culture, please visit http://jeromegastaldi.com or /www.peopleoftheboats.com     

 


ANN WILLIAMS

Ann currently serves as Director of “Visual Voice,” the visual arts ministry of Lincoln Berean Church in Lincoln, NE, where she encourages and leads artists, teaches, and involves the congregation in various visual art activities.

She is an accomplished artist has worked on public and special art projects, in both two and three dimensional forms, for Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas; the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association’s Youth Gathering in 2012; Illuminate Lincoln, Slave Free Nebraska, and other organizations in the region. She has exhibited her art in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and other places across the nation.

See more at http://ann.envisiongalleries.com/


LUKE McELROY

Life is all about relationships with Luke, and he believes an entrepreneur who puts more focus on investing in people than investing in products, has the better

chance of long term success. He and his team are based out of Nashville, TN. LukeMcelroy.com

 

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