For generations, the marriage of creativity and theology has been a family tradition, and I am blessed to be part of that tradition.
My paternal grandmother wrote her own commentary for the entire Bible and wrote pages and pages of her own poetry. Other relatives published songs, wrote books, designed furniture, taught classes, and pastored churches. As I look back, I find it meaningful that I am not an island, but part of a lineage of creativity and theology.
My parents blessed me with a strong interest in Christian theology. My father, who was agnosist at the time, was one of the first seminary students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. And my mother served in a Catholic convent, until she smuggled a radio and heard a sermon by Billy Graham. Their experiences drew them closer to God and inspired them to pass it on to the family. While I wish I knew more about God than I do, my theology keeps me grounded and gives me hope.
My interest in creativity also started at a young age. My father introduced me to the piano while I was still a child. He also taught me how to read music, and in my early teens, I learned how to play his old guitar on family camping trips. My mother continued the tradition by teaching me how to read and write, as well as singing with me at church.
In my view, creativity is like wildfire. I started writing and designing when I was five years old, scribbling my ideas onto napkins. Not long after, I began performing my compositions at churches and coffeehouses. Later on, I helped authors around the world and edited books for PaperBlazer. Whether it be creating myself or helping others create, I feel that creation is contagious.
As I have moved to various states and traveled thousands of miles, the common thread through all of my experiences has been creativity and theology. I love serving the local church and helping others delight in the creation and character of God. Much of this website, and most of my life, focuses on those two themes.