Presenters

 
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Tamisha Tyler

Tamisha A Tyler, MDiv (she/her) is a PhD student studying Theology, Culture and Ethics. A Louisville Fellow and Pannell Center Fellow, her interests include exploring a theopoetic disposition for ethical concerns and engaging the intersection of theology, ethics and culture through the work of Octavia Butler. A dynamic speaker and facilitator, she hosts workshops and discussion around diversity, community and art. 

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Gideon Strauss

Gideon Strauss is Associate Professor of Worldview Studies at the Institute for Christian Studies, a graduate school of philosophy in Toronto, and a senior fellow with the Center for Public Justice in Washington DC. Gideon Strauss was the editor of Comment from 2000 to 2010. Gideon also facilitates vocational discipleship in churches in his native South Africa.

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Stephen Newby

Stephen Michael Newby is a composer, conductor, gospel/jazz vocalist, pianist, and professor of music at Seattle Pacific University. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and returned to Michigan to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Michigan. In addition to directing the Center for Worship, Newby serves as director for the SPU Gospel Choir. He has served as a worship pastor for more than 25 years in various contexts.

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Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger serves as Vice President and Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Seminary. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1993, Dr. Bolsinger served as senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2014.  He has extensive experience in church and nonprofit consulting and executive coaching. Bolsinger has authored three books, and contributes essays and articles to journals in the areas of leadership, spiritual formation, leadership formation, and innovation.

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Michelle Lang

Michelle Lang serves as the Campus Pastor/Director of Campus Ministries at Warner Pacific University in Portland, OR.   In addition to her vast multicultural / cross- denominational experience, Michelle utilizes her background in the performing arts in a variety of ways that help foster conversation and reflection. She earned her BA in Psychology and her Masters in Religion. For more information, visit www.MichelleLang.com and www.TheArtOfToughTalks.com . 

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Todd Johnson

Todd E. Johnson, the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, is lead professor in the PhD concentration in Christian Worship (formerly Worship and Culture) and was recently named the Theological Director of the Brehm Center at Fuller Seminary.

Johnson has coauthored and edited several books on worship and has received grants to develop pedagogical resources for teaching theology and worship, including interactive software and web apps. He serves on the editorial board for Questions Liturgique.

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Brooke Waggoner

Brooke Waggoner is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated with a music composition and orchestration degree from Louisiana State University in 2006. Since then, she has released five albums via her independent label, Swoon Moon Music. With a long history of touring nationally & internationally, Waggoner has garnered much critical acclaim, having multiple albums debut at #1 on Singer/Songwriter iTunes charts. Her songs have also been widely used in television licensing, as well as NPR's Mountain Stage.

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Chelle Stearns

Chelle Stearns is an Associate Professor of Theology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Her research focuses on the intersection of trauma, theology, and the arts. Her recent writing has focused on cultural trauma, lament, the body, and the importance of beauty in the work of artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Ann Hamilton, and James MacMillan. 

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author, editor, and writing professor with an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. From 2001–2009 he was a film columnist and critic for Christianity Today, where he won an Evangelical Press Award for his reviews. His essays on film and music have also been published in PasteImageBooks & CultureComment, Relevant, and more, as well as being recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. Jeffrey has been writing about the arts for more than a decade at LookingCloser.org.

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Shannon Sigler

Shannon Sigler is a visual artist and theologian; and the executive director of Brehm Cascadia. She has a passion for pastoring artists and building bridges between art and church communities. Her art and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts, and she has published with Christians in the Visual Arts' SEEN JournalChrist & Cascadia Journal, and Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts. Shannon studied at Asbury Theological Seminary and Boston University. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband, Matt, and son, Elijah.

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Emily Lewis

Emily Lewis is a hospitality artist who is committed to building community through the breaking of bread. As head chapter leader of Make America Dinner Again (Seattle) and Program Director at Brehm Cascadia, she is passionate about empowering, educating and equipping the local church to lead the way in the art of hospitality. She also leads Growing Home, a public platform dedicated to building a thriving culture of hospitality in the Pacific North West region through community partnerships, workshops and group discussions. 

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May Kytonen
Conference artist-in-residence

May Kytonen is a visual artist based in Seattle, Washington, and works as the Content Manager for Brehm Cascadia. She earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in 2012, and has exhibited her work throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has won several awards, including a smART Ventures Mini Grant through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and an Artist Trust GAP Award in 2017. May's work is an exploration of Asian-American identity and connection.

 
 
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