A Conference on Theology & Creativity
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Main Sessions

 
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Paul David Tripp

Pastor / Speaker / Best-Selling Award-Winning Author

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, event speaker, and a best-selling and award-winning author. With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul’s driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He and his wife Luella live in Philadelphia; they have four grown children.

CONNECT WITH PAUL ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Brett McCracken

Author / Editor / Speaker, The Gospel Coalition

Brett McCracken is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition and author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide, Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty, and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community. Brett and his wife Kira live in Santa Ana, California, and are active in their local church, Southlands, where Brett serves as a pastor/elder.

CONNECT WITH BRETT ON: Twitter / Instagram

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Aaron Ivey

Author / Pastor, Austin Stone

Aaron Ivey is the Worship Pastor at The Austin Stone in Austin, Texas, where he pastors a church he absolutely loves in the heart of the city he absolutely loves. He is a songwriter, shepherd, artist, author, elder, father, husband, and mentor, and has a deep love for his family and community.

CONNECT WITH AARON ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Trillia Newbell

Author / Speaker

Trillia Newbell is the author of the kids’ book God’s Very Good Idea, as well as Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts, Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.

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Alan Noble

Author / Editor-in-Chief, Christ and Pop Culture

Dr. O. Alan Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age.

CONNECT WITH ALAN ON: Twitter / Instagram

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Thomas Terry

Pastor / Executive Director, Humble Beast

Thomas Terry is the founder and executive director of Humble Beast, a record label and ministry in Portland, Oregon. As a spoken word artist and a member of Beautiful Eulogy, he seeks to bring creativity and theology together to glorify the Lord who created them both. Thomas lives with his wife, Heather, and two boys, Tobin and Kuyper, and serves as the Lead Pastor at Trinity Church Portland.

CONNECT WITH THOMAS ON: Twitter / Apple Music / Spotify

 
 
 
Growing up in church I never felt at home as an artist, and then I attended CANVAS. There I understood what my role is as an artist in the church and the world abroad. I found home.
— Rommel Ruiz, Art Director & Illustrator at patrol
 
 
 
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Micah Ellis

Head of Design, Faithlife

Micah Ellis is a graphic designer with a passion for making the connection between brand, design, and product. Micah is currently leading the design team at Faithlife (makers of Logos Bible Software). Micah and his wife Vanessa live in Bellingham, WA, with their four children.

CONNECT WITH MICAH ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Sho Baraka

Artist / Speaker, Humble Beast

Sho studied Television/Film, Anthropology, and Public Administration. He has spent the last decade traveling the world as a recording artist and public speaker. He is an award-nominated artist and founding member of nationally known hip-hop group 116 Clique. Sho currently lives in Atlanta, GA, and serves as the Executive Director of Terminus Collective, a network that is active in civic and cultural innovation.

CONNECT WITH SHO ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Quina Aragon

Author / Spoken Word Artist

Quina Aragon’s articles, poems, and spoken word videos have been featured on The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Journey Women, Fathom Mag, and The Witness: BCC. She resides in Tampa, FL, with her husband Jon and beautiful three-year-old daughter.

CONNECT WITH QUINA ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Rich Perez

Pastor / Author, Christ Crucified Fellowship

Having studied film at The City College of New York and biblical theology at Elim Bible Institute, Rich is committed to discovering the faithful marriage between those two passions. Through a variety of speaking experiences, Rich has grown into a unique storyteller and thought leader in faith, family, the arts, and the Hispanic-American experience. Rich is the lead pastor of Christ Crucified Fellowship in NYC, where he lives with his wife and kids.

CONNECT WITH RICH ON: Twitter / Instagram

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Nollan Obena

Art Director, Cartoon Network

Nollan Obena has worked on a wide variety of films and TV shows for Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, and others. His experience includes art directing the Emmy award-winning animated series Ben 10 and a LEGO Scooby-Doo! movie, as well as working on Generator Rex, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Godzilla, Young Justice, and more. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Rhianna and their four children.

CONNECT WITH NOLLAN ON: Instagram

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Ryan Lister

Professor / Pastor, Humble Beast

Ryan Lister is the director of doctrine and discipleship at Humble Beast and a professor of theology at Western Seminary. He is the author of The Presence of God: Its Place it God’s Story and the Story of Our Lives, Emblems of the Infinite King (an illustrated theology book for kids out this Fall), and is co-author of Images and Idols: Creativity for the Christian Life. Ryan and his wife Chase live in Portland, Oregon with their four kids where he also serves as a pastor at Trinity Church of Portland.

CONNECT WITH RYAN ON: Twitter

 
 
 
The conference is a great tool for discipleship as well as illuminating some tensions between artists and creatives, with the only solution being Christ.
— Nollan Obena, Art Director at Cartoon Network
 
 
 
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Cam Huxford

Pastor / Lead Singer, Ghost Ship

Cam Huxford serves Cross & Crown as Worship Pastor and leader of the band Ghost Ship. He worked at a large church in Louisville before moving to Seattle in 2007. He is married to Hailey and together they have two sons and two daughters.

CONNECT WITH CAM ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Tiayrra Bradley

Designer / Art Director / Photographer, A Brilliant Dummy

Tiayrra is a Designer, Art Director, and Photographer specializing in film, advertising, fashion, and social media content. Among her clients are: Netflix, Google, Macys, McDonalds, and more.

CONNECT WITH TIAYRRA ON: Twitter / Instagram

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Jeremy Treat

Pastor / Author, Reality LA

Jeremy currently serves as the Pastor for Preaching & Vision at Reality LA. He, his wife, and their four daughters currently reside in Los Feliz, a neighborhood marked by an abundance of Hollywood history and a scarcity of street parking.

CONNECT WITH JEREMY ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Josh Butler

Pastor / Author, Redemption Church

Josh serves as Pastor of Teaching and Direction at Redemption Church – Tempe, a phenomenal community of Jesus-followers in the Phoenix area. He has written The Skeletons in God’s Closet and The Pursuing God.

CONNECT WITH JOSH ON: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

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Eleazar Ruiz

Art Director, Graphic Designer & Entrepreneur / Humble Beast

For a decade Eleazar has been working simultaneously in the worlds of freelance, in-house design teams, and design agencies. Among his clients you will find: Microsoft, XBox, BEC Recordings, Tooth & Nail Records, and The Gospel Coalition. Eleazar is a Co-Founder at Patrol as well as Creative Director at Humble Beast. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he now lives in Vancouver, WA, with his wife Bekah and his fluffy labradoodle, Lola.

CONNECT WITH ELEAZAR ON: Twitter / Instagram

 
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Antoine Bradford

CONNECT WITH ANTOINE: Spotify / Apple Music

Ghost Ship

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Kings Kaleidoscope

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Beautiful Eulogy

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The Gray Havens

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Sho Baraka

CONNECT WITH SHO: Spotify / Apple Music

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Propaganda

CONNECT WITH PROPAGANDA: Spotify / Apple Music

 
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DJ Promote

DJ Promote (Carlos Trevino) has performed for tens of thousands around the world touring with artists like Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Propaganda and many more. Originally from Texas, Promote was attracted to DJ culture as a kid through breakdancing, music videos and graffiti art. He is currently living in Los Angeles, producing his own music and collaborates with DJ's in a collective called TableTurners.

CONNECT WITH DJ PROMOTE: Instagram

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DJ Aslan

Dj Aslan has been on the turntables since 1993 mixing hip-hop to house and everything in between. His battle career started in 1996 which included competing in the 1999 DMC World Team Championship with IF2 (Immortal Fader Fyters). He is continually rocking stages while performing and backing up such artists as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, Derek Minor, Propaganda and KJ-52.

CONNECT WITH DJ ASLAN: Instagram

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DJ Bobbito The Chef

DJ Bobbito The Chef is one of the most sought-after deejays in Los Angeles. His talents have brought him to host and producing events of all sizes. He is passionate about building relationships and cultivating memorable moments for his clients. When he’s not deejaying he is using his years of production and entertainment experience consulting as producer and event creative director.

CONNECT WITH BOBBY: Instagram

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DJSP

DJSP is a member of the TableTurners DJ collective and has been DJing for over 20 years. He loves Jesus, his wife Sal, and their two children, Hannah and Aiden. He is a Navy Veteran with specialized training in mental health, served as a youth pastor for 10 years, and is now on staff at a church in Huntington Beach, CA, working to develop creative worship expressions for the unchurched and de-churched.

 
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