A Conference on Theology & Creativity

Main Sessions


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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.

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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

Mike Cosper

Writer / Speaker / Podcaster, Harbor Media

Mike founded Harbor Media, a media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He's the host of Cultivated: A Podcast about Faith and Work. He has written Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World, Rhythms of Grace, and The Stories We Tell. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship is a deeply-rooted Americana folk band with a church-centered focus. With influences from Savannah to Stillwater to the band’s birthplace of Seattle in 2008, Ghost Ship’s sound has maintained its southern charm while incorporating aspects of pop influences. Their well-received debut album The Good King and EPs A River With No End and Ghost Ship Live were released through a partnership with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings. Now on Gospel Song Records, the band has released an EP, Costly, and a full-length of the same name. While recording Costly, Ghost Ship helped plant a new church in Seattle's University District called Cross & Crown. They continue to do what they've always felt called to do: lead worship and write music that points to the gospel of Jesus.

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Beautiful Eulogy

Beautiful Eulogy is a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas, and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible, based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs, and old hymns.

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