MIND-BLOWN

MIND-BLOWN

These are the faces of some mind-blown kids after seeing a magic trick by illusionist Zak Mirzadeh. ————— I’m currently shooting a documentary short on Slam Student Outreach and their event Catalyst. As I listen to the hearts of the leaders & hear of how God has moved...

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A Call To Adventure | A Story about Teen Challenge

A Call To Adventure | A Story about Teen Challenge

“We are in the business of rewriting stories.” ———— “If it weren’t for Teen Challenge, I’d be dead.” ————— “I was an addict, now I’m a child of God.” ————- These are some of the words said to me as I listened to the stories of Teen Challenge Chicago. This place is a...

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One Week In…

One Week In…

Today marks one week into this new chapter as Team Illinois’ Creative Arts Coordinator. As soon as I walked into the office the first day, I hit the ground running making content. ————— Today, I’m in Chicago. Tomorrow I’ll be in the Quad Cities. And I’ll be back in...

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A Trip to Chicago

A Trip to Chicago

To tell a story, you have to hear one first. For the next two days, I’m sitting across the men of Teen Challenge Chicago, hearing their stories of how God is setting them free of addiction. While I’ve never done the sort of things they have, I see my own brokenness in...

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Day 1

Day 1

“I think I’m quite ready for another adventure” ————— My first day as Team Illinois’ Creative Arts Coordinator isn’t until tomorrow, so I promise I’ll be in more professional attire by then. Changing your life is terrifying and risky at times, but that’s what makes it...

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“Hey! I know you!”

“Hey! I know you!”

So the Carnival is in town and I was walking along when these boys started yelling at me, saying they knew me somehow. ---------- As I started talking to them and their family, we realized the boys went to one of the camps I worked at this summer. And both of them had...

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Called to Youth Ministry | A Podcast with Cohl Callies

Called to Youth Ministry | A Podcast with Cohl Callies

The universe has a story which has been unfolding since the beginning of time. It’s bigger than any of us, yet we all have a part in it. We have all been told we have a purpose, but finding it can seem like an endless journey. To discover it, we get close to the heart...

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Goodbye Cornerstone

Goodbye Cornerstone

Today is my last day working for Cornerstone Church. One of my main tasks for this week was to organize all the different files on my work computer. This took me on a nostalgic trip as I looked over nearly every video I’ve ever made for the church over the past three...

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Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

Tomorrow will be the last sentence in this chapter of my life story as I finish my time working at Cornerstone Church. It's significant because this was my first paying job right after college. But the first role given I took on fresh out of graduation was as a Youth...

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The Francis Thayer Memorial Scholarship

The Francis Thayer Memorial Scholarship

Throwback to when I was in elementary school and Dad was in seminary. At the time, my father was in a place where the future was unclear and he was seeking God for direction in his life. It wasn’t too long until he felt the call to prison ministry, where he served...

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