Gary David Stratton is Lead Faculty for Worldview and Faith Formation at Bethel University and Principal of the Hollywood Bezalel Initiative, a think-tank and fellowship supporting young filmmakers of faith. Gary holds a Ph.D. on the impact of Jonathan Edwards’ theology/spirituality in American higher education. His unique commitment to integrate the life of the mind, the life of the Spirit, and the life of the arts has propelled him to an unusual career of developing cultural leaders from Hollywood to the Ivy League. Recent speaking engagements include: Princeton Theological Seminary, the Columbia University Film Festival, the Institute for Campus Renewal at Yale University, Act One Hollywood, Regent, Grace, and Johnson Universities, Messiah, Geneva, Bryan, Tabor, and New Hope Colleges. You can follow Gary on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.


Tim Basselin is Assistant Professor in Media Arts and Worship in the newly formed Department of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. Tim received his PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Rob Johnston (Reel Spirituality).  His dissertation concerned the impact Flannery O’Connor’s disability had upon her theology and writing. Tim is author of Flannery O’Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity (2013) and recently moved from Chicago to Dallas with his wife, Robin, and their three young children. You can follow Tim on LinkedIn.


Chris Friesen is a Web Developer at General Electric. He claims that being somewhat at a social disadvantage has led to his developing his other skills. Chris is a musician, an elite gamer, and a programmer.  Beyond his work at GE, Chris’ freelance company Focus 44, a full-service media and photography studio focused on bringing many facets of media together. He lives in Twin Cities with his awesome wife, ‘The Marie’.


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