Our contributors are geographically diverse, and come from many different backgrounds. The one thing all of us have in common, though, is a desire to grow both as a community and as individuals on this journey of life.
Stan Abell is the head honcho for The Bluevine Collective. On Sunday mornings you will find him pastoring The Garden at Oak Hill in Indianapolis, IN, which is one of the coolest non-traditional church experiences around . . . and not just because Stan is there.
Stan earned his Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. He also has a degree in education from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, which he put to good use teaching high school history for 10 years. However, he points to his undergraduate degree in journalism from THE University of Kentucky as an example that perhaps miracles really do happen. Or better said, how’d that happen? Stan has a wide variety of interests including film-making, technology, creative worship design, inventive cooking, charcoal grilling, music, and travel. Stan has traveled extensively in developing countries and has a passion for social justice and economic equality issues. Stan’s musical nirvana came in the summer of 2009 when he traveled to Dublin, Ireland to see U2. He is quite certain that Bono has a reciprocal mention of this seminal event in his bio as well.
Stan is indebted to his wife, Jenny, for taking the spouse gig, sticking with it and making life better every day. He is further blown away by his two children, Annie and Harry, who like totally rock his world.
Matt parked himself in Indianapolis, IN after graduating from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and English. After working for a year and a half with junior high youth, Matt helped form The Bluevine Collective . He has worked in various media positions including writing for The Indiana Daily Student and the Indianapolis Star, starting Moved Media, a company focused on telling the stories of non-profits, and shooting freelance photography. In his free time, Matt enjoys drinking way more coffee than can be considered healthy and reading anything he can get his hands on.
Lisa lives in Lexington, Ky with the loves of her life: her husband, two children, one dog, two cats and six chickens. A graduate of Transylvania University, she is currently a spiritual director intern with Sycamore Spirituality Center. Lisa is an elder and ChristCare Small Group Equipper at Central Christian Church (DOC), providing training and support for leaders of small group ministry. She also leads a ChristCare group, Cultivating Mindfulness, focusing on prayer, meditation and living life contemplatively. The other loves of her life are writing, photography, gardening, local food, design, contemplative practices, reading and old things. Visit Lisa’s blog, In Clover, to read about all her loves or to contact her about receiving spiritual direction or retreat opportunities.
Kelly Campbell is the owner and co-founder of The Village Experience and Executive Director of The Village Cooperative. Kelly has a BA in Apparel Merchandising and Business and an MA in International Relations with a focus on developing world economies. Kelly has lived and worked in New York, Miami, South Africa, and Kenya. She has traveled to over 40 countries and works on implementing income-generation projects and developing fair trade with women’s groups in rural villages.
Lindsey lives in Seattle, Washington. She is a Hoosier at heart, born and raised in Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in History and Political Science. Prior to moving to Seattle she spent three years as the Young Leadership and Marketing Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Lindsey enjoys music, politics and figuring out what makes her generation tick.
Meg lives in Washington, D.C. She claims pseudo-Hoosier status, having lived in Indianapolis, where she received a B.A. in Media Arts and Journalism at Butler University. She’s knee-deep in media efforts for a non-profit located in the heart of “The District.” Spare time? GoogleReader is where it’s at: Meg’s is filled to the brim with musings on technology, religion, social justice, public media, politics and the future of journalism.