I suppose I can trace my love for movies and storytelling back to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. That’s the earliest memory I have of sitting down and watching a movie, anyways. Shortly after that I was sucked into various Disney animated films and George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. Any story that had adventure, clear heroes to root for, and a world of wonder, I was all in.
My love for stories never diminished. I enjoyed writing and coming up with stories and characters when I was a kid, but high school was where my interest in storytelling really began to take root. I graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, penning (but not publishing) many works along the way.
All of that being said, if I’m honest with myself, I never truly understood storytelling until I began to learn about the story of us – God’s creation. Of our fall, of our redemption, and of our coming restoration. That’s an education I didn’t receive from my secular university. Like many Christians before me, I began to delve heavily into Christian apologetics after reading multiple works by C.S. Lewis – most notably Mere Christianity. As I began to learn more about Christianity and the truths behind its claims, I also began to understand how storytelling works in a much deeper manner than before. I learned that with every good story, there is a message to consider, and a worldview presented. My movie viewing routine (television shows included) was changed forever; I could no longer just “turn my brain off” and enjoy a film, as my mind was constantly engaged like never before. Only by the grace of God was I able to take that final step and truly begin to appreciate and understand the most popular art form in our culture today – that of the moving picture.
I currently enjoy life in Wentzville, Missouri with my wife of six years, who I met through a mutual love for another film series – The Lord of the Rings. We now have a newborn who is currently working towards her first full rotation around the sun. I’ve written pieces over at Reel World Theology, and love to discuss faith and film in online groups and forums. I do graphic design and photography work on the side, which can be viewed over at my online gallery.
“You can make anything by writing.”