Watch and listen to Dr. Rob Johnston discuss the ethic of cultural engagement that undergirds the work of Reel Spirituality.
Primarily, we are movie lovers. The four of us behind the scenes at Reel Spirituality have found our deepest questions and concerns about life projected on the screen in the films we love. Films move us, motivate us, and inspire us in our studies and in our day to day lives.
Joseph C. Gallagher (Joe) is Adminstrative Director at the Brehm Center. He graduated from Harvard Law School and worked for many years as a senior creative and corporate executive at Fox and Universal Studios. He and his wife Joanne, an actress, live in Studio City and are active in the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Kutter Callaway is Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His publications range from contributions to the first book on a theology of video games (Halos and Avatars) to articles for a dictionary of religion and popular culture (Don't Stop Believin'). His first book, Scoring Transcendence (2012), is about the theological significance of music in film, and his second, Watching TV Religiously, considers the theological questions raised by contemporary TV and TV-viewing. Prior to teaching at Fuller, Dr. Callaway served in pastoral ministry for nearly a decade, focusing primarily on young and emerging adults. He writes for Christianity Today and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. In his spare time, he tries to keep up with his three(!) daughters.
Ruth Schmidt earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008. She spent 10 years as a writer in advertising agencies working for brands such as Gatorade, Hershey's, Anheuser-Busch, Wingstop, Dairy Queen and Hallmark Cards. Through her work she has come to believe that storytelling is the primary vehicle for connecting with people. Ruth currently serves as a pastoral fellow at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and is working on her M.Div. in Culture and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. She hopes to be ordained in the PCUSA and plant a church through the 1001 Worshiping Communities initiative. Connect with her on Twitter.
Elijah Davidson is a graduate of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Theology and Art. He came to Fuller to learn how to be a witness for Christ among people disenchanted with the Church, chiefly artists, and to explore the ways his faith influences his love of a good story and vice versa. His favorite stories have always been told cinematically. Elijah is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, guests on mulitple faith and film podcasts, and contributes to a variety of online publications, including Christianity Today, Catalyst, and Think Christian. He and his wife, Krista, an elementary school teacher, live in the Denver area where they take every opportunity to get out of the city and into the mountains. Interact with him on Twitter.
Eugene Suen is a filmmaker and producer now based in Los Angeles, California. Raised in Taipei and Chicago, Eugene has co-directed the City of the Angels Film Festival in Hollywood and is affiliated with Almond Tree Films, the team behind the award-winning film Munyurangabo, an official selection at Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. He has traveled widely around the world and participated in key international film festivals. He recently produced Abigail Harm by Lee Isaac Chung, the third feature film from Almond Tree Films.