Love Thy Nerd
10.16.21 | 11a ET
April-Lyn Caouette is one of the co-founders of Love Thy Nerd. With seven years of experience in nerd culture ministry (and a lifetime’s experience of being a nerd herself) her passion is for connection—learning how to grow authentic relationships where talking about faith and life comes naturally. As LTN’s Chief Resource Nerd, she works to equip people with tools to help them better love and serve the nerds in their midst. She has also written for GROW Curriculum and Lifeway Students.
Love Thy Nerd
10.16.21 | 5p ET
Drew Dixon is co-founder and Chief Content Nerd at Love Thy Nerd and author of the forthcoming book Know Thy Gamer: A Parent’s Guide to Video Games (Summer 2022, B&H Publishing). Drew is the Team Leader for Student Ongoing Bible Studies at Lifeway and has written for Christianity Today, World Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Paste Magazine, Think Christian, and The Christian Research Journal. Drew and his wife Jennifer have three children and live in the Nashville Tennessee area.
Urban Youth Workers Institute
10.17.21 | 11a ET
Alexander James (Urban Youth Workers Institute) is a Los Angeles born speaker, poet, husband and father who has shared his heart on countless stages over his ten-year career. Trained and sculpted by the rough streets of South LA. Alexander gained a sharp wit and a natural curiosity that gives him a unique perspective on issues of justice, love, marriage, fatherhood, and faith. He seeks to use his creative and inquisitive mind to shape the leaders that will turn the world upside down for Christ!
South Western Baptist Theological Seminary
10.16.21 | 2p ET
Jaclyn S. Parrish is the Director of Marketing at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where her coworkers look upon her interest in Dungeons & Dragons with amused curiosity, and no one accuses her of worshiping Satan. She has written for platforms such as The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, Whedon Studies Association, and Christianity and Literature, and has been playing D&D with the same party for more than four years.
10.17.21 | 2p ET
Mike Perna is the founder and president of InnRoads Ministries, a ministry dedicated to helping church and community groups build relationships that change lives and demonstrate the love of God across the gaming table. He is the host of the Game Store Prophets and Bard & Bible podcasts, and when he’s not doing any of that he is raising his son up to be a nerd like his father before him.
Faith & Fandom
10.16.21 | 4p ET
Hector Miray is a geeky pastor from Lumberton, NC. He is the author of the Faith & Fandom book series, and co-host of the Pull List Podcast. Hector travels to 20+ cons a year when the world is “normal,” doing ministry of various kinds. Other nerd creds: Hector recently became a writer for the Comic Book Aceblade, was a screenwriter for Clevver/Screen Junkies/Fandom, and was on the TV show Swamp Thing for like 3 seconds.
10.17.21 | 1p ET
James Meehan is the Director of Student Ministry Content at Life.Church, a Soulsborne aficionado, Tolkien fanboy, and a part-time dungeon master. The first time he watched the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy, he cried for probably 60% of the 11ish hour journey. It was glorious. On top of that, he thinks God of War (2018) is the best father-son story in media.
10.16.21 | 1p ET
Derrick Whitmore is a storyteller, creative arts minister, geek culture lover, pastor, missionary and Executive Director of Shattered Studios, a nonprofit organization that shares hope and faith through the performance, creative, and media arts.
10.16.21 | 1p ET
10.17.21 | 3p ET
Jate Earhart ([LOVE] Clan) worked in the motion design industry with companies like Google, Nike, & ESPN until he began asking God for a life of purpose, rather than money. He spent five years learning & growing while working with churches & church plants, and in 2020, began live streaming full time.
The Enthusia Project
10.16.21 | 3p ET
Bret “Chaplain” Chapman (The Enthusia Project) is emerging from a 25-year career in pastoral ministry that focused on youth and family development to inhabit the eSports community as a player development coach. Chaplain’s unique approach in eSports performance focuses on building healthy team dynamics through individual mental skills and self-mastery.