Author Bio

I’m a professor of theatre at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. I mostly teach directing and playwriting. But I’m especially interested in the role of theatre artists in planning and leading worship. Our musicians in the church have been carrying the artistic weight for a long, long time. The rest of us can also do our part. To that end, Drama and Worship is one of my courses, and the touring theatre team I direct travels througout the school year and summer. Our repertoire includes plays verbatim from the Bible, various real life dramas, and enacted prayers. I write plays for universal audiences, too, and my play “Kin” won the top prize in Iowa in 2002. I’ve been a worship planner and leader for more than a decade at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Along with my wife Karen, I’ve led worship for other gatherings including the Association for Christians in Student Development and the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America. Speaking of Karen, she’s a professor of acting – and she’s that rare breed who can do as well as teach. Our three children are Joseph (a student at Hope College), Hannah (high school sophomore), and Daniel (seventh grade).

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