Who's Who at MBird 2019
David Zahl - Charlottesville, VA
David Zahl is the Director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog. Born in New York City, David graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 and then served for five years as a youth minister with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Christians in Universities and Schools) in their New England. In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City. David and his wife Cate currently reside in Charlottesville, VA with their two boys, Charlie and Cabell, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church, supervising their ministry to students and young adults. He is a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal diocese of Virginia, and his writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Modern Reformation and The Dish. He is also the author of A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock N' Roll.
Dr. Steve BRown - Maitland, Fl
Dr. Steve Brown received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from High Point College, High Point, North Carolina. and received an S.T.B. degree from Boston University School of Theology. Steve is married to the former Anna Williamson of Dublin, Georgia. Steve is the father of two daughters and grandfather of three granddaughters.
Is the Founder of Key Life Network, Inc. (www.keylife.org) and Bible teacher on the national radio program Key Life. This weekday 15-minute broadcast and the 1-minute feature, You Think About That are currently heard on over 600 outlets. (Key Life Network yearly sends out over 350,000 CDs, magazines and pieces of printed literature at no charge.) Key Life Network also has a ministry dedicated specifically to pastors. This can also be found at www.keylife.org. Steve is the host on the talk show, “Steve Brown, Etc.” (streamed on the internet at www.keylife.org and aired on the Salem Radio Network on weekends.
Steve is Visiting Professor of Practical Theology at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and also at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. and is the former pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church, Key Biscayne, FL; First Presbyterian Church, Quincy, MA and East Dennis Community Church, East Dennis, MA.
Steve authored two books with Flemming H. Revell: Where the Action Is (1971) and So Now You Are A Christian (1972 - republished in 1990 under the revised title Welcome To The Family.) Steve has authored eight books with Baker Book House: If Jesus Has Come (1992), How To Talk So People Will Listen (1993 – republished in 2014 – revised and expanded), Born Free, Living Free and If God Is In Charge (1994), When Your Rope Breaks (1996), Jumping Hurdles (1997), When Being Good Isn’t Good Enough (1990) and Follow the Wind (1999). Steve Is a former disk jockey and newsman at radio stations in Boston, MA; Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC. and Is a much-in-demand keynote speaker and Bible teacher (delivered the Spurgeon Lectures at Conservative Baptist Seminary, Denver, CO).
SARAH CONDON - Houston, TX
The Rev. Condon has a wide and expansive ministry of pastoral care, and continues to be a Clergy liaison as requested to various ministry groups, including Daughters of the King. She is a frequent contributor to Mockingbird Ministries, author of Churchy and previously served on the chaplaincy staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. Sarah is a native of Mississippi and studied at the Center for Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. She received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2013. Sarah and her husband, Josh, have two children, Neil and Annie.
Sarah is a frequent contributor to Mockingbird, a ministry that seeks to connect the Christian faith with realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways. Click here to read some of her recent online articles.
Josh White (Telecast & The Followers) - Portland, OR
Josh White is the founding pastor of Door of Hope Church and Deeper Well Records in Portland OR. As a song writer and recording artist for Tooth and Nail and Deeper Well Josh has released eight albums over the last 15 years as well as writing for other artists such as Liz Vice. When not making music or running the church, Josh loves to spend his time reading and hanging out with his wife, Darcy and 2 children, Henry and Hattie. Josh has a story that many aren’t fortunate to have in the music industry these days - he’s been involved in projects you’ve probably heard of for over 20 years, writing under different monikers, and co-writing with some of the greatest artists of our time. His last incarnation, Pilgrim, was produced and mixed by Josiah Sherman (who has worked previously with Frank Ocean, Motopony, and The Dandy Warhols), and was inspired by the soundtrack of his youth: glam, new wave, and trip-hop. It was as if Roxy Music merged with New Order, and was remixed by Massive Attack.
His newest upcoming release is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Josh Garrels. It's a 5 song EP, due out in mid November. The first song, "Spirit Resurrect", is available now on all streaming platforms!
DRAKE RICHEY - Boston, MA
Drake Richey runs a financial advisory business in Boston, MA where he lives with his wife and 3 kids. He graduated Trinity College, CT in 2005 and then worked for youth minister in New England and then moved to work on Wall Street for 8 years before moving to Boston. He is an avid birdwatcher and hosts what he believes to be the only men-only, fiction-only book club in the city of Boston.
Aaron Zimmerman - Waco, TX
Aaron was born in Houston, but his childhood took him to Mexico City; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Los Angeles, California, before finally settling in his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
After earning a B.A. magna cum laude in History of Science at Harvard University, Aaron spent two years with an educational non-profit in Kazakhstan. Aaron later worked at Harvard Business School and H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh.
He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 2008. Before coming to St. Alban's, he served churches in Pittsburgh and Houston. Aaron is a contributor to the Mockingbird blog and magazine, and President of the Board of Directors of Mockingbird Ministries. He is a member of the Better Together BU Advisory Board and on the board of the Episcopal Foundation of Texas. He is currently the interim Dean for the Northwest Convocation of the Diocese of Texas. Aaron co-hosts Same Old Song, the weekly lectionary podcast of Mockingbird Ministries, with the Rev. Jacob Smith.
Married since 2002, Aaron and his wife, Andrea, are proud parents of three children.
The Magills & Co. - Tyler, TX
Matt and Megan Magill met on the stage in 1998 and have been at home together there ever since. They were married in 2001 and moved to New York City to pursue careers in music and theater. Having relocated to Tyler, TX in 2010, Matt and Megan now regularly perform around Texas and occasionally far beyond. Matt is the Downtown Arts Initiative for Bethel Bible Church Downtown and Megan is the artistic director of Magill Musical Theatre Studio. The couple also work for their non-profit, B3 Ministries, where they use their music, performances and productions as opportunities to bridge the gap between the church and the community around them. Down Is Up Is Down is their newest release and features guitarist Marc Ford (The Black Crowes) and can be found with their other music, Matt Magill: Song x Song, The Magills: The Sting and The Honey, and The Magills: …And The Kings County Sound , on iTunes and www.themagills.bandcamp.com.
Ricky Garner - Tyler, TX
Ricky Garner was born and raised in Tyler, TX. After graduating high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and moved away from Tyler. After serving in the Air Force Ricky and his family moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where they resided for over 25 years. In 2000 he was called to the gospel ministry and in 2006 the Lord led Ricky and his wife to plant Unity Baptist Church in Ft. Worth where he served as senior pastor until returning home to Tyler in 2014. Ricky currently serves as assistant pastor at New Days Community Church in Tyler. He also serves on the boards of Promise Academy and The Mentoring Alliance. He has studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ricky has been married to his wife Jane for over 30 years and they have 4 children.
Brad Wofford - Tyler, TX
Brad Wofford is the Director of Media at Pine Cove Camps and operates BW Design – a freelance creative shop in Tyler, TX. After working as an Art Director in Dallas for 5 years, on projects for Southwest Airlines, broadcast.com (when that was still a thing), MADD, Waste Management, Halliburton and IBM, he and his family moved to the pine forests of East Texas in search of a more meaningful creative life and a little less traffic. He was recently featured as “Designer of the Week” for Print Magazine and is still striving for “Dad of the Week” at home. Brad also plays the banjo and leads up a local string-band called The Scrips.
Blaine Davis - Tyler, TX
Blaine Davis lives in historic Tyler, TX and works in a variety of fields. He is the current Humanities Chair at Grace Community High School and teaches 9th grade English. When not corralling squirrelly freshmen, he serves at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (NALC) as a council member and lay minister assisting in pulpit supply and visitation. Blaine is an ’06 graduate of Wheaton College and will be wrapping up his MA in Humanities and Literature at the University of Dallas this spring. He is happily married to Karin Davis, and together they are the proud parents of Annabelle and Penelope. In their spare time, the Davis’ co-own Sola Bread Co. along with Tim, Lindsay, Tommy, and Jack Long. Together they bake Tyler’s only naturally leavened, brick-oven bread.
Ryan Dixon - True Vine Brewing
Ryan Dixon and True Vine Brewing are about more than good beer. They are about love and integrity, walking in faith and hope, putting their neighbors before themselves and crafting brews that reflect the same, bringing people together and building community. Founded in 2011 by friends with a passion for life, quality beer and creative expression, we are an up and coming family based craft brewery located in Tyler, TX. Integrity, Community and Love are three core virtues at True Vine. You can read more about our hearts and vision in the January issue of BSCENE Magazine.
Rev. Matt Boulter - Tyler, TX
Matt Boulter is a 41 year old wayfarer from Texas who sometimes thinks he’s traveling down the right path. He is an Episcopal Priest and PhD student in medieval philosophy. He loves reading, running, drinking, smoking, and hanging out with his three brown-eyed girls. He blogs at religiocity.org.
Rev. Keith Pozzuto - Waco, TX
Rev. Keith Pozzuto is a cradle Episcopalian and a graduate of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge PA, Keith grew up, served as a Youth Minister, and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburg. He loves to road trip and to relax at home with his family, and enjoys reading what he describes as ‘extremely long history books.’ Possessing a deep relationship with the Lord, a warm heart, and a great sense of humor, Keith has been blessed by God with his wonderful wife Melinda, and their children Sam, a student in high school and Gregory, who works in Pittsburg, PA.
Micah Lewis, Artist - Tyler, TX
Micah Lewis, an artist who's work could best be described as lowbrow, is living and working from the brick roads in beautiful downtown Tyler, Texas. She is a self-taught artist who finds beauty in all of God’s creation, particularly in people…and coffee. Having a heart for creativity from a young age, she draws inspiration from tattoo art, comic books, or old Godzilla movies. Additionally, she has a peculiar knack for portraits where she can capture the natural emotion present in each subject. She prefers drawing with her collection of drafting pencils, a brush pen, or painting with watercolor, but enjoys challenging herself with any medium.To take a look into her process or to gain sneak peeks of upcoming projects, you can follow her at:
Instagram: @theyoungwarrior & Facebook: facebook.com/micahtheyoungwarrior