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Les Barker has training in both visual arts and education, and has worked as a graphic designer, photographer and web designer. In 2000 he took his life-long interest in the simple artform of the paper snowflake and applied to it his interest in design. While exploring with new tools and materials, he took this artform to a new level and found a deeply personal creative outlet. He is a juried artist in the Illinois Artisans Program, and has had several exhibits in the Chicagoland area and done demonstrations of his work at the Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and numerous churches, schools and organizations. www.kahnjee.com »
During his 40 years at Tyndale House Publishers, Tim Botts designed over 600 books. He currently teaches calligraphy at the College of DuPage. Tim is known internationally for his many published books of calligraphy, especially on biblical themes. He is also artistic director for Masterpiece Ministries » which conducts summer camps in the arts for high school students.
Alex Radin has always enjoyed the act of creating. He is primarily a painter working in oils and acrylics. Alex attended the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with a BFA. His work has shown in both solo and group exhibitions in Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, and Texas at venues ranging from the Charlotte Institute of Art to galleries and alternative spaces, as well as at the Columbia Museum of Art. He has traveled nationally encouraging and training artists. His work has been published in many forms of media including books, editorial publications, and on the cover of cd’s. You can view some of his artwork at his website ». Alex paints during worship and has a desire to communicate the heart of God to people through the act of creating. Alex burns with a passion to intersect culture and reach people with God’s love and power and is driven to help other artists hear the voice of God and create from a place of intimacy with Him. He and his wife are the founders of
Artist on Fire » an arts organization focused on seeing God recieve glory through the arts and entertainment industry. Alex is the father of three children and lives with his family in Charleston, South Carolina.
Sara Radin enjoys design work and community building. She is a singer/songwriter, dancer, beginner fashion designer, wife, mother, writer, and painter. Along with her husband, Alex, she is co-founder of Artist on Fire », an arts organization in Charleston, SC. She enjoys planning events that provide an opportunity for kairos moments for people--moments in which they can encounter God, moments that are life-changing and transformational.
Having been engaged in creative ministry for over 20 years in both in the U.S. and internationally as a worship leader, songwriter and visual artisan, Matt Tommey is the author of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist”, Pastor of Worship Arts at King of Glory Church in Asheville, NC and Founder of The Worship Studio. Out of his own journey of brokenness, Matt has a deep passion to see artists and creative people walk in wholeness and reveal the Glory of God through their creative expression in ways that facilitate cultural transformation and revival. Matt is married to Tanya and they live in Asheville, NC with their son, Cameron. He regularly blogs on all things creative at
his blog » and shares his artwork on his website ».
Amelia (Mimi) Whaley of Mt. Pleasant, SC holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina. She has been painting since 1985 and is a member of the Charleston Artist Guild, South Carolina Watercolor Society and CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts). Her paintings have been reproduced as cover art for music tapes, CD’s, books, and she has illustrated several books. Mimi works primarily in watercolor, acrylics and mixed media. She also uses medieval manuscript illumination as inspiration for mixed media works, and many of her illuminations are created in the manner and with the same materials that were used in the middle ages. In 2012, her mixed media illumination, “The Roar of the Waterfall”, was chosen as one of the 31 artworks for the CIVA Traveling Show, “Scribes of Hope II”. Her original artworks are part of several church collections in the United States. For the past 4 years, she has been chosen to participate in Artist on Fire’s annual multi-media art exhibition as a part of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC. In addition to leading the Real Time Painting Team at St. Andrews, Mt. Pleasant, she also paints during conferences and special events nationally. Mimi enjoys leading day or weekend workshops in watercolor, collage and the release of creative play. You can view more of her work at her website » or on her blog » at or in person at Studio 151 Fine Arts Gallery, 175 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina.
Justice Carmon is a talented graphic designer and illustrator who holds a BFA in Communication/Fine Arts from the University of Memphis. He was born and raised in the land of Elvis by Presbyterians and rednecks, a Bible in one hand and comics in the other. Residing in Wheaton, IL, he now serves as a jail preacher, Bible teacher, caregiver, and story teller for Jesus.