Once upon a time... we all got together and debated what it would be like to build a new rhythm (of wonder) in our lives. Here are (a few of) the folks behind it all.
Bob's obsession with all things wonder-full goes back to 2005 when he stumbled into a small graduate project studying environments in which people shift paradigms. Ensuing conversations with his friend Eric (and many of the people here) eventually led to this thing we call rednow.
Bob is the Creative Producer for Rule29 and has a Masters of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Alongside a few others (listed here), Bob watches 100+ films each year, secretly wishes he was Ira Glass, and believes his life is (actually) a music video. Above all, Bob finds both life’s beauty and joy in his wife and three kids.
Eric Kuiper is the Director of Adult Life at Mars Hill. A graduate of Calvin College and Fuller Theological Seminary, Eric spent 11 years on Young Life staff in West Michigan prior to joining the staff of Mars Hill. His love of story means he is often watching, talking about, or writing about film.
Way back in 2006, Bob (Davidson) made Samantha watch Donnie Darko for a training assignment and her life hasn’t been the same since. After graduating from Northwestern University and working for Young Life for the next few years, Samantha now lives in Pasadena, California where she is studying Theology and Art at Fuller Seminary.
Samantha loves to cook and is fascinated by what happens to a community when a little food and some hospitality get involved. Alongside film and good stories, she loves playing with ideas, spaces, and the questions that move people. In her free time, Samantha is desperately trying to learn the art of composting, become a yogi, and read all 57 books on her Amazon Wishlist. She's also known to wear fake glasses from time-to-time. You can follow her personal ponderings at samsstorybook.com.
Matt started working with rednow while getting his MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Matt writes mostly about music, though can be found watching a lot of TV also (Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Girls, Veep, New Girl, 30 Rock and anything involving Iowa sports are some of his current favorites). Most of Matt's time is spent teaching high school writing and he is really accused of having a too narrow of a palate when it comes to music. From Celtic folk to hip-hop to mash-ups to commercial jingles, Matt can usually find something WONDERful about music.
Matt also claims to have first heard of rednow as a vague idea late at night while laying in a queen bed with Bob somewhere in Wisconsin. This story has never been officially confirmed nor denied by rednow.
Justin Ahrens' passion for life and story is rooted in his design firm's commitment to "making creative matter®". For over 10 years, Justin has led Rule29 Creative in their commitment to both great design and helping others think differently about the world around them. This is particularly evident in Rule29's commitment to numerous social causes, including their substantial work in Africa. Justin has also been a consistent voice for the design and business community on work life balance and is now adding the exploration of wonder as a new discipline.
His obsession for design and how to see the world is only overshadowed by Justin's passion for exploring life with his wife Sarah and their four amazing kids (who think Dad's job is listening to music, watching movies, drawing pictures and playing on the computer).
Gabe Knipp has been, at times, a wilderness guide, a struggling pastor, a worker at a homeless shelter, an English teacher, a copywriter, and a coffee server. He earned his MFA from Goddard College after stints trying to find himself—whatever that means—in Africa and Central America. He’s interested in the line between doubt and faith, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the world. Lately, he’s hung up his wandering boots for life in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
If given the option, Brandon would take a burrito and smoothie over a steak dinner any night of the week. He believes that innovation is mostly a fad, except when it comes to bicycle technology. He agrees with Iris Murdoch that “love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real,” and does his best to forget about himself long enough to notice others. He’ll argue that self-consciousness is the bane of his generation. He’ll argue, too, that self-consciousness is the antithesis of wonder, that wonder shocks us out of solipsism into something bigger and realer. It’s elusive, he’ll say, like a shy woodland creature, but you can learn to spot it and revel in it as it passes by.
He currently works as a Brand Strategist but is waiting to make his break into farming. The wake-up-at-dawn, dirt-under-the-fingernails, local-market-type deal. His wife-to-be, BethAnne, is one of the most intelligent, hilarious, and stunning people he’s met, and he wants nothing more than to discover life with her.
David lives on Chicago's South Side with his family. He preaches, writes, reads and listens while looking for signs that all things are being made new.