Our Team


Ryan Becker, Founder

Millennial. Chattanooga, TN.

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Ryan is a Seventh-day Adventist ministry leader currently residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, he first moved to Tennessee in 2011 to attend Southern Adventist University. While working on his theology degree, Ryan got involved in a number of youth-focused projects, including the university’s Engage Ministries and the Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventists’ Young Adult Ministry. These early works deepened Ryan’s love of creating honest, open conversations regarding religion and social activism.

In his spare time, you can catch Ryan hanging out with his little button of a corgi or working on a sundry list of ministry-based projects. His most ambitious endeavor to date is to eat at a Chipotle in all 50 states— only 29 states left!

Kevin Christenson, Founder

Millennial. Chattanooga, TN.

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Born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, Kevin attended Spring Valley Academy and graduated Southern Adventist University with Bachelor’s degrees in International Business. During his time at SAU, he created the comedy sketch show Studio 4109: LIVE and starred as “Ashpenaz” in the 2014 Oshkosh Camporee: Daniel (and its documentary film) After interning for several years with Kettering Health Network in marketing and communications, he went into the booming Atlanta film industry. Kevin worked on major film and TV sets alongside A-list actors, musicians, directors, and producers; learning the industry’s best practices to help the church produce better storytelling. After having conversations about faith on set, he realized both worlds had a lot to gain from each other.


Jill Evans, Editor

Baby Boomer. Kettering, OH.

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I have been an educator since, almost, the beginning of time and have been teaching English and Communication at Kettering College in Kettering, Ohio since 1982. I have loved almost every minute of it. I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island and those roots run deep; I live happily in Ohio, but, to be honest, my heart has never left New York. I am an avid reader and Netflix binger with a special interest in TV SciFi and fantasy, believing that Buffy and The Doctor have much to teach us. I have been married to my husband David for almost 28 years and we have one daughter, Alexis. Alex teaches Math at Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii, and since I (really) failed algebra in 9th grade, I am especially proud of her.

Ben Curet, Writer

Gen Z. Berrien Springs, MI.

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I was born in 1996, which, I guess, makes me a grandfather of Generation Z. I Grew up in Orlando Florida, then moved to Chattanooga, TN so that I could study theology at Southern Adventist University. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Andrews University in Berrien Springs MI. When I finish my Masters, I will move back to Florida to pastor a church full-time. Fun fact about me, I love planes! In another life, I would have been a commercial airline pilot.


Kristen Jarnes Browning, Writer

Gen X. Spokane, WA.

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Kristen has deep roots in the Adventist church. Her father and both grandfathers were ordained ministers, and she grew up in the communities around Andrews University, the General Conference, and Pacific Press. She is very involved in her local congregation and has served as an ordained elder. She believes church should be a place that welcomes and equips all people to serve in the way God calls them. Kristen is an English instructor at a community college in Spokane, WA, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Emily Weber, Writer

Millennial. Redlands, CA.

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A writer and a sasser, Emily brings her incorrigible, millennial attitude into everything--like it or not. She lives in southern California, works in nonprofit marketing and is constantly shoving too many irons in the fire. She podcasts on the side, watches too many sitcoms and only drinks coffee Monday through Thursday. If you need something or someone roasted, she’ll come in clutch.


Rachel Beaver, Writer

Millennial. Cleveland, TN.

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I’m currently pursuing a degree in public relations from Southern Adventist University. During the school year I work as a writer in the school’s Marketing and University Relations department as well as creating content for the Southern Accent newspaper. I spend the summer as an intern in the communications department at the Carolina conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In my free time I like to write stories, cook, paint, spend time with family and friends, and volunteer in my local church.

Josh Stevens, Distributor

Gen X. Kettering, OH.

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Raised as a PK (pastor’s kid) within the SDA church, Joshua attended Spring Valley Academy and grew up in the Adventist hub of Dayton, OH. He attended Washington Adventist University and Southern Adventist University. In 2001, the 9/11 attacks had a profound impact on him, leading to an uphill battle with depression. During this time he became estranged from the SDA church until 16 years later when, like Paul, he experienced a road to Damascus/prodigal son moment and rededicated his life to Christ. Now he seeks out ways to help change the world, one person at a time.  


Justin F., Developer & Distributor

Millennial. Silicon Valley, CA.

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Justin works in the Cybersecurity industry in the heart of Silicon Valley with companies like Hewlett Packard and HP Enterprise. He loves spending his free time doing improv, CAD, inventing/design, 3D printing, public speaking, MC'ing, entrepreneurship, dancing (“I know…such a heathen”). On weekends you’ll find him heavily involved in his local church as part of the leadership team for the community group as well as running A/V.
Justin will be exploring the inventive opportunities of developing The Scratch through advances in technology.

Bryan Nashed, Writer

Gen Z. San Francisco, CA

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Bryan grew up as an Academy Kid, attending La Sierra Academy from K-12. He went on to study English and Film at UC Berkeley where he also maintained leadership positions at the local Adventist Christian Fellowship chapter at LIFE Berkeley Church. He currently works at a nonprofit career center in San Francisco and cohosts The Badventist podcast.


Stephanie Wilczynski, Writer

Millennial. Berrien Springs, MI.

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I currently work at Andrews University as an adjunct professor in the English department. I am also an Instructional Facilitator in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University. My husband and I have two fur babies (cats). I am very passionate about writing, and have published three out of a four book series that is a Christian allegory fantasy. I am the officer of a nonprofit Adventist organization called Enspire Productions, and we specialize in helping teens and young adults find their creative talents and use them for God. I am also currently working on my Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Andrews University.

Sean Maycock, Writer

Gen X. Columbus, OH.

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Sean Maycock was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Orlando, Florida surrounded by the Caribbean culture of his family. Sean earned a degree in elementary education at Andrews University. He spent the first eleven years of his professional career as a missionary teacher on the island of Saipan in the western Pacific. In 2009 he relocated to his wife’s home state of Ohio where he currently teaches middle school at Columbus Adventist Academy. In his spare time Sean pursues his love of writing, acting, and directing for both stage and screen. He loves Jesus and has great affection for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Juan Mora, Writer

Millennial. Bogenhofen, Austria.

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I am working currently as a volunteer in Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria. I have been here in Bogenhofen since August 2018. I am passionate about archaeology, and hope to become an archaeology professor one day. My interests include reading, playing classical guitar and sports (particularly soccer), board games (particularly chess), and, of course, history, ancient languages, archaeology, and theology.

Jose Briones, Writer

Millennial. Albany, GA.

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Jose Briones is a devoted seeker of truth. He’s from Nicaragua, enjoys tennis, and loves playing board games. He also enjoys reading, dialoguing, and debates. He’s the host of Disruptive Adventism, a podcast about helping people grapple with new ideas in the Christian space.


Shem Nyachieo, Designer

Millennial. Cincinnati, OH.

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Shem is a Brand Designer based in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated cum laude with his bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati. Shem has an excellent track record of building brands with strategic and achievable solutions. His work experience involves managing Proctor and Gamble's North America Tide and Gain business, designing for multiple fortune 500 companies during his time at the NYC Rockefeller Center Gensler office, and his current work with BHDP Architecture in Cinci. Shem is very passionate in helping others succeed with their design needs and is always looking for more freelance opportunities!
In his spare time, Shem loves to Run, Bike, drive his Subaru, and enjoy his time with Friends!

If you like our logo or other designs, check out Shem’s other work at: shem.us

Hayden Scott, Writer

Millennial. Tulsa, OK.

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Hayden is currently pursuing his Masters in Mental Health Counseling. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and cat. You can find his and his wife’s photography work @averyandhayden on Instagram.


Stephen Hall, Writer

Millennial. Portage, WI.

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Born and raised in Orlando, FL. I’m now a Pastor in the Portage District, Wisconsin Conference SDA. Lover of Jesus, the Miami Dolphins and pies of many flavors. Ginger extraordinaire. YNWA

Andrew Carroll, Designer & Writer

Millennial. Allentown, PA.

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Andrew is a trained freelance graphic designer. Since 2012 he has been using his resources and free time to support and volunteer at Simplicity Outreach, an urban center of influence and R&D project of Adventist City Ministries that seeks to practically apply the Ephesus Model. Andrew likes art, writing, music production and songwriting. He has a bifid uvula. Google it.

If you like our logo or other designs, check out Andrew’s other work at: 42design.co