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Lancia E. Smith is an author, photographer, teacher, and business owner based in Colorado. She is editor-in-chief of the online quarterly magazine Cultivating the Good, True, & Beautiful, and is founder of The Cultivating Project, a discipling initiative for Christians engaged in the arts. A grateful lover of the Triune God, Lancia is passionate about the spiritual formation and discipling creative believers. She and her husband Peter run a thriving environmental and engineering firm and try to keep up with their rambling house and gardens called House on the Way. Lancia loves nearly every book she ever read by C.S. Lewis; drinks strong black coffee with whipped coconut oil and cinnamon; and sincerely hopes in her lifetime to reach zero in her inbox!

Founder of Cultivating and The Cultivating Project

Lancia E. Smith


Pahtyana Moore and her family make their home in Eastern Africa, where she is the Senior Editor for Moore Four Ministries - a ministry committed to equipping and mobilizing the Kenyan Church in discipleship and community engagement. She also lends her talents and expertise in editing, writing and design to Print for Africa- a Kenyan-based publishing house and serves as an International Corespondent to The Cultivating Project. She enjoys blogging about the complicated art of living life and making home abroad. You can find her most days writing or editing between boisterous bouts of scurrying monkeys out of her kitchen.

Pahtyana Moore


Brian Brown is the founder and director of the Anselm Society, whose mission is a renaissance of the Christian imagination. He also serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Brian lives with his wife Christina and their two children in Colorado, where they mix cocktails, hunt for historic architecture, and see how many people they can squeeze into their house for scintillating conversation.

Brian Brown

Poet, priest, Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, and academic, Dr Rev’d Malcolm Guite travels extensively throughout Great Britain and North America, to give lectures, concerts and poetry readings. He is the author of nine books, and fronts the Cambridge
rock band, Mystery Train.

Malcom Guite


Amy Baik Lee writes about finding Christ’s beauty and truth at work in stories and in everyday scenes. She studied Medieval and Renaissance literature at the University of Virginia, and age-old themes like honor, valor, redemption, and strength born of grace – as well as the occasional “alas!” – still color her words. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Amy Baik Lee


Matthew Clark is a singer, songwriter, and storyteller from Mississippi where he lives with his brother Sam, a ceramic artist. Each Fall he sets out in his homemade tiny-house-on-wheels named Vandalf the White to play concerts in churches and homes all over the country. Matthew is a lover of words, music, coffee, and conversations. Currently (and slowly) he is studying the interlacing of Theology and the Imagination at Fuller Seminary, while writing new songs for his next recording project. Matthew has several albums available at his website (www.matthewclark.net), including a Bible walk-through sequence called “Bright Came the World from His Mouth”, and a collection of songs celebrating God’s presence in the ordinary called “Beautiful Secret Life”.

Matthew Clark


K.C. Ireton is the author of The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year and Cracking Up: A Postpartum Faith Crisis. An avid reader, she is especially fond of old books and home-schools her four children so that she can spend her days reading and learning all sorts of interesting things. K.C. is pleased as punch to be writing for The Cultivating Project!

Kimberlee Conway Ireton


Ashlee Cowles is the author of Beneath Wandering Stars (Simon Pulse 2016)—a Young Adult novel about two teens who walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain—which was honored with a 2017 Colorado Book Award. Below Northern Lights, a companion novel set on St. Columbas Way in Scotland, was published in 2017. Raised in a military family without roots, Ashlee spent several years as an itinerant scholar, studying Theology and Medieval History. Soon she will leave the mountains of Colorado for the lakes of northern Michigan. When she isn’t discussing classic Literature with high school students as a teacher, Ashlee is likely planning a trip overseas, writing in a local coffee shop, or dreaming of the day when she can share Anne of Green Gables with her young daughter.

Ashlee Cowles


As a sequin-wearing, homeschooling mother of four, Kris is passionate about Jesus, people and words. Her heart beats to share the hard, but glorious truth about life in Christ. She's been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Once upon a time, she ran 10 miles for Compassion International, a ministry for which she serves as an advocate. Kris is the author of, Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting and Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, and the follow up, Companion Workbook. She has contributed to numerous other books, is the host of Refine {the retreat} and the founder and Executive editor of  GraceTable.org. In her free time, she writes at  kriscamealy.com

Kris Camealy


Jon Collin McMinn is a web designer & digital marketer who has been part of The Cultivating Project since 2013. Jon Collin is the founder of Click Engine, a digital marketing agency that takes the headache out of marketing your business online. His drive is to share the joy that Christ has given him with the world.
A Colorado native, Jon Collin currently resides in Kansas City, MO with his wife Sarah and their 2 dogs. When he isn't behind a computer, you can find Jon Collin drinking coffee, exploring the city, or tending to his garden.

Jon Collin McMinn


Adam Bradley is the founder and producer at SPIRATION, a Denver based media production company. His passion for creativity and filmmaking begin in 2001 while attending Azusa Pacific University. The heart of SPIRATION is about producing digital media with a clear and inspirational message. In between the moments when Adam does not have a camera or script in hand, you can find him spending time with his wife and 3 kids somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

Adam Bradley


Sadie Miller is a young writer finishing high school. She is a proud homeschooler and the oldest daughter of five children. Hanging out with family and friends, playing sports, and writing are some of her favorite pastimes. She is also the co-creator of a small writing group in her area. Her goal is to reach others with the love of Christ through her writing and her example. 

Sadie Miller

Second-generation homeschooling mom of five wee snickbuzzards, Jordan Durbin is a maker of humble pottery, fine artist, calligrapher, gardener, pickle maker, baker of all things gluten-inclusive and butter-laden, violinist, vocalist, rabbit raiser, wife of one good man, lover of her blessed Redeemer.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in fine art from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.  She is an avid coffee drinker, reader and published children’s book author and illustrator.  She aspires to proclaim the resurrection with every moment of her life.

Jordan Durbin

Roy Salmond is a record producer, working out of his studio Whitewater Productions in
Vancouver Canada. He’s also an itinerant worship leader, speaker and writer, penning the
weekly arts and faith blog: Between The Notes.

Roy Salmond

Sarah Clarkson is a writer and student of theology. Through blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the formative power of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the way that beauty brings hope. She writes books (Book Girl, The Lifegiving Home) and studies modern doctrine at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where she's focusing on theodicy (and why stories may be the best argument we can make for the goodness of God). She chronicles her adventures at sarahclarkson.com and is at slow work on a novel. Celtic music, good coffee, travel adventures, long walks, and of course, good books are the beauties that make her heart sing and she lives them out in the red-doored cottage she shares with her husband, Thomas, and their daughter, Lilian.

Sarah Clarkson

Once upon a time, Matthew Cyr unearthed an ancient-looking early edition of The Hobbit in his elementary school library and has been wandering in Middle Earth ever since. He has a hobbitish appetite and prefers to keep a good book in one hand and good food in the other. On this side of the Shire, he’s spent the past ten years in the field of social work. Matthew is fascinated by the use of story to create experiences that awaken us to powerful, redemptive Truth. Several years ago he took up a quest to own and read every book ever published by C.S. Lewis. He shares his home with his wife and daughter, four cats, and a smallish serpent who has thus far never endorsed the consumption of prohibited produce.

Matthew Cyr

Susan Mulder finds herself on a journey to find peace with herself and in the world. Writing poetry is a way she challenges herself after laying down her previous career/s to pursue God’s path for her future. With a terminal degree in fine art in painting, she has held several positions in what she calls her ‘old life’. Though Mulder continues to paint and exhibit and is the author of a poetry collection, No Ordinary Time, she finds her deepest expression (and joy) in writing and within the eyes of her grandchildren.

Susan Mulder

Julie Jablonski is a passionate photographer who seeks to capture bits of beauty with her camera, and share her heart for Jesus through photos and creative writing. She lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband/love-of-her-life, David. Together they have two grown children, one just out of the nest, and the other flapping wings furiously on the edge. When she’s not taking or editing photos, she loves to read, shop for treasures at antique and thrift stores, and to take on artistic endeavors, most often with a cup of hot coffee or tea close at hand.

Julie Jablonski

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