Joe Cory, Board Chair
Artist │ University Professor
Joe Cory is a visual artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also serves as a Faculty Fellow in Samford’s Center for the Worship and the Arts. Using fragmented imagery, he creates paintings, collages, and digital artworks to help him navigate the complex world in which we live. Cory is especially interested in using his work to serve as a reminder of God’s grace amidst a broken world. He exhibits his artwork across the United States and has received numerous grants and awards. He is a member of Shades Valley Community Church (EFCA) where he serves as an Elder. When he is not in the studio or classroom, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and watching sports.
Karen Brummund, Vice Chair
Karen Brummund is a visual artist who makes environmental and community-based projects. Through her work she partners with local schools and small non-profits as wells as international museums and art organizations. She completed her M.F.A. at the University of East London in 2006.
Nate Risdon, Secretary
Director of Operations and Programs
Nate Risdon has served in leadership roles in the non-profit and educational sectors for the past 13 years, having most recently served as the Director of Operations and Programs for the Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary. In the Spring of 2019, he successfully completed his PhD in Higher Education administration with an emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion. His background in the creative arts coupled with his experience in research and analysis and administration helps him provide organizations with creative solutions based on sound information. Nate is married with three children and resides in Southern California.
Amy Fox, Treasurer
Seal Beach, California
Visual Artist | Innovator | Adjunct Professor
Amy Fox is an artist, educator, innovator and marketer who has actively been connected to creative endeavors most of her career. A past contributor to Grove Art Online, she teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the BA and MFA program in the Department of Art and the Design Studies program at Azusa Pacific University. She holds her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and her MBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Born in California, she has lived throughout the U.S. and overseas. She has visited all 50 states and travels to see glimpses of this big beautiful world.
Jennifer Allen Craft
West Point, Georgia
Professor | Author
Jennifer Allen Craft is Associate Professor of Theology and Humanities at Point University in West Point, Georgia where she teaches courses in theology, philosophy, and the arts. She earned a PhD in Theology, Imagination and the Arts from University of St. Andrews and is the author of Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (IVP Academic 2018). She has also contributed to other publications such as Transpositions, SEEN Journal, Christianity Today, and The Visual Commentary on Scripture (forthcoming). Her latest research focuses on the prophetic imagination in contemporary art, along with the relationship between art and social justice.
NYC | Washington DC
Founder of New City Commons
Scott Crosby is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C. During 30 years of residence in Asia, he worked in diverse areas of the arts, publishing and missions. Scott established a gallery for Chinese contemporary art in Shanghai, as well as models of urban ministry in some of Asia’s global cities. In 2010, Scott returned to the US to establish the New City Commons Foundation to work with churches and networks in developing sustainable and effective models of Christian engagement of culture. Since 2013 Scott has worked with Christian Union to build a new model of urban ministry, beginning in New York and Washington DC. This entails building industry networks in key vocations to redemptively engage culture in the most influential cities.
Richard Cummings is easily distracted and enjoys sparkly things, things that move, and things with sugar. He is a Professor of Art at College of the Ozarks and the director of the college’s Boger Gallery. Richard holds a B.A. in English Literature from Milligan College and received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Leeds in England. He later went on to earn his D.W.S from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Richard has been a CIVA member since 2006 and has participated in numerous exhibitions as an artist and hosted numerous CIVA exhibitions and individual artists as the director of the Boger Gallery. Richard’s interests lie in the theological exploration of human creativity and in the nurturing of young artists of Christian faith.
Artist | Theologian | Educator
Maria Fee is an artist, theologian, and educator. Her visual art explores ideas of fragmentation, metizaje (cultural mixing), alienation, and hospitality. These notions also drive her theological research currently explored through the art of Theaster Gates and other social practice artists. As an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, she delves into theology and art topics through courses like Visual Arts and the Christian and Capstone Theology and Art. Maria has also contributed her expertise and energies to the Brehm Center’s Visual Faith initiative. She currently lives in Pasadena with her husband Brian Fee, who is also an artist.
Professor | Designer | Experimental Filmmaker
Kim Garza is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Besides creating engaging experiences for students, she leads campus programming on vocational exploration and career preparation. She works on creative projects as a user experience designer and an experimental filmmaker in collaboration with her singer-songwriter husband, and she is a mom of two boys. Kim has been an active CIVA member since 2001 and serves in leadership with Doing Good Well. She holds a B.A. from Anderson University and a Master of Graphic Design (M.G.D.) from North Carolina State University.
Communications Pastor | Artist
Greg Holmes received his BFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry in various forms and in various churches for over 20 years. Greg has spent much of his time wrestling with issues of art and faith within the context of the local church. He has led in areas of arts administration, branding, marketing, and digital media. Greg creates from his studio in Allen, TX and currently serves as Communications Pastor for a church in the north Dallas area. Greg is married and has three daughters.
Deputy Director of Operations
Michael Lawyer first encountered CIVA as an undergrad at Bethel University, while he was working on his B.A. in Creativity. His professional life has taken a pleasant and meandering path through faith-based nonprofits, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and the Federal Government. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Operations for Field Policy and Management in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He recently moved to Carmel Indiana with his wife, and two sons, and is excited about the potential for growth and ministry in CIVA’s future.
Distinguished Artist in Residence
Artist Steve A. Prince is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he serves as the Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William and Mary. Prince is a printmaker, sculptor, and graphite artist who takes his message to the streets. He uses a black-and-white language to preach and teach an original and innovative vision. He spreads a message of hope and renewal to the global community through his art and philosophically through the cathartic nature of the Dirge and Second Line, a funerary tradition from New Orleans. Conversely, the Dirge represents the issues we confront daily as human beings, whereas the Second Line signifies the space of renewal we move to spiritually after we have confronted the pain of the Dirge. He received his B.F.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana and his M.F.A. in printmaking and sculpture from Michigan State University. To Steve, “We are all living epistles, whether we want to be or not.” Steve is an accomplished lecturer and preacher in both secular and sacred settings. He has conducted workshops, created community based projects, designed public commissions, and shown his art across the U.S. and internationally.
Michelle is a Professor of Art and Gallery Director of Bethel University’s two exhibition spaces. Previously, she was Assistant to the Director of Pratt Institute’s Department of Exhibitions and enjoyed the opportunity during graduate school to work with Creative Time and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City. Her photographic and curatorial endeavors often explore themes of identity, perception, and interconnection in an increasingly globalized digital world. She has curated several exhibitions and has also exhibited her own photographic work locally and nationally. Michelle has been a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant (2015) and, most recently, the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017). She received her M.F.A. in photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2006. She lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Arts Theologian | University Professor
Taylor Worley serves as Associate Vice President of Spiritual Life and University Ministries as well as Associate Professor of Christian Thought at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. in the areas of contemporary art and theological aesthetics in the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews. Taylor is married to Anna, and they have three children: Elizabeth, Quinn, and Graham