Story: Academics and Storytellers
Liz Rodriguez, groups coordinator at Battle Creek Church in Broken Arrow, OK, hosts the faculty members of DTS's Media Arts and Worship department – Drs. Reg Grant, Sandra Glahn, Tim Basselin, and Mr. Todd Agnew – to discuss story, creative processes, and wisdom for artists.
About the Contributors
Elizabeth Rodriguez, otherwise known as ‘Liz-rod-on-the-pod’ from “Honest Conversations” podcast, is a Dallas girl living a Tulsa life. She serves as the Group Coordinator at BattleCreek church and serves the local church by helping people find freedom through community groups. She spends her afternoons writing and her evenings with friends, challenging the definition of community to become something much deeper. If you need her, she is most likely exploring through grand adventures or watching a dancing show. To find out more about Liz visit www.LizAnn.life.
Reg Grant (ThM, 1981; ThD, 1988) is the department chair of Media Arts & Worship at DTS, where he teaches courses in homiletics, drama, oral interpretation, and creative writing. He has written, produced, and acted for radio, television, theater, and film. He’s married to Lauren and has three grown children.
Sandra L. Glahn
In addition to teaching on-campus classes, Dr. Glahn teaches immersive courses in Italy and Great Britain, as well as immersive courses in writing and in worship. Dr. Glahn is a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction, a journalist, and a speaker who advocates for thinking that transforms, especially on topics relating to art, gender, sexual intimacy in marriage, and first-century backgrounds as they relate to gender. Dr. Glahn’s more than twenty books reveal her interests in bioethics, sexuality, and biblical women. She has also written eleven Bible studies in the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. A regular blogger at Engage, bible.org’s site for women in Christian leadership, she is the owner of Aspire Productions, and served as editor-in-chief for Kindred Spirit from 1999 to 2016. She and her husband have one adult daughter.
Timothy J. Basselin
Dr. Basselin taught at multiple colleges throughout the Chicago area before coming to DTS in 2013. With research interests in theology of disability and weakness, as well as the interaction between theology, culture, and literature, he served as the Assistant Professor role in the Department of Media Arts and Worship and was also the director of the Media Arts apprenticeship program at DTS. He is on the editorial board for Christian Scholar’s Review. He and his wife, Robin, have four children and enjoy road trips and camping.
Todd W. Agnew
Along with joining DTS as an instructor, Todd Agnew is currently serving as a worship pastor in a Dallas area church and completing a PhD in Theological Studies. Mr. Agnew has spent three decades as a worship leader, songwriter, pastor, artist, and teacher. He hopes to help students connect the academic and the practical, especially at the intersection of theology and worship. He married his high school sweetheart and they are helping their two children grow into adulthood.