Why Christians Care About Art and Beauty

In this episode, Kasey Olander, Brian Chan, and Neil Coulter explore the meaning of art and beauty and their roles in the life of a Christian.

About the Contributors

Brian Chan

Dr. Brian S. Chan is married to Ellen for 24 years. His 10-year-old son is Josiah. Chan is an assistant professor in Media Arts and Worship at DTS and taught at Biola University for 17 years, teaching a theology of beauty, creativity, art, story, film, and imagination. He was a pastor and workshop speaker in Hollywood/Burbank for 18 years. Chan is an award-winning fine artist and a board member of LELA International Arts. He authored The Purple Curtain: Living Out Beauty in Faith and Culture from a Biblical Perspective, Not Easily Broken (a novel), “Shadow” in It Was Good: Performing Arts to the Glory of God, and “Movies: Celluloid Sanctification” in Ordinary Saints. Chan achieved a B.A. in psychology and B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Davis, a Th.M. in historical theology (thesis on the beauty of God) and a M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Christian philosophy and culture (thesis on worldviews in film) from Biola University.  

Kasey Olander

Kasey Olander is the Web Content Specialist at the Hendricks Center. Originally from the Houston area, she graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Technology. She has also been an Associate Director with the Baptist Student Ministry, working with college students at UT Dallas and Rice University, particularly focusing on discipleship and evangelism training. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, having interesting conversations, and spending time with her husband.

Neil R. Coulter

Neil R. Coulter completed degrees in music performance and ethnomusicology from Wheaton College and Kent State University. He and his family lived in Papua New Guinea for twelve years, where Neil served as an ethnomusicology and arts consultant for Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 2015, he helped design and launch the PhD in World Arts at Dallas International University. He teaches doctoral courses in theory and ethnography at DIU’s Center for Excellence in World Arts. At DTS, he teaches about art, literature, film, and theology, and he is senior writer and editor of DTS Magazine. Neil is married to Joyce, and they have three sons.