StoryFest offers a spiritual shot-in-the-arm, focusing on evocative Bible stories and personal faith experiences. It’s a storytelling workshop that’s lively and fun. Hear Bible stories like they’ve never been told before. You’ll hear how they have fed into the faith life of others, and be encouraged to share stories of your own.
Three active and lively churches bring together professional storytellers, musicians and artists for a full day of story-telling, singing and faith sharing.
These festivals will be filmed to create nine video programs that will be used in study groups across the country, and throughout the English speaking world.
Ideas and stories generated by StoryFest will feed into a book on storytelling authored by Ralph Milton, and published by Wood Lake.
The cost of the StoryFest will be $10 per person. Lunch included.
The Resource Team
Linnea Good (MUSICIAN, STORYTELLER)
Linnea is well known for her delightful, rich and theologically astute songs which she has shared in concerts and worship services across the continent and overseas. Especially India. Many of her songs are in the hym- nals we use regularly at worship. Linnea is also a trained and gifted storyteller, and active in the Network of Biblical Storytellers International.
Don McNair (ARTIST)
Don has years of experience as an editor, illustrator, book designer and writer. After several decades with the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal, he began work as a freelance editor, designer and illustrator. Don has a deep understanding of the Bible and theology after a lifetime as an active layperson in the church, especially teaching children at congregational and BC Conference events and summer camps.
Ralph Milton (WRITER, STORYTELLER, TEAM LEADER)
After years as a commercial radio “jock,” Ralph began his church work training broadcasters in Asia, then as Director of Intermedia in New York. After a decade producing a widely viewed TV series called Celebrations, he was one of the founders of Wood Lake and has published more than a dozen books including, the fourth edition of This United Church of Ours. He holds honorary doctorates from St. Stephen’s College and the Vancouver School of Theology.
Allison Rennie (DRAMATIST & THEOLOGICAL REFLECTOR)
Allison is a graduate of the Centre for Christian Studies, a seasoned actor and director, youth leader and administrator. She has inspired several generations of children during her work on the staff of Naramata Centre. She is currently the Conference Minister in Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery.
Donald Schmidt (STORYTELLER, BIBLICAL SCHOLAR)
Donald recently returned to his native Canada after many years of ministry in the continental USA and Hawaii to join the ministry team at First United in Kelowna. He is the author of a number of books, and a regular contributor to the Whole People of God and Seasons of the Spirit curricula. As a talented musician, he has composed a number of songs which have been widely used in the church. He holds a doc- torate and three other degrees in theology and spirituality.