Ben Eash

posted on 4/11/2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Designer USA - Illinois

Location: Chicago, IL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beneash
Twitter: @beneash
Website: beneash.posterous.com/

Who are you?
I am an ideator, a communicator, a designer, and I’ve been blessed to do that within the faith-based non-profit arena all of my career. I began with a love of drawing, got into painting in college and found no use for computers beyond typing papers and email. When I interned at a community center in Los Angeles, God spoke through one of the older staff and informed my I was “wasting my talent,” by not doing digital design. I learned all I could about all the graphics software I could and within 2 years have developed a program to train at-risk urban youth in graphic design, web design, and video production, and find them internships in their field of interest.

Eventually, I was offered an opportunity to manage the communication efforts at a training organization for urban youth workers (UYWI). During the 5 years there, I was able to expand their efforts as a national organization, as I learned new technology to help equip, inspire and resource urban youth workers online and in print. Then 2 years ago, I was given the opportunity to lead the web efforts of The Evangelical Covenant Church denominational offices. It’s been challenging to work in an organization with so many moving parts and expectations, but my team has been able to deliver a cleaned-up, accessible website, mobile apps, and enhance a social media presence that may have been lacking before.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
My passion for innovation and my desire for the Creator fuel my creativity and the tools to cultivate ministry opportunities. Bob Dylan said “you’re gonna have to serve somebody,” and because my lifestyle is digital, I want to lay all of me, including my technology, at Christ’s feet. The gifts and abilities He’s given me are displayed and realized most often using technology.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Probably Photoshop was the first ripple for me. As a fine artist that transitioned to be a digital artist (especially in the mid to late 90′s), it was revolutionary.

Because I’m a designer-turned-webster, I do visual problem solving and WordPress has been the technology that for the last 5 or 6 years has evolved with my abilities to be able to make websites that people can maintain with limited knowledge. It’s been a great tool for so much of what I want to bring to life on the web and using it has helped me transition from the clunky html sites to content people can use themselves and take with them.

I find Photoshop and WordPress both to be necessary and transformation tools in my own digital journey.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
My use of technology has made balance harder to achieve. I’ve found that I need to make time for the things that are important (God, family, life) and letting technology and the use of technology fill in whatever cracks are left.

Being someone who is visually oriented, I have easily been captured by using technology and losing track of time. Rather than focusing on real life, finishing my honey-do list, or doing devotions, it’s easy to fall into a mindset of, I’ll just play 30 minutes of Angry Birds, or spend time looking up apps, plugins, tools to enhance what is possible to do. Because I’ve put somewhat meaningless items first (technology or not), I haven’t given the items which should be highest priority, the priority they need given.

Other technologies, like the YouVersion Bible, certain iPhone apps, and digital technology discussions among believers enhance and challenge my faith in new and exciting ways. I see creatives and technology-minded people being on the forefront of the “next harvest” and that makes me excited for what the use of technology can bring.

James Beltz

Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Facebook: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117604714422
Twitter: @phototipstweet
Website: freephotographytutorials.blogspot.com / PhotoTips.biz

Who are you?
The host of PhotoTips by BCphoto on iTunes.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I use my podcast to help others learning photography. At the same time I use it as a platform to spread Jesus.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
iTunes

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
Being in front of a large audience and knowing that they watch my every move, really keeps me on my toes and helps to make me a better person.

Jeremy Reger

posted on 3/12/2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple USA - Ohio Web Developer

Location: Columbus, OH
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeremy.reger
Twitter: @jeremyreger
Website: www.romanstwelve.net

Who are you?
High Tech Redneck

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I try daily to do God’s will and use my talents he has given me.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Android

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I think my faith has grown and been tested.  I have grown through all of the times I have donated countless hours of my time to Christian Organizations.

Renee Johnson

posted on 3/5/2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple USA - California Writer

Location: San Diego, CA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/devotionaldiva
Twitter: @devotionaldiva
Website: www.devotionaldiva.com

Who are you?
Renee Johnson is a spirited speaker and writer to twenty-somethings. She graduated from Biola University and worked with the top nationally known Christian speakers and writers at Outreach Events. Her first book, “Faithbook of Jesus” released Spring of 2010 and won the support of over 30+ endorsers in the Christian community including Josh McDowell, Miles McPherson, Eric Bryant, Shawn Wood, and Anne Jackson. Renee now books events for the 20/30-somethings with Throw Mountains. To find out more information about how you can reach the 20-somethings in your area please go to www.throwmountains.com. She is a weekly blogger at the New Living Translation blog on Wednesdays.

Renee’s mission in life is to “spur others forward” (Hebrews 10:24), using the lessons learned from her own trials to encourage others in their walk with God. Renee has a non-profit ministry that helps launch other speakers, pastor’s, and faith-based ministries. To read more about Renee and her ministry please click here.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
My agent and publisher discovered me online two years ago!

What website or technology has impacted you most?
www.newlivingtranslation.com

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
My entire ministry has birthed through technology and still continues to be fueled by the contacts I meet via online! Incredible.

Raymond Baldonado

Location: Cavite, Philippines

Who are you?
A grace dependent kerux (preacher), who counts everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I am not a pro, not even an expert in I.T., but a mere I.T. enthusiast who sees technology as an element which can breed convenience and corruption. I acknowledge its place in today’s “netcentric” culture and its notoriety in bombarding information both beneficial and harmful. Technology has somehow solved geographical limitations, making almost anything a click away. Often times those clicks lead to dangerous contents. Considering all these, I find it worth my while to use my keyboard to join the battle of informing, and to reach people for Christ by God’s grace.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
World Wide Web

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I’ve got my hands through a lot of materials helpful in ministering using the web.

Without internet i could not possibly think of a way of finding volumes of puritan (considering my location) and apologetics materials. And o yes – Switchfoot, Relient K and Passion.

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