Brian Kilpatrick

posted on February 21, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple USA - Washington Web Developer

Location: Poulsbo, WA
Website: www.atomicfuze.com

Who are you?
I’m a Christian freelance Interactive Design/Developer.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I create static and motion graphics for my church. I am also on the Worship Arts Council at my church.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I guess open source software is the thing that has had the most influence on me in regards to technology

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I get excited about using visual technology to bring the message of Christ. I continue to grow that vision.

Rob McBryde

posted on February 20, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple USA - Arkansas Web Developer

Location: North Little Rock, AR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robmcbryde
Twitter: @robmcbryde
Website: www.robmcbryde.com

Who are you?
I’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ since I was ten years old. Though my journey of faith has had its ups and downs (mostly related to my commitment to it, not so much my belief in it), I’ve been actively pursuing Jesus since 1997 after I graduated college. In 1998, I moved to Chicago to attend seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where I earned a Master of Arts and worked as a youth pastor.

In 2003, I moved back to Little Rock to work at the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. At Mosaic, I served as the young adults pastor and director of communications. That’s where I began my study of web design and discovered my inner computer geek.  :)

The most important and amazing part of being on staff at Mosaic was that I met my wife on my first day on the job. After being just friends and coworkers for about 9 months, Ines Velasquez and I started dating in June 2004 and were married 6 months later. We have had an incredible 6 years of marriage and are so blessed to be parents to the coolest boy in the whole world (Nash) who is now 17 months old.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
In December 2006 I started a web design business called IVM Communications (now IVM Web Solutions) as a side business to earn some extra income. In June 2008, I began pursuing IVM full-time. To date, IVM Web Solutions has developed over 40 websites with clients such as BBQ contest promoters, local coffee shops, churches, and various non-profit organizations.

As a Christ-follower and tech-biz owner, my faith intersects with my business on a regular basis as I share the story of how I God directed my steps and is the true provider of all my needs. Besides seeing His provision every step of the way in my business, I truly love using social media to connect with and encourage people in the name of Christ.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
For the last two years, I’ve done nearly all of my website development using the Joomla! Content Management System. The capacity of Joomla! combined with 3rd party extensions allow me to do things that would have taken me years of study to know how to do otherwise.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
PATIENCE! Not being formerly trained in web development, I sometimes (ok…often) run into issues that I do not understand. I like to solve problems and see myself as fairly smart. When I run into programming issues that are above my level of understanding, I have to remind myself that I have limitations and ask others for help. But sometimes I don’t want to wait for help. I just want to fix the problem! Working in the tech field every day gives me ample opportunities to exercise patience and look to others for help when I reach the end of myself.

Kurt Willems

posted on February 19, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Pastor USA - California

Location: Central Valley, CA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kurtwillems
Twitter: @kurtwillems
Website: www.thepangeablog.com

Who are you?
My name is Kurt Willems.  I am a pastor in the Mennonite Brethren movement who is preparing to plant a church next year and a seminary student at Fresno Pacific University (MBBS).  God’s love and work in my life causes me to ponder, reflect, awe, and question. If I would have to label myself (which I am hesitant to do), I would probably say that I am an anabaptist, lower-case evangelical, fairly charismatic, sometimes contemplative, follower of Jesus.  I am passionate about theology, spirituality, social justice, creation care, ethics, ministry, and leaving behind the right answers.  Currently, I am working on a book and seeking a publisher.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
For the past couple of years I have been active in the ministry of blogging.  Ya, I called it a ministry… something that would have seemed absurd a few years ago when a buddy of mine challenged me to put some of my ‘academic’ stuff on-line.  But, in the past year this has transitioned from being a platform for me to express ideas to being a ministry for folks who are frustrated with status quo Christianity.

Some emails I get are from good people that feel like the are isolated in a sea of Christendom.  I suppose that my post-Christendom Anabaptist approach is refreshing and helping them to find the peasant Jewish Messiah who was hung up on a cross for insurrection against Rome.

I would add that my discipleship journey continues to grow in my online community.  Folks challenge my ideas, expand them, give me new insights, and spur me on toward love and justice.  Even though I have not met most of my readers or the writers of the blogs I read, it is like the global kingdom of God becomes extremely localized when I interact on the web.  Blogging and networking with like-minded Christians has truly been life changing.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I would say that the blog technology has been the most impactful, especially when it is coupled with another great site: Facebook.  I can interact and learn so much about people that I have never met.  People pray for me and I get sent prayer requests on a regular basis.  On-line life is NOT a replacement for enfleshed, real, biblical, community – but it sure enhances it.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
One word: restraint.  Digital media can become a vice and I am learning that a spiritual discipline for me is to ‘fast’ from it from time to time.  At the end of last year I took a 3 month hiatus from blogging which in many ways was liberating.  I had upset some folks in my ‘incarnated’ relationships about some of the things I write about and for various other personal reasons I knew the Lord wanted me to take a break.  I have been back at it for about a month and a half and feel refreshed and inspired to write.

Peter Pollock

posted on February 18, 2011 under  Blogger Daily Digital Disciple USA - California

Location: Hanford, CA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peterpollock
Twitter: @peterpollock
Website: www.peterpollock.com

Who are you?
I’m a child of God, a husband, father, son, missionary, blogger and web host/designer. Oh, and I bake cakes and cookies, too!

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I have a passion for helping people get their own websites and blogs and do everything I can to make that easy, affordable and effective for people. I am particularly interested in helping Christians and Christian organizations and churches.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Wordpress. No doubt about it. WordPress just rocks my world! It makes creating beautiful, effective, usable sites so easy for anyone.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
Social media has really opened my eyes to the breadth of variety of people in the Church.

I learn so much from so many people – many of whom are not what normally we would consider pastors or teachers but who have great experience to share.

It’s hard NOT to love the Church more and get more excited about being a part of it when you see all of the awesome people out there blogging and tweeting.

John Wilkerson

posted on February 17, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Podcaster USA - New York

Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Twitter: @jwilkers
Website: www.thewiredhomeschool.com / www.jesusgeek.info

Who are you?
I am a husband and father.  With my wife, we homeschool our 7 children.  I host The Wired Homeschool: a podcast about using the Internet, social media, computers, and electronics in homeschooling.  Before that, I host the Jesus Geek Podcast for 5 years.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I use social media and technology to encourage people in their walk with Christ.  Twitter, Facebook, and podcasting are the three main areas I use to share how Christ has influenced my life.  It’s my prayer that the things I share also help churches and ministries equip themselves for the technological age we’re in and the age to come.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Podcasting is at the top of the list.  I started podcasting in 2005 and it has been a way that I can not only share my love for Jesus but also a way that I learn how He works in the lives of other Christians.  Seeing Jesus alive in the lives of people all over the world is a great encouragement.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
My faith has grown because I’ve been able to hear the teachings of men and women of God all around the world.  Exposure to different doctrine has challenged my beliefs and caused me to reflect upon my own walk.

I’ve been tested because my love of technology can be a time-sink.  It can get sucked into this black hole where it seems like there is no end to the distractions and time-wasters.  Technology can enhance our relationship with Jesus but it can also strain it.  Finding that balance is an on-going struggle.

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