ART + JUSTICE + MISSION:
Old Dominion Univeristy (Online)
March 6, 2021
Mission Possible: Arts+Justice+Mission is an attempt at Event Art. It is a shared common experience that invites individual and group reflection on art, justice, and the mission of God to restore the world to the wholeness Christ intends. The major assumption behind Mission Possible is suppose for a moment that God created a good creation and that we have been given all that we need. Suppose it isn’t a lack of resources but a lack of imagination that prevents the people of God from being on mission with God. The artists give us a shared language in which to describe and speak about God’s mission. The mission is the foundation for all that we do and ways that we live in the world. Justice is a simple, yet tangible way we can be on mission with God.
Rev. Lisa Smith is an actor, director, pastor and creative entrepreneur in the Washington DC area. She received her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a professional actor for many years before attending seminary and seeking a way to merge her calling as an artist and a person of faith. She founded Shadows of Light Productions, a Theatre Company devoted to exploring the intersection of art, faith and the human experience. In 2006, she received her MTS degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and founded Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith. She has served on the board of the NorthStar Church Network and Baptist News Global for which she writes periodic opinion columns on arts, culture and faith. She has taught classes at the John Leland Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary on the subjects of worship, theology and arts
Lisa is on our Board of Directors
Uptick Artist Collective
The Uptick Artist Collective is a group of artists from Virginia and beyond who are passionate about making disciples and using their crafts to inspire. Birthed in 2014 by Logan Jones and Rachel Pierce, and the investment from Uptick, Logan and Rachel began to pay it forward to a group of singer/songwriter and worship leaders. Over the course of the next several years a collective of artists was born.
Each year a group of artists gather to learn, be discipled, create and pay it forward to the next generation of creative leaders. Since 2014, more than 18 artists have joined the collective. Each one serves and creates with their respective craft some Pastors, some Worship Leaders, some painters, photographers, singers, songwriters and the like.
Sample Uptick Artists Collective Work
Read more about celebrations they’ve shared
Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith s bringing their mobile podcasting unit to this year’s event. Convergence gives encouragement, inspiration and guidance to creative and innovative ministry leaders. Over the last twelve years as an experimental “arts church” they have come to believe that a vibrant spiritual imagination and skillful, disciplined creativity are the keys to faithfully meeting the challenges facing our churches, our communities and our world.
Hunter Marie Hedrick is a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College and actively participates with the InterVarsity Chapter on the campus. She started photography when she was a sophomore and all the way through her senior year, she participated in the Photography and Graphic design course offered at Stafford High School in Stafford, Virginia. Since starting photography, she has engaged and shot many varieties of photography styles ranging from portraits and weddings, to school events.
Hunter grew up in military family, and was born in Japan before moving to North Carolina and eventually, Northern Virginia. Since becoming apart of the Randolph-Macon InterVarsity chapter, she has renewed herself to the lord and is following him in his words and actions. She can not wait to help tell the moving stories of the artist that will be told at mission possible through her photos!
Eleanor Robertson is the owner of Rigby’s Jig Ballroom Dance Studio and the Founder and Executive Director of The Greater Richmond Dance Project. She is a native Richmonder, dedicated to infusing Ballroom and Partner Dance into the fabric of the community. She believes whole-heartedly that dance can change people and positively influence the world. Eleanor’s organizations are also focused on giving back to Richmond, proudly partnering with The Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Susan G. Komen, American Diabetes Association, Jacob’s Chance, ASK, Miracles in Motion and many others to use dance as a tool to help make a difference! When she’s not on the dance floor, she relishes her time with her husband Tim and their two amazing kids, Bella & Burkley.
Watch Eleanor’s two step performance here.
Melody graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Ballet and Modern Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Belhaven, she studied under numerous experts in the field of dance including former professionals from The Royal Ballet and Houston Ballet. Melody has extensive training and experience in ballet, modern, and contemporary and has performed numerous roles both on stage and working behind the scenes. She also has experience in many diverse ministry and leadership roles including Shining Light Prison Ministries, camp counseling, and service as a co-chaplain in a student-led campus organization. After graduation, Melody followed the call of the Lord to Berlin, Germany where she worked for two years with arts ministry organization The Limelight Collective using dance and other forms of art to minister to others. Melody currently performs part-time with Todd Rosenlieb Dance/Virginia Ballet Theatre, teaches several genres of dance, and works with GoCorps helping other young adults use their passions and degree in God’s global work.
Brandess Holmes is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University with a BA in Studio Art and a Minor in Psychology. She has a passion for combining the Gospel of Jesus and the topic of Mental Health to show people that our Lord and Savior not only loves us but He cares. She does this through conversation and art, the latter which has been a passion since she was young (hence the major!) She is currently working on putting together her second art show, Deliverance 2020: A Seat At The Table, coming in August. A show focused on the all encompassing love that Jesus has for this world and everyone in it. She is looking forward to continuing life, pursuing Jesus and creating pieces that she prays
Joshua is a student at Randolph-Macon College (RMC) studying biology and chemistry. His passions are within the health, fitness, and photography communities. He is an active member in the Gamma Chi chapter of Theta Chi on the RMC campus and a member of the Men’s Soccer team. He will continue to pursue these passions after he graduates in hopes of one day opening up his own gym/business.
Harrison Higgins grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from Woodberry Forest School and Davidson College. Following school he worked one year at Elk Hill Farm and then began an apprenticeship with Frank Marquette, a German cabinet maker working in Richmond.
After working with Frank for two years and he started his own shop in Goochland County, VA in a farm shed with a dirt floor and no electricity. Harrison had about a month’s worth of repair and refinishing work to do as well as a new born child to take care of.
He now has 7 employees, heat and electricity, a well-equipped shop, and orders for work for months in advance. The furniture appears in a number of historic sites such as Williamsburg, Monticello, Mt Vernon as well as private homes.
Daniel is a law student and pastor from Warrenton, Virginia interested in criminal justice. He is an Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review and upon graduation will serve as a law clerk to Judge Novak in the Richmond US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. After graduating from The College of William and Mary (BBA, 2013), Daniel earned a Masters of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (2017), and serves as Pastor of Missions at First Baptist Church Ashland. He is married to Kristen, a painter and professor of art at The College of William and Mary. He serves on the Mission Possible Board of Directors.
Makeda is a worship leader and musician. She is a part of national recording group Urban Doxology and travels leading worship as a means of reconciliation and building bridges between people of different races, classes, and cultures. In addition to Urban Doxology, Makeda serves as worship coordinator at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Moseley, Virginia. She is also an experienced choir director and is currently leading a choir at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.
Brittney Rossie is a Brand & Business Strategist who helps kingdom dreamers create captivating personal brands and strategies that convert clients, build wealth and leave a legacy-on their terms.
She also hosts a podcast called the Brittney Rossie Show where she shines a light on brilliant entrepreneurs who are excelling in their industry and she also hosts an incredible community of entrepreneurs called The Legacy Driven Entrepreneur Community where she focuses on equipping and empowering dreamers to hit their impact and income goals with simple tips and strategies.
Prior to entrepreneurship, she spent 7 years doing missions work in 17 countries. On a more personal note, she is an introvert, loves traveling, and is always looking forward to getting lost in her next book, either for business or just for fun!
Jon Gibson is a licensed engineer, ordained pastor, and certified strengths communicator. He has lived in the Richmond area for over twelve years having lived in Connecticut and North Carolina prior to moving here. He has been in full-time vocational ministry for the past sixteen years. Jon is passionate about helping others find out how they are wired and put together so that they can use their strengths in life and work. Jon lives in the suburbs of Richmond with his wife, Carrie, and his three children: Dylan, Tucker, and Chloe. Jon enjoy reading, writing, music, movies, and spending time with his family. Jon is the pastor of the Branch which is a church plant in Ashland, Virginia and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and his musings can be found on his blog.
Logan Jones grew up in Salzburg, Austria, and currently lives in Richmond, VA with his beloved wife Silke and their precious cat Zoey. Logan is an Enneagram Coach and worship leader who loves teaching, guiding and co-creating spaces for all people to connect at ever deeper levels with themselves and the divine.
Immerse into the life of Dadi, a ReEstablish Richmond client, by traveling from “Home” to “Expulsion” to a “Refugee Camp” and finally to “Resettlement.” A walking, imaginative, and educational experience
Rachel Pierce (Uptick Artist Collective)
The Prodigal. Hear the song. Reflect on the painting. Pray over perspective. Immerse into the work of Rachel Pierce by meditating on and being inspired by the story of the prodigal son
Weaving from the Inside Out