Stephen Roach is the pioneering visionary of The Breath & the Clay creative arts movement and host of the Makers and Mystics podcast. He is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, public-speaker and poet. His cinematic-folk band Songs of Water has written and recorded six albums and contributed music to independent films and commercials as well as the works of recording artists Ricky Skaggs, Jonathan David Helser, John Mark McMillan, Sean Feucht and many others.
Stephen travels internationally, performing and conducting workshops and keynotes on creativity and the pursuit of God. He has taught as a guest speaker at The 18 Inch Journey and Selah Ministries Creative Worship Schools. He served as Worship Pastor and Creative Arts Director for Awake Church in Winston Salem, NC. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Greensboro, NC, with their two beautiful children, Evangelyn Belle and Isaac Brighton.
Josh Garrels has spent more than a decade crafting music that cuts clean through. Resting in the space between accessibility and honesty, Garrels’ songs wrestle with and celebrate the mystery of faith with authenticity and heart. Cultivating a genre-blending mix of folk and hip hop, Garrels’ music explores themes of compassion, hope, longing, and liberation.
Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. Her newest book, The Next Right Thing, offers a simple, soulful practice for making life decisions. Emily is also the host of The Next Right Thing Podcast. She's currently working to earn her MA in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership. In her writing and speaking, Emily always seeks to create space for the soul to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with her online at emilypfreeman.com and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.
Amena Brown is an author, spoken word poet, speaker, and event host. The author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books, Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, reside in Atlanta, GA.
CJ Casciotta is a writer and communicator who is passionate about helping organizations and individuals discover their inherent uniqueness. In his debut book, Get Weird, CJ asks the question, What if the outrageous, imaginative, crazy ideas that live inside your wildest dreams are actually there on purpose, divinely preinstalled to help others?
For over 15 years CJ has helped some of the world's biggest brands discover their unique identity and share it creatively including Lululemon, The United Nations, MGM Studios, and Whole Foods. His work has been featured on national media including CBS, MTV, Amazon Prime, and The Huffington Post. Lately, CJ has been sharing his ideas at places like TEDx, Saddleback Church, Story Conference, and Charity:Water.