We are very excited about the team we've assembled for FCP 2018! Please keep them in prayer as they prepare to share with us throughout the week during devotions, workshops and performances. You may read their biography by clicking their image.
Jim Scott and his wife Bonnie have been directing the Celebration Puppeteers for 36 years in Indianapolis, IN. His ministry maintains a busy year-round schedule of rehearsals and performances. He and his wife also make all their own puppets and teach others how to do the same. Jim is the co-author of the "Puppet Director's Notebook." He has many tips for organizing and leading an effective ministry team.
Barb Field is a NY-state certified teacher and professional clown and mime. She first discovered her passion for mime in 1989 on her first mission trip to Mexico. Since then, she has visited hundreds of churches, painted thousands of faces, and graciously ministered on missions, streets and wherever the Lord leads her.
Kristofer is the director of Evergreen Creative Ministries and has 13 years of experience in multi-media, puppetry, creative arts, and children’s ministry. Kristofer has trained under some of the nation’s top puppeteers. He is the president of the National Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers (FCP). Kristofer is the founder of Kristofer Sommerfeld Productions and the brand “Puppedcation.”
Jill is the founder and director of PRINCE PUPPETS, a multi-faceted performance team. For more than a quarter of a century Jill and the PRINCE PUPPETS have traveled many kingdoms far and wide sharing the love of Jesus. When she isn't busy cleaning the moat or fighting dragons, Jill toils within the castle workshop creating puppets sold worldwide. She is also director of Metro Children's Outreach which provides sidewalk Sunday School and creative ministry training to urban youth.
Michael T. is an Ordained Minister, Magician, Motivational Speaker and Children's Book Author. He travels throughout North America and around the world entertaining and challenging audiences of all ages in churches, schools, service organizations, corporations and back yards! Each day Michael T. wears a big Smile so he can be an encouragement to others that they may see the Love of Jesus Christ through him and to plant that Seed!
Linda and her husband, Ray directed the puppet ministry, “Patchwork” for over 35 years. They utilized puppets, props, blacklights and human visualizations to present the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ in a variety of settings. Linda enjoys directing the choir in their Church, teaching the teen Sunday School Class and singing on the Worship team. She is a RN and recently retired as a System Director of Education/School of Nursing in Elmira, NY.
Debbie Streicher has always had a passion for puppetry and has been involved in ministry for 20+ years. She has led ministries in VA and MD and several other ministries have sprouted from these ministries in other parts of the country. She is currently the Co-Director of Milestones Ministry, LLC and Past President of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA.
Garret's love of music and drama has played a part in inspiring his desire to share God’s love with others in very unique ways. Garrett has eight years of experience in choreographing for all sorts of creative arts, from human video to dowel rods. Whether it be through dramas, dance-infused sign language, or directing productions, he is always striving to be inventive in the creative world.
Bill Scott, a retired pastor from southeastern Pennsylvania, has had a life-long interest in puppetry, integrating into many aspects of his ministry. In addition to his own pastoral work, he has led workshops and worked with local congregations, Sunday School associations, and Christian schools to equip others to use puppets in classrooms, children’s ministry, outreach and short-term mission projects.
Essie has been involved in creative ministries for over 10 years. She specializes in puppetry and balloon twisting, but also enjoys dowel rods, sign language, and human video.
Her education and 35 years of experience are centered in children’s ministry. Her passion is for children to know how very much God loves them. Kendra teaches at regional creative arts conferences.
Patsy has been working with and making puppets for 25 years. She has been teaching children's church for 45 years. She has been on two mission trips to Honduras where she taught how to make and manipulate puppets. She also has puppets in Ecuador, Philippines and China.
Kristyn loves music and has a gift for using sign language as praise and worship. She has 13 years of experience in puppetry and children’s ministry. Kristyn excels at making a puppet come to life and interpretive movement.
Amanda will find a use for anything in ways they weren’t intended for. She is the “go-to” for ideas on how to make almost any kind of prop. Amanda has 10 years of experience in puppetry.