We are very excited about the team we're assembling for FCP National! 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. This staffing list is tentative and may be subject to change.
Melissa & Elijah Knuckles | Puppetry, Construction & VideoMelissa and Elijah Knuckles have been involved in puppetry and creative ministry for a combined 50+ years. Together, they are skilled in puppetry, clowning, videography, face painting and beyond! Their greatest joys are Christ and their family.
Debbie Streicher | LeadershipDebbie has been involved in puppet ministry and leadership for 20+ years. She directed ministries in VA and MD, with new ministries branching off into other parts of the country!
She is the Co-Director of Milestones Ministry, LLC and a Past President of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA.
Garrett Elliott | Creative MinistryGarret'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.
Barb Field | Clowning & MimeBarb 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.
Joe Santoro | PuppetryJoe is the owner, puppeteer and creative mastermind of the Wonderment Puppet Theater in Martinsburg, WV. When he is not delighting audiences of all sizes, he is helping children tap into their creativity as an elementary school art teacher.
Linda MacAuslan | Puppet BuildingLinda 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.
Gabriel Galdamez | CreativityGabriel has been passionately involved creative arts for over 15 years and God has accomplished infinitely more than he might have ever imagined!
Gabriel has a heart for teaching young people the value of pouring their gifts at Christ's feet. He is the director of "Create, Minister, Teach!” in the San Francisco Bay Area and has trained teams and leaders throughout the United States and Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
Amanda Sommerfeld | PuppetryAmanda 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.
Kristofer Sommerfeld | PuppetryKristofer 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.”
Peter & Laura WrayPeter and Laura Wray have shared a life-long fascination with puppetry and have served on their ministry team, Christ in Action, alongside their 3 grown children. Peter is a puppeteer, music procurer and prop builder while Laura is a puppeteer, costumer and prop builder and co-director.
Patsy Coffin | Puppet BuildingPatsy 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.