Over the weekend of March 22-24, the Oregon Conference will launch its very first Creators Lab event at the Holden Convention Center in Gladstone, Oregon. Over the past decade, the rise of social media platforms, smartphone technology, and recording innovations have enabled Seventh-day Adventists across the world to share their faith in new and exciting ways. From YouTube and TikTok channels to podcasts and online documentary series, the internet has created new spaces for people of faith to connect, create, and ask crucial questions about the world we live in.
As Seventh-day Adventists, media ministry has always played an important part in our identity and mission. From print and literature ministries to radio and television broadcasts, we have sought to use whatever tools we can to spread the message of Jesus’ love to the world.
Today, media ministry has expanded into a dizzying array of platforms, but what hasn’t changed is our need to gather and learn from each other face-to-face. Creators Lab was grown to meet that need. In March, podcasters, YouTubers, filmmakers, and more will meet at the Holden Convention Center to learn from each other, create new friendships, and spend intentional, focused time exploring what it means to share our faith through digital media. Experienced creatives and those interested in learning more about digital ministry are encouraged to attend!
Speakers this year come from a variety of backgrounds, including TikTok’s Kevin Wilson (@crossculturekev)–who recently joined the Oregon Conference as the new youth and young adult pastor at the Sunnyside Adventist Church, Seth Pierce, who hosts the Beast & Bible podcast, documentary filmmaker Evelin Velinova, Oregon Conference Digital Media Specialist Kaleb Eisele, Washington Conference Media Director Ernesto Hernandez, and Nicole Dominguez–writer and host of the Faith, Reconstructed podcast.
“Creators Lab signals a new era of creativity and storytelling through digital mediums within the Adventist community,” said Heather Moor, who works as a podcast producer and creative project manager for the Adventist Learning Community and plans to showcase a few of ALC’s projects at Creators Lab this year. “I can’t wait to see what the next class of creators who get their jump start at Creators Lab will do!”
Registration is now open for this year’s Creators Lab. You can find out more about the event and register by visiting www.creatorslabpnw.info.