Creative Christians

Creative Christians

Listen to inspirational stories of Christians who are using their God-given talents and gifts in creative endeavors, such as filmmaking, writing & music – not just to make a living or fulfill a passion – but to glorify God as well. Host Tim Ristow – a Christian, filmmaker, writer and creative - interviews a different guest each episode from his circle of fellow Christian creatives. How do creatives approach their craft? What kinds of things are they creating? What are the processes they use to create them? How do they strive to be and stay creative? How does their faith influence and inform their creativity?


May 19, 2023 58 mins

Scott Nurmela is an actor, writer, director and even a set designer.  Scott has acted in theater, television and film.  He’s been in over 100 theatrical productions as a part of The Popcorn Players in Azle, Texas, a community theater group of which he serves as president.  He’s written four plays.  His latest, “The Front Porch” is a wonderful tale about a newlywed couple who buys a home and lives in it all their lives, with various...

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In the second season debut episode, host Tim Ristow welcomes returning guest, Dr. Kurt Senske, back on to discuss his latest book titled, “The CEO and the Board: The Art of Nonprofit Governance as a Competitive Advantage”.

Dr. Senske delves into the very relationship driven world of governance between a CEO and a board and between individual board members.  Digging into topics such as communication, ethics and personal int...

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January 21, 2023 100 mins

Nature & wildlife photographer Dave DeVore joins host Tim Ristow to discuss how he uses his photography skills as a tool to witness to the wonders of God's Creation.  Providing a mix of helpful photography tips, descriptions of personal favorite photographs, and insights into the habitats and animals that he has had the opportunity to observe and photograph, DeVore shares a wide range of photography related stories with hi...

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November 2, 2022 99 mins

Jazz musician Eric Willis joins host Tim Ristow for an in-depth & powerful interview  about music, family, fathers & sons, abuse, the Gospel, theology, and forgiveness and redemption.  Eric’s story is tied intimately into music and family. 

Eric is a highly talented and experienced pianist and keyboard artist out of Dallas, Texas who also began as a percussionist.  Mentored early on by the musical talents of peopl...

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October 4, 2022 78 mins

Award-winning author, Deborah DeArmond, one of the writers behind  "The Write Calling: Encouragement for the Writer's Heart" joins host Tim Ristow to discuss her writing, her books, coaching for writers and her faith.  

DeArmond has written 6 books, including  “Related by Chance, Family by Choice”, “I Choose You Today", and "Don’t Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight!” All three books focus on relati...

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September 18, 2022 67 mins

Film Scholar Dr. Philip Hohle started teaching video production & communication courses at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas in the 1980’s.  Host Tim Ristow was one of his students in his Introduction to Media class.     

Hohle went on to form his own production company, Parabolic Productions, in 1991 and has produced hundreds of videos over 20+ years in video production.  Parabolic eventually became the preferred vide...

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September 6, 2022 65 mins

Filmmaker Philip Hohle started producing videos and films at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas in the 1980’s.  He also taught communications classes at the college and host Tim Ristow was one of his students in his Introduction to Media class.    

Hohle went on to form his own production company, Parabolic Productions, in 1991.  Parabolic eventually became the preferred video production company for The Lutheran Church–Miss...

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August 6, 2022 91 mins

Tim welcomes author Dr. Kurt Senske to the show to discuss his calling and his writing.  Dr. Senske has written four books: "The Wine and the Word: Savor & Serve" (2014), "The Calling: Live a Life of Significance" (2010),  "Personal Values" (2004), and "Executive Values" (2003).  Senske has a fifth book arriving in 2023, tentatively titled "The CEO and the Board: The Art of Governanc...

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May 17, 2022 51 mins

Tim continues his interview with his friend and VoiceOver artist Monte Reid from Sweden.  Hear some of Monte's creative character voices and learn about some of the most unusual places & spaces where Monte has had to record voicoevers.   Monte discusses some of his experiences on film sets and in video productions, both as an actor and voice talent.  Hear a sample song from Monte as he discusses why he is so passionate abo...

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April 26, 2022 56 mins

In this episode, host Tim Ristow talks with his friend and voice talent Monte Reid from Sweden.  Monte has recorded his voice for thousands of film trailers, documentaries and productions.  He's also an actor, singer, writer and former youth minister.  Get to know Monte, including how he and Tim first met; hear stories from some of Monte's voiceover career and a sample of his voice work; hear a wonderful story about how M...

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March 25, 2022 68 mins

Host Tim Ristow gets to know the creative side of author & pastor, Mike Newman.  Ristow delves into Newman's approach to writing and how he approaches the creative process.  Newman also reflects on how sharing aspects of his personal story is an important asset in connecting with readers, talks about dealing with pain and loss in his own personal history, and examines how his faith informs his writing.  Newman has written ...

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