Ambassadors

We believe God has gifted every individual on the earth in a unique way to bring Him glory and further His kingdom.  It is our desire to gather an army of individuals who show proficiency in the creative arts and technology with a passion to advance the name of Jesus globally through supporting cross cultural missions with visually excellent materials and communication training. Our desire is to equip missionaries with communication tools and tell their story.

The following individuals have gone through our application process and been approved to become TGS Ambassadors. We could not have asked, created, dreamed of, or prayed for a better team to represent the mission of The Good Story.

It is our desire to build TGS chapters all over the US and beyond to undergird missionaries and ministries that apply for visual and communication services.
Anthony Russo
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing

Anthony Russo

Florida

“Historically visual arts and more recently technology can “go” places that people and words can not. I think to not engage the visual arts as well as technology is to not utilize every resource at our disposal to fulfill the Great Commission. I think the good news of the gospel is best delivered personably with love, patience and grace; but we’d be doing ourselves, our brothers and sisters in the mission field, and their people groups of ministry a disservice if we didn’t utilize every medium to support that delivery.”

Evan Schwartz
  • Videography
  • Graphic Design

Evan Schwartz

Texas

“I’ve seen good design and good story work. Knowing that what you see in your mailbox or on a screen for a few minutes can lead to a person across the world coming to Christ means a lot to me. But it can only be done if you engage people with that story. Paul said he became all things for all men so that he might save some. I think there’s a fair chance that the good story is some of the ‘all things.’”

Lauren White
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design

Lauren White

Virginia

“Our world is so visually driven, and easily distracted. There is so much noise out there. So many things to spend your money on. Sadly, raising funds as a missionary and maintaining supporters requires marketing skills. And missionaries don’t typically have those skills. So it is vital that the body supports one another for the common purpose of reaching the nations!”

Shane Tucker
  • Videography
  • Graphic Design

Shane Tucker

Ohio

“I’m not a great speaker, I’m not all that great with words but I can contribute with a guitar, computer or camera. When I get to combine all to help people it’s kind of the ultimate reward for me.”

David Terrell
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Editing

David Terrell

Illinois

“We have to be able to communicate the vision and mission for people to be able to engage it and begin to follow Jesus”

Taylor Likes
  • Graphic Design
  • Videography
  • Web Design

Taylor Likes

Missouri

“I try to fulfill the Great Commission where I am with the way that I live my life and the work that I do. But an opportunity to support others who are out in the world is perfect. To me, this is one of the best ways I can help to fulfill the Great Commission!”

Carissa Johnson
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing

Carissa Johnson

Utah

“The mission of The Good Story aligns beautifully with the desires that God has placed in my heart. I have never been called to be a full-time missionary, but I have always known that I want to use the skills and gifts that the Lord has given me to do something purposeful and meaningful to bring glory to God. TGS offers that opportunity to work directly to further the Kingdom with a passion that is not immediately recognized as “Christian.”

Adam Miller
  • Videography
  • Motion Graphics

Adam Miller

Virginia

“I find that many people have an ability in telling stories and capturing moments, but that extra level of production magic is often overlooked due to a limited budget or other circumstances. I love “frosting the cake” so to speak and my set of skills is such a niche thing that I am always looking for opportunities to partner with those doing work that shows Christ to others. I do recognize that there is a MASSIVE shortcoming of quality content and clear branding that tends to come with people who do have that kind of evangelical passion. Missionaries have to be supported and I want to be one of those areas of support since I’m not able to be the one on the front line.”

Marcello Aquino
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

Marcello Aquino

North Carolina

“The Word of God is sacred but it needs to be preached. That’s when the visual arts & technology come in. We will be able amplify its reach to the deployment of our gifts towards the support of missionaries/churches and non-profits all over the world helping tell their stories. They are agents of positive change that are making our world a better place through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Kevin Malone
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing

Kevin Malone

Texas

“My pastor says when you’re called to ministry, you can be one of two things: a missionary, or mission minded. Some of us are called to the mission field – and while I love mission journeys, I don’t feel called to a long-term mission opportunity. The rest of us need to be mission minded, supporting the mission field with our time, gifts, and finances. By using communications and arts to help missionaries raise support, we are being mission-minded and playing our role within the Great Commission.”

Dillon Tulip
  • Videography

Dillon Tulip

Virginia

“I love God, I love helping people, and I love missions. Missionaries are really the hands and feet of what God is doing on this planet. They have the unique ability to reach people that others might not be able to, they are in the fields for God and that is a powerful calling. As a creative I see one of the biggest ways to help spread the love of God is by helping these missionaries in the ways God has blessed us individually.”

Miranda Canady
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Social Media

Miranda Canady

Virginia

“Our world very much has a lean towards visual arts and technology. We have an opportunity to create stories that would resonate and touch people in ways that we never could have before. The use of media is such a good/bad combination and we have a chance to really take this outlet and use it to glorify God. I think this is a game changer for missions. It gives those of us, who sit comfortably in the United States a real-life look at what it takes and looks like to serve God in other places. It rattles us in our complacency to let our Bibles sit dust covered, while others fight to read theirs. It calls us to action through giving and going.”

Mandi Corbett
  • Writing
  • Copy Editing

Mandi Corbett

Virginia
“It’s been said that true calling is where your passions and burdens collide, and for me, this is it. My greatest passion is telling stories that lead to a deeper understanding of our Father’s heart. He is moving mightily around the world revealing his love in ways we never imagined. These are the stories that desperately need telling.”

Joel Coleman
  • Photography

Joel Coleman

Virginia

“I believe our culture is so visually driven and the attention spans of my and younger generations has never been shorter. I believe traditional forms of missions communications need to adapt with the times, and I feel that creatives can play a huge role in this. If I can create engaging imagery that causes people to engage with a family or story for longer than they would otherwise and therefore are able to pray more specifically, give directly or even go to a place, then that’s something I want to be involved in.”

Joseph Lunden
  • Internet Security

Joseph Lunden

Virginia

“I had a dream (like awakened from my sleep type dream) about a year ago that I would help missionaries stay safe on the Internet in foreign countries, and, crazy enough, this is a fulfillment of that dream. Staying safe nowadays has taken on a whole new meaning. The Internet has completely changed the way we live and communicate, and it has so many awesome uses, but there are plenty of people out there whose desire is to steal your information and use it maliciously. My goal is to present content to our front-line workers that will allow them to best communicate the Gospel both here and around the globe in a safe and secure manner. The Good Story offers me a chance to take part in God’s command to take the Gospel to the nations.”

Janine Coleman
  • Graphic Design

Janine Coleman

Virginia

“The mission of The Good Story is  exciting to me because it gives creatives the opportunity to use their expertise to serve missionaries and their families. So often, people on-field are faced with a need to be experts in areas outside their knowledge. We’re here to help tell their story and relieve some of the unnecessary burden that can come with being a missionary.”

Dustin Heigh
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design

Dustin Heigh

Canada
“I believe creatively expressing the beauty of the Gospel is engaging the call to be His witnesses. We are called to witness, to look for His glory at work in every detail of life and to be witnesses to that glory, to testify and worship Him in response. I believe that the arts are fundamental to this process, that this expression is an aspect of the Great Commission we, as the Church, have struggled to uphold. I wanted to be involved because I have a passion to celebrate and enable the beautiful stories of God’s glory in God’s people to be shared for the purpose of His Church flourishing and the name of Jesus exalted.”

Kathleen Ostrom
  • Graphic Design
  • Calligraphy

Kathleen Ostrom

Colorado

“I LOVE LOVE LOVE the vision and mission of The Good Story. There are so many people all over the world who have given everything to reach people in the name of Jesus. While I may not be called to serve full-time in another country, what an honor to equip and empower those who are. We don’t do what we do for our own glory, but sometimes it’s just encouraging to know we aren’t alone. I love people and I love hearing their stories and encouraging them.”

Melanie Rebsamen
  • Graphic Design

Melanie Rebsamen

South Carolina

“When Ryan and Kelly had talked about their vision for where they saw the Lord leading, I thought, Wow! This is what bold faith is all about! Stepping out of your comfort zone and going where God is leading. When asked to help with design, I immediately said yes! God has given me these talents and I want to use them for His glory. Whatever little I can do to help further the kingdom, I am in! The Good Story is filling a need that will do just that and I am honored to be a part of their vision!”

Matt Mcneill
  • Videography

Matt Mcneill

Texas

“As a filmmaker I am always searching for stories to tell. This allows me to do something I am passionate about while helping others. I want to shine a light on missionaries who are doing great work. They inspire me! Engaging the visual arts and technology for supporting missions is vital to fulfilling the Great Commission. I see it as not only a huge opportunity, but also the most effective way to communicate. I think if we can tell stories carefully and engage audiences, we can teach them about Christ in a non-intimidating way. I look forward to serving The Good Story with this passion and my abilities.”

 

Kelly Reece
  • Graphic Design

Kelly Wolbert

Oregon

“I chose to study graphic design to give back to those who could benefit from this type of skill set. Having experienced first hand the overwhelming need for the visual arts and that The Good Story wants to offer this for workers overseas as soon as I learned about this dream I knew this would be something I want to be a part of. I also love that The Good Story wants to involve a tribe of people who will be stronger together to help advance the kingdom of God through their gifts and talents.

God’s gifted each member of His body in unique ways to advance the Kingdom of God. I love the quote from Francis Shaeffer ‘A Christian should use arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God.’ This is something that I see as using towards equipping missionaries. And communicating the hope of Jesus Christ to the world should be displayed in beautiful and effective ways…that’s where artists are needed!”

Ralston Vaz
  • Identity Design
  • Web Design

Ralston Vaz

Washington, D.C.

“At the logistical heart of what Matthew 28:19-20 is communication. We are modern artisans of the art and science of effective communication. Our participation is crucial to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. It’s that simple. Beneath that, I believe we were all specifically designed to love what we love and do what we do. Our skills and abilities are not random or incidental. They were given to each of us by God with great intention. There is purpose to our uniqueness. And since I agree with the belief that the purpose of our existence is to bring God glory, I must conclude that our gifts, talents, skills and abilities are mere and magnificent tools to fulfill that purpose. The selfless generosity of the mission of The Good Story is what drew me to it. The opportunity to employ the skills and abilities I actually have in ministry. The chance to design for something I can believe in. The chance to help make hope visible.”

Rachel Wong
  • Public Relations
  • Project Management

Rachel Wong

South Carolina

“The Good Story resonates with me in such a strong way! Being a communications major, I didn’t think I could do anything with missions because I wasn’t a pastor, church planter, or the like. God pointed out how wrong I was and also exposed me to the HUGE need there is for communications/technology in the missions community. It’s often an overlooked resource, but a hugely important one! Though I’m no longer serving on the mission field, I’ve always been looking for something I could support in a personal way and this ministry is exactly the kind of thing that gets me excited!”

David Tofilon
  • Videography
  • Graphic Design

David Tofilon

Indiana

“The Good Story LITERALLY took the words out of my mouth. I went recently on a trip to the dominican where a local missionary needed support but couldn’t leave his job to come and fundraise back in america a) because he didn’t have any money and b) no visa. I came back and started to fundraise with the gifts I had through designing t-shirts to sell, planning 5k color runs and making a website for him. Since last summer we have raise over 2k for him. I get The Good Story’s heartbeat.”

 

Stephen Hallgren
  • Web Development

Stephen Hallgren

New York

“It’s been hard to figure out how I can use my skills/talents to further the kingdom of God. What The Good Story is about is everything that seems to fit what I can do. The internet depresses me sometimes and I want to use it for purposes that are good and life-changing. Using my skills to relieve the burden that missionaries feel is definitely something life-changing. There’s a lot of bad services out there and it’s overwhelming for missionaries to know what to do. I also see many ministries spending more money than they ought to, to have these services rendered. Engaging in technology to serve missionaries can help alleviate these issues and allow them to do what they are good at.”

Jenn Narstadt
  • Writing

Jenn Narstadt

Georgia

“The mission of The Good Story is  exciting to me because it gives creatives the opportunity to use their expertise to serve missionaries and their families. So often, people on-field are faced with a need to be experts in areas outside their knowledge. We’re here to help tell their story and relieve some of the unnecessary burden that can come with being a missionary.”

Maria Spady
  • Photography
  • Social Media

Maria Spady

Virginia

“I believe it is crucial that we stay relevant and show the story of how God is working around the world. A lot of people believe that God still works miracles, but they have yet to see this happen because they live in the United States. Visual arts and technology can be used to tell these stories – both of miracles and life change. We need to bring attention to the billions who do now yet know Jesus, and make them real. It’s easy to ignore a number, but it’s impossible to forget a face. I believe visual arts and technology can help make these people real, people who so desperately need Jesus.”

Have These Skills and Passions?

If the mission of TGS resonates with you and you would like to apply to become an Ambassador, please go to our application page today!

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