Jon Collins is a writer and creative director for The Bible Project. He has a BA in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University (where he met Tim). Jon is affectionately known by the team as the Architect of Ideas. He is a master of making complex ideas simple, and has spent the last decade founding and leading digital media and marketing companies.
Tim Mackie is a writer and creative director for The Bible Project. He has a PhD in Semitic Languages and Biblical Studies. He wrote his dissertation on the manuscript history of the book of Ezekiel, with a focus on the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls. What a total nerd! He is a professor at Western Seminary and served as a teaching pastor for many years.
Gerry Breshears is on The Bible Project’s Board of Directors. He has a PhD in Systematic Theology and has served as a professor for over 30 years at Western Seminary in Portland, OR. Aside from providing counsel to Tim and Jon as a Board member, he also consults on our scripts and content portfolio.
Robert Perez is an illustrator who teamed up with the project during its initial conception and has stuck around ever since. Now the art director, his job and passion is to bring an excellence not only to the artwork, but also the storytelling of anything we make. Fun fact: He’s lovingly known as Robot or Bot around the studio.
Jon Dobson is the Director of Technology at The Bible Project. He brings 25 years of experience in the animation and visual-effects industry where he worked on Disney theme park attractions, several feature films, and everything in between. Prior to joining The Bible Project, Jon was a Senior Technical Director at Laika animation.
Aeron Sullivan is our Director of Audience Engagement and comes to us from the military and for-profit technology sector. He holds a bachelors in political science and an MBA. In 2016, Aeron was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. He resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and two daughters.
Miriam Chesbro is our team’s enthusiast — using her theatrics to pester teammates and coerce them into producing animated videos, and liking it! As producer at The Bible Project, she keeps video timelines humming along and manages a handful of other projects with the help of giant wall-size gantt charts. She also plays the cello!
Ken Weigel can't draw, animate or exegete Nehemiah — which in our office makes him an oddity! Ken serves TBP as our partnership liaison and strategic advisor. The Bible Project intentionally invests resources into developing generous relationships with organizations to increase the usefulness and impact of our content.
Matthew Halbert-Howen is our multi-talented graphic designer with degrees in Literature, Theology, and the Bible. He takes our illustrations and turns them into everything from website design elements to apparel to study guides and much more. He can play accordion and ride a unicycle but not at the same time.
Dani Collins' very first job was as a bookkeeper for a small construction company in the 70s. Things have changed a bit since then. She's married to Bob and they have three amazing children and six wonderful grandsons. She’s not creative at all, but it brings her great joy to work at The Bible Project and see the magic happen!
Kayla Mayer is a storyboarder, concept designer, and illustrator for The Bible Project. She maintains her own illustration practice outside of work, including an Etsy, convention vending, and showing at galleries. She spends time messing around with found objects, crafting, repairing, improving — recently she built a chandelier with fabric scraps and Goodwill finds.
Darrin Casler has been working alongside Robot as our senior animator since the days of Abraham (Genesis Part 2), or three years; we're not quite sure. He strongly believes salads are only a side dish and fills the mandatory roll of friendly office curmudgeon, especially on early mornings. Just kidding, only on early mornings.
Everett Patterson drew the majority of the Read Scripture videos and currently storyboards and illustrates The Bible Project’s "How to Read the Bible" series. A comic-book artist and former assistant editor at Dark Horse Comics, he’s fascinated by the narrative potential of art. When he’s done drawing for the day, Everett enjoys drawing.
Josh Espasandin is an animator for The Bible Project, specializing in character animation. He focuses specifically on conveying emotion and personality through characters. Outside of The Bible Project, he is an avid YouTuber, ministry leader with his church, and a major Disney fan (especially character development and animation).
Mac Cooper is an illustrator and traditional animator, working predominantly on Book and Theme Videos, though he is responsible for a number of Read Scripture videos as well. Beyond the Bible Project, he keeps it interesting with side gigs from graphic novels to design work, and maintains a healthy, adults-are-totally-still-allowed fascination with Legos, Star Wars, and Batman.
Guy Van Bogart is a technical animator and our resident computer geek. He has animated videos in our Book and Theme series, as well as many of our Read Scripture videos. A graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado for Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Guy spends his spare time building computers fast enough to fuel his fascination with computer graphics.
Patrick Murphy is a freelance animator and illustrator who works with the Bible Project on a number of projects. He piloted our first video in the Word Study series and is currently leading the development of the creative universe for our whole Word Study series. He also pitches in on the "How to Read the Bible" series with Everett and Nyssa.
Nyssa Oru is an illustrator at The Bible project. She spends her time working on the "How to Read the Bible" video series with Everett and Patrick. Nyssa (like many of our creatives) is multi-talented! When not at The Bible Project, she spends her time making comics, video games, and experimental pastries.
Amber Dillon is our Office Administrator and helps support the Bible Project team. She loves working with and for people, and her goal is to make everyone’s day a little brighter. Amber received her BTh here in Portland and is a firm believer that the Pacific Northwest’s rain has its charm — even though it rains a majority of the time!
Reed Harvey is our sound engineer who has the delightful task of creating sonic textures that enliven many of the videos. He works at Digital One Studio in Portland, Oregon, where he works with some of the country’s premier filmmakers and advertising agencies. When he’s not manning the soundboard, Reed can be found scaling El Capitan and other cliffs around the world.
Josh Swain is a total nerd for moving pictures — a student of motion graphics, animation, live action, and video games (and anything even remotely related). He is a freelance animator and illustrator who has worked on a bunch of Read Scripture videos and is now animating the "How to Read the Bible" series. He uses way too many emoji and will not apologize for it.
Tori Wells is the Intern here at the Bible Project. She has a BS in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee. A master of spreadsheets and birthday shenanigans, she helps keep the office organized (and celebrating) on a day-to-day basis.