After working in youth ministry for over fifteen years, pastor and artist Adam Walker Cleaveland launched Illustrated Children’s Ministry, LLC in September 2015, and it has been growing ever since. We started off with an empty mailing list, and it has grown to over 12,000 people in just over a year.
We have customers from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, China, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Spain and Greenland.
It’s quickly become clear that this was a much-needed resource not only in the area of children’s ministry, but in a variety of other ministry settings and for people to use at home.
Illustrated Children’s Ministry, LLC also quickly went from being a solopreneur venture to a fully-fledged team of fun and creative people.
We want to provide effective and creative resources, so please be in touch if there is something you’d love to see us create for you and your churches and families. You can email us here.
The Illustrated Children’s Ministry Team
Adam Walker Cleaveland – Founder & Illustrations Guru
Adam is an artist, entrepreneur, pastor, pastor’s spouse, and father of four (two living). Adam graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. Adam is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served churches in Idaho, California, Oregon and Illinois. After doing youth ministry for over 15 years, Adam founded Illustrated Children’s Ministry, and loves providing the church and families with creative, illustrated resources.
Jill Vint – Operations Guru
Before becoming a stay-at-home mom six years ago, Jill worked as a special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and the Greenwich Council District in Southeast London. While working from home in that capacity, she also served on her children’s preschool board of directors for three years, including in the role of president in her third year. She is involved with the Gift of Adoption Fund—a cause near and dear to her heart—serving on the national board for three years and the investment board for the last two years. When she is not chasing after her two children, Jill enjoys traveling with her family, training for triathlons, and knitting.
ALISSA ELLETT – OUTREACH & WRITING GURU
Alissa has worked in ministry for fifteen years, serving in churches across California. She earned her Masters in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Currently based in Fresno, CA, when she’s not writing curriculum for Illustrated Children’s Ministry, she’s immortalizing moments and seasons in others’ journeys through her photography business, Waypoint Photography.
MAKEESHA FISHER – SOCIAL MEDIA GURU
Makeesha is a freelance social media manager and graphic artist, and is much better at writing other people’s bios. She grew up in church ministry in the US, and has worked with children, youth, college and career, and arts ministries in a variety of contexts. While she herself still often feels like a teenager, she is actually old enough to have a teenage daughter (*gasp) and a pre-teen daughter (who is basically a 30-year-old trapped in a kid body). She lives in Vancouver, BC Canada with her husband David, the family dog Millie, and their cat Vixen. She is a gamer nerd, lover of comic books, knitting, and reading, and tries to stay active with martial arts, swimming, and as much dancing as she can fit into her life.
JASON FOWLER – ILLUSTRATION/LAYOUT GURU
Jason is a creative professional, graphic designer, web designer and follower of Jesus. He lives with his wife, Pam, and seven kids on a farm by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He is the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Sustainable Traditions project and the coordinator of the Land and Table local food network. The Fowlers are also a part of Ecclesia Communities, a growing simple church network with a focus on organic, missional and relational expressions of Gospel living. Jason blogs at SustainableTraditions.com. You can view his creative work at: WiselyWoven.com.
JESSICA HAUSER BRYDON – WRITING GURU
Jessica is a Social Worker serving Early Childhood Programs in Muskegon County, Michigan, and is an ordained minister in the PC(USA). After earning her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Jessica found herself in a variety of work situations that drew on her training in both disciplines. As one half of a clergy couple and parent to three children, Jessica has had both personal and professional experience helping her own family and many church families discover ways to be fully engaged in worship and faith communities. Having been a big fan and supporter of ICM from the beginning, she was excited to have an opportunity to join the writing team.
ARIANNE BRAITHWAITE LEHN – WRITING GURU
Arianne is a mother, one half of a clergy couple, writer, and ordained minister with the PC(USA). As a South Dakota native, Arianne originally planned on Law School until God called her to Taiwan where everything changed. She later graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago). She and her family live in Wilmette, IL. Arianne loves creating things – on the page, in the kitchen, out in nature, and in relationships. She blogs at ariannebraithwaitelehn.com.
ERIKA MARKSBURY – WRITING GURU
Erika is Senior Pastor of the creative, welcoming First Baptist Church of McMinnville, Oregon, and mom to two exhausting, inspiring boys. She coordinates Practicing Families, a blog where parents share hilarious/poignant/cringe-worthy/helpful stories of what it’s like to explore faith with kids.