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. As the mailing list quickly grew and people kept showing interest in and buying the products we were releasing, it became clear that this was a much-needed resource not only in the area of children’s ministry, but also in finding creative ways to approach faith at home. It also became clear that this was much more than a one-person business, and Adam began bringing in others to form the Illustrated Children’s Ministry team.
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 has served churches in Idaho, California, Oregon and Illinois. He loves drawing (especially with his four year old son Caleb), getting addicted to good TV shows and spending time with his family. His wife Sarah is also a pastor and serves the Winnetka Congregational Church. If you want to connect more with Adam, you can follow him at @adamwc on most social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or at any of his sites, including AWC Illustrations, AdamWC.com and Pomomusings.
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.
Sarah Walker Cleaveland – Writing Guru & Chief Support Officer
Sarah is a pastor and spiritual director living and working outside of Chicago. She believes that God is all about love and can be found in the midst of almost anything, appreciates irreverence, and has (at times) an irritating sense of humor. She is also of the opinion that children are the best, that unscripted children’s moments are great fun, and that the best stories can be found in the Old Testament. When she’s not working, which is admittedly not as frequent as it should be, Sarah loves spending time with her four-year-old son, practicing/learning woodworking, and schooling Adam in the particulars of good grammar. Learn more about Sarah at sarahwalkercleaveland.com.
Sarah wrote content for An Illustrated Advent.
Alissa Ellett – Writing Guru
Alissa has worked in ministry for fifteen years, serving in churches across California. She earned her master’s in Christian education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is currently serving as the children’s and youth director at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California, where she lives with her husband, James, and daughter, June. What gets her going? Live music, spicy Thai food, cream Earl Grey tea, travel, and creating beauty and depth, no matter the medium, especially if it elicits uncovering one’s place in God’s ecology.
Alissa wrote content for An Illustrated Earth and An Illustrated Summer.
Arianne Braithwaite Lehn – Writing Guru
Arianne is a mother, one half of a clergy couple, a writer, and an ordained minister with the PC(USA). As a South Dakota native, Arianne originally planned on attending law school, but God called her to Taiwan, where everything changed. She later graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She now lives with her husband, Jeff (the other clergy couple half), and their one-year-old daughter in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Arianne loves creating things—on the page, in the kitchen, out in nature, and in relationships. She blogs here.
Arianne wrote content for An Illustrated Earth and An Illustrated Summer.
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’s been shaped by growing up in the Midwest, participating in a racial justice project in the South, attending seminary in the Northeast, and studying in Kenya. She coordinates Practicing Families, a blog where parents share hilarious/poignant/cringeworthy/helpful stories of what it’s like to explore faith with kids.
Erika wrote content for An Illustrated Lent and An Illustrated Earth.