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Raised by an architect and a bilingual public school teacher, Jessamy surmises that her dual-inheritance of aesthetic and linguistic intelligence empowered her to flourish in the Torrey Honors Institute, first as a student and now as a staff member. She graduated from Biola University and Torrey Honors with a bachelor’s degree in English. As a Torrey Honors alumna, she is delighted to have a skill set to contribute to its students and faculty’s flourishing. She loves working for her directors and with her team. Despite years of practice to the contrary, she looks forward to Monday mornings immensely. While administration is her job, Jessamy considers writing her vocation. She is very involved at Redeemer Church, La Mirada, where she plans and prays for ways to serve in Christ’s kingdom as a writer. During off-hours, she turns her affinity for detail towards slowly-but-surely developing a portfolio of short-fiction and memoirs. Otherwise, you will probably find her at her sewing machine, tailoring and adding flair to her business casual wardrobe. And when all else fails, it is fairly certain she can be found engrossed in the short fiction of Flannery O’Connor.
Chad delights in his work -- he brings years of carefully gathered experience to invest in it. Between originally setting out from Chandler, AZ to attend Biola and now, Chad's working life has spanned many contexts. Whether it be as a full-time high school educator, church administrator, or Partnerships Director for Wheatstone Ministries, Chad has sought to joyfully and creatively serve the kingdom through his work. Chad is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv, Biblical Languages) and integrates his pastoral work into his position at Torrey Honors. In addition to his role at Torrey, Chad is a pastor at Redeemer Church where he and his wife Rachel seek to build community and practice the art of hospitality. He has two adorable daughters and one adorable son (all named after authors): Madeleine, Lucy, and Henri. Together with his family, Chad aspires to live whole-heartedly and creatively, nurturing his creative life through theatre, fiction, and poetry.
Michelle Lum is an alumna of the Torrey Honors Institute and Biola University where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Music. She is currently pursuing a MDiv at Gateway Seminary to equip her for ministering with the arts. Michelle is passionate about exploring the intersection between theology and the arts, finding ways to use the arts for ministry and for building community. In her spare time she likes to pick up new skills, spend time with her family and go on spontaneous adventures.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Ellie moved to Los Angeles to attend the Torrey Honors Institute and complete her bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Biola University. While an undergrad, Ellie enthusiastically studied the relationship between literature and persuasion, and graduated Summa Cum Laude as a member of the Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honors Society. Since her undergraduate career, she has spent time assisting the research of a published academic, writing, and working in a marine microbiological laboratory. She spends her free time reading Russian literature, studying and stretching her faith, playing the piano, and trying as much third wave coffee as she can get her hands on. Her aspirations include pursuing graduate work in rhetorical studies, living abroad, and being an influencing force on the culture to think critically and lovingly in the name of Christ. Ellie lives in Tustin with her husband, Kyle, but is constantly dreaming of the Gulf Islands in British Columbia, where her family spends holidays.
Mairin McCuistion is an alumna of the Torrey Honors Institute and Biola University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. While at Biola, she was a member of the Women's Swim Team, the Student Missionary Union and a student leader in the Department of Media, Journalism and Public Relations. She will be marrying her fiance, Parous, in January 2019 and they will be starting their new life together in a "to be determined" neighborhood in the Greater Los Angeles area. As a Minnesota transplant, she loves discovering small, quaint neighborhoods, taking (most) opportunities for adventure, and staying active. She attends In the Vine Anglican Church in Fullerton, and Anchor Church in Glendale, where Parous serves as a deacon.