Joe Webb, Conspirator-in-Chief
Joe Webb is a veteran speaker, writer and leader with 10+ years’ experience in church leadership. A lay speaker with the Little Kanawha District of the United Methodist Church, Joe has delivered messages to a wide variety of denominational, non-denominational and cross-denominational audiences. In addition to leading worship services, Bible studies and small groups, Joe has spoken at camps, retreats and special events for both youth and adults. From 2006-2011 he served as the volunteer youth ministries director at First United Methodist Church in Williamstown, WV. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Ecclesial Ministries from Asbury Theological Seminary and recently entered candidacy for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. He now serves as Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, Ohio, and facilitates a bi-weekly discussion group, New Wineskins, at the Marietta Brewing Company.
“I tend to see faith in a different light than most people of my generation and background,” Joe says. “I believe our faith should act in radical and subversive ways that both shocks and shapes culture. I believe God’s spirit conspires with us to bring his kingdom more and more alive in this world.”
A self-proclaimed “Jesus Freak,” Joe specializes in identifying trends in culture and where they intersect the church, expository speaking/teaching, storytelling, and relational issues. Before creating The Awesomeness Conspiracy, Joe managed the faithrants.com blog site, where he wrote on a wide variety of topics from youth ministry to personal faith (faithrants.com archives continue to be accessible through our blog page). He has written and spoken about cultural issues facing the church and barriers to healthy churches.
Jeff Johnson, Lead Co-Conspirator
Jeff Johnson brings nearly three decades of professional background in church ministry to The Awesomeness Conspiracy. An expert woodsman and gifted teacher, Jeff’s voice is for those who, like him, are struggling with the deeper questions of life and find themselves re-examining long-held beliefs and paradigms.
“I love to be outside and find the planet and the cosmos it inhabits sublime beyond words,” Jeff says. “I find the Transcendent out there in this marvelous place we call home for now. I am very interested in the human experience and try to approach it holistically–mind, body, individual, family, society, planet. I am often smitten with a sense of awe and wonder at even the simplest things. If you haven’t been smitten like that in a while I highly encourage it–it has a restorative effect on the soul.”
Jeff will be a regularly-featured blogger here on theawesomenessconspiracy.com. You can also follow his personal blog at ourhumanlife.com.
Steve Peck, Bard-In-Residence
Steve Peck is the artistic voice of The Awesomeness Conspiracy. A chemist by trade, Steve writes and performs songs that are as prophetic as they are beautiful. Steve’s passion is to reach out to those who have been marginalized by the church and by society, and to seek reconciliation and unity. He performs in venues ranging from sanctuaries to taverns.
You can view videos of Steve’s original music here on the site, or visit his YouTube page for more.
Sarah Farish, Conspirator-At-Large
Sarah Farish lives in Ohio with her two children, Hannah and Owen. Although she’s dreamed of becoming a writer since age 8, her dream wasn’t realized until she began Making Much of Him 365 – a blog about intentionally making much of Jesus every day of the year, weaving Him throughout daily life. Sarah’s writing centers on God’s love and faithfulness – Psalm 36:5: Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Sarah loves spending time with her family and friends, serving others, reading, learning, and teaching. She has a heart for mentoring women as well as teens. You can connect with her on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
Anna Webb, Poet Laureate
Anna Webb is the poet’s voice of The Awesomeness Conspiracy. A senior majoring in English, Writing and Poetry at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Anna writes honestly from the challenges and struggles of the postmodern generation. In additions to Anna’s contributions here, you can follow her YouTube channel and Tumblr site. Be sure to follow her Facebook and Twitter pages as well.