Scroll down further to meet the Anselm Fellows, an amazing international group of artists, writers, and thinkers who continue to inspire us creatively.
Matt Burnett is the rector at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Colorado Springs. Born in Texas, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M, worked for Compassion International all over the world, and founded Knowledge Builders, a small consulting company. He received his M.Div. from Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh in 2002, and founded Holy Trinity in 2004. In addition to his beloved work in the parish, he is currently working on his doctorate, for which his dissertation focuses on the value of C.S. Lewis's fiction to catechesis and training up the next generation of the Church. He is married to Lauren and has three sons.
Lancia E. Smith is the founder and director of The Cultivating Project. She has been a professional photographer for 30 years, but is a writer by her deepest inclinations. She loved letters and words from before she could use them just as she danced before she could walk. Reading became her saving grace as a child growing up in traumatic circumstances. From her first encounter with each of them, she has held an abiding interest in the works and lives of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George Macdonald (most especially Lewis).
Joel Clarkson is a composer, author, an all-around artistic handyman. Joel has provided original award-winning music for numerous feature and short films, and has also received high praise as a concert composer and orchestrator. His love for creative writing led him into Christian publishing, where he has co-authored two books, The Lifegiving Home Experience, and A Different Kind of Hero (both with Tyndale Momentum), and into audiobook narration, where his work on the beloved children’s fantasy The Green Ember was nominated in Audible’s ‘Best of 2015.’ He and his sister Joy helm the Anselm Member Artist band Two Benedictions, and have found great happiness in sharing in that venture with their Colorado community through The Anselm Society.
Heidi White is a homeschooling mother and the co-director of The Journey School, a hybrid classical school in Colorado Springs, where she teaches literature and Latin. She is the founder and director of Journey Together, a local program that curates cultural enrichment events for adults. She writes fiction, poetry and essays. She lives on 5.5 acres in the Colorado woods where her children climb trees while she drinks coffee and reads books on the porch.
These wonderful people have played pivotal roles in building Anselm into what it is today, and have moved on to other cities or to focus on their art.
Heather Walker Peterson
We owe a debt of gratitude to many people, including these friends, speakers, and advisers whose wisdom and support have helped us grow (click photos for more information). The Anselm Fellows have spent time with us and continue to work internationally with us to foster a renaissance of the Christian imagination.