About the School of Kingdom Writers
The School of Kingdom Writers is a 2-year vocational program for writers who are gifted and called to use the American media for Jesus.
As a vocational program, students learn by doing. Our three-part curriculum connects students with the Holy Spirit, teaches them to write exceptional content, and develops them as professionals.
We accept up to twelve students per year to attend our program on-site in Zanesville, Ohio. This is an intensive, full-time program.
Our curriculum is broken into three sections: Spiritual Development, Creative Writing, and Professional Development. Learn more about our curriculum here.
The School of Kingdom Writers was founded in 2018 by Brad and Melissa Pauquette in response to a call from God. After a lengthy discernment process, the organization was officially founded on September 1, 2018.
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The launch and development of the School of Kingdom Writers is donor-funded. Once we’re up and running, we’ll be 100% self-sustaining. Learn more about helping us get things rolling.
FOUNDER AND LEAD TEACHER
As a thoughtful, prayerful disciple of Jesus, Brad delights in taking big steps of faith.
He is an experienced publishing industry executive specializing in new author development. Brad left his job in the secular publishing industry on September 1, 2018, to develop the School of Kingdom Writers on a full-time basis.
Brad founded the Ohio Writers’ Association, as well as several successful publishing imprints.
Learn more about Brad at www.BradPauquette.com.
FOUNDER AND CO-DIRECTOR
Melissa loves exploring the prophetic with Jesus and has a beautiful, conversational relationship with God.
Melissa is an experienced photographer and entrepreneur, as well as a thoughtful and gifted writer.
Brad and Melissa have five children.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
Josh consistently finds the beauty of the Lord in the world and loves to articulate what he sees to those around him.
Josh is a graduate of Muskingum University and lives in New Concord with his wife and daughter. He uses his Master of Arts in Education to serve Zane State College as an academic advisor for a federally funded student support service.
Josh writes with clarity and excellence, drawing inspiration from Christian writers like Madeleine L’Engle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Robert Frost.
Shannon Dunn Downing
Shannon is a mother of two boys, a wife, an outdoor enthusiast, and two time Olympian with an Olympic medal in snowboarding. What she holds most dear to her heart is her relationship with Jesus Christ and prayer, and she believes with this priority, all things fall into proper alignment where love overflows.
Her joy is being available for her family and adventuring in the outdoors. She has recently discovered writing as a creative outlet. She encourages others to live beyond their fears and experience all God has for their life.
Our Statement of Faith
Our leaders and board members each have a unique spiritual background. Our statement of faith represents our “non-negotiables,” our common base of Christian faith. Any student or supporter who can affirm the following statements will feel at home in our organization.
We believe that faith in Jesus is the only path to salvation.
We believe in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as one.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, immutable and irrevocable, as true today as the day it was written.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is alive, well, and active in the modern age.
We believe that Christians are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus, to heal the sick, cast out demons, and to advance the Kingdom of God.
Beyond these core beliefs, as an organization we strive to be theologically inclusive. We will meet students where they are, with their unique backgrounds, experiences, and understandings, and encourage them to test and refine their specific theologies through application of the Bible, prayer, and experience.
We’d love to hear from you!
Please send us an email at info@SOKW.org, or use the contact form to the right to get in touch with us.