At City Chapel, we value artist and creativity. We want to honor artists and their gifts as a valued offering in the church, and in this, hope to connect local artists with the church as well as with each other.


Julie Benison

Julie is a visual artist based in Grand Rapids. She specializes in quilting and her work is included in the What We See visual arts publication.

Nick Buwalda

Nick is a filmmaker, photographer and musician based in Grand Rapids. He was the DJ at our Vital Worship Celebration in July ‘19.

Kait Collins

Kait is a poet based in Grand Rapids. She was commissioned by City Chapel to write poetry based on the Beatitudes. Kait was also a guest speaker at our April 2019 “Why We Write | How We Write” workshop and is included in the Why We Write publication by City Chapel.

Jack Droppers

Jack is a local songwriter and professor from Grand Rapids. He was a speaker at City Chapel’s “Addressing Injustice Through Creativity” workshop in September ‘18. Jack collaborated with City Chapel Artist in Residence Jacob Townley to create a liturgical resource for Psalm 131.

Kelli Gilmore

Kelli is a writer from Grand Rapids. Her work can be seen on the City Chapel blog. She also contributed a short essay to our Why We Write publication.

Andre Henry

Andre is a writer, musician, and speaker with a passion for racial reconciliation. In September 2018 he was a guest speaker at our “Addressing Injustice Through Creativity” workshop. Andre helped those who attended the workshop to become more aware of the role that creativity can play in bringing about justice.

Laura Hobson

Laura is a songwriter and visual artist based in Grand Rapids. Her work is included in the What We See visual arts publication. She also fronts the band PHABIES, who played at the Vital Worship Celebration in July 2019.

Bizzy Hulsether

Bizzy is a visual artist based in Grand Rapids. She was one of our featured artist at the Vital Worship Celebration in July 2019.

Julia Leroy

Julia is a singer and visual artist based in Grand Rapids. Her work is included in the What We See visual arts publication.

Caroline Sterr

Caroline is our resident photographer and has helped to lead the social media team at City Chapel. Her work can be seen across the City Chapel social media footprint as well as in the What We See visual arts publication.

Mae Stier

Mae is a photographer, poet, and activist who lives near the shores of Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan. She was commissioned by City Chapel to share her imagination on the importance of water, how it cleanses and brings us into a closer understanding of who we are. Mae was a guest speaker at our “Why We Write | How We Write” event in April 2019 and is included in the Why We Write publication by City Chapel.

Jacob Townley

Jacob is a visual artist from Grand Rapids, currently focusing on collage and painting. As a City Chapel artist in residence, Jacob has been an important voice in navigating the relationship between the church and artist. His artistic experience is wide and his commitment to the church is deep, and City Chapel is grateful for his guidance and has been encouraged by Jacob’s willingness to contribute to our worshipping community. His work can be seen in the What We See publication by City Chapel.