A ministry called Humble Beast has set out to remarry the once-divorced concepts of theology and creativity.
Music reaches communities in powerful ways and Humble Beast has set out to use this medium for the glory of God.
Their mission is to educate artists in theology so they can share the gospel in a way that speaks to our culture.
Thomas Terry, otherwise known as Odd Thomas, is a co-founder of the Humble Beast record label turned ministry in Portland, Oregon. He is a spoken-word artist and member of rap group Beautiful Eulogy.
Thomas also serves as an elder at Trinity Church in Portland where he lives with his wife, Heather, and his two sons, Kuyper and Tobin.
Humble Beast’s audio engineer and other co-founder, Bryan Winchester, is himself a pastor at Saving Grace Church located in Portland, Oregon.
Bryan Winchester has released numerous albums under his stage name Braille. The name Braille comes from Bryan’s desire to help people understand the things they can’t see.
Thomas’ desire to disciple others in theology and Bryan’s desire to help people understand beyond their perspective can be heard in the quality of their music and lyrics.
Every artist who has joined Humble Beast has had the opportunity to utilize their musical talent in a way that overflows with humility and reverence to God, and it’s quite the lineup of musicians such as Propaganda, Beautiful Eulogy, Sho Baraka, Jackie Hill Perry, Courtland Urbano, Citizens, and Alert312.
The mission statement for the record label ministry is to “create a hub of Gospel-saturated resources, communicated in compelling ways and freely shared with everyday people.”
Since 2010, Humble Beast has been true to their word, producing high quality music for free.
After five years in developing rappers and performing on tours, Thomas revealed that Humble Beast was always meant to be a ministry.
He wasn’t sure who would give to a ministry of rappers, and in seeking an answer, met up with seminary professor J. Ryan Lister (who is now their Director of Doctrine and Discipleship).
J. Ryan Lister and Thomas Terry went to the same church and stumbled into a conversation about creativity and theology. This conversation turned into a book written by the two of them called Images & Idols, which then developed into a conference called Canvas.
Canvas introduces different authors, artists, and seminary professors who talk about the importance of theology and creativity. It could be compared to something like a Christian Ted Talk, and comes equipped with workshops in an attempt to answer the question: Why the artist needs the church, and why the church needs artists.
All music produced by Humble Beast can be downloaded for free from their website www.humblebeast.com. Apparel and books with strong Christian messages can be purchased as well.
On Humble Beast apparel, the letters C, H, D, T are printed, which stands for the main focus of Humble Beast – Creativity, Humility, Doxology, and Theology.
Through the selling of apparel and collaborating with different ministries, Humble Beast has been able thrive in God. Ministries such as Streetlights, which has produced an audio Bible, have come along side Humble Beast to further the reach of the gospel across the globe.
Whether it’s through music or through speakers at their conference, Humble Beast has educated thousands on the theology of gospel-centered worship.
Words spoken from the ministry demonstrate a practicality to the Christian ethics you hear every Sunday. This is what Christianity looks like, going above and beyond the call to action.