Bethany Culp

Curriculum Designer/Developer and Ministry Leader

Fort Myers, FL, USA
Ministry leader and curriculum developer with a heart for supporting children's ministry and missions and over 15 years of experience in copywriting, illustration, photography, visual communication and design.

Work Experience

McGregor Baptist Church

Curriculum & Assembly Assistant

Designing, writing, and preparing curriculum for McGregor Baptist Church’s Preschool Ministry. Developing and designing activities, crafts, games, supplementary materials, activity sheets and other curriculum components. Ensuring teachers have all materials needed. Selecting and interviewing missionaries to be featured during “Mission Moment.” Developing practical and fun ways to teach the children about and involve them in mission work from an early age. Planning and directing McGregor’s Preschool worship service, JAM (Jesus and Me). Scheduling and recruiting storytellers and volunteers to serve during JAM. Leading the JAM volunteer team and mentoring teenage volunteers who serve in any of the following roles: worship leader, puppeteer, storyteller, hospitality host, and technical leader. Serving in the same roles as needed. Selecting music and choreographing movements for JAM. Leading the children in worship. Serving as a storyteller, developing creative ways to communicate biblical truths at a Preschool level. Creating opportunities for fellowship and volunteer team growth through quarterly workshops and pizza parties. Praying consistently for the ministry, maintaining good relationships with volunteers.
November 2018 - September 2020 Florida, United States

Hobby Lobby

Cashier

Welcoming customers, answering their questions, helping them locate items, and providing advice and recommendations. Operating scanners, cash registers, and other electronics. Accepting payments, ensuring all prices and quantities are accurate. Processing refunds and exchanges, resolving complaints. Unpacking, assembling, and stocking merchandise.
April 2017 - Present

Strawbridge Studio

Directed, posed and photographed students, teachers and school staff for use in school ID cards and yearbooks. Planned, set-up and adjusted camera, props and background accessories.
September 2016 - December 2017

Polymedia Studio

Freelance Designer/Illustrator/Writer

Established and maintained a freelance business offering design, photography, illustration and copywriting services to a wide range of national and international clients. Designed logos, books, annual reports, presentation folders, brochures, advertisements and more. Employed traditional and modern illustration techniques and mediums to create artwork for books, games and magazines. Wrote copy for use in print publication and web-based media and revised copy according to editor’s instructions.
January 2004 - December 2017 Tennessee, United States

Harris Research, Inc.

Creative Services Manager

Served as brand manager and as a photographer for the Chem-dry brand, updating and maintaining style guide and image library as needed. Ensured production ran smoothly and efficiently by providing clear creative direction to external design teams. Designed brochures, newsletters, advertisements, email templates, vehicle wraps and a large variety of other marketing and promotional materials for print and web.
February 2014 - June 2015 Tennessee, United States

Tidewell Hospice

Senior Designer

Worked closely with the Communications Coordinator overseeing all aspects of Tidewell’s branding, enabling the agency to present a unified public image. Integrated graphic standards and into all collateral materials. Facilitated bidding process with commercial printing companies and vendors ensuring cost-effectiveness of all printed projects. Oversaw quality control of all printed materials. Developed fliers, signage, calendars, brochures, newsletters, invitations, billboards, advertisements, vehicle wraps and a wide variety of other printed materials. Created graphic elements for web and print. Served as primary photographer and event photographer. Managed Tidewell’s image library.
Created content for social media websites including Facebook and Twitter to drive traffic to Tidewell’s web page and increase public awareness.
Built and maintained positive relationships with vendors.
February 2012 - Present Florida, United States

St. Petersburg College

Adjunct Faculty/Designer

Taught introductory to advanced level courses in office and design software to adult students through Saint Petersburg College’s Center for Workforce Development. Taught life skills classes to at-risk youths through SPC’s Dare to Soar program. Designed, developed and implemented web-based curriculum.
January 2010 - January 2012 Florida, United States

Columbus College Of Art & Design

Instructor

Educated grade school children in the subjects of early foundations of art grade and stop-motion animation. Fostered an environment allowing and encouraging children to explore a variety of artistic mediums, to learn and play through creative expression, and to think independently. Designed entertaining and informative curriculum with short-term goals geared toward each student's individual level of ability.
December 2008 - January 2010 Ohio, United States

Education

Kent State University

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Design

Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude
September 1999 - May 2004 Kent, Ohio, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Awards

HMR Publications Group

National Silver Award: 30th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards Competition

2013

Wellness Council Of America

WELCOA Well Workplace: Gold Award

2012

Skills

Art Direction, Children's Ministry, Christian, Copy Writing, Craftsmanship, Creative Direction, CSS, Curriculum Design, Excel, Facebook, Graphic Design, HTML, Illustration, Illustrator, Indesign, Instagram, Leadership, Mac, Mentoring, Microsoft, Microsoft Word, Ministry, Missions, Outlook, PC, Photography, Photoshop, Preschool, Problem Solving, Relationship Building, Social Networking, Solutions, Storyteller, Teacher, Teaching, Teen Mentor, Twitter, Vacation Bible School, Vbs, Worship Choreography, Worship Leader,

Capabilities

Able to work on both Mac and PC. Proficient with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience working with HTML and CSS and writing copy. Published Author and Illustrator.

Testimony

I came to faith in Christ in my early 30s. I was not raised in the church, so as I gain understanding and knowledge of who God truly is, I can see ever more clearly that my past was very dark before Jesus. I earnestly sought God for the first time in my life when the man I had planned to marry became terminally ill with cancer (he died after about a year and a half of being sick, but that feels like it happened a lifetime ago to me now). Before Jesus, I had always considered myself agnostic – I was as close to being an atheist as it was possible to get without completely giving up hope that God might exist because, as far as I knew, God's existence could neither be proved nor disproved. You can't imagine how shocked and amazed I was when it was Jesus who revealed himself to me as God. My mind at that time was so darkened that absolutely nothing could have convinced me that Jesus was God apart from God Himself. But God did bless me with that understanding and it has changed everything for me. To say “I am changed” is an understatement to great for me to express in words. I barely recognize who I once was. There can be no denying that the person I was is dead and gone and that who I am now, though I am a work that is still in progress, is a result of God's hand on my life and on my heart.

Personal Ministry

In my personal ministry, I am passionate about putting together imaginative play kits and craft kits for children for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes through Samaritan's Purse. I feel led to make prayer a strong focus and to assist with disaster relief efforts when situations arise where that's needed. Most recently, I helped with my church's LovingLee food drive during the pandemic and helped sew face masks for church members and for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. I have served as a secretary for my life group in the past. Also in the past, I led a committee to assist with a local children's home, served alongside Samaritan's Purse when they were based at my church during hurricane Irma, assisted with Operation Christmas Child activities, volunteered with our preschool ministry and helped/assisted/served during many other church activities (especially with our singles ministry). I have a heart for immigrants and persecuted Christians. I have served in the past with a local ministry called ECHO, which helps provide lasting solutions for hunger and poverty for farmers around the world. I have also occasionally served with Compassion International.