Mark Atteberry (’85) has worked in the entertainment industry since graduation as an author, photographer and actor, but he now plans to open his own film production company. He currently runs his own photography business, Idyllic Photography, where he does headshots and commercial advertising for the entertainment industry. He has also acted in notable television shows and films such as Criminal Minds, Dexter, 24, Butterfly Circus and The Hulk. Mark will also appear in the upcoming film The Future. Through his work, he is able to minister from both sides of the camera. He said he sees Hollywood as more than his workplace but as a mission field. He said his education at Biola provided him with “the solid biblical knowledge and spiritual foundation necessary to ‘take on Hollywood.’” Mark is currently working to open his own film production studio. He said he wants to explore the other side of the movie camera and produce and distribute films that make God and his family proud. “Pray for us, it’s no easy task,” he said. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife of six years. Last semester he served as an adjunct professor at Biola, where he taught a film acting class.
Jeremy (’99, M.A. ’03) and Sara (’99, M.A. ’06) Brown have been working as linguists for Wycliffe Bible Translators since July 2005. They spent the last three years overseas — one in France for language studies and the last two in the Republic of Congo — working to document the Teke oral language in both recordings and dictionaries. The process involves recording speakers of the native language in conversation, having a speaker re-record slowly and clearly what was said and then making a final recording translated into French. They said one of their memorable moments from their time overseas is a training seminar they attended in Kenya and the safari they went on afterward. Both Jeremy and Sara graduated from Biola as intercultural studies majors with an emphasis in linguistics, and they said their education provided them with a solid foundation of linguistics that enables them to apply phonological and syntactic theory to their current documentation project. Prior to their work with Wycliffe, Jeremy worked several years in Biola’s IT department, and Sara worked as a Web application developer and an information analyst. The couple has been married eight years and is expecting the arrival of their first child in July. Updates on their work are posted on their website, www.illuminating-the-word.org.
Bill Bell (’88) and his wife, Liesl, are helping children better understand the Bible through practical application at camp. The couple founded Singing Hills Ministries in 2001 and purchased an established camp facility near Santa Fe, N.M., which they renamed Camp Oro Quay. Bill is the director of camp ministries, and Liesl serves as director of food services and registrar. The couple works with Derek Tinder (’89), who is the vice president of the ministry’s board. On the last night of camp, the Bells ask campers to share their experiences. Bill said, “One boy recently got up and said, ‘I have been in church my whole life and it is like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, but I understand God here at camp.’” Prior to beginning this ministry, Bill worked in life insurance and banking, and Liesl taught elementary school. Liesl began her education at Biola but transferred to San Diego Christian College to finish her degree. They live at the camp year-round with their seven children — Robert, Dayton, Alexis, Evalena, Beverly, Caroline and Finely. The Bells said they would love to partner with Biola in hiring summer staff to serve as counselors. For information about the camp or to get in touch with the Bells, visit www.oroquay.org.
Jason Prince (’02) is the vice president of chapters and events for Multisport Ministries (MsM), an athletic ministry for men training to compete in triathlons. “The idea of creating a team that can bring faith, fellowship and love of competing into a sport that is mainly self-focused, selfish and image-driven was a unique and exciting idea,” he said. “Just as some men respond well to small groups and Bible studies, we have found men also respond to a great swim/bike/run workout followed by an in-depth conversation and time of accountability.” Currently the organization has more than 900 members in 13 different countries. Before he became involved in MsM, Prince worked as a youth pastor for six years at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, Mariners Church and ShoreLife Church. He currently works full time as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. With the LAPD, he works on the homeless outreach task force and has found ways to integrate his work with his faith. He enjoys working with the LAPD but also misses the time he spent in full-time ministry, he says. “Law enforcement is a great career, but if God were to open the doors and call me back into full-time ministry, I would definitely follow his path.” Prince has been married to his wife, Carrie (’01), for 10 years and has three children: Gavin, 7, Ezekiel, 5, and Violet, 3. They currently live in Seal Beach, Calif.
Shannon (Kubiak, ’03) Primicerio ministers to teenage girls through published books and speaking engagements. While she was still a student at Biola, she published her first book, The Divine Dance, through Barbour Publishing in 2003. Since then, Shannon has had nine other books published by Bethany House Publishers and NavPress. She said The Divine Dance is her favorite because its goal is to help girls find their identity in Christ. Her books are meant to help teenage girls apply the Bible to their lives. Some of her books have been translated into other languages, opening the door to crosscultural ministry. Aside from writing books, Shannon also freelances and writes for www.sheseeks.org. She has been invited to speak at various church events and camps in the United States and abroad. One of her most memorable speaking engagements was in Lima, Peru, where she traveled as a speaker with Brio Magazine in 2006. She also traveled to Bogota, Columbia, with Compassion International in 2010. Along with writing full time, Shannon currently serves as an advocate and speaker for Compassion International. She lives in Orange County with her husband, Michael (’10). Keep up with Shannon online at www.beingagirlbooks.com.