Authentic Witness: Showing and Telling Through the Arts at Mercy Ministries

  • Bert VanderMark Artists in Christian Testimony
Keywords: Artworks, Art, Painting, Drawing, Illustration, Scripture, Testimony, Story, Personal, Therapy


Reflections by Bert VanderMark about his experiences with visual arts as ministry with the residents of Mercy Ministries. Includes a selection of artworks created by the students in his workshops at Mercy, with explanations written by the artists.

Author Biography

Bert VanderMark, Artists in Christian Testimony

Bert VanderMark received a formal Fine Art degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. He continued his studies at Washington State University, where he received a combined Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. He has extensive teaching experience in graphic design and illustration techniques, and is currently developing arts courses for Liberty University Online. Bert also leads Visual Parables, a ministry of Artists in Christian Testimony International, which combines the teachings of Christ's parables with an understanding of the importance of visual communication. Bert and his wife Judi currently reside in Pacific, Missouri.

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