GOD'S STORY

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YOUR STORY

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OUR STORY.

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about

We think life is stressful enough,
so church shouldn’t be.

Story Church is a safe place to discover Jesus for who He really is, and to join others on the journey of following Jesus. 

At this stage of Story Church, we haven't officially launched weekly services yet, but are hosting a multitude of events and gatherings as well as serving our community in various ways around Bentonville and NWA.


Be sure to check out our events on this site as well as our social media to keep up with what's going on. We can't wait to hear your story!

 

our team

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aaron johnson

Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years.  After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas.  The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2019 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2019. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.

mia gjeldum

Growing up in church, ministry stole Mia’s heart at a relatively young age. Always hungry to be involved in the youth group band or worship teams, Mia knew worship leading would be a staple to her life & relationship with the Lord. She attended ministry schools in Chicago, IL, as well as Northern California for the last four years & was eagar to finally leap into a church leadership role. The Lord crossed her path with Aaron and Russ through a mutual friend in April 2020. And the rest is history! Mia is a singer / songwriter, as well as an owner of a thrift company, which consume most of the hours in her days. Truly a creative at her core.

russell knight

Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

aaron johnson

Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years.  After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas.  The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2019 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2019. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.

mia gjeldum

Growing up in church, ministry stole Mia’s heart at a relatively young age. Always hungry to be involved in the youth group band or worship teams, Mia knew worship leading would be a staple to her life & relationship with the Lord. She attended ministry schools in Chicago, IL, as well as Northern California for the last four years & was eagar to finally leap into a church leadership role. The Lord crossed her path with Aaron and Russ through a mutual friend in April 2020. And the rest is history! Mia is a singer / songwriter, as well as an owner of a thrift company, which consume most of the hours in her days. Truly a creative at her core.

russell knight

Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

aaron johnson

Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years.  After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas.  The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2019 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2019. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.

mia gjeldum

Growing up in church, ministry stole Mia’s heart at a relatively young age. Always hungry to be involved in the youth group band or worship teams, Mia knew worship leading would be a staple to her life & relationship with the Lord. She attended ministry schools in Chicago, IL, as well as Northern California for the last four years & was eagar to finally leap into a church leadership role. The Lord crossed her path with Aaron and Russ through a mutual friend in April 2020. And the rest is history! Mia is a singer / songwriter, as well as an owner of a thrift company, which consume most of the hours in her days. Truly a creative at her core.

russell knight

Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

kali bowers

Kali has always had a heart for ministry and children. During her college years she was a student athlete and college ministry intern, spending her time planning events and ministering to students, and coaching softball players. Once she moved back to her hometown of Bentonville, AR she continued to coach and mentor young ladies through softball while her and her husband Daniel searched for a home church. When God crossed their paths with Russ and Aaron from a mutual church friend, Daniel and Kali began serving on the launch team at Story Church. After a few meetings it was clear that God had plans for both of them at Story Church and they made it their church home. Kali is excited to serve as the Story Kids Coordinator. In her free time you’ll find Kali and Daniel at the softball field coaching kids or hanging out with their two adorable dogs.

aaron johnson

Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years.  After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas.  The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2019 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2019. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.

mia gjeldum

Growing up in church, ministry stole Mia’s heart at a relatively young age. Always hungry to be involved in the youth group band or worship teams, Mia knew worship leading would be a staple to her life & relationship with the Lord. She attended ministry schools in Chicago, IL, as well as Northern California for the last four years & was eagar to finally leap into a church leadership role. The Lord crossed her path with Aaron and Russ through a mutual friend in April 2020. And the rest is history! Mia is a singer / songwriter, as well as an owner of a thrift company, which consume most of the hours in her days. Truly a creative at her core.

russell knight

Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

kali bowers

Kali has always had a heart for ministry and children. During her college years she was a student athlete and college ministry intern, spending her time planning events and ministering to students, and coaching softball players. Once she moved back to her hometown of Bentonville, AR she continued to coach and mentor young ladies through softball while her and her husband Daniel searched for a home church. When God crossed their paths with Russ and Aaron from a mutual church friend, Daniel and Kali began serving on the launch team at Story Church. After a few meetings it was clear that God had plans for both of them at Story Church and they made it their church home. Kali is excited to serve as the Story Kids Coordinator. In her free time you’ll find Kali and Daniel at the softball field coaching kids or hanging out with their two adorable dogs.

aaron johnson

Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years.  After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas.  The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2019 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2019. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.

mia gjeldum

Growing up in church, ministry stole Mia’s heart at a relatively young age. Always hungry to be involved in the youth group band or worship teams, Mia knew worship leading would be a staple to her life & relationship with the Lord. She attended ministry schools in Chicago, IL, as well as Northern California for the last four years & was eagar to finally leap into a church leadership role. The Lord crossed her path with Aaron and Russ through a mutual friend in April 2020. And the rest is history! Mia is a singer / songwriter, as well as an owner of a thrift company, which consume most of the hours in her days. Truly a creative at her core.

russell knight

Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

kali bowers

Kali has always had a heart for ministry and children. During her college years she was a student athlete and college ministry intern, spending her time planning events and ministering to students, and coaching softball players. Once she moved back to her hometown of Bentonville, AR she continued to coach and mentor young ladies through softball while her and her husband Daniel searched for a home church. When God crossed their paths with Russ and Aaron from a mutual church friend, Daniel and Kali began serving on the launch team at Story Church. After a few meetings it was clear that God had plans for both of them at Story Church and they made it their church home. Kali is excited to serve as the Story Kids Coordinator. In her free time you’ll find Kali and Daniel at the softball field coaching kids or hanging out with their two adorable dogs.

aaron johnson

Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years.  After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas.  The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2019 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2019. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.

mia gjeldum

Growing up in church, ministry stole Mia’s heart at a relatively young age. Always hungry to be involved in the youth group band or worship teams, Mia knew worship leading would be a staple to her life & relationship with the Lord. She attended ministry schools in Chicago, IL, as well as Northern California for the last four years & was eagar to finally leap into a church leadership role. The Lord crossed her path with Aaron and Russ through a mutual friend in April 2020. And the rest is history! Mia is a singer / songwriter, as well as an owner of a thrift company, which consume most of the hours in her days. Truly a creative at her core.

russell knight

Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

kali bowers

Kali has always had a heart for ministry and children. During her college years she was a student athlete and college ministry intern, spending her time planning events and ministering to students, and coaching softball players. Once she moved back to her hometown of Bentonville, AR she continued to coach and mentor young ladies through softball while her and her husband Daniel searched for a home church. When God crossed their paths with Russ and Aaron from a mutual church friend, Daniel and Kali began serving on the launch team at Story Church. After a few meetings it was clear that God had plans for both of them at Story Church and they made it their church home. Kali is excited to serve as the Story Kids Coordinator. In her free time you’ll find Kali and Daniel at the softball field coaching kids or hanging out with their two adorable dogs.

our values

 

Was macht ein Hybrid-Event aus?


Hybrid-Events sind die perfekte Symbiose aus Live-Veranstaltung und digitalem Event. Sie bringen das Beste aus zwei Welten zusammen: das Präsenzpublikum bei der Live-Veranstaltung und Online-Teilnehmer im digitalen Raum. So entsteht ein Austausch auf Augenhöhe. In der Variante Hybrid+ erweitern wir auch die Referentenebene in den digitalen Raum: Live- und Remote-Speaker erscheinen gemeinsam auf der Bühne.




Könnt ihr auch rein virtuelle Events umsetzen?


Virtuelle Events meint eigentlich Veranstaltung im virtuellen Raum – denn die Veranstaltung findet ja statt, wenn auch ausschließlich in der digitalen Welt. Aktuell ist das häufig die einzige Möglichkeit, wie Events stattfinden können. Mit Digitalveranstaltungen hat unser Partner NIKKUS Digital Solutions seit vielen Jahren Erfahrung. Wir beraten Sie gerne, mit welchen Produktionsformaten und interaktiven Lösungen Sie Ihre Veranstaltung im virtuellen Raum umsetzen können.




Welche technischen Voraussetzungen brauchen Teilnehmer*innen, um den Live-Stream zu betrachten?


Für die Umsetzung mit der von uns empfohlenen Eventplattform vidivent empfehlen wir die Nutzung eines aktuellen Geräts (Computer, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile Device) und der aktuellen Version der Browser Google Chrome oder Firefox. Gleiches gilt bei der Einbindung auf Ihrer eigenen Website oder in Social Media wie Facebook oder YouTube.




Wie kann das Online-Publikum aktiv am Geschehen teilnehmen?


Interaktion schreiben wir groß, denn nur so kann Online-Vergemeinschaftung gelingen. Entscheidend sind die Tools, die zum Einsatz kommen. In unserer empfohlenen Eventplattform vidivent sind das zum Beispiel ein Live-Chat im Streambild, Emojis für Stimmungsbekundungen sowie ein Tool für Q/A und Umfragen. Sogar Live-Fragen von Teilnehmern mit Audio und Video können wir nahtlos implementieren. Fragen Sie uns.




Können wir den Live-Stream an unser Corporate Design anpassen?


Direkt im Stream können wir Wasserzeichen einblenden, wie Sie es vom Fernsehen kennen. Natürlich verwenden wir je nach Bedarf auch Bauchbinden, Wischer und Trenner in Ihrem Corporate Design. So unterstützen wir Ablauf und Bilddramaturgie gleichermaßen. Maßgeblich wird das Branding zudem über die Einbindung des Streams in die Eventplattform oder Ihre individuelle Website bestimmt. Eine wichtige Rolle spielt auch das Studiodesign – immerhin ist es ja die gesamte Zeit im Bild zu sehen.




Wie können Live-Zuschaltungen umgesetzt werden?


Live-Zuschaltung setzen wir auf zwei Wegen um. Eine Möglichkeit ist die Zuschaltung per gängigem Videokonferenzsystem (Zoom, Teams, Skype etc.). Hierfür verlässt der Online-Teilnehmer allerdings die Streaming-Oberfläche. Die professionelle Variante setzen wir mit unserer empfohlenen Eventplattform vidivent um: Hier stellt der Teilnehmer seine Frage in Audio und Video per Klick – medienbruchfrei und ohne ein weiteres Programm zu öffnen.




Wie stark kann das Hybrid-Studio individuell angepasst werden?


Im Spreespeicher-Studio haben wir drei fest eigebaute Real-Studio-Szenarien installiert, nämlich Präsentation, Moderation und Talk. Mit geringem Aufwand können wir diese in Szenarien für Workshop und Band verwandeln. Fernab dieser Standards bietet unser Partner KALUZA + SCHMID auch komplett individuelle Lösungen für Ihr Studio-Setup an. Die Integration von Elementen Ihres Corporate Design gelingt über die integrierte Medientechnik. Weiterhin ist als Ergänzung oder auch als einziger Produktionsort ein Greenscreen-Studio verfügbar.




Wie viele Personen dürfen aktuell an Streaming Events vor Ort teilnehmen?


Streaming-Veranstaltungen sind rechtlich wie Filmdrehs bzw. Fernsehaufzeichnungen zu betrachten und fallen daher in die Kategorie der "regulären Berufsausübung" i.S. der "Ermöglichung einer Veranstaltung". Für diese Veranstaltungen gelten nicht die in § 9 der SARS-CoV-2 Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung genannten Personenhöchstgrenzen für Veranstaltungen. Selbstverständlich gelten dennoch die Abstands- und Hygieneregeln. Zudem dürfen keine regulären Zuschauer physisch anwesend sein. Alle Anwesenden müssen unverzichtbar für die Erstellung der Veranstaltung sein (Kameraleute, Kabelträger, Tonassistenten, Kosmetiker, etc.).





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