Todd spent thirty years as a professional worship leader, pastor, and songwriter and fifteen years as a recording artist with Ardent Records. He came to DTS in 2013, to pursue his love for the original languages which fueled his passion for the Bible. DTS afforded him the academic opportunity to merge his past work as a worship leader and musician with his new trajectory toward training the next generation of theologians, artists, and worship leaders. To learn more about Todd and his music, please visit his website at toddagnew.com.
Dan Rupple’s unique strength lies in his ability to integrate the cultural insights of a media professional with the visionary voice and inspirational heart of a pastor. Dan Rupple has over forty years of media experience as a respected producer, writer, and speaker. Today, Dan serves as CEO of Mastermedia International, a respected voice of faith and trusted Christian presence within the mainstream global media industry. Mastermedia consults regularly with leading executives and influencers world-wide.
In his ten years as a supervisor at CBS Television, he oversaw some of the most iconic shows in American television history, including The Price Is Right and The Late Show with David Letterman. Later, Dan served as head of digital programming and development for five Internet TV companies. Dan began his career as a founding member of the pioneering Christian comedy team Isaac Air Freight. Dan is cofounder and honorary chairman of the national Christian Comedy Association and is a contributing partner of the Windrider Film Forum at the Sundance Film Festival. He is an honored graduate of Biola University, with MFA work in Screenwriting from Regent University, and an ordained Foursquare minister.
Dan has been married to the love of his life, Peggy, for over forty-one years, and together they celebrate three married children and seven wonderful grandkids. https://mastermedia.com/
Peggy Rupple loves the creative process of God in bringing His story to light in this world. Her early exposure working in television and digital media production alongside her husband Dan, (CEO, Mastermedia Intl.) has charted a career invested in the nurturing of young storytellers. During her nine-year role as an adjunct instructor and media conference director at Biola University’s School of Cinema and Media Arts (2003-2012) to her current role as the Associate Director of the Windrider Forum at the Sundance Film Festival (2004-present), Peggy continues to inspire the shaping of craft and character in the next generation of media makers. She is an ordained minister, speaker, former board member with Greenhouse Arts and Media in Hollywood, and actively serves Christians within the entertainment community as the co-producer of the Legacy Event at CBS Studios. Peggy frequently speaks, along with her husband Dan, at universities nationwide.
Married to her husband Dan for forty-one years, Peggy is a proud mom to three children and their treasured spouses, and utterly devoted to her seven remarkable grandchildren.
Mark Pate is a freelance illustrator living and working in NYC. He grew up in Mesa, Arizona, where he got a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2007 before moving to NYC to take part in the Transform Artist Residency Program. From 2014-2018, Mark lived in Dallas, Texas. During this time he was married to his beautiful bride, Elizabeth, and got his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and Elizabeth moved back to NYC in August 2018, and don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Mark specializes in sequential storytelling and has worked with clients such as Nickelodeon, director / producer Tod “Kip” Williams (Director “Paranormal Activity 2” (2010) and “Cell” (2016)), OK Cupid, New York Vocal Coaching, Buttermilk Studios, Hipzee Studios, Lovely Giant Studios, and more. You can see his online portfolio at markpate.com.
McKinney based artist, Angela C Pitts uses photography and textiles to tell circular stories of vulnerability and grief. Angela’s art and process is shaped by her studies of fine art at Baylor University and UNT where she earned her BFA and MFA in photography. She has shown her work at the Ft Worth Community Art Center, Dallas Baptist University and the University of North Texas. She has served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University for 7 years, where she works with upper level photography students in the Art Department. Angela loves people and hearing their stories. You can find her serving families in McKinney with her photography business, Sappy Root Creative Services www.sappyroot.com and taking care of her husband and three children at home.
You can see more of her work on the Dallas Campus in Walvoord Student Center on the 1st Floor.
By Angela Pitts, DTS SP19 Artist in Residence. Located in Walvoord Student Center.