Meet the Team

Mike Edwards
Executive Director,

Mike Edwards holds his Bachelors of Arts in Digital Art with a focus on Filmmaking. While he has a place in his heart for the filmmaking craft, his real passion rests in developing and equipping others to realize their fullest potential in whatever they set out to do. In the past, he's done that at places like Apple, Inc. and the Canby School District. He's spent the last 10 years in non-profit leadership in various pastoral roles, and as a director at Cedar Springs Camp. Most recently, he's turned his attention to the Teen Storytellers Project. Mike is married to his wife, Jenni; they share two school-aged children. As a family, they love to seek adventure hiking up in the mountains and, of course, are always up for snuggling on the couch and watching a good movie together!

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Ashley Pederson,
Director of Educational Programming

Ashley Pederson is a freelance videographer and is employed as part of the Visual Arts Support team at  Mill Creek Foursquare Church. Ashley graduated from Calvin College in 2014 with a BA in Media Production with a minor in Art. Ashley served as a youth leader for Central Christian Church in Snohomish and is currently producing "The Orphan Project", a documentary in coordination with Global Training Network filming in Kenya in February of 2019 and 2020.

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​Christopher Gove,
Lead Instructor & JDAI Coordinator

Christopher Gove is a Snohomish freelance videographer. Chris graduated with a BA in Media Production from Calvin College, minoring in history. He has served as the Media and Technical  Director at Central Faith Church in Snohomish, WA and has volunteered as a youth leader. Chris has a passion for teaching and is currently earning his Washington State Teacher's credential and studying for a Masters Degree in History. He enjoys film, history, hiking and mentoring students. Chris joined Ashley Pederson in Kenya shooting for the Orphan Project in February of 2020.