Our History

Hear the story from our founder, Rev. Dr. Thomas Boomershine. Learn More about Tom.

Our Mission
To encourage everyone to learn and tell biblical stories

We are an ecumenical, inclusive, openly welcoming community of pastors, educators, storytellers, and laity who have experienced the transformational power of embodying, and then performing, stories from the Bible. Grounded in an approach that encourages biblical scholarship, debate, and discovery, we aim to maintain the integrity of the original texts while welcoming multiple expressions and interpretations. As such, our storytellers have dedicated themselves to revitalizing the proclamation of scripture for worship, conferences, retreats, festivals, and other formational programs. 

Who we are and what we do

Learn more about the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International
Our Approach

Our roots are grounded in a tradition of biblical scholarship, most recently the academic discipline called biblical performance criticism (not criticism of someone’s performance but a methodology of analyzing, understanding, and interpreting the texts through critical thinking that recognizes the vast majority of these stories was originally embodied and then performed in community).

We encourage sticking close to the “script” and internalizing those words, and all that they represent, into our entire being—mind, body, heart, spirit, and soul—exploring connections between these ancient stories and our own contemporary lives.

We do not seek to determine or manipulate how God should or will move an individual through scripture experienced this way, nor in how the embodiment of these stories will ultimately look and sound.

As such, NBSI celebrates a diversity of expression: dramatic to subtle; single performer to a troupe of tellers; low-key to high-tech; use of music, props, or a lone chair … all encapsulate the multifaceted and life-giving dimensions inherent to our biblical stories of faith.

Board of Directors

Lisa Larsen Hill, President
Cliff Barbarick, Vice President
Dina Ferguson, Treasurer
Debbie Weir, Secretary
Carole Danby, Program Chair
Michele Walton, Membership
Rachel Doll, Member at Large
Jim Sterner, Member at Large

If you would like to contact the Board of Directors, please fill out the form below or send a letter to 3301 S 14th St Suite 16 # 334, Abilene, TX 79605

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