WordBoard is a video and graphic arts project created to explain the Bible on whiteboard in order to create an emotional and educational connection with its truth. Its focus is on reeducating people directly from the Bible, rather than simply sharing distilled doctrine. Many Christians today can talk a lot about Christianity and faith, but lack conviction and apologetic skill, because they don’t even know their own Bibles. Some even think the Bible’s boring or outdated. WordBoard is designed to revive interest in the Bible by visually demonstrating how gripping and relevant it really is. It takes books, passages and verses head on and explains what they mean and how they’re applicable.
How Did WordBoard Get Started?
Back in the Fall of 2013, I was a pastoral intern in a junior high ministry at Grace Community Church located in Sun Valley, CA. At the time, our junior high pastor, Andrew Curry, launched a sermon series called Route 66 where he began to preach one sermon for every book of the Bible. For each sermon, Pastor Andrew showed a YouTube video made by the Vine Project that used whiteboard sketches to summarize the book he was preaching. After he made his way through the first five books, he graciously extended to me the opportunity preach the next book, Joshua. Unfortunately, the Vine Project only made videos for the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy,. So, I was stuck. I didn’t want to be “that guy” who would disappoint our students, because there wasn’t a fun video to play along with my sermon. That’s when I came up with the “bright” idea to make my own whiteboard video of Joshua. I figured, “How hard could it be?”
Well, if you’ve ever had the “distinct privilege” of watching my first video about Joshua—not the new and improved one—you can tell by the poor quality how hard it can be. And yet despite how pathetic it looked, it was so well received by my youth group and others around church that I continued to make a whiteboard video for nearly every sermon I preached during the Route 66 series. Obadiah, Matthew, 2 Corinthians, and 1 Peter followed. And to cap off our time in the Old Testament and the New Testament, I created a summary for each one when we reached each successive milestone. During that time, I continued to learn how to make better whiteboard videos. I tweaked the lighting, changed the position of the camera, adjusted the voiceover. I learned to do the best I could with limited resources. But by Christmas 2014, Route 66 came to an end, and six months later I got a job as a youth pastor at another church nearby. So I hung up my whiteboard marker and moved on with other responsibilities in my life, thinking I would never make another video again.
Yet a recent downturn in my health forced me to step down from youth ministry. But as God would have it, it also opened the door for me to spend some time reviving the WordBoard project. Many of my friends encouraged me to continue making these videos and I’ve seen how valuable they can be. So, in the Summer of 2017, I began taking what little energy I had and started producing more videos. At first, I planned to continue summaries of each book of the Bible, but my heart also began to gravitate toward misunderstood or hard to understand verses in the Bible. For this reason, I started a new series called Boardies, addressing confusing verses, such as Jeremiah 29:11. Fast forward a few years and WordBoard now consists of Summaries, Boardies, and even Shortboards!
WordBoard is such a joy for me to put together! I really want to inspire a love for God’s Word in Christians today, many of whom desperately lack any passion or understanding of it. By God’s grace, I hope to continue this project for as long as I can!
My name is James Street. I was formerly a youth pastor at Grace Bible Church in Bakersfield, California until chronic fatigue forced me to step down. I am currently unemployed and on disability, but I’m working hard to get back into normal life. I graduated from the Master’s University in 2010 in Biblical Counseling and Biblical Languages and from the Master’s Seminary in 2014 and 2015 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology, specializing in Old Testament studies. I currently live in Santa Clarita, California with my dear parents, who took me in while I’ve been ill. I have a passion to know God’s Word and make it known, and I enjoy combining it with my fascination of video and graphic design! I love spending time with my family and spoiling my nieces and nephews. I like college football (Go Buckeyes!), biking, movies, some video games, and coffee (if I can get it to sit well with me).