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Tim Mackie (Cofounder, The Bible Project)

Amazing things happen when you make serving Jesus the foundation of your career. Just ask Dr. Tim Mackie, co-founder and creative writer for The Bible Project.

Mackie began attending Multnomah in 1996 and was immediately captivated by biblical studies and languages.

“Professors Ray Lubeck and Karl Kutz ignited an insatiable appetite for learning and discovery,” he says. “Those years shaped the trajectory of my life in every way.”

After graduating with a major in Greek and a minor in Hebrew, Mackie went on to earn his master’s and Ph.D. In 2012 he reconnected with former classmate Jon Collins, who pitched an idea: What if they created a series of animated videos that explained biblical themes and narratives? Mackie loved the idea, and the two established The Bible Project as a nonprofit in 2014.

The Bible can be intimidating, says Mackie. Many dive in with gusto and good intentions, but their understanding of the text isn’t strong enough to sustain their momentum. That’s where The Bible Project videos come in.

“We want a new generation to feel empowered to read the Bible for themselves,” Mackie says. “We want these videos to give Christians confidence while also helping skeptics understand what a Christian worldview is claiming and why it’s worth investing in.”

Today The Bible Project has 15 full-time employees and is supported by more than 4,000 monthly donors. You can watch their videos at thebibleproject.com

Besides working at the nonprofit, Mackie also serves as a teaching pastor at Door of Hope Church and a professor of biblical studies at Western Seminary. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons.