Kristen Leigh Mitchell is a musician, writer, teacher, consultant, and spiritual director, with a B.A. in communication studies and music from UNC-Greensboro. Kristen spent nearly a decade working as a graphic designer and singer-songwriter before moving to New York City to earn her master's degree (M.Div.) from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, where she spent four years researching the intersections of music, art, religion, culture, ritual, spirituality, and psychology. Kristen's writing and teaching challenges the modern Western split between spirituality, religion, and secular life, through an analysis of the inherent connections between religious and cultural identity, language, embodiment, music and art, and healing.
Kristen was the 2014 recipient of Union's "Traveling Fellowship," awarded each year to the student showing the "highest promise for usefulness through teaching or contributing to theological knowledge." She has published articles on early Christian music and liturgy, artistic vocation, theology and film, and theological aesthetics. She regularly serves as a guest speaker and preacher in both secular and religious contexts, and teaches a variety of classes & workshops on music, art, spirituality, Biblical history, theology, and more.
Kristen's photography supplements her graphic design work, which includes social media and website design, as well as printed promotional materials that seek to capture the essence of people, places, and organizations at their best.
Photography also serves as a creative outlet and spiritual practice for Kristen while traveling. She loves to find ways to frame and re-frame the beauty of everyday life, from the tallest building to the smallest forest flower.
Check out the Travel Page to scroll through Kristen's extensive portfolio of travel photography, or click here to view a portfolio of some of her favorite images.