Mission

Humble Beast exists in humility to disciple God’s people and advance God’s kingdom through beautiful acts of creativity and theology for the worship of the triune God. Out of this mission comes Humble Beast’s four major distinctives: Creativity, Humility, Theology, Doxology.

Who We Are

Humble Beast is a family of creatives, pastors, writers, theologians, and musicians who leverage their talents to see the Gospel go out into the community and transform lives. We do this as individuals and as a family. Individually, we live our lives as missionaries, disciple-makers, and culture-creators. As a family, we combine our efforts to create a hub of Gospel-saturated resources, communicated in compelling ways and freely shared with everyday people.. Humble Beast Records is the home of Propaganda, Beautiful Eulogy, Sho Baraka and Jackie Hill-Perry.

 

Statement of Faith

Staff

Thomas Terry
Executive Director / Founder

Thomas Terry is the Founder and Director of Humble Beast. Thomas is also a member of Beautiful Eulogy. He is an elder/pastor at Trinity Church of Portland. When Thomas isn't providing direction and leadership to Humble Beast or spending time with his family, you will probably find him hating all seafood and watching Forensic Files.

BRYAN WINCHESTER
A&R - AUDIO ENGINEER

Meet Portland born and raised Bryan Winchester, aka Braille, and a member of Beautiful Eulogy. Bryan is the resident HB Audio Engineer and responsible for all aspects of HB A&R (artists and repertoire). All Humble Beast albums are mixed by Bryan. He also serves as an elder/pastor at Trinity Church of Portland. Previously, Bryan completed the pastoral internship program at Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington D.C., where Mark Dever is Senior Pastor. Alternatively, Bryan is known for making crazy basketball shots with his trademark T-Rex arms.

ANTHONY BENEDETTO
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Anthony Benedetto serves as our Creative Director. He oversees all visual aspects of Humble Beast and brand/design consistency. Anthony graduated as Valedictorian from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Anthony loves to dress like its always winter and never summer. Most days that its not raining in Portland you will find him bicycling 25 miles for fun.

SAMUEL NAGEL
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Samuel Nagel is our Director of Operations. He organizes and manages most ongoing functions of Humble Beast, including overseeing the Humble Beast online store, project management, aspects of Humble Beast organizational growth and development, and making sure that Thomas shows up to his meetings. Samuel graduated from Multnomah Bible College in Portland, OR with a BA in Biblical/Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry. Samuel makes the best pourover coffee in the HB office/studio but he is infamously known for pronouncing "Humble Beast" in the form of a question. Ask him to say "Humble Beast" when you meet him.

Courtland Urbano
MUSIC SERVICES DIRECTOR

Courtland Urbano is a Humble Beast Producer who has created music for all Humble Beast artist albums. He also serves as the musical backbone of Beautiful Eulogy. The Red Bull Big Tune Battle of 2010 featured Courtland as a finalist. Courtland also scores music for the majority of Humble Beast video projects. If its an item of leather or waxed canvas, Courtland Urbano owns it and can't wait for it to patina and age gracefully as it display its unique character.

ASHTON TRUJILLO
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Ashton Trujillo is Humble Beast's Cinematographer, but that doesn't do his immense role with us justice. He is the creative force behind all Humble Beast film and photography projects, functioning as a film and photo producer, director, and editor. Ashton graduated from CalArts with a BFA in Film and Video. He will clean your VCR free of charge.

Daniel Steel
PRODUCER

Daniel Steele, originally from NYC, is a Producer for Humble Beast. His music has been involved in almost every record we've put out since 2014. A student of every technical aspect of music production, he is the one who teaches the rest of us the techniques he learns. Daniel is equally comfortable behind a drum machine or a drum set and he's the friendliest guy you will ever meet. When he's not making beats or designing sounds you can find him spending time with his wife Ashley and their dog Conweezy.

Esteban Shedd
Creative Director of Streetlights / Teacher & Writer

Esteban Shedd loves creative communication of the most powerful message ever known - the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether through his music with Alert312, creatively directing Streetlights, preaching, or locally discipling in Chicago he wants Jesus Christ known, trusted and loved. To this end, he creates and aligns himself with other folks to be on mission to spread the Gospel of grace through any authentic communication necessary and relevant in our culture. He is a Father to 3 ferocious boys and a husband to his lovely wife Iris. Don’t believe the eyebrows, he ain't mad. On his downtime you can catch him building legos and listening to Fania All Stars with the fam.

Cole Brown
AUTHOR - BLOGGER

Cole Brown is an Author with Humble Beast. He writes regularly for his blog with us, "Follow the Leader." He is also the author of two Humble Beast books, "Daddy Issues" and "The Gospel Is." Originally from Portland, where he planted and pastored Emmaus Church of Portland, Cole and his family now live in Mexico City, Mexico, where he trains pastors and plants churches. Cole is the biggest Bobby Brown fan that you will ever meet.

Ryan Lister
AUTHOR - BLOGGER

Ryan Lister is an Author with Humble Beast and our Director of Doctrine and Discipleship, as well as co-creator of The Canvas Conference. Ryan's full-time work is as a professor of theology with Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He holds his Ph.D. and M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ryan's highest title though is Humble Beast's Most Sarcastic.

Cynthia Mathai
Blogger

Cynthia Mathai is a third-culture kid who was born and raised in Kenya and lived in Zimbabwe for a few years before moving to the United States. Cynthia works as the Associate Director of Finance at Warner Pacific College’s Adult Degree Program. She is a graduate of Western Seminary with a Masters in Ministry and Leadership. Cynthia is the volunteer Administrator for Verity Fellowship, a ministry of Western Seminary which exists to equip and train women to use the Bible well. Sunshine is her love language, she thinks in puns and song lyrics, and has the memory of an elephant. She remembers what you did last summer.

Isaac Adams
Writer

Isaac Adams hails from Washington D.C., where he serves as a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. A poet, husband, and father, Isaac has performed spoken-word poetry at events like The Gospel Coalition Conference and contributed articles to Desiring God, 9Marks, and other ministries. The Founding Editor of The Front Porch, Isaac studied Journalism and Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and he holds an M.Div from Southern Seminary. If you invite Isaac to coffee, know that he'll (proudly) order hot chocolate—because coffee gives him the creeps.

Moses Hooper
MEDIA INTERN

Moses Hooper is our Video Intern. Moses graduated from Biola University with a BA in Cinema and Media Arts. He will have his hands in many of our video and photography projects that are soon to come. Moses has worked on projects with us in the past and was a big help with the Canvas conference last year. The physically strongest HB staff member is definitely Moses.

FAQ

WHY DOES HUMBLE BEAST GIVE AWAY THE MUSIC FOR FREE?

We get asked this question a lot and essentially there are many layers to the answer. From the first conception of Humble Beast it was our intention to give away all our music for free. The desire to “freely give” is deeply embedded in our DNA as a company. First and foremost, God freely gave to us in Jesus Christ by dying for our sins. We also believe that all our talents and resources are gifts given to us directly from God. This inspires us to strive for excellence and generosity. It is simply a response to God's love and grace in our lives. We don't want any variables to hinder people from being able to benefit from the music and resources we create and have determined that making our product available for free was the best way for us to live out that mission.

HOW DOES HUMBLE BEAST SUSTAIN ITS BUSINESS MODEL?

We also get asked this question a lot and the answer is also very broad. For the first two years of Humble Beast, the entire operation was volunteer-based and sacrificially paid for within our team. We are blessed to still have many people who volunteer, intern and give of their time to make Humble Beast possible. As the label continues to grow, some areas of revenue have been increasing as well. Due to the generosity of many people around the world who support through our merchandising, concert bookings and donations, we are gradually getting closer to sustainability. Your support helps us give more and give more often.

IS HUMBLE BEAST LOOKING FOR NEW ARTISTS OR PRODUCERS?

Not specifically. Every artist involved with Humble Beast has been chosen with much prayer and consideration. In most cases we spend many years getting to know our artists before we begin releasing music together. It is very important for us to keep our roster at a manageable size so we can serve each artist effectively. It's about much more than creating and giving away free records. We strive to develop deep personal relationships with our artists so we can assist them in cultivating their gifts and encourage each other in Christ-centered Gospel ministry.

How does Humble Beast handle press?

Because all our releases are given away for free at www.humblebeast.com we do not currently offer press servicing. There are two main reasons for this:

1. Servicing press requires us to offer advance copies of our releases. In doing this, many of our records would ended up getting leaked on the internet before we made them available at www.humblebeast.com. We desire to build lasting relationships with our audience and with that desire we prefer that people download our records directly from our website rather than from leaks on blogs.

2. Each member of our staff wears many hats in order to keep up with the operations of Humble Beast. As it stands, none of our staff has enough time to effectively facilitate press relationships – while at the same time attempting to prevent advance leaks.

Am I allowed to burn Humble Beast downloads onto a CD and give it away to my friends?

Most certainly.  If you have a friend who is unable to download from HumbleBeast.com or if you simply want to share the music with someone who hasn't heard of us before then we fully encourage that.

Am I allowed to use Humble Beast music for commercial usage(i.e. videos, documentaries, etc.)?

Every situation regarding commercial usage is unique and requires a little bit of dialogue in order for us to give an appropriate answer. If you are interested in using music from Humble Beast in one of your projects or productions then please contact info@humblebeast.com