Peter Craig: Executive Director | Filmmaker | Husband and Father of Two
Peter’s passion for filmmaking began at the age of nine and has been a guiding force in his life. His love for the art led him to making over 50 (mostly embarrassing) movies as a child, going days on end without sleep or sufficient food in film school and ultimately writing and directing an eclectic portfolio of award-winning films which have been shown at AFI Fest, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival and many more. His work has garnered further recognition in national ad campaigns for Converse and Travelocity, broadcast programming on IFC, and by winning numerous awards including the BAFTA Award of Excellence (SXSW). In addition to writing projects for Sony Pictures and NBCUniversal, Peter’s feature script, Green, was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab and Film Independent’s Fast Track Program and his follow-up script, Relativity, was purchased and is in development at Walden Media.
But even more defining than Peter’s desire to make films is his growing passion for the Gospel. By God’s grace and the power of His Word, Peter’s desire to see God be glorified has led him to redirect his focus from making Hollywood films to the even more exciting goal of seeing God’s name proclaimed throughout the nations. This pursuit began after Peter and his wife felt the Lord’s leading to adopt a child from Ethiopia. This process opened Peter’s eyes to God’s grand pursuit to reach the nations and compelled Peter to join the cause full-time. Over the past year, Peter has traveled to Haiti, Ethiopia, Turkey and Iraq witnessing the inspiring obedience of fellow believers, filming the struggles of the countries and, most importantly, revealing how God is moving in each context. These experiences have led him to starting Moving Works, a filmmaking ministry focused on bringing glory to God by making films of His “wonderful acts” throughout the world.
Josef Solc: Filmmaker | Photographer | Husband
Josef was born and raised in the heart of Texas. The son of a preacher, Josef was incredibly blessed to have encountered and received the forgiveness and grace of Christ early in life. In high school, Josef realized his ambition for filmmaking and felt that he could most effectively serve Jesus by making films that exalted Him. He saw that films could communicate stories through art – fusing sound, image and design to initiate human emotion. In college, Josef decided to pursue a career as a filmmaker. As a foundation, he received his Associate of Arts in Biblical studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He then went on to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to complete his Bachelor of Arts in film studies. A few years later, Josef and his wonderful wife Chelsea, were called back to the Lone Star State with the purpose to make films about Jesus and to live intentionally for the advancement of the Gospel. Josef is honored to serve at Moving Works and he is grateful that the Lord has provided a ministry in which he can use his gifts to praise Christ. Josef hopes that through the films at Moving Works people will come to faith in Christ and also that the church will be better equipped to be a light for the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Board of Directors
Chris Mackenzie: Business Owner | Soccer Aficionado | Husband and Father of Two
Chris’ passion for God’s global purposes took shape in 2006 after making the decision to adopt internationally while on a beach in Mexico with his wife, Leigh. After months of paperwork, a child from Ethiopia was selected who was born exactly nine months after the day God laid it on their hearts to adopt. On that beach…on that exact day…their future daughter was conceived. God is so big!
Chris, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is owner/partner of the investment firm, Investment Planners, Inc. Chris and his wife, Leigh, have a biological son Julian, in addition to their adopted daughter, Isabella. Since adopting, Chris has traveled back to Ethiopia in support of several ministries that take care of children in need as well as spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Chris has a passion for soccer and brings to the table his knowledge of finance, budgeting, and stewardship. In addition, Chris is prepared to travel with Moving Works to the most remote areas of this world to help show just how amazing our God is.
Josh Finklea: Pastor | Speaker | Husband and Father of Four
Josh grew up in the Indianapolis area and graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a minor in youth ministries. While in school, he served as a youth pastor in southern Indiana where he met his beautiful wife, Krista. Josh has pastored at churches in Indiana, Illinois and also served a para-church organization in Missouri for the last 20+ years. Josh has pastored at churches in Indiana, Illinois, Florida, and also served a para-church organization in Missouri for the last 20+ years. Josh currently pastors in Champaign, IL.
Besides pastoring, Josh has also been called to travel and preach the Gospel. He has spoken nationally and internationally, teaching the Bible in a very real and powerful way. He is a storyteller who knows how to weave words together to help people discover God and respond to Him. He is a speaker for Compassion International and authored the book, “Get Dirty” and co-authored book, “Student Ministry that leaves a Mark.”
Ellis Craig: Business Owner | Entrepreneur | Grandfather
Ellis is a man who has always had a vision to create new things and improve on the existing. Born into a farming family in a small community in west-central Illinois, Ellis learned about hard work and the positive effect of thinking out of the box. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for Motorola where he honed his skills in sales and marketing. Years later, he started a sales and marketing partnership with his brother, that quickly evolved into a highly successful manufacturing company that sells products worldwide and is well respected in the many industries it serves.
Through all of this life experience, God was preparing Ellis and his wife, Gwen, to do His work and bring glory to Him. All aspects of Ellis’ life, his Christian walk, good times and bad, failure and success were God’s tools to prepare him for His service. Ellis and Gwen now live in Quincy, IL and continue to use their time to bring glory to God through service, discipleship and spending time with their children and grandchildren.