Filmmaker, Minister, etc.
in Baton Rouge
Adam Darragh is a filmmaker, minister, and Jacksonville Jaguars enthusiast. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL, the child of two DIY parents who took him hiking in Wyoming and forced him to sing solos in church choir. He attended college at Stetson University, where he studied Religious Studies, Creative Writing, and Vocal Performance, which his parents called “The Trifecta of Unemployment,” but he thought each subject made life much more interesting.
After that, he lived in Washington, DC, where he worked for A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, sort of a hyper-professional camp for American and international students interested in nerdy topics like Journalism and National Security and other things that define our world. When Ralph Nader visited, tired of being asked 2000 Election “spoiler” questions, Adam asked him to share about his times on Saturday Night Live.
When jobs dried up during the Great Recession, Adam moved to Europe for several months, working on farms in Ireland and Spain, and with a cluster of country churches in England. After that, he joined a Bike & Build team and rode his bicycle from Jacksonville to San Francisco benefiting affordable housing organizations.
Adam wanted to go to grad school, and attempted to combine a Masters of Fine Arts in Film with a Masters of Divinity degree. The most compelling combination he found was at Duke University Divinity School, where he earned an M.Div, studied Theology & the Arts, and worked in the undergrad film department. He also met his wife, Colleen Bookter, at a Duke basketball game.
Adam & Colleen married in 2013 and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Colleen served as a United Methodist minister. Adam worked in the local film community, and rose up to become a non-union Assistant Director. His most significant film was Pitch Perfect 2, his favorite celebrity moment was being Patrick Wilson’s assistant on Zipper, and his hands-down favorite moment in movies was Assistant Directing Zombie Shark.
In 2015, Adam left movies to serve as the Director & Campus Minister at LSU Wesley, where he and his Colleen had volunteered. He became a Licensed Local Pastor within The UMC and has served this quirky college community ever since. He likes riding his bike to work, working next door to his wife, and making students excited about our beautiful, challenging, diverse world. His favorite moment: taking five students to Guatemala to work with the Alliance for International Reforestation.
Adam’s poetry has been published in Australia’s top literary journal (Quadrant) and purchased by Duke University, his plays have been performed in Florida, and he is submitting his short film, The Last Hellos, to festivals as we speak. In 2017, he’s looking forward to new students, creative endeavors, and for the Jacksonville Jaguars to crawl out of the NFL basement. It’s got to happen one of these days… why not 2017?
Theology of the Arts
BY ADAM DARRAGH
@ VOL 6
ON OCT 27, 2017
When Adam Darragh was looking at grad schools, he tried to do a dual masters program in Divinity (ministry) and Film, and everybody looked at him like he was crazy. To them, the worlds were completely different from each other. To Adam, however, both involve trying to tell stories of Ultimate concern, that hit us right in the heart, and in human history, two things have existed through every era, even though we have no objective need of them: religion and art. Join Adam, as we look into religion, art, and living a more imaginative life.