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Brehm Cascadia was born from from Fuller Seminary’s Institute for Theology and NW Culture, a theological-cultural center founded in 2013 on Fuller’s Northwest Campus. After five successful years as an innovative hub for theology, culture, and the arts in the PNW; in 2018, our Institute was adopted as an affiliate branch of Fuller’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts in an effort to streamline the seminary’s centers of innovation for greater impact for the future. Brehm Cascadia now exists to theologically equip the church for mission in the Pacific Northwest through engagement with the arts and culture.


Founded in 2001, and named after Fuller Seminary Board of Trustee members William and Delores Brehm, Brehm Center’s mission is to revitalize the church and culture through the arts. We believe that God is the original artist, the first Creator. By engaging expert faculty, world-class artists, and visiting scholars to investigate the theory and practice of making art in ministry, we hope to inspire a new generation of thoughtful, creative, and culturally engaged leaders that can wisely speak into the church as well as beyond its walls.



Shannon Sigler,
Executive Director

Shannon Sigler is a visual artist and theologian; and the executive director of Brehm Cascadia. She has a passion for pastoring artists and building bridges between art and church communities. Her art and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts, and she has published with Christians in the Visual Arts' SEEN JournalChrist & Cascadia Journal, and Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts. Shannon studied at Asbury Theological Seminary and Boston University. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband, Matt, and son, Elijah.


Emily Lewis,
Program Director

Emily Lewis is a hospitality artist who is committed to building community through the breaking of bread. As head chapter leader of Make America Dinner Again (Seattle) and Program Director at Brehm Cascadia, she is passionate about empowering, educating and equipping the local church to lead the way in the art of hospitality. She also leads Growing Home, a public platform dedicated to building a thriving culture of hospitality in the Pacific North West region through community partnerships, workshops and group discussions. 


May Kytonen,
Content Manager

May Kytonen is a visual artist based in Seattle, Washington, and works as the Content Manager for Brehm Cascadia. She earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in 2012, and has exhibited her work throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has won several awards, including a smART Ventures Mini Grant through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and an Artist Trust GAP Award in 2017. May's work is an exploration of Asian-American identity and connection.