A Journalistic Ministry

Bryan Mealer is the author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City and co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This fall, he began his studies as a first-year M.Div. student.
Bryan Mealer, author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and first-year MDiv student.
What were you doing before coming to Union?
I’ve been a reporter for 20 years, and a lot of my work was spent in Africa covering the war in Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. I roamed the continent as a reporter for the Associated Press and eventually wrote a book about the Congo War. The experience covering conflict, and all that accompanies it from death to disease, really began to reshape the way I saw the world. I began to see things through a lens of trauma, with my own second hand trauma becoming my unconscious way of seeing the world around me.
How did this trauma affect the work you were doing?
It wasn’t until the last few years that I became aware of how this trauma was affecting me. I grew up in a fundamental conservative Evangelical family in West Texas, where we were part of the Assemblies of God before moving to a charismatic pentecostal church. The sheer oppression of that lifestyle on someone trying to learn about the world left me with a lot of baggage as a young man and later adult.

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