Vanessa
King

Graphic Designer

I’m passionate about

seeing Jesus accurately

represented in the church

Our God isn’t dated

or irrelevant and so

design in church

shouldn’t be either

I’m passionate about seeing Jesus accurately represented in the church Our God isn’t dated or irrelevant and so design in church shouldn’t be either

Ministry Areas

A bit about me
I’m a designer, a foodie, a wife, and a mother. My dream day involves strolling through farmer’s markets with my husband Steve and our two young boys, Parker and Grayson, followed by a picnic to enjoy our spoils. I’m a sucker for nice packaging and will often quiz my husband about what fonts are used on certain signage, poor guy. When I’m not at work, playing Lego, or at the park with other mums, I’m finding random facts about healthy food or planning the latest, in a long line of reno tasks. If I wasn’t a designer, I’d be flipping houses with my husband (but even then, I’d want to work at Riverlife part-time for fun).
Most defining moment
It was during a regular 5pm service back at Kenmore, I must have been 16 years old or so and I just remember during the worship, being in tears as God stripped away the lies I had believed about who I was or who I had to be and He showed me how He sees me. He stripped away my anxiety and gave me confidence in myself I’d not had before. He is beyond faithful and I can’t imagine a life without Him in it. Professionally, doing the rebrand from Kenmore Baptist Church to Riverlife was definitely a defining career moment. It was an extremely challenging season both personally and professionally, including my dad being diagnosed with aggressive cancer, but despite the struggles, I felt like it was exactly where I was meant to be, like I was born for that exact season of time.
Why I do it
Because I love it! To be honest I’d do this even if they didn’t pay me... shh but don’t tell them that. To this day I feel so blessed I get to call this my job! I love the uniqueness of working in a church. I love switching it up with different looks for different ministries while having the added challenge of making sure all of our 30 plus ministries still fit within the same ‘family’. But my absolute favourite thing about working in a church (and it sounds so cheesy) and it feels like a bit of a cheat as a designer, but I get to come before God with my designs. God is the ultimate creator and as Christians, He is our greatest resource. Time and time again I’ve been stuck for an idea so I wonder outside with my pen and paper in hand and within two minutes God has downloaded an idea to me. It’s such a privilege to play even a small role in the reason why someone decides to step into church for the first time or to design the invitation that leads to a life-changing conversation, even beyond our walls. I’m blown away by the way God uses design to change lives and my prayer is that in everything I do He would use it for His glory.

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