Saturday, November 30, 2013

Who has done ghostwriting at Mars Hill Church over the years, a little help from Google and LinkedIn

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According to this morning's Google search there are a few names of people who come up about whom ghostwriting can be said to be in their skill sets in LinkedIn.  This does not necessarily establish that they did ghostwriting at or for Mars Hill Church.  This may be because they did not ghostwrite at Mars Hill Church or because they have at some point done ghostwriting but redacted their resumes at LinkedIn.  In any event, there are a handful of people who have been at Mars Hill Church who list ghostwriting in their background.  As evidence it is, admittedly, purely circumstantial.

 Nevertheless, since a proposal that Driscoll has not plagiarized but that, perhaps, a ghostwriter or assistant has some responsibility for what appears to be plagiarism, we can at least review some people who have ghostwriting as a skillset mentioned in their LinkedIn profiles who have some history with the church.  The case here is merely to establish that whether or not they did ghostwriting for Mars Hill Church specifically, people who have done ghostwriting are not hard to find who have had connections to Mars Hill.  That's all.  In fact we'll quickly see that none of these people explicitly mention ghostwriting (because, given the nature of the work, who would?) but it is listed as a skill or expertise.  With that in mind ...

Andrew Myers
Content Manager
Mars Hill Church 
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
October 2012 – Present (1 year 2 months) Seattle, WA
Work within the Media and Communications department to lead projects, create content, and implement strategic communication plans on behalf of the executive leadership of Mars Hill Church.

Communications Manager
Mars Hill Church 
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
November 2007 – October 2012 (5 years) Seattle, WA
As a member of executive leadership's staff, my responsibilities included administrative tasks (calendar, email, correspondence) and broad communications support: extensive writing and editing services, public relations efforts, and the organization of various projects—including fundraisers, logistics, and the development and creation of the annual report.

Executive Assistant
Mars Hill Church 
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
November 2007 – September 2011 (3 years 11 months) Greater Seattle Area
Provided administrative support for executive leadership during a period when the church grew from 6,000 to over 12,000 people. Performed traditional assistant tasks while also fulfilling extensive communications responsibilities for the organization.

Publications Manager
Mars Hill Church 
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
October 2004 – November 2007 (3 years 2 months) Seattle, WA
Founding and managing editor for Vox Pop monthly magazine. Oversaw artistic development, content revisions, and production of other various publications, including theological booklets, church bulletins, and training materials. Led team of staff and volunteer writers, editors, and graphic designers to produce all publications and other communications media for Mars Hill Church. (Position began as a volunteer internship. I transitioned to full-time staff in August 2005.)

Chris Holt
Jesse Wisnewski
Jake Johnson
For more background on Johnson go here and here for his role in a couple of Mars Hill Church projects. 

Someone else who has some background in ghostwriting not captured in the above search would be Staff Writer Ryan Dorn.

Staff Writer

Mars Hill Church

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
January 2013Present (11 months) Greater Seattle Area
I write a lot and it comes in many forms:

Weekly updates for leaders
Monthly newsletters for global missions and financial updates
Blog posts for and
Case studies
Internal communications and correspondence
A variety of miscellaneous copy writing/editing duties as needed


Ryan Dorn's Skills & Expertise

  1. Writing
  2. Portrait Photography
  3. Travel Photography
  4. Editorial Photography
  5. Social Media
  6. Commercial Photography
  7. Copywriting
  8. Journalism
  9. Ghostwriting
  10. Blogging

There's also a job opening for a Staff Writer position, possibly in addition to whatever Ryan Dorn is doing, that's still open.

So, again, while there's not a clear case that these people have explicitly done ghostwriting at/for Mars Hill Church the church is big enough to have had a group of members or staff with ghostwriting background.  That said, what Driscoll has mentioned in the past about how he assembles books suggests that his own personal assistants helped in putting book material together.  It's not a given that people who have done that sort of work would ever mention it in resumes on, say, LinkedIn. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Knowing how things work, the likely Ghostwriter is the MH employee who next gets fired. If he/she wants any severance package, a gag order will be signed and he/she will join the world of ex MH employees that move on with little to say except that "God moved them on", but in reality their wonder and enthusiasm for being a part of the dynamic at MH will be crushed. I am praying for that poor soul already.