MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND ENGAGE ART

Who is doing this?

Engage Art is a calling for Bill and Linda Bantz. They are longtime arts appreciators and philanthropists. Linda has a strong background in music, and, as Bill says, she brought him along.

The Engage Art Story

Bill felt a strong calling from God to re-introduce artists to a wonderful source of inspiration—the Holy Scriptures. Bill and Linda feel that now is the time for this generation to contribute a contemporary take on the depiction of the grand story shared in Scripture.  

For centuries, many of the very best artists were inspired to create magnificent works based on Scripture. God, of course, should always be given our very best. So, who are the current excellent artists? What new metaphors and language and means will they use to depict the timely and timeless story of the Spiritual Battle in a way that will connect with contemporary audiences? 

Thus, the Engage Art Contest was born. A juried competition for original Visual Art and Video Art (Film, Music Video, and Performing Arts), the contest calls to artists of all skill levels to share their talents and insights on the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related verses.

Bill collaborated for a year with Teresa Cochran to outline how the contest could function to meet the goals God laid on his heart, follow best practices, and be an asset to artists. Teresa is a longtime public art, art education, arts integration, and public participation professional.

Bill built a dedicated team from around the country to execute the vision, and he remains the guiding force. For our beta test in the Carolinas in 2018, the team was led by John Wells, aka “the Tonic” and founder of Cross Movement Records.

Our Current Team


  • Bill Bantz — Visionary, Philanthropist & CEO
  • Bill J. Bantz — CFO
  • Fokke Kooistra – COO
  • Will Feldman — CMO

Teresa Cochran — Contest Director, Content Director

Kirsten Kreiling — Marketing Director

Ranika Chaney — Engagement Manager

Kate Thomas — Content Manager

Submit Your Artwork Today!

Curious? Interested in submitting artwork to our contest? Know someone who might be? Through April 14th, 2022, the Engage Art Contest is open to the whole world! Get your foot in the door by claiming your Artist Page now!