Soul Tread was started in 2020 by a group of Australian Christians, from a range of denominations and cultural backgrounds. We had a vision to create a beautiful Australian faith magazine that amplifies the voices in the middle spaces. We loved the idea of stepping away from our screens and soaking up nourishing content while sipping a hot cup of something. That’s why we’re print-only – and that’s the part that really resonated with people.
Soul Tread is now a reality because of 77 people who gave to our Pre-Seed Fundraiser on Go Fund Me and 558 people who backed our Kickstarter Campaign. We are grateful to each of you.
BEHIND THE NAME
Why Soul Tread? Each of these words have multiple meaning that connect with what we’re trying to create.
Soul: (1) the spiritual or immaterial part of a human (2) the quality of art that shows or produces deep good feelings
Tread: (1) to walk in a specific way (2) the pattern of a tyre that give it traction
We want Soul Tread to be both spiritually nourishing and soulful. We want to help you walk the way of Jesus, and to stay on that road.
Beauty—we believe in the power of beauty and excellence to enrich our experiences and understanding. We believe beauty is a platform that encourages young people to explore and expand their knowledge and ideas. And we actively seek out and create ways for beauty to be present in people’s lives.
Thoughtfulness— we create with intention and thoughtfulness, taking into consideration the needs and ideas of our readers. We take time to fully understand and appreciate the diverse views and experiences of the people in our community and to share these experiences widely.
Growth— we don’t shrink from the challenges of growing in faith. We seek out voices and stories that will gently challenge ways of thinking and expand our collective understanding of our church and our context.
Soul Tread orients itself in the classic tradition of Christianity and joins with Christians across our globe from days of old until today, confessing:
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Founder & Editor
Rachael Lopez is a writer and creative living in Melbourne. She studied photography and theology before moving to London for an epic year with her husband: living in an interdenominational and international young adult community at Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. After 5 years of writing for a number of Christian publications, and many years of dreaming about starting something new, she launched Soul Tread Magazine in 2020 with a team from all over Australia.
Matt Brown is a Graphic Designer based in Ballarat, Victoria. He loves coffee, comics and wandering through galleries. Matt loves to observe the world and notice the hidden stories around him. Whether it's in his client work or personal projects, Matt always express their stories through his designs.