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 tire 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 based in Melbourne's Yarra Valley. She studied photography and theology before moving to London for a epic year with her husband: living in an interdenominational and international young adult community at Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. For the last 5 years she's been writing for a number of publications while dreaming of starting something new.
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.
Anna is an author, essayist, poet and scriptwriter. She has also been known to dabble in the dramatic arts. Her first book ‘Metanoia’ was published in 2019 and nominated for ‘Best Memoir’ in the 2020 ECPA Christian Book Awards. Anna lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Jonathan and two daughters Mercy and Juniper, in a little blue church beside a jacaranda tree. She is fascinated by a passionate and mysterious God, who seems to love metaphors and plot twists just as much as she does.
Work & Faith Column
Sharon is a staff worker at City Bible Forum Melbourne and studies at Ridley College. She loves helping men and women share the love and message of Jesus in the workplace. She owes her deep appreciation of coffee to the years she spent working in finance. Writing, art and photography are her favourite ways to tell a story.
Karl Grice has been matching books with people—and people with books—since the turn of the century. He started The Wandering Bookseller to provide hand-picked bookstalls for Christian events across Australia. Karl also curates an indie bookshop in Katoomba, with a piano hidden upstairs, poetry readings and second-hand chairs. Karl and his wife Naomi live with their four children, a few chooks, a vegetable garden and, yes, even more books!
Ellanda Joyce studied politics, English and sociology at uni, and wrote an honours thesis on Christian responses to cultural shifts in Australia. Now she reads and writes about spirituality, politics and faith, as well as reading a good dose of fiction. Ellanda is the assistant manager at The Wandering Bookseller, which involves lots of logistics planning, marketing and listening to Karl deliver unsolicited lectures on church history and comparative theology.
From Perth to Brisbane to country New South Wales, our editorial committee are scouting out stories that spur you on and make you think. They also review applications for our writing, photography and illustration teams.
We have gathered an amazing team of writers who we can call upon to cover stories or do interviews. This is based on their interests, experience, location and availability at the time.
An essential element of any magazine is the photography and illustration. We have an incredible team of photographers and illustrators who create work to accompany our written articles.