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On Directing, Acting, and “Heaven, How I Got Here”

September 11, 2015

Today’s episode of Working on Purpose features Timothy Gregory, the Founding Artistic Director of Provision Theater Company, based in Chicago, Illinois. Tim is a dear friend of the ministry and the adapter of Pastor Colin’s book Heaven, How I Got Here into a one-man drama for the stage.

Provision Theater Company is devoted to producing works of hope, reconciliation, and redemption, works that challenge us to explore a life of meaning and purpose. The company was founded in 2004 and burst onto the scene in Chicago with Cotton Patch Gospel.

In our conversation with Tim, he talks about the following topics:

  • How to prioritize seeking Christ above all other attention-vying pursuits
  • What it looks like to use our talents in a purposeful way
  • How our individual stories point to God’s bigger story


Tim is the Founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s Provision Theater and is the writer of Heaven, How I Got Here (The Play). Gregory’s experience features writing and directing more than 20 productions including: Bonhoeffer’s Cost (with Mary Ruth Clarke), adaptations of Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (with David Bell). Tim is currently working on a world-premiere adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.

The world premiere of Heaven, How I Got Here (The Play) debuted at Provision Theater on September 9, 2015, and ran through October 25, 2015.


The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.



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