Dr. Uday Balasundaram
Uday stewards Estuary Cultures, a vision to help catalyze processes of creativity inspiring worship and mission through the church distributed. He pilots the Academy for Creativity, Research, & Design – “helping people be their creative best,” which includes a focus on research and development to further equip the church distributed in articulating some ways in which it understands and participates in the creativity of God for mission.
Uday’s background includes serving as a pastor in the global church (U.S. and India) and teaching adjunct at seminaries including Fuller Theological Seminary and Houston Graduate School of Theology, in Houston, TX, and the South Asian Institute for Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, India. He also worked for several years in the Indian advertising and film industry and was part of a movement that revolutionized the world of commercial music and the production and spread of Indian film music worldwide. During this period he worked closely with A. R. Rahman, the award-winning composer of the film, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Uday is a Lausanne Arts Catalyst, holds a Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is currently thrilled to explore what it means to direct worship in the context of the church distributed with Northland, A Church Distributed. Uday is married to Sujatha, a fellow artisan, and they have two daughters, Nadira and Aradhya.