About Glory Cumbow

 

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I have been acting since I was in elementary school when I wrote my own sock puppet plays. They were silly and fun, the result of an ambition, driven child. They got the attention of some of the local talent. I performed these plays for my class, and my teacher invited a local theatre artist to come watch. The actress then awarded me a scholarship to attend her theatre camp. That’s when my love of performance began. I received my Bachelor of Arts from King University in 2013 where I doubled majored in theatre and religion. I performed in numerous plays including The Crucible, She Stoops to Conquer, Sylvia, Bridge to Terabithia, Good Woman of Setzuan, and The Day I Became A Pirate. I received my Master of Divinity and my Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2018. I wanted to find a way to fuse my theatre experience with my ministry. During this time I created and directed a drama camp at Bremen First Presbyterian Church where my original drama, Life-Giver, was debuted. I also performed The Book of Job with one of my seminary classes. Soon after graduation, I was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the PC(USA). I still had not quite found my niche and tried my hand at being a pastor. I soon suffered from a lack of a creative outlet. Then Tales of Glory was born. 

Tales of Glory brings Bible stories to life through the art of storytelling. I write my own scripts taken straight from scripture while also weaving in human experience and moral takeaways so that the people in the Bible are represented as the complex and relatable individuals that they are. Often people struggle to read scripture and find relevance in the stories. Performing the stories with artistry and revealing our shared human condition not only helps us relate to the Bible but opens our eyes to the eternal God who has been working in the world long before us, is at work now, and will continue to be at work once we are gone. Connecting our faith and the human experience opens our hearts to the justice, love, and peace that is intended for God’s kingdom. As a biblical storyteller, I hope to enliven your faith, spark some hope, and forge a path to a more compassionate world. I hope to bring Tales of Glory to your community soon.