About the Author

For over forty-five years John MacMurray has taught Bible, Theology, and Photography in churches and schools serving in both staff and non-staff leadership roles. Known best for communicating with university age students—he has led college groups, served as an adjunct professor of Bible Literature, and taught for various schools and organizations internationally. A lifetime of teaching led John to start and direct the Northwest School of Theology and the Open Table Conferences.

John is also an award winning landscape nature photographer. Somewhat of a rarity in the world of professional photographers, he still captures images on film using a large format camera. His images have appeared in Sierra Club, National Geographic, Audubon, and several other prestigious nature publications. 

He is the author/illustrator of two beautiful table books that display his work—By Chance? and The Call of Creation. He also co-authored a book with best selling writer Donald Miller titled To Own a Dragon—now released as Father Fiction

He is married to Terri and they have 3 incredible children. They make their home just outside of Portland, OR.



Open Table Conference

Open Table is a unique conference that provides space for authentic dialogue to explore questions about God, life, and spirituality. It is part of a relational movement—a growing awareness—that bows at wonder and mystery and delights in love and freedom. Hidden agendas do not fuel our conversation; rather it is the relentless and unimaginable love of God that we seek to engage.



Northwest School of Theology 

A week together within a safe community of kindred learners is set amidst spectacular natural surroundings, offering the opportunity to explore questions of life and faith with a depth that is hard to match in the rhythms of daily life. Group size is limited to twenty participants and provides an environment that encourages genuine spiritual dialogue so that we are stimulated to think critically and act humbly. 

Nationally recognized writers, speakers, and teachers join and lead us to examine familiar paradigms and integrate different perspectives. Personal access to these men and women is unparalleled. 

For more information and how to enroll go to: www.opentableconference.com