Uday Balasundaram

Uday stewards Estuary Cultures, a vision to help catalyze processes of creativity inspiring worship and mission. He leads the Academy for Creativity, Research, & Design — resourcing the peoples of the world to be their “creative best” — that operates as an arm of Northland, A Church Distributed, where he serves to direct worship for the church distributed.

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. 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 Catalyst for Arts and holds a Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Uday is married to Sujatha, a fellow artisan, and they have two daughters, Nadira and Aradhya.

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