Twenty years ago I adopted my daughter from Russia. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit several Russian churches with their golden onion-shaped domes and altars covered in icons. Icons are paintings of biblical characters, and the artists over the centuries were careful to keep the style and form of each character as consistent as possible. I asked our tour guide a question that betrayed my ignorance. “Why icons?” She quickly reminded me that most of the peasants in those days were illiterate, and the icons were there to help them “read” the Bible.
Sydney Yapoujian is the worship and arts pastor at Crestview Church in Boulder, Colorado, and is a Colorado native. She has been a professional musician, performing artist, and voice teacher for more than 24 years. She is also a visual artist and professional photographer. Yapoujian’s award-winning songwriting appears on the recordings of many performing artists as well as her own. She received the Ecumenical Award from Culture Prep for her interracial work with church choirs in the Denver area. Sydney has a great passion for glorifying the Lord through the creative arts, and loves to encourage others by helping them to develop their artistic gifts.