The Church Online’s most recent addition to its writing team, Seth Libby is a man of many voices. Libby has made his career speaking through characters, interviewees, and clients, seeking out the unique qualities in each and bringing them forth onto the page. A novelist, journalist, and blogger, Libby has been published in multiple genres and in numerous outlets, and loves the challenge of putting a book together. “Crafting a book is a very special skill,” he says. “It requires an ability to reach into the heart of an idea and build around that. It takes not just skill with words, but an ability to organize someone else’s thoughts and speak in someone else’s voice, so that every new word feels like it came from the client’s mouth first.”
Now dedicating himself to his work for The Church Online, Libby is always ready to take on the next ambitious project. Libby writes and edits content for books, articles, and blogs. But with every project, his position is all about finding that new “voice.” An integral part of The Church Online writing team, Libby helps ensure every word counts and accurately speaks for each client. “My job consists not just of putting words on the page but getting the voice and intent of the client correct, so that it feels completely authentic and individual.”
Libby earned a bachelor’s degree in English and religious studies from Indiana University and a master’s degree in biblical studies from the University of Manchester. His career in writing started in Russia after spending most of the last decade teaching English abroad. It was while teaching in Russia that he discovered his ability to take the vague ideas of others and turn them into stories. “It is exhilarating to flesh out what someone has only been able to partially articulate,” he says. “To carve a life out of a piece of marble based off someone’s penciled sketches.”
He finds the most enjoyment in the blogging work he does. “Blogs require fresh ideas and good scriptural analysis while hitting new themes every week. It pushes me to be creative and consistent, and to say everything in a limited format,” he says.
When he isn’t writing, Libby reads often, cultivating an impressive library of well over a thousand volumes. He also watches a lot of Premier League soccer and enjoys playing guitar.
“But these days,” he says, “my young family is the center of my world.”