Fe Anam Avis, Soul Shop Founder:
Fe began to explore the response of faith communities to suicide in 1999. At the time he was the pastor of a suburban church where three students died by suicide in a seven-month period of time. Later, he went through his own dark night of suicidal desperation, emerging on the other side with a new sense of self. As a result of these experiences, Fe created Soul Shop and later partnered with PPI to expand its reach.
Fe also goes by the name Russ Crabtree. He changed his name as part of entering his Second Day. Fe is certified in ASIST and has a Masters in Divinity. Fe’s story is further detailed in his first book, A Second Day.
Brian Kuhn, Soul Shop for Youth Workers Specialist
Brian is the Director of Youth & Family Ministries at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. He has been involved in youth ministry since 1999 and been in a paid position at Webster Groves Pres. since 2000. His positions at Webster Groves Pres. have taken many forms over the years but the one constant has been his passion and dedication to the youth and families of the congregation and the community. Church, adolescents, and faithfulness are his passions in life and he works hard to constantly bring all of those elements together no matter what he is doing. He frequently teaches workshops, and speaks to groups about topics like the adolescent brain, sex and sexuality, suicide, and building a youth ministry and congregation that is not afraid to address and embrace the challenges of adolescents, parenting and being community.
Brian has a Master of Arts in Profession Counseling and is a Licensed Profession Counselor in the State of Missouri. The combination of his ministry and clinical work has given him a unique view of today’s adolescent, the challenges they face, and how the church can and should be a sanctuary for youth and their families.
Brian lives with his wife Jennifer and their two children Chase and Paige. Playing all kinds of things with his kids, traveling with his wife, and running alone are some of his major passions outside of work. Brian and his family are avid St. Louis sports fans with the Cardinals and the Blues on top of their list of teams to be excited about (and lose sleep over)!
Michelle Snyder, Soul Shop Director:
Michelle and Fe began to partner together in 2014, eventually bringing Soul Shop under the wing of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute and then taking it independent in 2017 in order to expand it into a national ministry. Together Michelle and Fe wrote a book, Life, Death, and Reinvention: The Gift of the Impossibly Messed-Up Life, a book on the process of transformation for those who come to the other side of suicidal desperation. She has dual training in mental health (Masters in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and theology (Masters in Divinity). Among her other professional hats are congregational consulting with Crow’s Feet Consulting and Holy Cow Consulting and clergy coaching.
Ed Sutter, Soul Shop for Youth Workers Specialist:
Ed is the Director of Middle School Ministry and Family Counseling at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has served the communities of Pittsburgh in ministry for more than 10 years. Ed is a Nationally Certified Counselor and earned a Masters Degree in Education for Counseling from Duquesne University in 2012 and provides therapy and counseling services to adolescents, families and adults in Western Pennsylvania. Ed is experienced in working with families, individuals and churches on issues surrounding social development, including self-injury and suicide, and has developed retreat series and counseling programs that promote the development of resilience and coping skills. Ed’s passion is to see healthy development in teenagers as they build an understanding of their identity in Christ. Ed lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and their two daughters. If he’s not with his family or students, you’ll likely find Ed and his dog in the woods!