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Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran


Rebecca is an author and film consultant

with a PhD in Theology and the Arts (film) from King's College London, 2019.

My STory

Rebecca is an author and owner of RVM Consulting Firm, where she coaches and mentors film industry professionals and filmmakers, consults on film productions and projects, and for university film programs and faculty. 

From 2004-2017, Rebecca directed the L.A. Film Studies Center (LAFSC), an intensive film production program of the CCCU ( for college students finishing their degrees in film and taught. She speaks at conferences and universities, such as Princeton Lectures on Youth, the American Scientific Affiliation (keynote speaker), and a variety of conferences. Her book, Lars von Trier’s Cinema: Excess, Evil, and the Prophetic Voice (Routledge) was released in November 2021. Along with writing journal articles, Rebecca wrote chapters in Tarantino and TheologyReframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline (Cultural Exegesis) and worked on the revision team for Reel Spirituality. Her book endorsements include Storytelling for Virtual Reality: Methods and Principles for Crafting Immersive Narratives by John Bucher (Routledge), Movies are Prayers: How Films Voice our Deepest Longings by Josh Larson (IVP Books) and Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts by Steve Turner (IVP Books).

Rebecca was a long-time member of the Reel Spirituality Committee at Fuller Seminary, presenting conferences and resources for filmmakers and theologians, and past director of City of the Angels Film Festival. Elected to the Mid-City WEST Community Council (MCWC) of Los Angeles, she chaired the Arts and Recreation Committee, creating/directing a monthly art walk in the Miracle Mile with 40+ galleries and museums sponsored by L.A. County Museum of Art and MCWC. She received a “Sheroes” award from California Senator Curran D. Price, District 26, for her community work.

Due to her background leading urban non-profits and working with gang members, taggers, and urban youth, Rebecca became principal and executive director of an urban school for low-income families. At the same time, she was founding pastor of Tribe of Los Angeles, an arts church, previously ordained as a pastor at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA). At FCCLA Rebecca created an international art gallery, developed arts/theology courses, writing groups, retreats for artists and filmmakers, and developed neighborhood outreach programs for the local Rampart/Westlake area of Los Angeles.

Rebecca's Doctor of Philosophy was conferred at King’s College London in Theology and the Arts (film) in 2019. Routledge Publishing requested her submission of the thesis as a book, released November 2021. Her Master of Divinity degree comes from Fuller Theological Seminary, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She is delightfully married to Dave McSparran aka David Raven, a session drummer, singer, songwriter, and producer, with over 2500 album credits. They have three beloved adult children.


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