About Us

Old media ways are floundering. In a desperate bid for our attention and dollars, they’re riveting on what inflates fear, divides and conquers, or appeals to the lowest common denominator. And yet, they still demand all the marketing and most of the profit from creatives.

But the extraordinary technological changes of the past two decades have upended their stranglehold. Now anyone can have a TV channel on YouTube, do journalism on a blog, shape taste and style on social media—and, yes, publish books, independently and with integrity.

2020 might seem like the worst time to have launched a new venture. But it’s precisely now, when media and business are more frightened than ever and push that fear onto consumers, that we need fresh voices of hope, creativity, insight, and truthfulness. To quote an aphorism attributed to Martin Luther: “If I knew the world would end tomorrow, I’d plant an apple tree today.”

Here at Thornbush Press you’ll find—already now, and more in the months and years to come—transgenre theology, memoirs of grace, doctrinal poetry, novels of mystagogical realism, and curated catechesis.

Meet the Founder

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is the founder of Thornbush Press. She’s a theologian, pastor, podcaster, writer, editor, ecumenist, and intellectual entrepreneur.

Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her vocation is centered on public theology and communicating the gospel in ways that are faithful, surprising, and credible in contemporary contexts. From 2007 to 2018 she was the editor of Lutheran Forum, an independent theological quarterly. She continues as Visiting Professor of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, after almost eight years working there full-time, specializing in Eastern Orthodoxy and Pentecostalism. Her theology podcast, Queen of the Sciences, addresses all kinds of topics pertaining to the Christian faith, from the practical to the wildly speculative; her fiction podcast, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson Stories, is for people who need good fiction and good theology at the same time!

Sarah lives with her husband Andrew and son Zeke in Tokyo, Japan, where she serves as a pastor at Tokyo Lutheran Church. She is an avid taker of walks, lover of stories, and maker of delicious foods. Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter, Theology and a Recipe, to stay up to date on her current projects.