Preston Pouteaux, TSoM Adjunct Lecturer, is a pastor, spiritual/missional theologian, church planter, columnist and beekeeper in Chestermere, Alberta. He is a neighbourhood enthusiast who seeks to be alert to the work of God in local contexts. Having studied in Israel and across Canada, his own areas of academic interest include the points of intersection between biblical history and geography, spiritual formation, and the theological imagination.
His column "Into the Neighbourhood" originally began and continues in the Chestermere Anchor where every week Preston explores themes of neighbourhood and faith in a way that encourages us to bring out the best in others and reminds us that everyone matters.
Into the Neighbourhood explores themes of neighbourhood and faith in a way that encourages us to bring out the best in others and reminds us that everyone matters. Written an an approachable and personal style, Into the Neighbourhood tells stories, inspires action, surprises, and encourages us to never give up as we work to find meaning and joy in the communities we call home.
Created to be read from our front porch, readers of Pouteaux’s column describe it as a welcome weekly reflection with a fresh tone that sparks new conversations and connections.
Recently, Preston published a book based around the idea that our search for purpose, meaning, and hope might be closer than we think. Preston takes readers into his buzzing apiary and then out into the neighbourhood to see the world from a whole new perspective. Beautifully original and inspiring, 'The Bees of Rainbow Falls' is a welcome surprise for the new neighbourhood imagination.
What if we could imagine living in our neighbourhoods in a way that transformed our whole outlook on faith, hope, and love? Preston Pouteaux writes about how an unlikely journey into beekeeping changed how he saw his neighbours. The Bees of Rainbow Falls reminds us that we matter to our community, that goodness is found all around us, and that new life emerges out of the small and sublime. With the quirky curiosity of a beekeeper and the thoughtful care of a pastor, he gently welcomes readers to step into their own neighbourhoods. What if the very best gift was waiting for you just beyond your front door?