Angelo Blancaflor

Digital Spaces Minister

Angelo graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Molecular Biology and a minor in Asian American studies, and has maintained some of his closest friendships digitally. Originally from Orange County, CA, it was an online friend who suggested Illinois for college. As he realized how online relationships have shaped his life, Angelo heard God calling out. With Ministry in Digital Spaces, Angelo’s story is made part of God’s kingdom, and it’s a joy for him to help students see that their stories are part of God’s work too. Angelo serves as the MDS Evangelism Champion.

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Blog posts:

During this current Overwatch seasonal event, Uprising, running from April 11th to May 2nd, I want to point out that these events have amazing potential to be evangelism hotspots. 

Recently, Chelsea and Angelo interviewed each other about long distance relationships - they’re both in different stages of one (not with each other), causing them to realize that Ministry in Digital Spaces doesn’t always take place just with strangers. 

In this post, we’ll talk about how small groups are more than bible studies: they require intimate, trusting relationships. How do we build those? This is the third of a three part blog series on digital communication & how people online communicate, form communities, create identity, build relationships, and develop intimacy. 

In this post, we’ll talk about how we’re already part of online communities, and how to build our own online communities through bible study. This is the second of a three part blog series on digital communication & how people online communicate, form communities, create identity, build relationships, and develop intimacy.

In this post, we’ll look at how people communicate online and build their own language. This is the first of a three part blog series on digital communication & how people online communicate, form communities, create identity, build relationships, and develop intimacy. 

By imagining how we can use games like Dungeons and Dragons as a ministry space, we challenge that separation of activities between fun and serious. For many gamers, playing games involves real relationships that we value and invest in.