About Soul Play


Simply put: Soul Play is the work of Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson.

Terry’s work consists primarily in live presentation of enriching theology couched in engaging storytelling. For twenty years, Terry has built a successful business on his ability to reach people with his words.


If you would like to book Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson to come speak, simply contact us. The process begins with a calendar inquiry to Soul Play team member Laura Field, who will handle the initial communications. Here are just some of the available offerings:

Parish Missions

  • Running the Paschal Mystery: Cheerleader or Participant?
  • Eucharist: Get To The Feast and Become What You Eat

Adolescent Sexuality

  • Sexuality and Relationship (8th grade and high school)
  • Intimacy (Young Adult)
  • Ignatian Spirituality and Relationships (Adults)

Adult Presentations

  • The Beloved Retreat
  • Are You Baptized? (Not Were You, But Are You?!)
  • Holy Pause: Stopping In The Midst of It All
  • The Spirituality of Fun



About Our Staff

Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson


Street Theologian, Educator, Storyteller

Terry’s art is the written and spoken word. His passion for narrative theology expresses the yearning of 2,000 years to connect our life stories with The Story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through storytelling, poetry, and humor, Terry challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of grace, the mystery of spirit, the mystery of God.

Author and leader of the acclaimed Beloved retreat, Dr. Nelson-Johnson works with parents, teachers, pastoral staff and members of faith communities across the country to design and conduct formation programs that encourage, affirm, and inspire. A prolific writer, his reflections and essays have been widely published in local and national publications.

Dr. Nelson-Johnson served on the faculty of the Loyola Academy Jesuit High School for eighteen years and is Founder and Executive Director of Soul-Play, LLC, an experiential, theological, educational enterprise serving congregations, families, schools, and adult retreats. He is Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith at Old St. Patrick’s Church, holds a master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University; and a Doctorate of Ministry from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He and his wife Holly are the parents of two children, Ian and Clare.

Laura Field

Retreat Leader, Spiritual Director


Mary Kelly

Retreat Leader, Spiritual Director


Mike O'Gara

Retreat Leader


Jerry Harrington

Technology & Product Design