Church van sends out a message
The new van belonging to the First Assembly of God in Manila sends a message with a unique design.
The design was created by one of its members, David Shedd. Shedd has always enjoyed either fine art or graphic art design, which is mostly done as a hobby, but he does enjoy a challenge.
His high school art teachers were Cindy Schrader and Nita Bridges.
David graduated from Manila High School in 1982 and earned a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from Arkansas State University.
"When I graduated from ASU they were talking about adding computers to the department," he said. "All of my training in college was designing by hand."
He learned about computers on his own.
He worked in graphic design in the art department at Red Book Floral Services after college. He worked at American Greetings and did some design for the Osceola offices before returning to Manila to join his dad in the insurance business in 2002.
David is the third generation of Shedds to occupy the office space on Baltimore Street in the business district of Manila.
In 1952 David's grandfather, I.D. Shedd, owned a dry cleaning business and insurance business. David's father, Wayne, joined the insurance business in the early 1970s.
Wayne has semi-retired but still helps in the insurance office.
David has several pen and ink creations hanging in the office. They are smaller copies of the originals he did on request.
"I had seen the vinyl wrap signs on vehicles but not on a church van," David said. "I was determined we would at least put our name on the new van. We had never put our name on the old church van. It was something I had always planned on doing. When we got a new van I decided it needed to be personalized."
Shedd was not sure what he would come up with once he got started. He took a picture of the van and then opened the Bible to some favorite scripture, Psalms 120, and took a picture of the pages. He went into Photoshop and started putting it all together to see what he could come up with. He submitted his design to the Fine Line Graphics in Jonesboro.
David said it was not as difficult as he thought it would be. It took him five or six hours to design and about three days to put together. Some of the church people really liked it and wanted to help with the expense.
"It really came out nice," David said. "It has a message. The scriptures are readable and it has our name. There is no doubt who the church van belongs to."
David has benefited from his art as he has designed several logos for different things, and made the Misco Agency's logo. His wife, Trena, was the business teacher and FBLA adviser at Manila Junior High School for several years and he did some work for her when needed. She is now the Middle School counselor.
He also enjoys photography and has taken his share of pictures of golf, baseball and softball.
The Shedds have three children. Michael will be a sophomore at Lyon College where he received a golf scholarship. Mikayla is in the 11th grade at Manila High School and McKenzie is in the sixth grade.