Pastor and blogger Kevin Purcell interviewed Olive Tree for an article in Christian Computing Magazine on September 26. However, from my perspective as Olive Tree’s president, Kevin’s article has a big, bad word in it.


Somehow, Kevin got the idea that I am retiring. Did an asteroid hit a satellite during the interview? Or maybe a golf ball hit the window in Stephen’s office during the e-mail interview. I am learning how to golf after all, though with minimal achievement. (I call “golf”  “goof”)

Drew trying to learn golf in Christina Lake, Canada

Drew learning to golf in Christina Lake, Canada.

Kevin’s interview is great; however, I am still involved in Olive Tree as the President, especially with company leadership, software innovation, and publisher relations. There are still so many innovative ways to help people study the Bible using technology. Olive Tree is at the exciting intersection of this people, Bible, and technology triangle.

As Olive Tree’s president, my attention is currently focused on three projects. The first is my personal blog at where my photography and devotional writing interests come together. The second two are both projects in the very early stages. Each of these innovative initiatives are designed to inspire people to get into the Bible. As Olive Tree’s users get into the Bible and the Bible gets into them, God has great opportunities to do things in their lives. We’re so excited to be a part of this transformation in our users’ lives.

I appreciated this line from Kevin’s article: “[Stephen said,] I learned perseverance and never giving up. Drew persevered and continued “pushing on” even when things were hard. I learned to focus on what we know we need to do and not get too worried or distracted with the ‘competition…’ We [are all] fellow workers in Christ.”

Golf doesn’t seem to be working for me, so I think I’ll stick with Bible technology innovation and carry on Olive Tree’s continuing legacy of encouraging people to study the Bible.