A LIFE STORYTELLER
I live in Minnesota with my husband and children and believe the things we do and say make a difference in the world. My writing, photography, and filmmaking convey my deep faith, capturing the ordinary and highlighting the joys of everyday moments in thought-provoking, relatable ways. I create inspirational tales of perseverance, personal growth, and connections of the heart through my zeal for life and my willingness to seek out stories from everyone I meet.
Listening. Directing. Catalyzing Conversations.
It’s your tale. Live it well.
While studying journalism and public relations at St. Cloud State University, I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska for the 2001 Special Olympic World Winter Games where I volunteered as a Press Assistant Liaison (PAL) snapping pictures, writing stories, cheering on athletes, coaches, volunteers and media professionals. In Alaska God began to cultivate in me a passion for people’s differences and the many things I do not know.
In 2003, raising funds and taking time off work to travel to Uganda to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity was a challenge, but my biggest obstacle was my fear that I would be of little value to the team because I had no experience building houses. While in Uganda, my team leader told me I have a gift to communicate with and connect people. In Africa, God began to develop in me a fierce love for other women and the context of culture.
There is no greater gift than to love and be loved. My life includes the blessings of meeting my husband, starting a family, becoming a stay-at-home mother.
In 2012, asked to share my storytelling skills to develop a fundraiser for a baby with a rare kidney disease in need of a transplant, I created a logo and Facebook page, coordinated a fundraiser and helped build an online community that located a kidney donor in Florida. What I learned is that ANYTHING is possible WITH GOD.
A Seeker’s Harvest:
A Life and Legacy with ALS
In 2013, during a food and school supply drive I began talking to a man with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The fourth member of his family to be diagnosed, for years he had been researching how to slow his progression. “My friends tell me I should write a book,” he said. So we did. It released January 1, 2016. What I experienced is that God hears us, and sees us, and meets us where we are at.
MY GREAT ADVENTURE OF SEEKING AND FINDING GOD CONTINUES . . .
What People are Saying
“Hearing Heidi’s own story was filled with hope for me. She has an energy and passion for her work that is so needed in our world today.”
— Martin Doblmeier, Journey Films
“As a result of responses to my documentary on Kwame Bediako at the Seminary, especially an insightful one from Heidi Schauer, I’ve revised the film, mainly how its opening works to awaken viewers’ interest in Kwame’s life story earlier on.”
— James Ault, Kwame Bediako: His Life and Legacy
“My life and my work have been transformed by the artistry of Heidi Schauer’s story telling. Her gift lies in her ability to see a story in every detail of our lives and with great passion as a skilled researcher, she brings the stories to life in a captivating, transformative way.”
— Jessie DeCorsey, Jessie DeCorsey Fine Arts & Photography
“What we valued most of all was the genuine care and love Heidi poured into our family during one of the most difficult times in our lives.”
— Jeremy and Ashley Moore, ALL4MOORE
News + Events
Documentary Film Project | 2015 to current
Living into God’s call
“A Minnesota Artist’s Contemporary Depiction of The Nativity.” Guideposts Magazine online, June 2017.
“A Seeker’s Harvest: A Life and Legacy with ALS,” January 2016. 235 pages.
“Upon Arrival of Illness: Coming to Terms with the Dark Companion” -“Survive,” October 2012. 74-75
“Shoreview group has ‘tunnel vision’,” Shoreview Press, July 14, 2009. Front page.
“Lyme disease motivates local woman to save others,” The ECM Post Review, April 15, 2009.
“Local mother celebrates son surviving motorcycle crash,” The ECM Post Review, May 9, 2007. 22.
“Go there! Naluwoli, Uganda,” Habitat Global Adventure, 200 4. 6-7.
Lauren Lenart: Journey to Rwanda | August 3, 2017
Faith and Filmmaking: A Guided Conversation with Martin Doblmeir, Luther Seminary, MN | April 12, 2018
Kindness and Leadership Speaker, Wrenshall Public Schools, MN | September 23, 2013
Pause + Reflect
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