About us

Who are we?

We are Carpenters Code, a group started by former Google employees seeking to use their gifts to help bring people closer to God. Our mobile app, Abide, is the world’s most popular Christian meditation app, guiding hundreds of thousands of people around the world in Biblical truth and personal reflection.

What is our mission?

For the world to experience the peace of Christ through Biblical meditation.

Our Team

Neil Ahlsten, CEO & Co-founder

Neil has a passion for innovation serving the Gospel and humanitarian needs. He co-founded Carpenters Code and serves at it’s chief evangelist. Neil also helped launch the global Code for the Kingdom hackathon series. Previously, he managed new business development for a variety of products and projects at Google, including new ad platforms and market development in Africa. Before Google, he was the Darfur / Chad refugee program manager for the U.S. Department of State, and served in hotspots across Africa for Food for the Hungry. Neil has a Masters in quantitative economics and policy from Princeton University.

Eric Tse, CTO & Co-founder

Eric is the tech lead for Abide. Prior to Carpenters Code, he spent several years at Google as software engineer in data visualization, and other technical roles at Silicon Valley startups developing mobile apps. He has a Bachelors degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in computer science and cognitive science. Eric plays electric guitar and cello. He and his wife are actively involved with their church's worship music.

Drew Dickens, Director of Spiritual Formation

Drew is the leading voice of meditation on Abide. Prior to joining the team, Drew led the international evangelism response ministry of Need Him Global for 20 years as President/CEO. Before Need Him he was a senior executive with Infinity Broadcasting, Katz Radio Group, and Westinghouse Broadcasting. Drew is a graduate of Baylor University with a Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served on the boards of the National Religious Broadcasters Association, Boy Scouts of America, Mission America, Hope for the Heart, Leadership Plano/Dallas.

Joanna Lai, Director of Marketing and Growth

Joanna is passionate about connecting with people and hearing their stories. Her love for storytelling drew her to marketing, where she finds joy in helping individuals and companies find their voice. She's led marketing at early stage startups, and earlier in her career she was a program manager at Google. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from UC Davis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new places, exploring the great outdoors, and writing in her journal.

Christina Ho, UX Designer

Christina is Abide’s resident UX designer. Whether it’s bringing delight to friends and family through cards or designing a great digital user experience for Abide users, she designs to make a difference in someone’s day. Through her design perspective, she aims to help people go deeper in their relationship with Christ. She has a BS from Carnegie Mellon with a double major in business and human computer interaction. In her spare time, you can find her making some crazy idea come to life (recipes or DIY renovations), watching Warriors games, and wondering at God’s creation.

Roxanne Oates, Customer Support Specialist

Roxanne has a true heart of service- she’s been working in customer service since she was a teenager! She also has 4 years of digital marketing experience. She loves helping people and putting a smile on their face. In 2013 she rededicated her life to the Lord, and her life hasn’t been the same since. Her hobbies include reading, watching television, and spending time with her family. Her family is her lifeline, and they motivate her to be the best person she can be.

Kipp Hickman, Software Engineer

Whether it's exploring new bike routes, or delving into new programming paradigms, Kipp brings his meticulous care for detail and efficiency. Working with a variety of technologies, he's done backend development with Python and MySQL, iOS CRM apps, data visualization at SAP, and C++ for game development. He aims to combine technology and delight together to start up his own indie game studio in the future.

Our Volunteers

We have been blessed to have many passionate and talented believers come alongside us to work on Abide.

2016

  • Aki Sugawara
  • Andrew Lee
  • Bart Munro
  • Beck Chiou
  • Bethany Tse
  • Brian Liu
  • Chris Lee
  • Jason Chen
  • Joanne Li
  • Joe Lin
  • Josh Kwan
  • Kate Yu
  • Ken Churchill
  • Matt Chan
  • Peter Yu
  • Stephanie Xavier
  • Tom Turney

2015

  • Andrew Lee
  • Bart Munro
  • Beck Chiou
  • Bethany Tse
  • Chris Lee
  • Jason Chen
  • Joanne Li
  • Joe Lin
  • Josh Kwan
  • Kate Yu
  • Ken Churchill
  • Nancy Chang
  • Peter Yu
  • Tracy Zhou
  • Tom Turney
  • Xander Pollock

2014

  • Amy White
  • Angela Brodbeck
  • Bart Munro
  • Beck Park
  • Bethany Fong
  • Dara Lobo
  • Jason Chen
  • Jit Ken Tan
  • Joanne Li
  • Joe Lin
  • John Boiles
  • Ivy Lee
  • Josh Kwan
  • Kate Yu
  • Ken Churchill
  • Nicole Lee
  • Leo Ting
  • Peter Yu
  • Sam Lau
  • Tom Turney
  • Xander Pollock

2013

  • Bart Munro
  • Beck Park
  • Bethany Fong
  • Jit Ken Tan
  • John Boiles
  • Josh Kwan
  • Kate Yu
  • Ken Churchill
  • Matt Chan
  • Peter Yu

What do we believe?

Abide is a community centered on Christ and embraces authors from across the Christian family. We believe that the Bible is true, and we profess the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.