About The Equipped To Bless Team

Pete Vanderpool is an entrepreneur with an engineering sales background, whose life changed about twenty five years ago when a friend called asking for him to play Santa. That started a new life as a mall Santa, a storyteller, a child safety advocate, and an author. His folksy delivery has permeated his writing, speaking and facilitating career, much to the delight of audiences both large and small. Events in the course of his own life journey have led Pete to see the need to focus not only on storytelling, but also on encouraging others to recognize, find relevance in, and share their life stories.


Inspirational Speaker

Pete Vanderpool inspires people of all ages with his signature mix of insight, wisdom, and story. He especially enjoys speaking to groups about the power of story for personal growth, and the transformative aspects of practical spirituality.

Workshop Facilitator

Pete and his team have created a workshop that guides people to discover personal meaning and direction in the stories of their lives. Pete provides live workshops upon request, He recently created an online version, On the Right Track: Connecting the Stories of Your Life, accessible to everyone.


Pete's book, Equipped to Bless: Finding Relevance in the Stories of Your Life, co-authored with Wendy C. Brown, was the inspiration for his On the Right Track workshop. Both the book and its companion workbook, are available in both hard copy and e-reader versions.


As a storyteller, Pete teaches, entertains, informs and captivates the imaginations of young and old alike. He shares stories that are sure to tug at the heartstrings. His gentle humor is evident in his folk tales, traditional stories and personal stories.


Pete honed his storytelling skills in his role of Santa. Children identify his natural white beard and cheery smile year-round, and he's spent 25 years bringing comfort and joy in costume during each Christmas season.


Pete Vanderpool's years of working with children as Santa led him and his wife, Joyce, to start The Santa Project, a non-profit focused on teaching children to be safe, and aware of their surroundings. Pete and Joyce went on to form The Creative Story Project, which helps people communicate and grow by creating and sharing stories. This non-profit has worked with school children, nursing home residents, and has even coordinated inter-generational projects.

Community Service

Pete is an active member in his community. He is a member of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club and the Cleveland Storytellling Guild in Tennessee. Pete has been active with AMECO (Association of Missing and Exploited Children) and radKIDS (empowering children to live safely in today's world). Pete teaches Sunday school, and has served as a substitute high school teacher.

To book Pete as a speaker or storyteller for your event, email him at [email protected].

Our Workshop Team

Pete Vanderpool is a metaphysical teacher, professional storyteller, and Cleveland, Tennessee’s most celebrated natural-beard Santa. His book, Equipped to Bless: Finding Relevance in the Stories of Your Life, was the starting point for creating the On The Right Track workshop. Pete and his wife, Joyce, are co-creators of the educational nonprofit, Creative Story Project.

Joyce Vanderpool, Pete’s wife, is the executive director of Creative Story Project. Like Pete, she is a member of the Cleveland Storytelling Guild in Tennessee. In addition to providing educational programming, Joyce is dedicated to a variety of community work throughout southeast Tennessee.

Beth Vanderpool Bracale, Pete’s daughter, is a writer, educator, and workshop facilitator. Beth has organized programs, workshops, and retreats designed for personal growth and spiritual exploration.

 Wendy C. Brown, is a writer and a marriage and family therapist. She is the co-author with Pete Vanderpool of the book, Equipped to Bless: Finding Relevance in the Stories of Your Life. Her passions include the global fight against human exploitation and offering whole life solutions to women in prostitution.

 Our Consultation Team:

Sally Little, retired NASA engineer and consultant

Mark Vanderpool, Pete’s son, independent writer and consultant, matching foundations and agencies with qualified nonprofit organizations.

David G. Webb, teacher and psychotherapist