Kara Cooper is the Chaplain for Lancaster University in Lancashire, England. Kara and I graduated together from Duke in 2002. The year after that we both accepted an appointment in the British Methodist Church. Kara hasn't come back to the United States but is now an ordained clergy of the British Methodist Church and a British citizen.
Doing ministry overseas is an art. In a more secular society with a national church, it is a lot different than ministry here in the "colonies." Yet, it proves to be a great place to experience God still at work in the lives of people. Kara shares some of her stories and experiences as the follower of Jesus who talks a little funny.
Wes Smith is a co-pastor with his wife, Toni Ruth, at Harrisburg UMC in Harrisburg, NC. He is also fascinated with theology. For the last three years, he has had a small group meet in his basement to discuss theology. Our conversation walks through Wes falling in love with theology, explaining it to youth and now in his ministry at Harrisburg.
In this episode, I have a conversation with John Isley, the assistant director at Camp Tekoa. We talk about the impact that camp has on someone's spiritual life and what it is like to do ministry in such a location. John has had many years of experience in different aspects of ministry and has found a deep connection with the work, ministry, and people of Camp Tekoa. He served on staff there in college and now is training, leading and encourage the next generation of staffers and campers. For more information on Camp Tekoa and some links, head to the show notes at adventuresinrevland.com.
Innocent Justice has one of those stories you cannot believe is true. He has survived, lived through, and experienced so much in his life. His passion for God, his family, and his ministry oozes from every inch of him. It was my privilege to sit down and have a conversation with him.
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Enjoy your adventure and peace be with you.
In this episode, I have a conversation with David Swanson, the pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. David has a deep passion for his neighbors and we talk about how hard it is to be a multi-racial church in the heart of a black community in Chicago.
For more information on David and the show notes please go to www.adventuresinrevland.com.
Vanessa Myers is an exceptional Children's Ministry Director at Dahlonega UMC in Dahlonega, GA. She is also an author who finishing up her first book but has already written children's ministry curriculum. She is a speaker and blogger. Vanessa has a deep passion for children's ministry and is willing to share some of her wisdom and how she has grown her Kids Min. For more information on Vanessa and show notes, head to www.adventuresinrevland.com.
I have a conversation with Rev. Dr. James Howell, the senior pastor of Myers Park UMC. Since this summer he has been writing an email devotional about God and Politics entitled "'Tis the Season." In these devotions, he dives into what it means to be in the midst of this political election and to be a Christian. In our conversation, we talk about the careful line we have to walk between religion and politics. Do Christians have something to say? Or should we be silent?
In this third episode of my podcast, I have a conversation with Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, the senior pastor of Riverside Church in New York City. Amy has a unique story that leads her all around the world. She grew up in Hawaii, went to college in Texas and got her bachelors from Baylor University. Then she went to Europe and attended The International Baptist Theological Seminary. She got a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Before taking the senior pastor role at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, Amy was an associate pastor and did mission work in New Orleans.
In this episode I talk with Rob Hill, the State Director for Mississippi with the Human Rights Campaign. Rob turned in his credentials as an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church when he could no longer live a life in the shadows. He fell in love and decided to live an authentic life as a gay man. This is his adventures through that process and the ministry he does now behind a different type of pulpit.
In this first episode I talk with Ben Williams, the pastor of St. Mark's UMC in Raleigh, NC and his Adventures in Revland. This appointment started very unique in the United Methodist system but it turned this church around. Ben and I talk about the revitalization and ministry of St. Mark's and how Ben has dealt with the people who happened to get upset and leave along the way, also known as the casualties of ministry.