Good News For The City's Podcast

Good News For The City

Good News for the Cit is a ministry partnership between OneHeartDC and WAVA 105.1fm in Washington DC bringing life-changing good news to people across the globe. Each show highlights how God is using his people in unique ways to touch the lives of people.

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Rachel & Taylor Barkley joined the show to share the story of God’s mercy & healing power in their livesThe Barkleys are living out God's kingdom work in their vocations of work and family life. Taylor is Director, Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute, where he works on technology policy and research at the intersection of culture, technology, and innovation. Rachel is the President of RK Barkley Consulting, where she advances policy around freedom and human dignity for nonprofit and corporate clients.

Nov 24

25 min 27 sec

The Rooted Life is a Christian lifestyle brand launched by Morgan McCrory. Morgan is passionate about helping people build their lives on faith first. She joined us to tell us her story and what the Rooted Life is all about.Morgan McCrory is an Atlanta native who now calls Washington, D.C. home. She is passionate about Jesus, Justice, and community. She works to bring about generational healing to marginalized and oppressed communities, particularly the black community. She loves good music, good vegan food, and a good laugh.

Nov 18

25 min 50 sec

Richard Hollister shared his story of clinging to Jesus while he rose to success as a software engineer. Richard Hollister is a husband and father of three young children in Ashburn, VA. As Chief Architect at Microsoft he has recently been navigating the many thorns that come with corporate success. Avoiding the damages of wealth, demands on time, stress, and success that undermines so many families.

Nov 11

25 min 21 sec

Since the withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of August, churches, ministries, and believers have come together to give their time, money and other resources to meet the urgent needs of our new neighbors. Pat Hatch & Mary Amendolia Gardner joined the show to discuss what’s working and what isn’t and the DMV work to help these refugees Pat Hatch: Born in Buffalo, New York, Pat Hatch taught at a mission school in South Korea in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, she spent several years as a member of a team of church volunteers resettling refugees, primarily from Vietnam.  In 1981 Pat founded a Maryland non-profit organization, which annually provides a variety of services to more than 2,000 refugees and immigrants from over 80 nations. After 16 years directing that organization, she accepted a position at the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees – the state refugee office - first as Community Liaison and then as Program Manager for a decade until her retirement in 2011. In 2014 – at age 70 - Pat accepted the call to be Refugee and Immigrant Ministry Director for the Presbyterian Church in America Mission to North America.  It is her joy to come alongside PCA churches in the US and Canada to encourage and support them as they reach out to refugees and other immigrants and internationals.Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner is an Anglican Priest and Director of OneHeartDC “With Afghans”. Mary is a Spiritual Director with Coracle and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Curating Community Through the Arts. She previously served in Outreach at The Falls Church Anglican, including work assisting refugees and asylum seekers and has spent over 25 years involved in global missions work.

Nov 2

25 min 28 sec

We had the opportunity recently to take an in-depth look at Denver Seminary and the opportunity it offers working professionals to receive a flexible post-graduate education. With its main campus in Denver, an extension campus in the Washington DC area, and an online Global campus, Denver Seminary is providing theological education to a broad spectrum of God’s people. They’re currently holding listening-sessions with black pastors and leaders. Pamela Creekmur, Rev. Iantha Brown and Reverend Debora Barr joined us today to tell us more.

Oct 22

25 min 43 sec

Rick Barry joined the show to talk about Christian Civics Foundations. A six-week course covering some of the biggest questions and challenges Christians face in the public square. Rick Barry is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Christian Civics, a DC-based ministry empowering Christians to think, speak and act differently in the public square. His principled, empathetic focus on witness, humility and spiritual formation makes him a uniquely encouraging voice on questions of political polarization and church health.

Oct 21

25 min 30 sec

Melissa Carey joined us to talk about a very special way we can share the good news of Jesus this holiday season. She shares with us how The Christmas Cabinet, an advent calendar that becomes a nativity scene, weaves together the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament with the teachings of Christ and so much more. Melissa Carey is a Bible Study teacher and leader in Arlington, Virginia.  Her passion for the  nativity story led her to share the joy of Christmas with others through The Christmas Cabinet, an advent calendar that becomes a nativity scene and weaves together the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament with the teachings of Christ and so much more.

Oct 12

25 min 18 sec

Just a few short weeks ago OneHeartDC launched “With Afghans” –an initiative that empowers local churches and individuals to help newly arriving Afghan refugees. Lutheran Social Services has been serving refugees in the National Capital Area for over 100 years. They are a partner of OneHeartDC in this effort. On this episode of the show they provided an update on the situation and a look at the road ahead.Kristyn Peck joined the Lutheran Social Services team in November 2020 as its Chief Executive Officer. Kristyn’s expertise is in child welfare administration and reform, immigration and refugee policy, and human services administration. Prior to joining LSSNCA, she served as the founding CEO of West Michigan Partnership for Children, a nonprofit piloting an innovative performance-based child welfare model, where she was the recipient of the 2020 Michigan Federation of Children and Families Advocate of the Year Award. Kristyn has also served as the Associate Director of Children’s Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops where she oversaw national family reunification and foster care programs for unaccompanied children, served as Chair of the Vulnerable Minors Working Group of Refugee Council USA, testified to Congress on the protection needs for unaccompanied children, and represented USCCB as a subject matter expert on unaccompanied children at UNHCR’s Annual Consultation meetings in Geneva.Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner is an ordained Anglican Priest and works with OneHeartDC as the Director of “With Afghans.” Mary is also a Spiritual Director with Coracle and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Curating Community Through the Arts. She trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England and earned an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London, with a focus on the visual arts and spiritual transformation.  She previously served in Outreach at The Falls Church Anglican, including work assisting refugees and asylum seekers and has spent over 25 years involved in global missions work.

Oct 5

25 min 41 sec

Christian Legal Society is a fellowship of Christians dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through the practice and study of law, the defense of religious freedom and life, and the provision of legal aid to the needy. Lakuita Bittle and Ken Liu joined the show to share how society aids those in need and how attorneys can get involved. Lakuita Bittle, Director of Attorney Ministries, oversees our membership and provides support to our attorney chapters nationwide. Prior to joining CLS in March 2021, Lakuita worked in Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 5 years, most recently as a prosecutor in the Major Crimes Unit. She is actively involved in her church and serves on a local nonprofit board, Kadesh CDC. Lakuita is passionate about serving her community and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ken Liu is Director of Christian Legal Society's Christian Legal Aid program, in which he helps to start new Christian Legal Aid clinics and provides support for a network of sixty-five Christian Legal Aid clinics around the country. Ken has volunteered with Good Samaritan Advocates, a Christian Legal Aid program in suburban Washington, D.C., since 2015. Ken also works part-time at Gammon & Grange, P.C, a law firm serving churches, ministries, and other nonprofit organizations.

Sep 27

25 min 22 sec

Randy Haynes joined the show to talk about his new book "Standing on Bended Knee".Dr. Randy Haynes is a native son of Greenville, Mississippi. He moved to Boston early in life where his father pastored the historic Twelfth Baptist Church of Boston. Dr Haynes’ pastoral ministry spans four decades and has included ministries from youth to adults, choir, music, and biblical education. Before full-time ministry, Pastor Haynes had a distinguished career as a criminal justice official, which included an appointment as Chief of Probation for the Massachusetts Trial Court. For thirty-three years, Pastor Haynes has been married to a dynamic woman of God, Lisa J. Haynes, and they are the parents of eight adult children and a growing tribe of grandchildren.

Sep 22

25 min 48 sec

For Christians maturing in their faith, the longing for a deeper understanding of God’s Word can naturally lead them to Seminary… but it can be a struggle to fit graduate school into their lives. The cost can also be prohibitive for some.Denver Seminary has a campus right here in the area. It offers working adults a flexible affordable education in a supportive community.  Rev. Debora Barr shared how men and women are being empowered for ministry and transformed by God at Denver Seminary.Reverend Debora Barr serves as an Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) in Maryland, the host site for the Denver Seminary Washington DC Extension campus. She holds a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and her prior education background includes a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Missouri State), a Masters of Aeronautical Science (Embry-Riddle), and a Juris Doctor Law (University of the District of Columbia). Debora served her country for over 28 years in the uniformed services of the United States where she entered the US Army in 1988 and served as a helicopter pilot; followed by more than 22 years as a commissioned officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she flew scientific missions and served in various leadership roles. Reverend Barr’s passion is teaching, speaking, preaching and writing about personal intimacy with Jesus, and helping to direct people to the unconditional love and healing power of Christ, which truly transforms lives.

Sep 17

25 min 38 sec

Stephen Paul Rodriguez joined us to talk about the importance of praying for the men and women who serve our country in light of the Afghanistan withdrawal.Stephen Paul Rodriguez is the Managing Partner of One Defense and an investor at Refinery Ventures. He began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton shortly before 9/11 supporting their National Security practice. In his capacity as an expert on game theoretic applications, he supported the United States Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security as a lead architect for the Thor’s Hammer, Schriever II/III and Cyber Storm wargames. He subsequently was a Vice President at a artificial intelligence company called Sentia Group and served as Chief Marketing Officer for NCL Holdings, an international defense corporation.Mr. Rodriguez serves as a Board Director or Board Advisor of ten venture-backed companies. He is also Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and a Life Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Rodriguez received his B.B.A degree from Texas A&M University and an M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is published in Foreign Policy, WarOnTheRocks, National Review, and RealClearDefense.Mr. Rodriguez resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Laura, a venture capitalist with Bulldog Innovation Group and their children, Fletcher, Violet, and Pierce.

Sep 7

25 min 44 sec

As Afghans continue to flee the Taliban and find their way to new life many are arriving here in the Washington Metro area. Pastor Chris Sicks and Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner joined the show to share some ways we can help practically and show the love of Christ to our new neighbors. Chris Sicks is the pastor of One Voice Fellowship, a multilingual church in Northern Virginia with members from 16 countries. He is founder and president of For the Nations DC, offering English classes to refugees and immigrants so our new neighbors can learn English and experience the love of Jesus. Chris is the author of Tangible: Making God Known through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth (NavPress 2013).Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner is an ordained Anglican Priest and works with OneHeartDC as the Director of “With Afghans”. Mary is also a Spiritual Director with Coracle and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Curating Community Through the Arts. She trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England and earned an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London, with a focus on the visual arts and spiritual transformation.  She previously served in Outreach at The Falls Church Anglican, including work assisting refugees and asylum seekers and has spent over 25 years involved in global missions work.

Aug 27

26 min 11 sec

Lisa Cureton joined the show to talk about how Unified 7 Homeless Initiative meets needs of the homeless by partnering with churches and service organizations.Lisa Cureton is a life-long believer!  Her greatest claim to fame is that, as a child she ushered her family into the church, and has sought to usher people into the Kingdom, ever since.She has served in nearly every capacity in the church, from volunteer cleaning the bathroom to the Pastor’s Business Asst.  Her most treasured position in ministry, was serving as leader over the children’s and youth ministry, as children are what drives Cureton’s call to serve.Cureton has served churches of every size, as volunteer, staff person and lay minister. Today she simply seeks to ensure the church stands tall and strong in the face of cultural pressure to accept moral failure as the norm.In 2017, after establishing the Homeless Initiative, Unified 7, Cureton reluctantly answered the call to Seminary.  Believing that she was ticking the box, she initially enrolled in the Organizational Leadership program, only to find God pressing her to pursue a deeper and richer relationship with him.  Moving from reluctance to refinement, like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, in 2018 Cureton decided to switch to the MDiv program in hopes of learning to better communicate the King’s essence and the great love that he holds for his creation.  Called to teach and preach, she seeks to deliver the uncompromising word of God, with grace, love and insight.Switching her program track to MDiv was just the start.  In 2019, within the span of four months, ten Christian leaders prophesied to Cureton that she was called to Pastor and thus she relented to the prodding of God and answered the call to Pastor.  She has spent the last eighteen months, under the tutelage of Rev. Dexter Nutall, learning to lead the church, by serving with DUN ministries as a consultant to pastors and local churches, refining the work of the local church.Cureton’s guiding scripture is Roman’s 8:28 NIV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.”  Her soul’s cry is: “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6 (KJV)

Aug 23

25 min 47 sec

Jad Levi & Kiersten Telzerow joined the show to talk about the work Alpha is doing to start conversations, answer questions and have a dialog about the Christian faith.Jad Levi lives to see the Church thrive in her mission to make disciples; which is why he loves Alpha. Jad serves with Alpha helping to launch new Alpha networks in select cities/regions across the country. He is based out of Phoenix, AZ where he co-leads Trinitas Church with his wife Jaime. They have three beautiful daughters; Jadyn, Jolie, and Joslyn.Kiersten Telzerow lives in Washington DC, has a goldendoodle named Luna and a husband named Matt. She works at National Community Church as a Small Group Director; prior to that, she went to school for ministry, was a resident at a church in Georgia, and then graduated with an M.Div. In addition, she serves as one of the Alpha Hub Church Directors for the DC metro area. She absolutely loves Alpha and the opportunity it allows people to enter a safe space and a safe conversation to explore some of the things they may be questioning or curious about.

Aug 16

25 min 45 sec

Trauma is a deep wound of the heart and mind that takes a long time to heal. The American Bible Society knows that God’s word offers hope and comfort to the afflicted. Nicole Martin joined the show to talk about how their Bible-based Trauma Healing Program offers healing in a small group setting. Nicole Martin currently serves as the Vice President of Church Engagement and Executive Director of Trauma Healing. She joined American Bible Society in 2016 as a City Mobilizer in Charlotte, NC and later served as the Director of US Ministry, supporting Scripture Engagement efforts in cities across the US.A former management consultant with Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, Martin has also previously served as an Executive Minister at a multi-site church in Charlotte, NC. Martin teaches courses in Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is the author of two books: Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry and Leaning In, Letting Go: A Lenten Devotional. Martin has authored several articles that have been featured in USA Today, Christianity Today, and The Charlotte Observer. As a nationally recognized speaker, Martin has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.Martin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French. She earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She serves on the Board of the National Association of Evangelicals and is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Gordon College in New England.Martin currently resides in Baltimore with her husband, Dr. Mark Martin, and their two daughters, Addison and Josephine.

Aug 9

25 min 57 sec

Kyle Bowman joined the show to discuss how Regeneration Ministries work alongside the local church to equip men, women, and families to learn and live God’s good, holy, and beautiful design for sexuality.Kyle Bowman  is a native Washingtonian. She was raised in a Christian home but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. She spent 11 years trying to find life in same-sex relationships. Through the love, care, and prayers of family and friends, she sensed the Lord calling her into a personal relationship with Him. Part of her journey to wholeness was finding Regeneration Ministries. After attending one of their programs, Kyle became active as a small group leader and in 2014 was asked to join the staff. Today she serves as the DC Metro Director for Regeneration in their northern Virginia office. Her duties include spiritual coaching, teaching for ministry programs, and helping to develop ministry resources. Kyle has a Bachelor’s in Communication from Bowie State University, a Certificate in Biblical Studies and a Master’s in Christian Counseling & Discipleship from Capital Seminary & Graduate School. In her spare time she pursues her passion for genealogy and spending time with her four-legged friend Niko.

Aug 3

25 min 20 sec

On this episode of Good News For The City, Brenda Solomon joined us to discuss the vision of Jill’s House and how this life-giving ministry has grown to offer programs in four states.Brenda Solomon is mother to 3 grown boys, 1 girl (Jill) and now 8 grandchildren. She is also the Co- founder of Jill’s House and wife to Lon Solomon who is senior pastor emeritus of McLean Bible Church where they served together for 38 years.

Jul 29

25 min 43 sec

Bob Zerrenner shared his story of God's faithfulness when he found himself jobless and wondering how he would support his family. He went from the corporate board room to the supermarket.Bob Zerrenner grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and graduated college with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.  Bob has been married to Cathy for 30 years; they have 3 children and currently reside in Northern Virginia.  Bob has worked in various corporate finance and strategy roles throughout his career. Among his positions was the Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer of a Fortune 250 company and most recently was a Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions.

Jul 20

25 min 55 sec

Clint Clifton joined the show to discuss the importance of multiplying our churches and planting new ones right here in the DMV.Clint has planted churches throughout the DC area for the past 20 years and leads several church planting residencies for churches in the region. Clint is also the author of several church planting books including the "Church Planting Primer" and "Church Planting Thresholds" and is the host of the "church planting podcast".

Jul 13

25 min 49 sec

Rich and Susan Kollenberg joined the show to talk about their work with “Just as I Am” Ministries, providing resources to help individuals struggling with addictions.Rich and Susan are recovering drug addicts. They both were on drugs for 25 years and have now been clean and sober now 25 years as well. They have their own radio ministry, and prison ministry now.

Jul 6

23 min 58 sec

Anna Romani joined us to talk about how she turned her passion for photography in a business where half the proceeds go to Uganda.Anna Romani is a 17-year-old photographer, and owner of Anna Romani Photography. She is a portrait photographer who specializes in high school seniors and families. Anna visited Uganda on mission trips with her family in 2018 and 2019. When she got back, she wanted to continue to make an impact, and that is where the idea for her business was born. She decided to combine her love for photography and passion for helping people in Uganda and created Anna Romani Photography. Anna recently graduated from high school and will be attending Baylor University in the fall to study Special Education, and she plans to continue her business.

Jun 29

25 min 50 sec

Our good friends from Child Evangelism Fellowship joined us to talk about the important work they are doing in laying a solid foundation for life with the Gospel during the children's  formative years . They host Good News Clubs all over the Nation’s Capital and they train others to effectively minister to children.Reverend Richard McPaytenReverend Richard McPayten, son of Kirmon and Ruth McPayten, was raised in Washington D.C.  He attended and graduated from D.C. Public schools.  He subsequently obtained undergraduate degrees from Howard University and Washington Bible College, and a master’s degree from Capitol Bible Seminary.   Reverend McPayten has been in the Ministry for 36 years.  In 2008, he spearheaded the Northeast D.C. Prayer-War, which was instrumental in the reduction of murders in the Trinidad community.  He is a former Pastor of Goodwill Baptist Church in upper Northwest D.C. and a Son and Associate of the Bethesda Baptist Church of Washington D.C.  As a prolific Bible teacher and expositor, Reverend McPayten has served as a past professor at Washington Bible College.  He has been associated with Child Evangelism Fellowship for almost 20 years and currently serves as the Executive Vice Chairman of the ministry here in Washington D.C. Reverend McPayten has been married to his beloved Pier for 41 years has two children. Sandra Renee WalkerSandra Renee Walker, referred to as Miss Renee by the children she teaches, joined the staff of Child Evangelism Fellowship® on June 1, 2001, as a full-time missionary.  Several years ago, the Lord called her to missions at a missionary conference at her church.  Her desire is to see many children and families come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and to see boys and girls grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As a child, she memorized Proverbs 11:30 which says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he that winneth souls is wise”; from childhood this message has been in her spirit.  She is a graduate of the Howard University School of Communications, Washington, D.C. and the Children’s Ministries Institute™, Warrenton, MO.  Currently, she serves as the Good News Club Coordinator and a Teacher Trainer for Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Washington, DC Metro Area.

Jun 21

25 min 9 sec

In Luke 10:30-37 Jesus finishes the story about "The Good Samaritan " saying “go and do likewise.” What does that look like today?  Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson talked about this very thing in their book "Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair".Duke L. Kwon (MDiv, ThM, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor at Grace Meridian Hill, a neighborhood congregation in the Grace DC Network committed to building cross-cultural community in Washington, DC. Kwon is active in public conversations around race, equity, and racial repair in the American church, and he lectures on these topics around the country. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and The Witness.Gregory Thompson (PhD, University of Virginia) is a pastor, scholar, artist, and producer whose work focuses on race and equity in the United States. He serves as executive director of Voices Underground (an initiative to build a national memorial to the Underground Railroad outside of Philadelphia), research fellow in African American heritage at Lincoln University (HBCU), and visiting theologian for mission at Grace Mosaic Church in Washington, DC. He is also the cocreator of Union: The Musical, a soul and hip-hop-based musical about the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike. Thompson lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jun 14

25 min 53 sec

Pastor John Cha joined the show to discuss the Anti-Asian crimes that are on the rise and how we can better listen to our Asian-American friends and advocate for them. Pastor John Cha is currently serving as the lead pastor of the English-speaking Congregation (EC) of Open-Door Presbyterian Church in Herndon, VA.  Growing up as a native Virginian, John graduated from the University of Virginia and from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He quickly returned to Virginia to the two loves of his life, his home church – ODPC – and his (then) soon-to-be wife, Leanne.  Both Leanne and John are now enjoying their 22nd year of marriage and their 22nd year of ministry at Open Door.  They are having the time of their lives raising three teenage kids, David (18), Noah (16) and Hannah (14).  John’s hobbies include taking long drives, yard work, and going out on walks and date nights with Leanne.

Jun 9

26 min 14 sec

If you’ve been around DC for very long you have probably seen it… or heard it! It’s that big tent on the mall that never takes a break! David’s Tent recently celebrated 2000 days of continuous, 24-7 worship and prayer. Why do they do it? Jason Hersey, joined the show to discuss why. JASON HERSHEY and his wife Kimberlee moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005, fulfilling a call to intercession on behalf of the United States. Since then they have been blessed with five children (Cadence, Blaze, Avella, Anthem and Pillar), and God has used them to pioneer YWAM Washington DC, Washington House of Prayer, and David s Tent DC.

Jun 2

25 min 33 sec

Christie Dondero Bettwy joined the show to share her journey of recovery from eating disorders and share the work Rock Recovery is doing to help others.Christie Dondero Bettwy serves as the Executive Director for Rock Recovery, a nonprofit that helps people overcome disordered eating by combining clinical and community care. Having gone through recovery herself, she understands the depth of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual support needed to recover. She is passionate about spreading the message that complete freedom from disordered eating is possible. Christie is an active speaker and shares her story with organizations and media outlets across the country. Christie lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Ryan.

May 25

25 min 14 sec

Jill's House is a Christian non-profit respite care center that loves and serves families raising children with intellectual disabilities. It’s also a great place to work! Dana Hecht, VP of Compliance and Family Support Services, joined us to share the stories of Jill’s House and the families they love.Dana is a lawyer by trade. She took a few years off the career path to focus on maintaining some sense of serenity in a house with 4 children, until she landed at Jill's House where she’s been able to combine her legal training with her passion for ministry. In her dual role, she monitors the organizational compliance with a fairly complex system of regulatory oversight; she also spearheads the evangelical outreach to the families. The team at Jill’s House works to accomplish this outreach through intentional community building wherein every family feels seen and known. She’s passionate about the work they do and blessed to have witnessed first-hand the transforming blessing of respite for the families they serve.

May 18

25 min 33 sec

Today a humanitarian crisis rages on the other side of the globe as Covid ravages cities and communities in India.  With as many as 400,000 new Covid cases a day, hospitals are overwhelmed as people wait in line to receive lifesaving medical treatment.  The DMV, with its larger ethnic Indian community, is especially connected to this tragedy. Jake Abraham shared how we can help. To get involved click here.Sunish “Jake” Abraham, a self-proclaimed cultural mutt, was born in India and raised in India and the Philippines before moving to the United States, then Australia and currently in Washington DC.  Jake has led diverse projects in Australia, India, Southeast Asia and the US and currently serves with Cru, a global community passionate about connecting people to Jesus.  Jake also serves as Assistant Director at OneHeartDC, a city-wide network of over 700 churches and organizations in the Washington DC area.Jake also serves on the leadership of the Advance Initiative, a movement of ethnic Indians around the world planting multi-ethnic churches and as President and Director of the Indus Forum.

May 10

25 min 43 sec

Clint and Jennifer Clifton shared their story of an adoption process that took years of waiting before they could bring home Betchina and welcome her to their family.Clint Clifton is the founding pastor of Pillar Church near USMC base Quantico in Northern Virginia. Clint and his wife Jennifer have been married since 2000 and have five Children. Clint holds degrees from The Baptist College of Florida and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves as the Sr. Director of Resources at the North American Mission Board in Atlanta. Jennifer is a homeschooling mother and small business owner.

May 3

25 min 47 sec

Pastor Wally Webster joined the show to discuss discipleship in the church as addressed in his book "Christ will Build His Church, But What is My Role?”Pastor Wally Webster has been a passionate follower of Jesus for over 50 years. He is only complete in Christ and has purpose in life when his will lines up with His. Not only has he the privilege of being His child, but he also has the honor and privilege to serve Him.  Because of His grace and mercy he has been able to teach HS, College, and Graduate school. Pastor Wally has also been blessed to pastor for the last 35 years. None of this was even possible without Him. It is all for His glory. Since 1986, He has been the Lead Pastor at Mt. Airy Bible Church. During this time he developed a men's discipleship ministry that God has used for His glory. 

Apr 26

24 min 21 sec

Pastor Mark Batterson joined the show to talk about his latest book: “Win the Day: 7 Habits to Help you Stress Less and Accomplish More”.Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with multiple locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into The Capital Turnaround, the 100,000 sf space will include event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace and co-working space. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty books including, The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Play the Man, Whisper, and recently released Win the Day. Mark and his wife Lora have three children and live on Capitol Hill.

Apr 20

25 min 43 sec

Pastor D.L. Ellis-Johnson joined the show to share his testimony as hared in his book “This Far by Grace". D.L. Ellis-Johnson: A native New Yorker, Donald is a preacher, Bible teacher, evangelist, theologian, psalmist, author, and pastor to many. He has served the church, community, and incarcerated people for more than thirty years. His mission is to explain the Word, proclaim the truth, and help people be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus. Having ministered in twenty-six countries, Johnson's vision is to help change the world by helping people change in anticipation of Christ's return. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctoral student in Southwestern Seminary, he is the founder of Lifeline Ministries international, May Pearl, TX. Donald resides in Texas. He enjoys education, travel, exercising, and experimenting with health foods and vitamins.

Apr 12

25 min 10 sec

On Easter weekend we share and celebrate the good news that Jesus lives! He came to save us from our sin. He was punished for us on the cross and rose from the dead after three days. He offers eternal life to those who repent and believe. We know not everyone responds to this message the same way. Many of our friends and neighbors view Easter simply as a nice tradition. Pastor Steve King joined us to address “the elephant in the room” and take a hard look at the Bible’s claim that Jesus Christ literally and bodily rose from the dead.Pastor Steve King has served as the Senior Pastor at Cherrydale Baptist Church from 1983 to 2019. Steve has a passion to make disciples who love God and people above all else. He leads the Band of Brothers pastors’ fellowship in Arlington, has served on the board of Pioneers International for 26 years, and is part of the leadership team of One Heart DC.Steve holds degrees from the University of Georgia (BBA) and Western Seminary (MDiv). He has been married to his sweetheart Mae Belle for 44 years and they have two sons, Caleb and Joshua (married to Naomi), and their granddaughter Elise.

Apr 5

25 min 58 sec

This weekend is the start of Passover—or Pesah—when our Jewish friends commemorate how God freed their people from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Each household sacrificing a spotless lamb and painting the doorposts with its blood. John the Baptist later used the same Exodus imagery to declare Jesus—or Yeshua—the Messiah. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World!”Our guest today has dedicated his life to helping his Jewish brothers and sisters know Yeshua as their Messiah. Just like Paul said in Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook Born and raised in Southern California, Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook has known Yeshua his whole life. He shared about Yeshua to his Jewish and non-Jewish friends in high school. At the end of high school Rabbi Aaron began to feel that there was more to his Jewishness than just Passover and Hanukkah at his grandparents. At this time, he made his first visit to a messianic synagogue in Philadelphia, his first trip to Israel, and then his first visit to an Orthodox synagogue. God certainly was moving in his life, revealing to him that his Jewishness was something central to his identity. He went so far as to begin to live like an Orthodox Jew, including getting Orthodox rabbinic ordination. Not long after that Rabbi Aaron knew there was something missing, something more. While the traditions were great, he craved more of the Spirit of God and the love of Yeshua. He left the Orthodox world and began to seek a way of living an authentic Jewish life under the leading of the Spirit. His travels brought him to Israel, where he lived for four years, and then to New York, where he met his beautiful wife, Brooke, with whom he has three children. It was in New York that he was a special education teacher and an assistant rabbi at a Messianic synagogue on Long Island. After several years of serving in this capacity, he wanted to pursue being a full-time Messianic rabbi, which is what led him to Ohev Yisrael. He desires to see Jewish people come to know Yeshua, their Messiah, and live their life in service of our Master as Jews full of the Spirit of God.

Mar 29

24 min 19 sec

We hear a lot about gentrification in DC but what you may not know is there are entire communities right here in the greater Baltimore-Washington area who are simply neglected. Only THREE churches were planted in Black and Brown communities here between 2011 and 2017. Nationwide there are over 81-million Black and Brown people who are underserved by their church community. We need to do a better job. Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile joined the show to discuss how The Crete Collective is organizing believers to answer that call. Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church (Washington, DC) and the president of The Crete Collective, a church planting, and revitalization network focused on vulnerable and neglected black and brown neighborhoods. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC, and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs at The Front Porch.

Mar 22

25 min 55 sec

Shauna St. Clair Flemming joined the show to help us examine our own response to the COVID crisis and to think through some practical ways to: "Do justice. Love kindness. And walk humbly with God.” …in the days ahead.Shauna St. Clair Flemming is a dynamic Health Scientist, Equity Advocate and Ordained Minister with nearly two decades experience championing national health promotion initiatives. She currently worships at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and within the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Capital Area Region. Dr. St. Clair Flemming holds a PhD in from Emory University School of Public Health and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Shauna also earned a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University where she received the Saint James Academy Award for excellent Oratory Preaching, and the Wilbur F. Tillett Award for the best work in Ethics. She is a proud alumna of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Mar 15

24 min 32 sec

As more doses of the COVID vaccine become available, some area churches are getting involved. Residents in some neighborhoods may not have a regular health care provider, computer access or transportation. By hosting clinics at the local church, residents in hard-hit neighborhoods have easier access. Pastor Kendrick E. Curry shared how his church is serving the community during this pandemic with COVID vaccine/testing outreach.Pastor Kendrick Curry: Pastor of Pennsylvania Ave Baptist Church for over 17 years. Married to Rev. Karen Curry and have two children, Keyona and Kendrick II

Mar 8

26 min 16 sec

Communication can seem impossible today as we witness conflict and violence like the mayhem we saw unfold at the Capitol. Our words can so quickly inflame and destroy, but they can also heal and build trust.  Bret Bernhardt joined us today to encourage us to engage in conversations because we have the hope of the Gospel, which is the power to save! Bret Bernhardt is a Board member of Faith and Law, and the Conservative Partnership Institute. He served as chief of staff to two United States Senators, Senator Don Nickles and Senator Jim DeMint. Following his service in the Senate, he served as the chief of staff and executive vice President of the Heritage foundation. He currently serves as Treasurer to the Conservative Partnership Institute as well as to Faith and Law. He spends most of his time on Capitol Hill in service to the personal ministry of staff and members. Several times a year they convene others partnered in personal Hill ministry to pray, support, and encourage one another.

Mar 2

25 min 24 sec

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Five words that ask for our time,  money and even our pride. What if your neighbor wrongs you? Even steals from you? That’s exactly the situation Pastor Robbie Pruitt found himself in. But, instead of letting anger win the day, he responded with Christ-like compassion. Now many have been blessed by his ministry repairing and providing bicycles. It’s a passion the Lord gave him from when he received his first bike as a boy.  Pastor Robbie Pruitt is from Columbia, SC and moved to Northern Virginia with his wife, Irene, in 2004, to continue his calling to youth ministry. He and his family most recently lived in Alexandria, Virginia, where Robbie was the Director of Youth Ministry and Pastoral Associate for four years. He and his family also lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for five years, where Robbie was the High School Bible Teacher at a Christian school. Robbie has his Master of Arts in Theology from Columbia International University, a Diploma in Christian Ministry from Trinity School for Ministry, and a B.S. in Bible, with an emphasis on youth ministry, also from CIU. Robbie and Irene have three children, Grace, Hannah, and Simeon. Robbie enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hiking, concert going, studying the Bible and Biblical context, writing poetry and writing about theology, leadership, and discipleship.

Feb 22

25 min 46 sec

Hayley Satrom, author of Forgiveness: Reflecting God's Mercy (31-Day Devotionals for Life), joined the show to talk about forgiveness.Hayley Satrom is the biblical counselor for women at Capitol Hill Baptist and co-director of the private counseling practice Heart Song Counseling. She has studied at CCEF, and her counseling degree is from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Feb 15

24 min 25 sec

Dr. Dale Matthews joined the show to talk about the power of faith, prayer and assure us that God IS in the healing business.Dale A. Matthews, MD recently retired from a 40-year practice career of practicing and teaching general internal medicine. He has served on the faculties of Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and Georgetown University and has lectured at over 30 medical schools. He conducts research and lectures on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of religion, faith, and prayer in clinical care.  He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998), a four-volume research work (The Faith Factor: An Annotated Bibliography of Clinical Research on Spiritual Subjects), three documentaries, and over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and other publications. Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Princeton (AB, cum laude, Romance Languages, 1976) and Duke University School of Medicine (1980). His internship and residency in internal medicine were taken at the University of Connecticut (1983) and he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Program and Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Yale (1985). In 1989, he was named the George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians. He has received many awards for his compassionate patient care, including Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor recognition. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America.   He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Demetra, a certified public accountant. He has two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, singing, songwriting, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.

Feb 5

25 min 49 sec

‘Coffee with a Christian’ is a project that is working to revolutionize the way that churches use mobile technology and social media. The developer, Ben Goo, joined us to tell us about the app and how it works.Benjamin Goo has been working in the technology sector for over 11 years, currently holds a CISSP certification and is pursuing his MBA at Aurora University. He is also the founder and creator of Coffee with a Christian.

Jan 31

25 min 23 sec

LaWonda Bornstein and Regina Williams joined us to share how  The House DC has been breaking cycles of poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and unemployment by providing at-risk youth in Anacostia with comprehensive services to help them establish healthy and sustainable futures. La Wonda Bornstein is a highly recognized leader and dedicated professional committed to building relationships across diverse cultures to eliminate racial divide.Her passion stems from personal experience as an African American who grew up in a unique environment of diversity.  As a child, La Wonda’s family, which includes her five brothers, integrated the largest Christian schools in the Washington, DC area.  She belonged to several churches where the parishioners where either all black or all white. She learned early-on, the importance and value of bringing people together.  La Wonda has held workshops on:  Crossing the Cultural Divide, A High Performing Team, and Understanding Personality Types. For the past 19 years, La Wonda has played key roles in supporting and promoting the message and vision of The House DC, a nonprofit organization focused on providing quality of life to inner-city youth and young adults.  She is President and Chief Executive Officer at The House DC, and a veteran of the non-profit industry with more than 20 years of program management, operations, fundraising, financial, and staff leadership experience.  LaWonda was born and raised in the DC area. She has one son, and two grandsons that she adores.Regina Williams is a wife to Jamie and a mom to Katelyn.She was born and raised in the Washington, DC suburbs in a wonderful Christian home, and considers herself blessed to have known Jesus her whole life.She graduated with an accounting degree from Villanova University.She has run her own CPA firm, Regina Solis Williams, CPA, PC, since 1995. All of her clients are not-for-profits, and she is passionate about helping non-profits become or stay financially strong, so they can continue to benefit the community they are trying to serve.She has a heart for the precious people at The House DC and loves to serve any way she can in this fabulous ministry.She loves to travel, run, and spend time being a wife, mom, and gramma.

Jan 22

26 min 3 sec

There’s no question the COVID pandemic has changed life as we know it. Many folks not only work from home now—they’ve migrated to the suburbs entirely.  What impact has this had on local urban churches? In cities like Washington DC and Baltimore, it is becoming more and more difficult to launch and sustain churches. Dan Mackett and Jake Abraham joined us to talk about how Redemption Collective helps communities by launching businesses that optimize commercial real estate in cities for church planting, shared profits, and ecosystem sustainability.Dan Mackett is the founder and CEO of Redemption Collective. After graduating from the UW-Madison, he went on to serve as a management consultant with Baker Tilly, where he helped clients transform their PMO and IT operations. Dan went on to lead International Justice Missions’ College Mobilization program, where he led the strategy and coaching for over 330 student leaders, formed national partnerships with Cru and other campus ministries, and helped increase collegiate giving by 243%. Dan also is the founder and current Board Chair for A Just Brew Coffee, a network of volunteer run coffee shops where 100% of profits help end slavery. Dan and his wife Alyssa have been married for 4 years and welcomed their first son, Jones Bradford, in late 2019. They live in Alexandria, VA and are members at Del Ray Baptist Church, where Dan recently completed a Pastoral Internship.Sunish “Jake” Abraham, a self-proclaimed cultural mutt, was born in India and raised in India and the Philippines before moving to the United States, then Australia and currently in Washington DC.   Jake has led diverse projects in Australia, India, Southeast Asia and the US and currently serves with Cru, a global community passionate about connecting people to Jesus.  Jake also serves as Assistant Director at OneHeartDC, a city-wide network of over 700 churches and organizations in the Washington DC area.Jake also serves on the leadership of the Advance Initiative, a movement of ethnic Indians around the world planting multi-ethnic churches and as President and Director of the Indus Forum.

Jan 18

25 min 45 sec

We see it in the news and in our own communities almost every day, women are mistreated, violated, and traumatized. As society, we have become almost numb to it. Just over a year ago we had Daryl Dudley on the show to talk about his organization: She’s My Daughter. A movement to change the culture to one where woman are treated with dignity and respect. He has a new book coming out in the Spring and an ambitious year of outreach planned. He joins us now to share how this ministry has grown and what’s ahead for 2021. Daryl Dudley is the Chief Visionary Officer of She's My Daughter. He served for over 25 years in the music and education industry. He realized that the culture promotes violence against women which is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect, rapes and the ever-emerging sex trafficking as a result of failure to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women. Daryl Dudley began to go the extra mile on a personal mission to make sure that all woman were treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Jan 9

25 min 49 sec

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a big affect on life as we know it. Things we considered “normal” are no longer normal. Things we never thought about like wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing is now routine. However it has had more profound negative effects like exacerbating dysfunctional relationships,  abusive homes and addiction.  Joining us today are Tom and Michelle Weaver. They help people who are struggling with and directly affected by sexual addiction. Tom WeaverAfter struggling with sexual addiction himself, Tom now leads other men in their journey to recovery. Tom is a Regional Group Advisor for Pure Desire Ministries International, and he is in the process of becoming certified in Sexual Addiction Recovery, Partners Recovery, and Intimacy Anorexia through the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT). He will also soon be a certified Men’s Group Leadership Training Level 1 by AASAT.Michele WeaverMichele Weaver has been changing people’s lives through whole food nutrition and personal relationship coaching since 2015 as a Holistic Health, Life, and Recovery Coach with Come To The Table Ministries. Michele is certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and The Addiction Academy for Life & Recovery Coaching. Michele has also been a distributor with Juice PLUS+® since 2016.Michele is also in the process of becoming certified in Sexual Addiction Recovery, Partners Recovery, and Intimacy Anorexia through the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT).

Jan 5

25 min 43 sec

With Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in the headlines for so long now, it can seem like the nightmares of sex trafficking are fueled mostly by the wealthy and powerful. But the reality is it happens every day right here in our own backyard. Each year more than $23.5 million in taxable revenue is generated at illicit massage businesses in Fairfax County. The trauma from sex-slavery has a devastating effect on survivors. Reset180 exists to prevent, disrupt, and restore with the love of Christ—they not only help victims, but they also reach out to individuals who would buy sex.  RESET180 has rebranded their organization this year with a vision for the future that includes a new housing center for survivors. Here to tell us more about it is Executive Director Kay Duffield.Kay Duffield began her anti-trafficking work on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with survivors of sex trafficking. She introduced them to the love and compassion of Jesus while providing resources for freedom. Upon her return to the U.S. in 2012, she discovered that human trafficking was a growing problem within her own community. Kay was invited to join a new anti-trafficking grassroots movement that had started in Loudoun County, Virginia. She became the Executive Director in 2014 and has been active with the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force since 2012. She started monthly multidisciplinary team meetings to fulfill the needs of survivors in the Northern Virginia area. Kay is a nana, mother, wife, and modern-day abolitionist who believes that Jesus is the answer to end human trafficking. She passionately calls the Church to rise and engage in this local anti-trafficking battle.

Dec 2020

24 min 5 sec

Christmas is almost here! Maybe you’re trying to find that last minute gift. Or maybe you’re just trying to find a job. Maybe you find yourself alone this year because of covid. Whatever your circumstances may be in 2020, know that there is eternal hope in Jesus. We celebrate his birth at Christmas because he came to save us from sin. He lived the life we could never live and paid the price we could never pay. Pastor Owen Lee joined us to share the hope of Jesus Christ this Christmas season.Pastor Owen Lee serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA. He received his BA in Rhetoric at U.C. Berkeley and his M.Div at Westminster Seminary, CA. Before his call to serve as the Senior Pastor of Christ Central in 2012, he served as the English Ministry Pastor of New Life Mission Church in Fullerton, CA from 2000 to 2002, and then as the church-planting pastor of New Life Mission Church in Burbank, CA from 2002 to 2011. He is married to Margaret, and they have 3 children together- Abby, Caleb, and Lizzy.

Dec 2020

25 min 40 sec

The greater Washington DC region is a very diverse region. Many different races, ethnicities, denominations… and one awesome thing about it, we see a unity in advancing the Gospel together. Alyce Metallo and Howard Levine joined the show to talk about their special video project that celebrates God’s blessing over the Church in this region called The Blessing DMV.Alyce Metallo is a Washington DC native. She studied at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America and earned a degree in Music Education and Piano from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She was accepted into the University of Madrid as an exchange student and subsequently did graduate work at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Santiago, Spain in a unique program for Spanish teachers.​Her love for foreign languages and cultures is paralleled with her gift of music and performance ministry. As an exchange student at the University of Madrid where her studies included Arabic, Hebrew and Portuguese; and she was a full-time minister of music in the DC area, Metallo balanced these two areas: music and languages, fully embracing the call on her life to minister in worship to the peoples of the world – all in need of the saving power of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.Metallo began full-time music ministry as a worship leader at McLean Bible in 2009 and eventually became the Director of Creative Arts for two of their satellite campuses. She continues to live out her passions for team-building, leading worship, songwriting and producing and is currently the Director of Worship and Technical Arts at Capital Church in Vienna, VA and her faith is the heartbeat of her music and ministry.Howie Levin cultivates potential in leaders, connecting and mobilizing them for community transformation. He is serving as Executive Director for OneHeartDC, a collaboration of over 750 churches and nonprofits in the Metro Washington DC region.  He also serves on several non-profit boards and has been involved redeeming the lives of refugees who have fled religious oppression. Previously he served as Pastor of Outreach, Church & Community Partnerships at McLean Bible Church.Before his community involvement, he spent 30 years in the electric power industry designing, building and operating nuclear generating stations. He was a founder or principal in several businesses focused on leadership and organization development and technical consulting. He has graduate degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Capital Bible Seminary. 

Dec 2020

25 min 10 sec