AiR_E007 – Refugee (Innocent Justice)

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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.

 

Please check out Innocent’s Refugees Rescue Mission and support the work he is doing in South Africa.  You can also connect with Innocent on his Facebook page.

On Dec. 19th we will be thinking of summer.  I will have a conversation with John Isley, the Associate Director at Camp Tekoa.  We will talk about camp life and ministry in a camp setting.

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AiR_E006 – Multi-Racial (David Swanson)

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David Swanson is the pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville, a part of Chicago, IL.  Here is what his bio on the church website says, ” David idavid-swansons responsible for cultivating vision, equipping servant leaders, and leading community formation through preaching, leadership, and pastoral care. He works closely with the ministry team leaders to ensure that all aspects of worship and service are done so the name of Christ is proclaimed, reconciling community is developed and the cause of Jesus is advanced. Pastor David has been married to Maggie for fifteen years and they have two sons, Eliot and Winston. Pastor David is also the Director of Church Planting for the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a contributing editor for Leadership Journal, and a frequent blogger.”

David and I attended Montreat College together and since then our paths have gone in different yet similar directions.  We are both pastors although we are in drastically
different settings.  It has been wonderful to catch up with David and to hear about his ministry in a multi-racial setting.

If you would like to know more about David please visit his church’s website and exceptional blog.

In two weeks I have a conversation with Innocent Justice, a pastor in the rural country of the Western North Carolina Conference.  Before his ministry here in the WNCC, Innocent lived in Rwanda until the genocide happened.  Innocent lost many family members and became a refugee. He has a wonderful and breathtaking story.  Please come back for Episode 7 of Adventures in Revland.

Until then, enjoy your adventure and peace be with you.

 

AiR_E005 – Children (Vanessa Myers)

 

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Vanessa Myers has been in full-time ministry for 15 years in many different areas.  Currently, she has fallen in love with Children’s Ministry or Kid’s Min.  She has created a wonderful ministry at Dahlonega UMC, even writing her own curriculum at times.  She has her first book coming out soon, is an avid blogger and speaker.  In Episode 5 I have a conversation with her about Children’s ministry and what every church could be doing to reach these precious people in our congregations.

Please check out more about Vanessa at the links below.

In Episode 6, out on Nov. 20th, I will sit down with David Swanson and talk about multi-racial ministry, race, and life in a new church start.  Come back to hear that wonderful conversation and learn about his Adventure in Revland.

Until then, enjoy your adventure and peace be with you.

 

AiR_E004 – Politics (James Howell)

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In this fourth episode, I have a conversation with Rev. Dr. James Howell the seniorhowell-pic pastor at Myers Park UMC.  Since this summer he has been writing an email devotional called “‘Tis the Season.”  In this series, he discusses what it is like to be Christian in this current election cycle.  How can we view others with opposing views and how to do we view the people on the ballot.

If you would like to read these devotions PLEASE CLICK HERE.  James has been at Myers Park UMC since 2003.  He did his undergrad at the University of South Carolina and received his Masters and PhD. from Duke Divinity School.  You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

On the first Monday of November, I will be having a conversation with Vanessa Myers, a Children’s Minister, author and speaker.  We will talk about Children’s ministry and what we can do to be better churches and share the love of Christ with children.

Until then, enjoy your adventure and peace be with you.

AiR_E003 – New Ground (Amy Butler)

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In this third episode of my podcast, I amy-butler-webhave 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

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The next guest on the podcast is Rev. Dr. James Howell, one of the pastors at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, NC.  I will have a conversation with James about politics and his recent email devotional he has been putting out over the last couple of months discussing politics and church.  Subscribe to this podcast so you can get the newest episodes when they go live.

Until then, enjoy your Adventure in Revland and peace be with you.

AiR_E002 – Authenticity (Rob Hill)

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podium-picIn this episode I talk with my good friend Rob Hill.  Rob is currently the State Director of Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in Mississippi.  Rob’s main focus is working with the HRC’s Project One America.  This is an effort to bring equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout Mississippi.  He is just celebrating two years at this position.  Before this new roll with the HRC, Rob was a pastor, an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, for twelve years.   He made this transition to enable him to live as an out and practicing gay man.  This conversation is about that adventure and his current work helping the people of Mississippi to be treated equal no matter their sexuality.

 

Rob is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Duke Divinity School.  He has been working  If you would like to connect with Rob you can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are some of the links that Rob discussed in our conversation.

The next guest on Adventures in Revland will be Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, the pastor of Riverside Church in New York City.  We will have a conversation around her journey in ministry and what it is like being a female Baptist preacher behind one of America’s most historic pulpits.  This episode will go up on October 3rd.

Until then, enjoy your Adventure in Revland and peace be with you.

AiR_E001 – Casualties (Ben Williams)

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The first episode of my new podcast is now up and ready for your listening pleasure.  TodayBen Williams I talk with the Rev. Ben Williams.  Ben is the senior pastor of St. Mark’s UMC in Raleigh, NC.  He was my roommate for two years at Duke Divinity school and one of the best men at my wedding.  He is a dear friend and does amazing work at St. Mark’s.  This is a great combination to be my first guest on this inaugural episode on this new podcast.

Ben is a graduate of Wake Forrest University and Duke Divinity School.  He has been appointed to St. Mark’s UMC in Raleigh, NC for well over a decade now.  He is married to Anna and has two children Stuart and Maggie.  Besides always looking dapper, Ben enjoys sailing, soccer and cycling.  You can follow him on Facebook HERE or on Twitter HERE.

Show notes: Here are some links to some of the things Ben and I talked about.

St. Mark’s UMC Website

Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership

Academy of Spiritual Formation

Please subscribe to this podcast and please leave a review.  If you know someone who is on a wonderful and unique adventure in ministry, please let me know.  I am always looking for more guests for this podcast so leave a comment with your email and we can connect.  (I won’t publish those comments but use them to contact you via email)

The next episode will be with Rob Hill, the state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Mississippi.  It is a great conversation about his work in Mississippi but also how he left the ministry to live authentically as a gay man.  It will be up on September 19th.

Until then, enjoy your Adventure in Revland and peace be with you.