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Ask a Pastor Anything

Ask a Pastor Anything

By Bailey Brawner
Welcome to “Ask a Pastor Anything”. In each episode, I sit down with a fellow pastor, clergy-person, or anyone who loves the big-C church, to talk about a question you all want to know about.

Questions are all across the board, like how to practice self-care, what seminary taught us, and what God says about *insert hot topic here*.

The best part? The questions come from you, so ask away!

None of us are experts, and none of us know all the answers. But we all have experiences and a story that can open up some great conversation.
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Rachael Ward: How Do I Know If Seminary Is For Me?
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Rachael Ward (pronouns: they/them) is an Atlanta-based queer public theologian, writer, seminarian and podcaster. Rachael wonders often what it means to be human and how to nurture one another from a spiritual lens. Engaging the world as a pastoral theologian, Rachael uses narrative to usher forward redemptive movement in the lives of others and in their ow work. Their work lives at the intersection of sexuality, gender, faith and grief care. Rachael attends Columbia Theological Seminary where they are a degree candidate for a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology, focused within Pastoral Care. This fall, Rachael will present at the national American Academy for Religion Conference on Living-Death within Queer Bodies. Connect with Rachael: Social Handles: @queerinfaith Connect with Bailey:
August 28, 2020
Rev. Brandan Robertson: What’s a Theological Issue You Changed Your Mind About?
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Rev. Brandan Robertson (he/him) is a noted author, activist, theologian, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA and is the host of the Quest Podcast. Connect with Brandan: Connect with Bailey: Sponsorships: off for this episode
August 03, 2020
How Do You Create Healthy Boundaries in Your Work When it's Also a Calling?
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything  Send in your question via voice message:  About Our Guest: Jayde Dunkerley (She/Her) is the associate pastor at Lake Oswego United Methodist. She has served on staff at churches as well as nonprofits, prisons, and hospitals in Alabama and Georgia. She loves the local church and the neighborhood and strives to create space for both to be in communion with one another. (If that is not enough you can include: If she's not the church or a community meeting she can be found taking her dog for a walk, having a game night with friends, or reading in her garden!) Connect with Bailey:
July 20, 2020
In a Political World, How Do You Deal With the Expectation that You Shouldn’t Be? (Paige Holaday)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Paige Holaday (She/Her) works in campus ministry in Miami, Florida. Paige is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, and a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. When she's not doing campus ministry work, Paige loves Marvel movies and craft beer! Connect with Paige's Work: Instagram: @UnitedWesleyUM, @UnitedWesley.FIU Connect with Bailey:
July 06, 2020
What Do You Do With Your Doubts When Sharing a Message of Hope and Certainty? (Rev. Sarah Welch-Pomerantz)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Rev. Sarah Welch-Pomerantz is the pastor at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, New Jersey where she encourages people to explore their faith outside the bounds of traditional Christianity.  She is a graduate of Drew Theological Seminary where she is currently working towards a Doctor of Ministry.  When she is not at the church, you can find Sarah hiking with her wife, Bailey Jo Welch-Pomerantz or watching the New York Giants play.  She is also a proud foster parent and loves her cats and Star Wars a little too much.  You can connect with her on Twitter at @sarahpomerantz. Connect with Sarah: Twitter: @sarahpomerantz Connect with Bailey:
June 22, 2020
What Has Implementing Change Looked Like in Your Context? (with Pastor Kori Pacyniak)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Kori (they/them) joined the pastoral team of Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC) in January of 2017, coming from a background in academia and non-profit work that focused on queer and trans theology, work with veterans and survivors of trauma, and church communications. Kori's ministry focuses on those at the margins of church and society, particularly queer and trans communities. Kori holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Harvard Divinity School with a concentration in queer theology and a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Boston University School of Theology with a concentration in Trauma and Theology with work that focused on LGBTQ veterans and service members. Kori has a passion for traveling and has studied in Rome, Poland, and Brazil and has participated in several social justice trips and pilgrimages to Israel and Palestine. Kori previously served as parish intern at St. Luke's and St. Margaret's in Boston, assistant chaplain at Suffolk University, scholar in residence at the Religious Institute and is a member of the steering committee for TransEpiscopal.  Kori  was ordained a deacon in June of 2019 and a priest in February of 2020, becoming the first transgender and non-binary person ordained through Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP). Kori is also pursuing a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of California at Riverside, focusing on Queer and Trans Studies in Religion and currently lives with their queerplatonic partner & four cats in San Diego.  When not buried in books, Kori can be found playing in the garden or exploring national parks. Connect with Kori:  Twitter: @KPacyniak  Instagram: @korinkidink  MMACC website - Connect with Bailey: Episode Transcript:
June 01, 2020
How Do You Manage a Life/Ministry Balance? (with Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart (she/her) is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, MA and received her Masters of Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology. Mom of 4 (not including the pets!), she is pastor of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Bridgewater, MA and also serves as chair of the Greater Bridgewater Interfaith Council and as Pastor-in-Residence at Camp Aldersgate in N. Scituate, RI. Rev. Velez Stewart is passionate about social justice and facilitating difficult conversations around race, ethnicity, and what it means to create a “beloved community,” both within the institutional church and local communities. Connect with Alicia: Alicia's Instagram: Connect with Bailey: Episode Transcript:
May 25, 2020
Why Don't We Talk About Sex in the Church? (With Matthias Roberts)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Matthias Roberts is author of Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms (Fortress, 2020) and host of Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being which was named as one of the "12 Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts of 2020" by O: The Oprah Magazine and the #1 Podcast to Listen to on National Coming Out Day by He holds two master's degrees, one in theology and culture and one in counseling psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In his psychotherapy practice, Matthias specializes in helping LGBTQ+ teens and adults live confident and fulfilling lives. He writes and speaks nationwide about the intersections between gender, sexuality, mental health, and theology. Connect with Matthias: Website: Social Media: @matthiasroberts Queerology Podcast on Instagram: @queerologypod Buy Matthias' Book: Connect with Bailey: Episode Transcript:
May 18, 2020
How Can My Belief In God Get Stronger? (With Rev. Carly Payne)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything About Our Guest: Rev. Carly Payne (she/her/hers,) is a United Methodist Pastor in Grapevine, TX focusing on discipleship. With a background in camping, youth, and college ministry, Carly is passionate about helping others to grow in their faith. She recently completed her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, and enjoys hopping from one crafting hobby to another. Resources Mentioned by Carly: -Examen Method of Prayer: -Love Big by Rozella Haydée White: Connect with Bailey: Episode Transcript:
May 11, 2020
How Do you Meet People Outside your Faith Community? (With Rev. Elizabeth Hurd)
Follow us on Instagram: @askapastoranything Send in your question via voice message: About Our Guest: Rev. Elizabeth Hurd (She/Her) is a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church in Michigan, currently serving Caledonia UMC in Caledonia, MI. She loves getting out into nature and finding God in creation, especially through camp ministry and hiking. She loves Doctor Who, comedy, and her dog, Lucy. Connect with Elizabeth: Twitter: @elizanhurd  Instagram: @e.a.hurd  Caledonia UMC Facebook Page: @caledoniaunitedmethodist  Caledonia UMC Instagram: @caledoniaunitedmethodist Connect with Bailey: Episode Transcript:
May 04, 2020
Introducing...Ask a Pastor Anything!
Introducing, Ask a Pastor Anything, a podcast centered around questions, relationships, and curiosity. Join Bailey Brawner, a United Methodist pastor, as she sits down with pastors, clergypeople, and anyone who loves the big-C Church! Each episode will focus around a new question you all want to know about. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything, and submit your questions using the links below! Episodes are coming soon! Instagram: @askapastoranything Connect with Bailey: Instagram: @baileynbrawner Twitter: @baileynbrawner
April 23, 2020