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BFA Life Podcast

BFA Life Podcast

By Black Forest Academy
In this podcast, Josh and Nathan seek to unpack the realities of BFA culture, life, and influence as they dialogue with students, staff, parents, and alumni. Join the conversation by writing to us:
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Gregory Coles - TCKs finding a healthy sense of belonging.
Thanks for joining us again with this episode. Today we present Greg Coles, author, speaker, and worship leader.
October 26, 2021
Our New Staff: 2021 (Part 2)
We are so thankful for these new members of our team! Below you can see who is included in this episode as well as what time they give their testimony. 00:56 - Dustin and Emily Peck 04:27 - Adam and Natasha Perryman 10:12 - Pippa Raiter 13:39 - Russell and Lori Rohleder 19:25 - Lorrie Ruh 23:58 - Sam and Salome Udaiyar 28:28 - CJ and Jenna Miller 34:08 - Molly Schubert 37:35 - Eric and Emily Choi 42:50 - Craig Olson
September 24, 2021
Our New Staff: 2021 (Part 1)
We are so thankful for these new members of our team! Below you can see who is included in this episode as well as what time they give their testimony. 02:05 - Christina Book 04:42 - Savannah Johnson 08:16 - Joy Richter 10:42 - Brandon and Jana Auman 14:38 - Andrew and Christine Betts 19:30 - Crystal Dashney 21:35 - Jon and Joy deTombe 26:05 - Estelle Erdmann 28:16 - Lucas and Rachel Fultz 33:50 - Roger Higby 36:56 - Cris and Dennis Hoover 41:53 - Karis Merritt
September 8, 2021
Tim Shuman - Equipped, Shaped, and Prepared by God
Tim Shuman is the Regional Director for International Schools at ACSI and a longtime friend of BFA and former staff member. Join us as we talk through how God prepared Tim through a variety of roles, joys and challenges to be equipped and ready for where he felt called.
May 31, 2021
Micah and Heather Powers - (Staff Feature)
Micah and Heather are longtime friends and colleagues who have served at BFA in multiple capacities and at multiple times. We sat down to learn how the Lord has allowed them to invest a big portion of their lives into the Kingdom and into the global community of BFA.
March 12, 2021
God in the midst of cancer - Stu Henderson (Staff Feature)
In this episode, we sit down with Stu Henderson and talk through his journey with cancer, joy in the middle of pain, and what it means to shine for Christ list a Honey Cake Horse. Confused about what that means? Have a listen and find out :)
February 12, 2021
Three Schools. Three Continents. One Mission.
In this episode, we called up our friends at Rift Valley Academy and Grace International School for a chat about all things missions and education. Be sure to check out their websites! RVA: GIS:
December 1, 2020
How did we get here... during a pandemic!? - Veronica Gerace and Preston Flynt
We are starting off this story with two of our HR team members. In this episode, Veronica and Preston walk us through how God brought staff and students here to BFA in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions. Also, Veronica is not an old lady and Preston likes ice cream. Don't we all?
October 23, 2020
Our New Staff: 2020 (Part 2)
A second group of our new staff share stories of how they made it to Germany amidst the global health crisis brought on by COVID-19. God's hand moved mightily to bring them here and we hope these stories strengthen your faith.
September 25, 2020
Our New Staff: 2020 (Part 1)
We are back at the beginning of this school year with stories of how our new colleagues made it to Germany amidst the global health crisis brought on by COVID-19. God's hand moved mightily to bring them here and we hope these stories strengthen your faith. 
August 31, 2020
God in Disappointment - Jiska (Student Feature)
Jiska is a senior this year and a leader of the worship team here at BFA. She recently shared the disappointments she's experienced since the beginning of the COVID-19 response and the beauty of trusting God through it all. 
March 23, 2020
Bayley (Student Feature)
Listen to Bayley's profound appreciation for the role BFA has had in her life.  Join the discussion about TCKs and MKs at
March 3, 2020
Athletics at BFA
Nathan chats with Caleb, Lisa, and Sam about the ways BFA's athletics programs raise the value of the BFA student experience.
January 16, 2020
Citizens of the World - A conversation about MKs and TCKs with Michèle Phoenix.
Listen to this compelling conversation with a leader in the field of educating, training, and caring for missionary families and their children. We talk about the unique perspectives and challenges that face missionary kids as well as ask many of our students about their lives as global citizens. If you would like to contact Michèle Phoenix, please visit
November 27, 2019
"Transitions and God's Faithfulness Therein" with Art and Beckie Melli
Listen as Josh and Nathan glean wisdom and insight from these two long-time BFA former staff members. We will talk about the origin of some of BFA's core programs, transitions in vocational ministry, and about how God has led Art and Beckie over the years. If you would like to reach out to them, you can email
November 13, 2019
Enriching Experiences - A Synopsis of Class Trips at BFA
Each year students get to visit WW1 trenches, a WW2 concentration camp, the beaches of Normandy, Florence, Rome, and Venice. Listen to students and staff reflecting on the field trips that contribute to the academic, social, spiritual, and philosophical development of our student body.
October 30, 2019
Introducing the New Staff of 2019
We gathered as many testimonies as we could with our new staff sharing about their journeys that ultimately brought them to BFA this year. 
September 26, 2019
Andi Custer, Jen Custer, and Shawn Newby (Alumni Feature)
For the last 3 years, Andi Custer and Shawn Newby have served BFA during our annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. Andi has been the speaker and Shawn has brought a worship team with him to lead our community in worship for the week.  Nathan and Josh got to sit down with them, along with Andi's wife Jen to talk about their experience having been BFAers in the early 2000s, their passion for the Gospel, and their heart for the current generation of BFA students. 
September 20, 2019
Spiritual Life at BFA - Get to know the chaplain team.
Josh sits down with our chaplains for the 2019-2020 school year to get insight into how God is reaching BFA students, and how they've been called to partner with Him. 
September 11, 2019
Micah and Emma (Student Feature)
In this episode, get to know these sisters as they reflect on their upbringing, navigate transition, and dream about the future. 
August 5, 2019
Kat (Student Feature)
In this episode, we sit down with Kat. She has a love for God, her friends, her family, and her island. 
July 15, 2019
Gavin Brettenny (Staff Feature)
He grew up as a white, christian male in apartheid and has given his life to reaching the world for Christ through education. Get to know the new Black Forest Academy Head of School who began his term service this past academic year. 
June 24, 2019
Graduating From BFA - A Conversation With Liz and Abby
In this episode we unpack the meaning of graduation here at Black Forest Academy. Our guest speakers are Abby, class of '17, and a current senior named Liz. 
May 28, 2019
Service Project Trips - Student Reflections (Part 2)
In this episode, the students who participated in Service Project Trips unpack their experiences and process how life might change as a result. 
May 8, 2019
Boarding at BFA - Introducing The New Directors of Boarding
BFA has been blessed for many years with Rich and Lynn Peachey as directors of our boarding program. In this episode we get to know the amazing new directors who will be stepping in at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Trey and Randi Israel.
April 29, 2019
Service Project Trips - Student Reflections (Part 1)
BFA offers annual springtime opportunities for students to participate in a service project in locations all over the world. In this episode we ask six of our students to reflect on their experiences in places like Uganda, Russia, and Thailand. 
April 24, 2019
Becca (Student Feature)
From the tribe to the classroom. In this, our first episode, we give you an inside peek into a life of a BFA student. 
April 23, 2019