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Spotlight on Grace

By Tonya Marks
Focusing on what's happening at Grace Church and how God's grace is making a difference in our lives.
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S2E13: Happy Advent
Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks share a little about what advent is, the church calendar and the idea that God is all about family. 
November 29, 2021
S2E12: Happy Thanksgiving!
Getting ready for Thanksgiving with some fun from Host Ber Bolton and Pastors Tonya, BJ, Sue, Jeff and Michelle. We all have so much to be thankful for! 
November 15, 2021
S2E11: Nina Boshers: Attachment Theory
Nina Boshers (LMFT) shared with us about attachment theory and how being aware of our roles (pursuer, withdrawer, secure, disorganized) informs our communication style in marriage (and life!). Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks inadvertently give an example of how this looks in friendship...much to Nina's delight! We also talk briefly about boundaries with extended family, around the holidays and in everyday life. (Hint: The answer is almost always....Talk about it!)  
November 1, 2021
S2E10: Brent Van Hook and Pastoral Care
Our friend, Brent Van Hook, came by to catch us up on what is happening with his family and his work with Shepherd's Fold Ministries.  Shepherd's Fold Ministries – Ministering to Ministers ( Thank you, Brent, for always being such a great encourager and supporter of Grace Church! Questions or ideas?
October 18, 2021
S2E9: PKs Part 2
Pastor Michelle chats with Carson & Jancin Brawner, Luke & Shaina Caddy, and Jay Marks about their experiences as Pastor Kids! Get ready for some giggles!  Questions or comments? 
October 5, 2021
S2E8: Pastor Kids, part 1
Pastor Michelle and Philip Noel took on the task of interviewing our Grace Church pastor kids! Listen in to see what they got out of Ava Bolton, Jesse Caddy, and Jeana & Levi Marks! Thanks for your prayers for them and their parents! P.S. Don't believe everything you hear!  :-) Questions or comments?
October 4, 2021
S2E7: Just a little FYI
Listen in to see what's happening at Grace Church in October (there's something for everyone!) and to hear about some recent God moments!
September 21, 2021
S2E6: Sufficient Grace
Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks wrap up the Journey of Grace series talking about God's sufficient grace. Thanks to Pastor Ray for a wonderful testimony!  Questions or ideas?
September 8, 2021
S2E5: Sustaining Grace
Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks discuss God's sustaining grace in our lives and how our tending of God's work through the means of grace he has given keeps us walking with him. Pastor Jeff Carr and Pastor Michelle Noel share how God has worked in their lives to sustain them in their faith journeys.  Questions or comments?
September 1, 2021
S2E4: Sanctifying Grace
Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks talk a little bit about sanctifying grace and how God works in our lives when we submit to his Lordship and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Pastor Derek Norton also shares about when he surrendered to God's call on his life to pastoral ministry.   Questions or comments?
August 23, 2021
S2E3: Saving Grace
Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks continue their discussion on "Way, Truth, Life" by Dr. David Busic, focusing on Saving Grace. Pastor BJ Bolton shares a little of his salvation story. How has God's saving grace made a difference in your life?  Questions or Comments? 
August 16, 2021
S2E2: Seeking Grace
Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya Marks continue the discussion of the book "Way, Truth, Life" and talk about seeking (prevenient) grace. Also, Pastor Sue shares a wonderful testimony of how God was at work in her life long before she accepted Jesus.  Comments or questions? 
August 9, 2021
Journey of Grace Intro
Pastor Jason joined us for a chat with Dr. David Busic, one of our General Superintendents and author of Way, Truth, Life. This podcast episode is specifically for the purpose of kicking off the Journey of Grace sermon series in August 2021, but it's a great listen anytime!   Way, Truth, Life: Discipleship as a Journey of Grace - Kindle edition by Busic, David A.. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Questions or comments? 
August 6, 2021
SOT Wrap-Up: YOUR Testimony
So, have you been encouraged and inspired by others' testimonies? God has worked in your life too! It's time to write down the story of God's work in your life. You don't have to do a podcast, but God sure will use it to empower you and encourage others! Here are the steps to get started!  Questions or comments?
August 3, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Billy Sargent
This is our last "official" summer testimony, but we hope this has been just the beginning of many more testimonies to be shared for God's glory! Billy Sargent is one of our charter members and has served the church in so many ways over the years. Hold on tight, because when he gets going, there's no "slow listening"! Billy said, "God will take care of business if you'll just listen to him!".   Questions or comments:
July 29, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Linda Bocchi (Part 2)
Here's the wrap up to Linda's testimony! questions or comments?
July 27, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Linda Bocchi (Part 1)
Linda has an amazing story of feeling like all hope was lost, but never losing faith in our faithful God. There are some gritty details you probably won't want children to hear. Thank you, Linda, for listening to the Lord and sharing his goodness with us!  Part 2 Coming soon! Below are some links if you find yourself in a situation where you need to reach out for help in an abusive situation.  Maury County: Center of Hope Center of Hope Get Help - Center of Hope (    Center of Hope Confidential Hotline 931.381.8580 National Domestic Violence Hotline What to Expect When You Contact Us - The Hotline   National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.(SAFE) 7233 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat Lifeline Chat : Lifeline (    Suicide Prevention Hotline 800.273.TALK (8255) Questions or Comments?
July 26, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Carolyn McArthur
Carolyn reminds us so beautifully and eloquently that Jesus is a personal savior. He wants us to know him. 
July 22, 2021
Summer of Testimony: David Beard
David's life and legacy point so many to Jesus! Thank you, David, for your faithful witness and presence!
July 19, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Cindy Clark
Cindy's joy in the Lord overflows! Thank you, Cindy for sharing the miracles God has done in your life! We see you living that "God's got this" mindset!
July 15, 2021
Summer of Testimony: "Doc" Kemp Higginbotham
Doc's Testimony reminds us the we can "stay out of trouble, with the Lord's help"! God is so good through all the seasons of life.
July 12, 2021
Summer of Testimony: David Baker
Thanks, David, for sharing your testimony of God’ faithfulness! When I asked David who had influence in his life, he replied…“When I became a dad, it hit me heavy…the responsibility and opportunity to be their dad and to be the man they grow up looking to….and in that way they (my sons) influence and impact me in the decisions I make.”
July 8, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Carol Fuller
God has been so good to Ms. Carol! That’s why she loves to praise him! You will be uplifted by hearing her testimony!  Questions or comments?
July 5, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Ken O'Brien
We had so much fun visiting with Ken and appreciate his willingness to speak truth about the fact that the Christian life isn't always easy, but God IS always with us! Questions or Comments?
July 1, 2021
Summer of Testimony: James Williamson
Thank you, James, for this vulnerable and meaningful testimony of God's continuing work in your life! "I feel like the Lord as always been trying to reach out to me throughout my whole life."  Grandpa Maple has gone home to be with Jesus since this recording. Questions or ideas?  
June 28, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Sam Carr
Sam Carr, Pastor Jeff's wife, shares a wonderful testimony of the importance of loving family who makes sure you get to church, of being a brave teenager who took herself to church and of being a young adult who is can already look back and say, "God will provide!"
June 24, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Christy Bowling
You might want to grab a tissue as you listen to this dynamic testimony of God's grace and work in Christy's life! Our "God is able to save and deliver and heal and restore anything that he wants to"! 
June 21, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Johnny Jaggers
What a powerful testimony of God's prevenient grace! Thank you, Johnny, for sharing how God has worked in your life. We are thankful for your life and how you serve the Lord!  Questions or Comments?
June 16, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Berry Hampton
Berry is a big guy with big heart for God! We are thankful for how he humbly follows wherever God leads, knowing that God is faithful! Questions or ideas?
June 14, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Karen Von Lanken
Karen has loved and served the Lord practically her whole life. God is faithful and he can sustain us through every age and phase of life! If you're looking for a Sunday School Class to get plugged into, Karen's G.R.O.W. class is digging into God's word together on Sunday mornings at 10:45am in Room 3. They'd love for you to join them!  Questions or ideas?
June 9, 2021
Summer of Testimony: Hershel Currie
Today we kick-off our Summer of Testimony with some precious pre-recordings from our beloved Mr. Hershel Currie. Hershel made an impact on so many lives during his! Many people know that he loved to collect tools, cans, bottles, license plates and more...but really, he spent his life collecting friends! Listen and be encouraged by Hershel's testimony of God's goodness in his life. Be prepared to laugh and maybe cry, too! Questions or ideas? Email
May 31, 2021
Episode 16: Super Moms with Special Needs Kids
We had a wonderful time chatting with Amanda Tilley and Amanda Thurston, both moms who have the extra blessing of mothering special needs kids. Listen in to hear their hearts on a little bit of the struggle but more importantly how God uses their children to grow them, how the church has helped and how to be a friend! Questions? Ideas? Email us at
May 17, 2021
Episode #15: Philip Noel and Mike Kyle
Wow! Listen in on how these guy are shining their lights for Jesus as professional musicians! What topics would you love to hear about? Are you ready to share your testimony?
May 3, 2021
Episode #14: Our Office Ladies, Jennifer and Dawn
Listen in to have a little laugh as Ber hosts with our office ladies, Jennifer Crigger and Dawn O'Brien about what it's like to work in the office and with our pastoral staff. You'll be blessed as you hear their hearts for ministry as well!
April 19, 2021
Announcement: Membership, Wednesday Workshops, and a new Sunday School Class
Check out the new opportunities coming up soon! Membership Class on April 14, 21 and 28 at 6pm on Wednesday nights in Room 5 Wednesday Workshops: One-off classes at 6pm on Wednesday nights in Room 2 G.R.O.W. (Getting together, Reading the Word, learning Obedience, Witnessing to each other & the world) is a new Sunday School class that will begin meeting on Sunday, April 11 at 10:45am in Room 3.  Email questions or ideas to
April 6, 2021
Episode 13: Pastor Sue and Care Ministry
Pastor Sue Purvis shares about Grace Church's Care Ministry and how you can get involved! What a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of others. Contact to find out more.  Send your questions and ideas to
April 5, 2021
Bonus 2: The Family Center with Dawn Taylor
What an encouraging conversation we had with The Family Center's executive director, Dawn Taylor, about all of the ways they are serving Maury County and all the ways we can help them do that! "Like" them on Facebook!   The Family Center 921 Beckett St. Columbia, TN 38401 Common Threads 107 Wayne St. Columbia, TN 38401 Questions or ideas? Email
March 29, 2021
Episode 12: Sandi and Ruby, widows...but mostly our friends
Our sweet friends Sandi Thompson and Ruby Race share about life as widows, God's faithfulness, and the importance of friendships and staying connected to the family of God. Plus, words of insight and encouragement from Vickie Monroe.  Please share or questions and ideas at
March 22, 2021
Episode 11: Therapy 101 with Nina Boshers, LMFT
It was a blessing to chat with Marriage and Family Therapist Nina Boshers about the value of counseling and the importance of mental health. We also touched on grief and lament. Pastor Michelle stopped by to share about the importance of lament as a part of worship. If you have questions or ideas, send them to 
March 10, 2021
Bonus 1: Highland Park School Update with Principal Kelly Myers
Kelly Myers, principal at Highland Park Elementary School stopped by to let us know how things are going at school and how we can pray for the students and staff. We got to surprise Mrs. Myers with a gift! Also, for the month of March, Grace Church is collecting cereal to give the students for Spring Break.   We'd love to hear your testimony! Email us at
March 2, 2021
Episode 10: Jason & Adelle Baggett - young love, covenant marriage and leadership
Oh, man, there is so much good stuff packed into this conversation with Jason and Adelle! Listen in to hear about their young love, commitment to God and marriage, and so much more practical advice on life, raising kids, trusting God and more!  Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul - Kindle edition by Beckett, John D.. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Please send your question and ideas to We'd love to hear your story of how God has worked in your life too! Let us know if you'd we willing to share!
February 22, 2021
Episode 9: Young Adult Ministry Part 2 with Luke and Jenna Boren
It was great to sit down with Luke and Jenna Boren to learn a little more about how they are investing in the Young Adults at Grace. Luke tells us about the Socratic method and how it helps learners/disciples of all ages dig deeper.  Questions, ideas or comments?
February 9, 2021
Episode 8: Young Adult Ministry with Dave & Teresa Webb
Hear about how God brought the Webbs across the country and called them to begin our Young Adult Ministry. Jay Marks also weighs in on what this ministry means to him and his peers.  Questions, comments, ideas?
January 25, 2021
Episode 7: Grace Church Food Pantry
We had a great time chatting with Pam Moore, from our church food pantry team, and Ms. Linda, one of our sweet food pantry recipients. Listen in to hear about this great ministry! Way to go, Grace Church!   Send questions and comments to
January 11, 2021
Episode 6: Joy and Contentment
Don't let the after Christmas "slump" get you down! Host Ber Bolton and Pastor Tonya chat with Jeannie Adams about learning to have joy and contentment in all circumstances! Plus, we share some stories of how folks have seen God at work this year.  Day after Christmas by Matthew West
December 28, 2020
Episode 5: Christmas Fun
Listen in on some sweet Christmas traditions, wonderful generosity stories and lots of laughs as Pastor BJ and Dawn battle it out in "Christmas Trivia"! 
December 14, 2020
Episode 4: Grace Music Ministry
Listen in to learn more about Pastor Michelle's life & calling and what's happening with our Grace Music Ministry!   
November 30, 2020
Episode 3: Grace Kids and Grace Student Ministries
Host Ber Bolton chats with Pastor Ray Brawner and Pastor Jeff Carr about what's happening with the Grace Students and Grace Kids. Email your questions, comments or ideas to
November 17, 2020
Episode #2: The One Page, part 2
Ber talks with Pastors Jason, BJ, and Tonya to introduce the Grace Church one page which covers our mission and core values (part 1), followed by our strategy and growth measures (this episode). Our goal is to get everyone "on the same page" about what matters most, where we're going, and how we're going to get there. Mission: Encouraging our community toward wholeness in Jesus. Core Value: Honest worship, Life giving relationships, Effective discipleship, Intentional outreach Strategy: Seek, Love, Serve Growth Measure: Connecting with God, Inspiring relationships, Generous lives, Inviting others, Developing presence  Hard copies of the one page can be picked up at the Grace Church information desk on Sundays and Wednesdays during service times. Check out for more information about Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia, TN.
November 2, 2020
Episode #1: The One Page (Part 1)
Ber talks with Pastors Jason, BJ, and Tonya to introduce the Grace Church one page which covers our mission and core values (part 1), followed by our strategy and growth measures (part 2: coming Nov 2). Our goal is to get everyone "on the same page" about what matters most, where we're going, and how we're going to get there.  Hard copies of the one page can be picked up at the Grace Church information desk on Sundays and Wednesdays during service times.  Check out for more information about Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia, TN.
October 26, 2020
Episode 0: Intro (The Pilot)
In this episode we intro our Grace Church podcast, how we got here and where we hope to go! Grace Church sermon archives and this podcast link can be found under the media tab at
October 22, 2020