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Take Root

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Take Root is a Gospel focused podcast hosted by Karen Johnson, a senior associate of Centered in Seattle. Join us as we share testimonies to deepen roots of faith, encourage one another, and learn from a diverse collection of stories!

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Toms Lee: Sharing Faith in the Marketplace

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Cindy Breilh: Mental Illness- A Daughter's Journey to Forgiveness
Cindy Breilh is the Executive Director of US programs for Medical Teams International. She has a passion for caring for “the least of these” and a deep understanding of some of the more hidden problems such as mental illness, that impact our world. Cindy lives in Edmonds, Wa with her husband Bob, and they have 3 amazing children, and grandchildren.
January 11, 2022
Brandon Heath: Story in a Song
Brandon Heath is a singer- songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife and two little girls. He has received an Emmy Award, five Grammy nominations and and an American Music Award nomination. He has been honored as a six-time GMA Dove Award recipient, including back to back Male Vocalist of the Year awards for Give Me Your Eyes and Love Neve Fails. His music continues to reveal his deep faith, and powerfully tells the story that God is writing in his life and the lives of others.
December 28, 2021
Heather Tuininga: Abiding
Heather Tuininga is a Principal at 10/10 Strategies where she offers Philanthropic advising. She has a heart of generosity, and a deep desire to live her life by abiding in Christ. She and her husband Eric are parents to an adorable little girl named Kate, and live in Issaquah, Washington.
December 15, 2021
Rick Newell: Changing Lives Through Mentorship
Rick Newell is the founder of M.U.S.T.  (Mentoring Urban Students and Teens), the owner of  Fairway Studios, and founder of Hope Herd, a new ministry focused on caring for foster children.  In 2012, Rick took a huge leap of faith out of a successful career in technology to follow God's calling to to start M.U.S.T., a mentoring program designed to help youth graduate from high school on time and go to college.   Rick has recently founded a new ministry called Hope Heard, using a similar model of mentoring to support foster families.  He is also the incredibly creative author of Life in the Trap (a golf comic strip), and he is passionate in his role as husband to Rebecca and dad to their four boys.
December 01, 2021
Tim Mackie: From Skateboarder to Bible Project Visionary
Tim Mackie is the Co-founder/ Chief Education Officer of the Bible Project who has a deep passion for helping people to understand how the overall biblical story works together and leads us to Jesus.  With a degree in theology, and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, Tim has the unique ability to explain scripture and make the stories come alive (along with the artistry of dear friend and colleague Jonathan Collins).   Tim also hosts a podcast called "Exploring My Strange Bible" -
November 17, 2021
Sebastian Rogers: Move the Lens
Sebastian Rogers is the CEO of Peripheral Vision, a documentary film production company that seeks to empower the vision, narratives and leadership of marginalized people, and use the power of story to help us see them in a new way.  Still on a journey of healing from his own childhood trauma, he is a lover of people and is passionate about being a loving husband and dad.   Listen in as he humbly invites us to see others as God sees them.   (documentary in progress)   
November 03, 2021
Marilyn Vancil: Seeking Our Core Identity
Marilyn Vancil is a Spiritual Director, Life Coach and Certified Enneagram Professional. She is the author of Self to Lose, Self to Find, which gives a biblical approach to the nine Enneagram types.  This mother of four and grandma to 11 has ample wisdom to share about how people can discover their core identity.     
October 20, 2021
Margo Engberg: Changing the World One Cupcake at a Time
Margo Jarvies-Engberg is President and CEO of Pinkabella Cupcakes and PB Franchising. She and her husband Doug have raised five beautiful children, four of whom are adopted. You will be amazed at the story of how the vision for a business came out of a desire to adopt and a passion for kids to experience the simple joy of a birthday cupcake.
October 06, 2021
Dr. Gregory Jantz: Healing and Hope
Dr. Gregory Jantz is the founder of The Center • A Place of Hope, the author of over 40 books, and a go-to media source expert on a range of behavioral-based afflictions, drug and alcohol addictions, and more.  In this episode he shares thoughtful insights and resources which are especially helpful in these challenging times.   Find out more at:
October 06, 2021
Bob Lonac: Lessons of a Lifetime
Bob Lonac planned to be a businessman, but God led him down a very different path.  He was a Senior VP at Young Life for 32 years, then the COO of International Justice Mission, and most recently the CEO of CRISTA Ministries. Now Bob is a coach, consultant and teacher with a wealth of experience and wisdom to share. He is the author of Live Large! Seven Lasting Lessons for Navigating Life's Twists and Turns and is currently learning new life lessons from his precious granddaughter.  
July 20, 2021
Shannon Wallis: Finding Hope on The Camino Trail
Shannon Wallis is the author of the international best selling book We the Change and is a leadership and organizational effectiveness consultant to Fortune 500 companies and non-profits on six continents. She is also a debate coach at her daughters' school and is married to a retired Marine who has been her greatest support who, at a pivotal moment in her life, reminded Shannon that, "It wouldn't be a pilgrimage if it weren't challenging."  
July 06, 2021
Kathy Lambert: A Legacy of Public Service
Kathy Lambert  has served on the King County Council of Washington State for twenty years.  She  represents the 3rd district, which is the largest, covering nearly half the land mass of the county.  Prior to this, she represented the 45th district in Washington's legislature for seven years.   She cherishes her role in tirelessly serving the people who have elected her to represent them, and her roles as wife, mother, and Grandma.  Her story is one of deep faith, a legacy of lifelong service, and wisdom gained in learning to trust God through the most painful times in her own life. 
June 23, 2021
Richard Stearns: Leading Like Jesus
Richard Stearns is President Emeritus of World Vision, where he served as president for 20 years.  Prior to that, he was CEO at both Parker Brothers and Lenox.  Rich is the author of five books, including The Hole in Our Gospel which was the 2010 Christian book of the year. In his latest book, Lead Like it Matters to God, he offers a refreshing Jesus-centered approach to life and leadership, shared through his own story of successes and failures. He is a humble, thoughtful man, with a wonderful sense of humor, who will most certainly bless you as he shares with vulnerability from his own life experiences.  Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington and have five children and seven grandchildren.
June 09, 2021
Larry Anderson & Wendell Berkland: An Unlikely Brotherhood
Larry Anderson and Wendell Berkland have a story of friendship that is deep and authentic. One is a black cop; the other is a white criminal defense attorney.  Together they have co-authored Unlikely Brotherhood.  The book jacket reads, "Coming from extreme opposite ends of a cultural divide in the whitest major city in America, one is sworn to put away the bad guys, while the other defends those charged with murder, rape, and other heinous crimes. Their combustible relationship erupts in bigotry and hatred in their first encounter. But years later, when the two foes collide again, an improbable friendship binds them together. Hearts are changed as the two men of faith declare their intent to love one another as brothers during a deadly and racially charged time on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Their decades-long relationship and willingness to share their story has inspired multitudes around the world to build authentic and loving relationships—no matter the color of their skin." In this podcast, Larry and Wendell describe what led them to learn how to love one another as brothers and to teach others to do the same. 
May 24, 2021
Rachael Mitchell: Stories that Shape Our Lives
Rachael Mitchell is a freelance copy writer, an author, mother and wife. On approaching a milestone birthday, she decided to revisit the people and stories that have shaped her life.  Rachael's creative journey of love and learning might just inspire you to do the same!    
May 10, 2021
Steve Atkinson: A Faith-Filled Journey
Steve Atkinson is the Executive Director of BibleProject, a non-profit that helps people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. Steve spent 15 years in the business world, specializing in sales, marketing, and ministry - most recently as President of the Master’s Plan Foundation.  In this podcast, he shares the story of how God has led him in surprising directions as he surrendered his life to God. For more in formation on BibleProject go to
April 27, 2021
Martha Newsome: Compassion on a Global Scale
Martha Newsome, President and CEO of Medical Teams International, has dreamed of traveling the world to bring healing to the suffering since she was a child. As Martha learned to listen for God's leading in her life, this dream has taken shape in some amazing ways. You will be blessed as you listen to her walk of faith.  
April 12, 2021
Christine Soule: Bringing Beauty to Brokenness
Christine Soule is the founder and CEO of Providence Heights, a non-profit that empowers women in need through housing, employment opportunities, and personal development. She is also the author of Broken and Beautiful, which shares the story of her own healing from the trauma of her childhood.  Listen in as this amazing woman of faith gives us all new reasons for hope.   
March 30, 2021
Sean Dunn: Interrupting Young People with Hope
Sean Dunn is the founder and President of Groundwire, an organization that leverages the world's technology to connect thousands of young people with the Gospel of Jesus. His plan?  Interrupt their social media streaming, youtube, music videos, etc. with the good news of God's love for them, and connect them to people who care.  Sound good?  Listen in!
March 16, 2021
Dr. Edyth Phillips: A Lifetime of Service
Dr. Edyth Phillips worked as a psychiatrist for 52 years and is a pioneer.  As one of three women in a graduating class of 120 at Loma Linda Medical School, she broke all kinds of barriers. And as a woman of deep faith, she has a lifetime of wisdom to share.  Listen in . . . you will be blessed.
March 02, 2021
Katie Robertson: Anchored in Jesus
Katie Robertson is the founder of The Anchor, a welcoming place for women to gather and hear of the hope that there is in Jesus. After losing her daughter to cancer, Katie knew that she needed to share "the Anchor of her soul" with other women who were facing life's storms, so she launched The Anchor in 2012. Today it has spread to 45 states!   Check it out at 
February 16, 2021
Toms Lee: Sharing Faith in the Marketplace
Toms Lee is Head of Pro Acquisition at Porch, in Seattle Washington.  With his education in business and economics, he is very good at what he does. But more importantly, in a business world that measures success by numbers, he helps his team to understand that their identity and their value is not dependent upon those numbers. And he invites them into conversations of faith that are life changing.
February 16, 2021
Denise Daniels: Intersection of Theology and Business
Denise Daniels, PhD, is the Hudson T. Harrison Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at Wheaton College. She is co-author of Working in the Presence of God: Spiritual Practices for Work and is one of the producers of Faith and Company, an excellent documentary series that, ". . . highlight the struggles and triumphs of people living out business as their calling." Be encouraged as you listen to this voice of wisdom share how we can be transformed into the likeness of Jesus as we surrender our everyday work life to God. 
January 20, 2021
Chris Lumry: Addiction, Healing, and Hope
Chris Lumry is the founder of OneStepHope, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with addictions and mental illness.  In this episode Chris shares the story of his own addictions, and the discovery of his God-given creativity that has become a gift of healing and hope.
January 05, 2021
Romanita Hairston: Wait and Prepare
Romanita Hairston currently leads a global team at Microsoft.   She is a nationally recognized speaker, and is known for motivating change that transforms lives and improves communities.  In this episode, she shares how her love for Jesus, and the spiritual practices that keep her close to Him prepare her for all of life- even the "triple pandemic" we are living in now.   
December 23, 2020
Steve Largent: Choosing Forgiveness
Steve Largent is perhaps best known as one of the greatest all-time receivers in the NFL.  He played for the Seattle Seahawks for 14 years, was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame, and served as a United States Congressman.  He shares his personal story of choosing to forgive his father.                       After listening to Steve, you may want to listen to Episode 6, where Donna Winship shares practical steps about how to live into forgiveness.
December 08, 2020
Amy King: Faith-Filled Entrepreneurship
Amy King is CEO of Pallet, a social purpose company on a mission to build equal opportunity access to housing and employment. She is also an owner of Square Peg Construction and is a founding member of Weld Seattle, a non-profit that gives those coming out of prison the opportunity to reintegrate, belong, and thrive. Amy and her husband, Brady, are on a journey with God in all of this, setting an amazing example to all of us. Listen to this incredible story of adventuring with God to care for "the least of these" through entrepreneurship.
November 22, 2020
Krista Hengesh: Living Salted
Krista Hengesh is an incredible young woman with great vision who followed God's calling to start a ministry for college women called Live Salted. She is full of joy, energy, and inspiration, things we all need right now.  
November 10, 2020
Nicole Zasowski: From Lost to Found
Nicole Zasowski is a marriage and family therapist, an author, wife, mamma, and speaker.  She has a passion for helping her clients grow in emotional freedom. What she couldn't see for many years was that she was living her own life outside of that freedom, clinging to shame, performance, and control in order to feel valued and safe.  Listen in as Nicole shares her story, which just might encourage you to move forward in the freedom God has for you.   
October 27, 2020
Jack McMillan: Learning to Listen for the Voice of God
Jack McMillan began his career at Nordstrom as a women's shoe salesman in 1957. He eventually became the Co-President and Co-Chairman of this iconic Seattle business. Through his career, Jack learned the powerful lessons of unity in leadership as well as the redemptive power of Jesus. Listen in as he tells the story of lessons learned along the way and how he is currently learning more about listening for the voice of God in his life. 
October 13, 2020
Donna Winship: Discovering Forgiveness
Donna Winship and her husband, Jamie, spent 25 years raising their family in Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, and Jerusalem. This journey forever changed their worldview because through it they discovered principles of the Kingdom of God as demonstrated by Jesus. Donna is the co-founder of Identity Exchange, the author of Knowing Rediscovered, and she loves to see people hear from God and live in their true identity. Donna Winship brings people to a deeper understanding of forgiveness and the genuine freedom it offers.  Listen in as she shares from her heart one of the most important principles she has learned. 
September 28, 2020
Tyler Gorsline: Understanding Lament
Tyler Gorsline is the lead pastor of A Seattle Church, husband to Kim, and father to three adorable daughters. He has an incredible heart for Jesus and longs for people in Seattle and everywhere to experience His love. Currently, Tyler helps others to understand the grief we are experiencing during Covid-19, the journey to healing, and meaning on the other side.  Listen in as Tyler shares his own story of lament and encourages us all to lean in to God's love.
September 14, 2020
Anya Phillips: Healing from Childhood Trauma
Anya Phillips is a lifestyle blogger, home designer, mom of two, and wife. She is also a survivor of horrific childhood abuse, and is a courageous woman who shares her story of healing with the hope that it might help others. Anya's journey of faith will leave you filled with hope and inspiration, so listen in as she tells how God is alive in her life and active in her ongoing healing.     
August 31, 2020
Steve Mitchell: Faith in the Emergency Room
If your loved one was in the emergency room, wouldn't you want to know that the director of that E.R. walks the hallways praying over patients and their families?  Dr. Steve Mitchell is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and he does just that on a regular basis.  Steve is a husband, father, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington, and is also one of the most humble people you will ever meet.  Listen in as he shares his story of faith and what it has been like responding to Covid-19.     
August 15, 2020
Alyssa Galios: Finding Faith Through Devastating Loss
Alyssa Galios is an author, mom, motivational speaker, social media influencer and online coach. Founder of the #MadeforBrave movement and CEO of the Made for Brave company, Alyssa is known for helping countless people create better lives through faith, family, and fitness. Listen in as she shares how God restored her faith and life after the devastating loss of her husband at age 26.  Her vulnerability and story of discovering a deeper faith is a beautiful testament to the One who never leaves us. 
July 31, 2020
Jamie Winship: Learning to Listen for God's Voice
Jamie Winship has decades of experience bringing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s highest conflict areas. Starting with a distinguished career in law enforcement in the metro Washington, DC area. Jamie earned an MA in English and developed a unique process based on the Identity Exchange premise: identity transformation is the key to acquiring new levels of learning and creativity in any field. His unconventional efforts to bring about societal and racial reconciliation led him to Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, and now Seattle. In recent years, Jamie has worked with leaders in a variety of sectors, from police departments to pro football teams to churches and other faith-based organizations, including Centered.  Along with his wife, Donna, Jamie is the co-founder of Identity Exchange, a training and consulting company that is committed to teaching people the transformative power of living fearlessly in their true identity.   In this episode, Jamie shares how all of this began when he learned to listen for the voice of God in his life.   
July 16, 2020