Jenny Perry Bender is the first two time guest on Ember. Jenny is the Social Media Director & Midday On-Air Host at 88.3 WAFJ. Formerly she was one of the Co hosts for the Morning show on Kicks Country in Augusta, Georgia. Jenny talks about what led to this change and how God always seems to have perfect timing. We also talk ministry, music and Jenny's burning bush moment.
Jenny is happily married to Chris and they have two little fur babies.
Darren Potter has done about everything in ministry over the last 30 years but God has preparing him specifically for what he is doing now. Darren has invested his life into ministering to law enforcement and their families. On this episode we talk about how God led him down this journey. He also shares some insight into what law enforcers face on a daily basis and how that impacts their families. Darren and his wife Melanie have two daughters Kristen and Kaitlin who both attend Southern Wesleyan University.
Dr. Paula Preusz Lemons and I have an amazing discussion about biochemistry, the COVID 19 vaccine and the battle between Science and faith. Paula's accomplishments include a BA in biology from Southern Wesleyan University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband Derrick are both professors at the University of Georgia and have two awesome sons Nathaniel and Zachary.
Charles shares about his background, his career path and his faith. We also find out what a country boy and city slicker have in common. Charles is a great story teller and we had a blast recording together.
Daniel Noles has been teaching for 20 years but this year he has been teaching virtually at home because of the pandemic. Daniel shares the good, the bad and the ugly and how he is trying to make the best of a tough situation. Daniel is married to Andrea and they have two awesome boys Weston and Hudson.
Lisa is a Licensed Mental Health counselor and Co-founder of Caroline's Promise. Lisa shares about her passion to minister to families and how adoption led to a new calling in Missions. For more info about Carolines Promise check out www.carolinespromise.net
Travis B. is the founder of an organization called Keep Your Hand Up. His goal is to reward young African American young men for their scholastic efforts and "Keeping Their Hands Up" and connecting them with local law enforcement in a positive environment. On the episode he shares a little about why he started the foundation and where he hopes to see it go.
Jeff Eckart lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Arianna. Together they have 3 daughters. In 2009 he founded Never The Same, a national youth ministry organization whose vision is to see new generations transformed in Christ to further the Kingdom of God. Jeff is on the Executive Board for the National Day of Prayer, and speaks locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to audiences of all ages. He has bachelors and master’s degrees in ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Wesleyan Church. He hosts a weekly podcast with over 600,000 listeners called the Thought Factory. Learn more about him at jeffeckart.com and his organization at neverthesame.org.
Jarod Latch has been in the media industry for over 20 years. He has been a sports reporter and anchor, play by play announcer and started his own media company called Spiracle Media. Spiracle has won many awards including One of Charlottes "Best Places to Work" in 2018 and 19. Most importantly he is a husband to Jacie and father to Judson and Landon.
In todays episode Jarod and I talked about his career path in media, his media company and how his faith has played a part in his career and life.
Charles is the Director of Strategic Relationships for the Civil Creative Agency and is also a Wellness Strategist. He's a former Wesleyan Youth Pastor and has worked in Sales and Mortgage fields. He is married to Jennifer and has two kids.
Charley takes some time with us to share about his experience in ministry and how it prepared him for his current journey in helping to equip churches and other organizations on focusing on the two E's - experience and environment.
Dr. Derrick Lemons is an Associate Professor of Religion and the Fellow for the Willson Center for Humanities and Art at the University of Georgia. Dr. Lemons holds degrees from Southern Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Derrick is also a former Pastor and Church planter. He has been married to Paula, who also teaches at the University of Georgia and they have two sons Nathaniel and Zachary.
Derrick shares about his research in the fields of theology and anthropology and how God directed his journey into those fields.
Jordan is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Sports Management. Jordan tell of his journey to Liberty, his experience working with the Liberty and UNCC football programs and his current position with SIS.