Beth and Kate interview the wealth of knowledge, creative, kind and caring Kathy Holm! Kathy is the mom Laura, Chris and Luke. She is currently planting gardens, painting, and serving the church as a coffee lady! Kathy cares deeply for her family and the church. She loves creating and living a peaceful life. Kathy enjoys learning about new hobbies and trying new things! We're so grateful for who she is and what she brings to the body of Christ! If you know Kathy, you know she cares about the sanctity of life, that every person is deeply valuable. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she continues to create art and serve the church body! Hear from Kathy as she encourages us to see people as valued.
Beth and Kate interview the kind and wonderfully talented Christian Halford! Christian is the husband to Laura. He is currently serving on the worship team as the pianist/keyboardist. Christian cares deeply for people. He loves good conversation, good food, cooking and board games. He and Laura moved from Texas two years ago and have been at the URF ever since! We're so grateful for who they are and what they bring to the church! If you know Christian, you know he's passionate about music, how it changes and affects people, and also the importance of being real and authentic with people. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as serves the church! Hear from Christian as he encourages us to love people and be a friend.
Beth and Kate interview the multi-talented, anointed and man-of-many-experiences, Jen Tucker! Jen is a wife to Brayden and mom to Lathan. She is currently the first woman Sherriff's Chief Deputy in Columbiana County, but has also served as a S.W.A.T. team member and an emergency call operator. Jen cares deeply for children and animals! She loves to rescue animals and loves to create an atmosphere of safety and care where she goes. Jen and her family have been at the URF for a few years now and Jen has stepped in to serve in many areas! We're grateful for her! If you know Jen, you know she's passionate about seeing people accepted, about being real and authentic, and about serving others well. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she daily serves the county, the community, and the church body. Hear from Jen as she encourages us to stay weird, weirdos.
Beth and Kate interview the multi-talented, anointed and man-of-many-experiences, Rich Sheldon! Rich is a husband to Beth and dad to Rebekah, Jesukah, Samuel, Bethany, Justin and Emily. He is a Lyft driver, helps to care for his grandkids, and travels often to visit and work on projects with his kids. Rich has been educated in many different areas - jewelry, pastoring, cybersecurity, missions. Rich carries a deep love for the Upper Room and the body of Christ. He and Beth both function at the Upper Room in different prophetic functions and love prayer and spiritual creativity. If you know Rich, you know he's passionate about encouraging people to see the light and life that God brings to our lives. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he serves his family and the church to speak the heart of God. Hear from Rich as he encourages us to find healing and wholeness for ourselves!
Beth and Kate interview the lovely, talented, woman-of-many-trades, worship leading Emily Estok! Emily is a wife to Michael and mom to Emerson. She is a dental hygienist, a realtor, and Court Street Recording's manager. Emily has been impacted in many ways and in many places, but most specifically by the death of her hero and father, Terry Coulter. Emily credits her love of work and of people to the example of her dad. Being excellent at her jobs and excellent in her gifts and creativity, Emily shines in so many different directions! She loves music, family, and working to bring quality to everything she does. She also enjoys staying busy! If you know Emily, you know she's a mover and a shaker! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she works to bring her best to others in so many ways. Hear from Emily as she encourages us to bring peace, excellence and our gifts to the world around us!
Beth and Kate interview the ever-friendly, mission business-minded, always-on-the-go Josh Osborn! Josh is a husband to Megan, a dad to Rile and Callie. Josh is a physical therapist, treating acutely affected patients. After a 14-weeks for further training in Texas, Josh also now holds the role of officer in the air force. Wherever and whatever he's doing, Josh brings excellence, hope and a powerful work ethic. Josh loves podcasts, sports, movies, being physically active, learning - he enjoys staying busy! If you know Josh, you know he's always considering his next challenge. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he works to better himself and others, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Hear from Josh as he encourages us to know that God is good and there is always hope!
Beth and Kate interview the wonderful, warm and full-of-joy high school senior, Makayla Osborn! Makayla is a senior at Heartland Christian who has been fully involved in the school, the Upper Room, and in so many other places and ways! Through service projects, mission projects, volleyball, serving as school chaplain and junior deacon, NHS, the Buddy Program, etc., Makayla has given her high school experience her all! At the moment, Makayla is preparing to finish high school and head to Waynesburg University! She'll be working towards a degree in nursing. If you know Makayla, you know her plate is full but that she does it so happily! Her love for Jesus can be seen as she serves others, gives generously and loves her friends and family well. Listen and hear from Makayla as she discusses the importance and significance of family and staying close to and trusting Jesus.
Beth and Kate interview the ever-friendly, mission business-minded, always-on-the-go Rob Schwartz! Rob Schwartz is a husband to Lisa, a dad to Christian, Alisha and Micah. At the moment, he is a realtor with a roving eye for opportunity and business. Lately, Rob has been looking for ways to connect generations of young and old through business, motivating ideas, and the city of Columbiana! If you know Rob, you know he's always on the run, loving to stay busy, be with friends and family, and being adventurous! His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he serves others in business and works to benefit the city of Columbiana in lots of different ways. Hear from Rob as he encourages us to listen to the wisdom and insight of the generations of people around us.
Beth and Kate interview the woman of many talents, the kind-hearted and lovely Laura Halford! After a ten-year hiatus in Texas, Laura is back to grow some more roots in her home state of Ohio. We couldn't be happier to have her back! She is the wife of Christian, with whom she shares two cats, Gary and Floyd! Although Laura is our office manager and also leads the coffee team at the church, she also works as head-bakery chef and a manager at Homestead Restaurant at Firestone Farms. If you know Laura, you know she is a calming presence wherever she goes and that she loves people well. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she serves others in every area of her life. Listen and hear from Laura as she discusses the revelation of God's love and presence with us, no matter what our mistakes.
Beth and Kate interview the heartfelt and genuine, a best-handshake-you'll-ever-know man, Jim Brown! Jim Brown has spent much of his life as a trucker making his rounds all over the US! He is the husband of Dee and they share three kids, seven grandkids and two great-grandkids! Years ago God set Jim free from alcoholism and Jim's life was never the same! Jim loves the Lord with all his heart and you can see that clearly through his worship and presence at church, the amazing ways he loves his family and people around him. His heart is to see other men know God and his goodness too! Listen and hear from Jim how God's love can change and affect a life!
Beth and Kate interview the truly intentional, inspiring, creative and brave Beth Sheldon! Beth is a mom of six, a wife to Rich and grandma to kiddos! Creative and purposeful at heart, Beth enjoys writing poetry, children's stories, and journaling. She desires to see parents and grandparents have a profound effect on the future of their kids and grandkids, so she is currently working on writing a book and curriculum on generations affecting and raising up younger generations. Beth is passionate about loving Jesus well and being a bright light for the world! Listen and hear from Beth as she discusses the importance of honoring relationships, creativity, and believing that there is great importance in every person!
Beth and Kate interview family-loving, introspective and intelligent Dave Osborn! Dave is an electrical engineer by trade, a husband to Becky, a dad to Josh, Katie, Kristin, Jonathan and Makayla, and a 'pa' to six grandkids. A self-described introvert, Dave loves the outdoors, fixing and building, reading a good book, and spending time with those he's closest to. He might fall into dad-mode at any moment, but the dad jokes really aren't too bad! Listen and hear from Dave as he discusses the power of parenting through presence, encouragement, speaking wisdom, and honoring your kids.
Beth and Kate interview the uber-creative, super-fun, and joy-filled Weslie Broderick! Weslie is a woman of many talents, but specifically in the world of art. Weslie creates in her own art studio, but also teaches art and runs an art club for middle schoolers at Liberty. Apart from her creativity, Weslie shines in the world by serving at the church by teaching Sunday School classes, by loving those around her so genuinely, and by reminding people to enjoy the world wholeheartedly! Listen and hear from Weslie as she seeks to avenge her name, is serenaded by Dean Martin, and teaches us to appreciate art and the God who made us creators, in his likeness!
Beth and Kate interview the quick-witted, keen and contemplative Barry Kimpel! Barry understands the significance and effectiveness of a good story. As an educator, Barry enjoys using stories to help instruct his students in the the power and importance of critical thinking and self-reflection. Barry also very much enjoys soccer and has been coaching for various high schools for over a decade. Listen and hear from Barry about the importance of pondering, knowing ourselves and understanding our faith.
Beth and Kate interview the beautiful and amazing Megan Osborn! Megan has used her God-given gifts to light up the world in so many ways, but especially to kids. As an educator, Megan was a talented pre-k teacher who now writes children's curriculum for the Upper Room and teaches different classes. Megan is also the mom to Riley, Finley, and Callie and the wife of Josh. She has gained experience over the last few years in public speaking, oftentimes giving her testimony of her experience of giving birth to twins at 23 weeks and 6 days. Although Finley has gone to be with Jesus, Riley has become a shining light and example of goodness to the world, just like her mama! Megan expresses the love of Jesus to her family, her children, and the Upper Room so brightly! Listen and hear from Megan about how important it is to try and how anxiety and fear don't have to be front and center when Jesus comes into the picture!
Beth and Kate interview the holy-spirit-loving business man, father and grandfather, Ron Myers! Ron has known highs and lows, blessing and trial. He has worked in manual labor, owned a business and served in church ministry! Presently Ron, in all his energy, owns and runs Fire Force, continues to serve in different capacities at the Upper Room, loves his large family, and dreams big about all the possibilities of their farm! Ron's story is one of God's faithfulness, the importance of obedience to Jesus and the power of the holy spirit in our lives. Listen and hear from Ron how it's important to be listening and present with God wherever we go!
Join us as we enter February, the month of love! We'll be interviewing married couples and divorcees and discussing the world of relationships, communication, and how the love of God is seen and expressed in people. This week we interview Melanie Good. Mel is a licensed independent social worker who is the clinic director at her own private practice and works with families, couples, and individuals in counseling. Listen and hear from Mel about her story of divorce, her study and experience of betrayal trauma, and how certain practices and habits can help with healing.
Join us as we enter February, the month of love! We'll be interviewing married couples and divorcees and discussing the world of relationships, communication, and how the love of God is seen and expressed in people. This week we interview Scott from season 1, episode 14! He's back! Listen and hear from Scott about his personal story of divorce, the importance of the man he's become in the midst of difficult life experiences, and how faith brings healing.
Join us as we enter February, the month of love! We'll be interviewing married couples and divorcees and discussing the world of relationships, communication, and how the love of God is seen and expressed in people. This week we visit Chris and Kate Holm! Listen and hear about their story - how they've built a marriage on friendship, the necessity of fighting fair, and the importance of continuing to work on your mental and emotional health!
Join us as we enter February, the month of love! We'll be interviewing married couples and divorcees and discussing the world of relationships, communication, and how the love of God is seen and expressed in people. This week we visit Greg and Marta Aker! Listen and hear about their story - how they've found healing, both individually and together, and how God is faithful to meet all our needs and restore us when we fail.
Join us as we enter February, the month of love! We'll be interviewing married couples and divorcees and discussing the world of relationships, communication, and how the love of God is seen and expressed in people. This week we visit Bruce and Monica Stryffeler! Listen and hear about their story, how they've found common ground in the midst of struggle and disagreement, and how God sees our needs and is faithful to meet them.
Beth and Kate interview Kathy Myers, our family-loving friend who enjoys a full house and new adventures! Kathy has a lifetime of experience in marriage, children, life, loss, struggles, and big dreaming! Presently Kathy works in finances at Fire Force, cares for her kids and grandkids in a myriad of different ways, and is continuing to work on renovating their train-depot-turned-home and farm! Kathy's story is one of God's continued goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. Listen and hear from Kathy how God loves and tremendously uses messy families and wild ideas!
Beth and Kate interview the father of Dannia and Abby, husband of Carmen, a missionary to Salem, Ohio, and pastor at Esperanza De Vida (Hope of Life) - the one and only Manuel Lux! Moving from Guatemala to the states in order to serve the Latino population in our area, Manuel uses his education, giftings and call from Jesus to love people and serve them well! Manuel has ministered over the years in areas of Guatemala, Mexico City, and now in Salem. Working so diligently to express the love of Jesus, he visits jails, hospitals, apartments and homes, transports people in need, and offers help to so many. Listen and hear from Manuel that there's a big difference between being at a church and being a child of God!
Beth and Kate interview the mother of the Upper Room Fellowship, Shirley Stryffeler. Shirley and her late husband. Russ, let their young sons use the 'upper room' of their veterinarian's office almost 50 years ago. Although it's initial intention was to share the gospel and have coffee, it soon became a worship time and bible study, which then eventually became a beautiful church! Shirley not only gave some of their work space to be used for the cause of Jesus. Shirley has faithfully given her life in many different areas of love, prayer and sacrifice to see Jesus work in her family, church family, and the community in Columbiana. We honor Shirley for the impact she has had in all of our lives. Whether we are aware of it or not, her 'yes' to Jesus has changed the history of so many lives and the city of Columbiana as a whole. Listen and hear from Shirley how God saved her from religion and uses our small beginnings to do great things.
Beth and Kate interview the adventure-loving, always-giving, ever-joyful Michael Broderick. Michael knows his way around cars, bass guitars, and he's travelled far! Although his love of journeying has taken him all over the nation and across the globe, Michael has put down roots in Columbiana with his beautiful wife, Weslie, and their dog, Claire. Michael gives in so many ways to the world - in his home, his family, his church, his friends. Listen and hear from Michael how God uses our life experiences to grow us in maturity and to teach us to serve others well.
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Beth and Kate interview a woman who's found her purpose by obedience to Jesus! Our wonderful and lovely Jenelle Keller! Jenelle lives a life that she never had imagined for herself - and she loves it! Presently a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom, Jenelle is enjoying ministering intentionally to her husband and kids. Jenelle's story is one of answered prayers, a changed mind, and willingness to do new things ! Listen and hear from Jenelle how God uses our obedience to lead us into our purpose!
Beth and Kate interview the uber-talented but ever humble Michael Estok! Michael uses his talents and gifts to give others the opportunity to create music, song, and art. His years of experience in Florida, Nashville, and Ohio have impressed on Michael what is truly important - and he continues to live with just that in mind. Presently, Michael owns Court Street Recording in Canfield, Ohio where he produces beautiful and amazing music for different artists from all over! Listen and hear from Michael how the love of Jesus changes lives and how we can use our talents to bless the world!
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Beth and Kate interview the ready, willing, and able Scott! Scott lives a life that is wholeheartedly working towards Jesus' kingdom coming! Presently the pastor at Zion Hill Church in Columbiana, Scott desires to help and encourage people on their journey to growth with God. Scott has become a wise and insightful man whose life has been drastically changed because someone took the time to talk to him about Jesus! Listen and hear from Scott how speaking the name of Jesus changes lives forever!
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I Speak Jesus
Beth and Kate interview the wonder woman who is Lisa Schwartz! Lisa lives a life that focuses on the importance of the health and wholeness of her family, life, and body. Presently a personal trainer, Lisa loves encouraging women to work to their full potential (in and out of the gym!). Lisa's story is full of determination, love, hope, and strength! Listen and hear from Lisa how God uses our weaknesses, struggles and fears to grow us into strong and powerful people!
Beth and Kate interview the gracious and knowledgeable Elizabeth Osborn! Elizabeth may hail from the south, but she's true Ohio family to us! With a broad history in writing, editing, and publishing (she's also a true lover of fiction and non-fiction!), Elizabeth speaks to us on the power of story. Listen and hear from Liz (Eliza, Beth, Elizabeth) about how we grow as we write.
Beth and Kate interview Monica Stryffeler for our special Thanksgiving edition focused on the theme of gratitude! Listen to Monica as she speaks on her experiences with thankfulness and how it's changed her life!
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Beth and Kate interview the indomitable Zach Jones! Zach's life is rich in experience, personal trials, and deep growth. Presently a detective at Warren Police Department, Zach has also worked in machinery, farming, construction, and other areas of policing. Although it's not simple or easy, Zach speaks poignantly on life, what he's learned in struggle, and how to grow strong in character. Listen and hear from Zach how God builds strength in us!
Beth and Kate interview the behind-the-scenes-extraordinaire, Jonathan Osborn! Although Jonathan might prefer a seat behind the soundboard to a front-stage role, he's actually wonderfully talented in both of those areas and more! Having worked with YWAM as a missionary, sound man, leader and organizer, Jonathan also loves ministering to Jesus specifically in prayer and worship. Jonathan is a great example of what can happen when we listen to Jesus and follow his plans. Listen and hear about the faithfulness of God in Jonathan!
Beth and Kate interview the amazing Alisa Osborn! Alisa hails from Hawaii, but has given her life to serving Jesus throughout the world. Through her years in YWAM, Alisa has participated in and also led teams to share the gospel. She has traveled, taught, discipled, worked in administration, and has given herself wholeheartedly to express the love of Jesus wherever she goes. Alisa is a powerhouse! Listen and get to know Alisa!
Beth and Kate interview Chuck Hamilton! Chuck has served in many ways - his family, his country, his church, and now the nations as he serves as president and director of Harvest Preparation International Ministries. Chuck's breadth of experience and desire for people to know the love of Jesus provide us with encouragement and lessons to take for our own lives!
Beth and Kate interview the wise Becky Osborn, a true Proverbs 31 woman! Becky has had a beautiful breadth of experience in marriage, raising children, supervising a home and working in administration and teaching. Listen and learn from today's podcast with Becky!
Beth and Kate interview the ever-gracious Jack-of-all-trades Josh Graham, who runs the Upper Room's youth group, is part of the worship team, teaches Sunday School classes and Celebration classes, coaches soccer and basketball, and is a great father, friend, and husband! Listen and get to know Josh!
Beth and Kate interview the awesome Jacob Scheller, a native Ohioan and Upper Roomer who is presently a student at the School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. Jacob is a fiery Jesus follower who wants to share the gospel with people who need to know the savior and His love for them!