Beth and Kate interview Hope Coulter! Hope lives in Canfield with her husband, Brian and their three kids, Gwyneth, Emmett and Leo. Hope grew up in Columbiana and has been a part of the Upper Room for over 2o years! During her time Heartland Christian School, Hope worked in hospitality and food service. After marrying Brian, they moved to Nashville and following Brian's undergrad work, they moved to Columbus where Hope became a pastry chef at Pistacia Vera. Eight years later, Hope and Brian moved back to the area! Hope is now a stay-at-home-mom who spends her day rearing and raising the next generation! In the meantime, Hope loves getting in some alone time at TJMaxx and being a help and encouragement to her friends. She enjoys baking and cooking and blessing people with those goods! Hope has been back at the Upper Room since 2017. We're really grateful for Hope and the ways she has served and loved her family, her friends and the church! If you know Hope, you know she cares deeply and selflessly, that she is genuine, hilarious, and carries the example of the love of Jesus so well. Listen and hear from Hope as she encourages us to learn and unlearn, to think deeply about our habits, and to be curious by discussion and asking good questions!
May 16, 2022
Beth and Josh interview Celie Altomare! Celie lives in Columbiana, next door to her wonderful daughter and son-in-law! Her beloved Tony passed away three years ago. They were married for and they had four children: Monica, Beth, Erin and Paul. Originally from Montana, Celie has also lived in Alaska and California! After moving to Ohio in 1981, Celie met Shirley Stryffeler at The Mustard Seed book store, and the rest is history! Since that time, Celie has become a household name at the Upper Room, serving in a hundred different capacities, always loving and cheerleading and giving compassion to anyone who needs it. Her dedication to her family and church family has been so evident and makes such a difference to the people around her! Celie presently works at the YMCA. You can find her at the service desk where she has become known as a finder of lost things! Celie loves her family, her grandkids and serving others. She has been at the Upper Room for 38 years! We're so so grateful for her! If you know Celie, you know she believes that Jesus loves us and hears our prayers - that he is present, patient and good. Listen and hear from Celie as she encourages us to believe that God is watching over us and that we should cling to faith even when and if we doubt!
May 09, 2022
Beth and Kate interview Ann Wallace! Ann lives in New Middletown with her husband, George and daughter, Serina. Between the two of them, they have 5 kids. Ann was born in Youngstown, Ohio. Ann lived with her four siblings and five cousins and attended Chaney. After attending the Police Academy, she joined the Sheriff's Office. Ann is now a full time jail administrator and a part time realty agent. She met George, who was a police officer, on the job about 17 years ago and were married 3 years ago. This past year, George and Anne have begun a new journey into realty! Ann loves animals, especially dogs. She loves the outdoors, shooting, being on the water and in the skies! Ann and George have been at the Upper Room since October of 2021. We're really grateful for Ann and the ways she has served and loved her family, the community and the church! If you know Ann, you know she believes in the power of JesusLove, which she's had the opportunity to see and learn from her parents. Listen and hear from Ann as she encourages us to believe that Jesus loves everyone and everyone can be changed because of Him!
May 02, 2022
Beth and Kate interview George Wallace! George lives in New Middletown with his wife, Ann and daughter, Serina. Between the two of them, they have 5 kids. George was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He and his family moved to Texas to an air force base when he was five. When George was 16, he moved back with his mom to Youngstown. George worked in retail for years and then went into law enforcement. He functioned as a police officer for 3 years in Mahoning County and then moved into policing in the city of Youngstown for 17 years. He met his wife, Ann, who was also in law enforcement. This past year, George and Anne have begun a new journey into realty! George enjoys being outdoors, hunting, shooting and spending time with his family. He and Anne have been at the Upper Room for about seven months now. We're really grateful for George and the ways he has served and loved his family, community and church! If you know George, you know he believes in the power and necessity of service, blessing Jesus with our lives by giving ourselves to others. Listen and hear from George as he encourages us to get better perspective and learn gratitude - go on a missions trip, get some sozo and do what it takes to understand ourselves and the blessings around us!
April 25, 2022
Beth and Kate interview Tom Taylor! Tom lives near Columbiana with his wife, Gail, and daughters, Hailey and Gabby. Tom was born in Kennewick, Washington. He was adopted at two weeks old and was raised in Lewiston, Idaho. Tom worked in retail at local and not-so-local Albertons for 20 years. He met his wife, Gail, who also worked at Albertons, and they were married in their 20's. They've been married for 25 years in May! Tom enjoys being outdoors, camping, riding ATV's and spending time with his family. 11 years ago, Tom joined the Love's Travel Stops company which brought him to Ohio a few years ago! He and Gail have been a part of the Upper Room for about 4 years now. We're so grateful for Tom and the ways he serves and loves his family and work! If you know Tom, you know he loves Jesus, his family and the outdoors. Listen and hear from Tom as he encourages us to work through our feelings and process our thought lives with Jesus so we can be healthy and whole!
April 18, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the graceful Jesus-lover Gail Taylor! Gail lives in the Columbiana area with her husband, Tom, and a few of her kiddos! She has three altogether - a son, a daughter, Hailey, and a daughter, Gabby. Gail was born in Montana and moved back and forth between Montana and Washington until college, in which she attended the University of Montana and Idaho State. In the midst of college, Gail worked at a west-coast based store, Albertsons. She met Tom at that Albertsons, and they married in 1997. Between the two of them, Gail and Tom have worked in different management/job positions, one of which brought them to Ohio in 2018! Gail enjoys gardening, painting and cycling! While cycling one day on the GreenWay Trail, she met Jim and Dee Brown, who invited her to visit the Upper Room! She decided to visit and has been with us for almost 4 years! We're so grateful for Gail and the ways she serves and loves her family and the people around her! Gail's passion is seeking a more intimate relationship with Jesus and staying close to Holy Spirit so she can hear what He is saying. If you know Gail, you know she loves Jesus, her family, and speaking life and encouragement to people. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in all of these things! Listen and hear from Gail as she encourages us that what the enemy means to destroy in us, God means to use for good and His glory!
April 11, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the resourceful and spirit-led Jeremy Lindeman! Jeremy lives in Leetonia with his wife, Sara, and daughter, Lillian. Jeremy was born and raised in Minnesota. Joining the Air Force after high school, he was stationed over the next six years in two bases in South Dakota and Missouri. Hoping to move into airman leadership school position after two tours, Jeremy was instead moved to a blessing-in-disguise position in Missouri. After marrying Sara and receiving a word from God to go back to her family's farm, the Lindemans made their way to Ohio. Jeremy now works for ODOT. He and Sara bought and have been working on a fixer-upper, but have recently purchased land to build, with plans to be back on the farmland. They've been a part of the Upper Room for four years now! We're so grateful for Jeremy and the ways he serves and loves his family and the church! Jeremy presently serves as a deacon, as a part of the prophetic ministry team, and has been a great help to the church and multiple people in the area of fix-its! Functioning so well in both the natural and supernatural aspects of his faith, he's a great example of living out the kingdom with a wrench and hammer AND with a prophetic word. If you know Jeremy, you know he loves Jesus, his family, the outdoors, helping others, and speaking life and encouragement to people. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in all of these things! Listen and hear from Jeremy as he encourages us to keep moving forward in our faith!
April 04, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the smart and sarcastic wordsmith, Brian! Brian lives in Canfield with his wife, Hope, and three kids, Gwen, Emmett, and Leo. Brian grew up as a Columbiana Clipper but has since gone to school and lived in Nashville and Columbus. After returning from city living in Columbus in 2018, Brian joined a law firm and made partner in 2021. Although his specific focus in law is business litigation, he is interested and cares deeply about seeing justice seen in the system, specifically for women, children and those in socio-economic brackets that can be overlooked. Brian loves, plays and writes music. Although on hiatus, he's participated on the church's worship team and has also been in multiple bands. Brian has been with the Upper Room family since about 2002, when he started visiting the youth group! We're so grateful for Brian and the ways he serves and works towards social issues, the ways he loves his family, and the ways he encourages us to worship. If you know Brian, you know he loves some good competition, some old-school emo and punk music, and an afternoon out on the gold course. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he does all these things! Listen and hear from Brian as he encourages us to think well, read well, discuss well and argue well.
March 28, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the wonderful, helping, bold and insightful Ellen Frost! Ellen lives in Columbiana with her 14-month-old son, Luke. Ellen grew up and now lives on her family's four-generation-old tree farm. After graduating from Columbiana, Ellen attended Kent to become a nurse and is has been a RN, BSN, C-EFM labor and deliver nurse at St. E's in Boardman since 2013. Always the adventurer, she's not only been helping to deliver babies in Boardman! Ellen was also a traveling nurse throughout the US for a time several experiences out west. When it comes to motherhood, Ellen began the process of pregnancy with a donor in 2019 and had Luke in 2021! He is a true joy and answer to prayer for Ellen. Ellen has been with the Upper Room family since 2018! We're so grateful for Ellen and the ways she serves and loves her family and the hospital community at St. E's! If you know Ellen, you know she loves the outdoors, trying new things/traveling, and helping to bring babies safely into this world. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in all of these things! Listen and hear from Ellen as she encourages us to be tenacious and adventuring in our lives!
March 21, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the very real, unique, chili-extraordinaire, James Engel! James lives in Lisbon with his wife, Deanne, and their two grand-daughters. James has two grown girls of his own - Brittany and Kailee. James was born in Warren, Ohio, and brought up in Columbiana. Raised mainly by his mom, James grew up for some of his childhood years at the Upper Room! James has worked in restaurants and banks; he's been a delivery driver, a painter, a powder coaters, a bouncer and bar tender. About 5 years ago James broke his back and has spent the last few years learning how to process through pain management on a daily basis. Through all of this, James has grown deeply in empathy and patience. We're so grateful for James, his awesome life, and for the ways he loves the people around him. If you know James, you know he loves his football (go Chiefs!), his grandbabies, his family, and the constant friendship of Jesus! His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he has learned to care for and be with people and how he has walked through mental struggle. Listen and hear from James as he encourages us to be friends with God and lean on Him for everything!
March 14, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the lovely, tenacious and seasoned Deanne Engel! Deanne lives in Lisbon with her husband, James, her son, Patrick, and two grand-daughters. Deanne was born in New Jersey and moved often in her childhood years. Ending up in Columbiana in 1977, she has spent the rest of her life in the area, having three boys - Zachary, Patrick and Benjamin - with her first husband. Between 2011 - 2012, Deanne remarried and began attending the Upper Room with James! She has been a bank teller, a mail carrier, a retail cashier, a small business development director, accounting professional and a small business owner! Deanne has given her life to serve her family, her parents and the people around her with her time and care and through listening closely to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We're so grateful for Deanne for the ways she loves the people around her. If you know Deanne, you know she loves her grand-daughters, her quiet-time hobbies, all her kiddos, and Jesus! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she tries to listen closely to the Holy Spirit and obey whenever he speaks. Listen and hear from Deanne as she encourages us to be used by God!
March 07, 2022
The Month of Love - 5 Levels of Communication with Mel Good
Join us as we interview our favorite clinic director and counselor, Mel Good. We're talking about 5 levels of communication and the importance of honesty and clarity in our relationships! Whether it's marriage, dating or friendship, this is great knowledge to have and powerful when used well.
February 14, 2022
The Month of Love - Dave and Becky Osborn
Join us as we interview Dave and Becky Osborn over a great discussion of marriage do's and don'ts, marriage in sickness, and the right perspective of love.
February 07, 2022
The Month of Love - Josh and Megan Osborn
Join us as we interview Josh and Megan Osborn on the topic of doing marriage in the midst of difficulty and trauma.
February 01, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the lovely, lover of learning Chandra Brode! Chandra lives in Columbiana with her husband, Les, and two kids, Devin and Addison. Although she was born in Tampa, FL, Chandra grew up near Lake Erie in Geneva. Throughout and after her schools years, she worked some fascinating jobs. She attended the state highway patrol academy and went into patrolling for the state of Ohio. She has also been a maintenance worker for the state patrol, a police guard for a reserve base, and an EMT. Chandra has used her life to care for people's safety and livelihoods. She has been married to Les for 13 years. She and her family have been at the Upper Room for 6 months! We're so grateful for Chandra and the ways she serves and loves her family and the church body! If you know Chandra, you know she loves learning, trying new things, and seeing people healthy and thriving! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she invites her friends to find Jesus and how she encourages her friends and family to know Jesus better. Listen and hear from Chandra as she encourages us to never give up seeking and to always keep learning!
January 24, 2022
Beth and Kate interview a true helper, a jack-of-all-trades, and good guy - Kevin Williams! Kevin lives in Leetonia with his wife, Cheryl, and two girls, Kasey and Chloe. Growing up in California, Kevin began learning how to firefight at 15. Later, he worked multiple jobs while volunteering for fire and EMS. He also spent time in California and Ohio working dispatch. Kevin has enjoyed using his life to care for people and offer them help and security. After moving to Ohio, Kevin and Cheryl made a life for themselves - marrying, finding a church, having kids, and building a home in Leetonia. He and his family have been at the Upper Room for 2 1/2 years. We're so grateful for Kevin and all the ways he serves and loves his family and those around him! If you know Kevin, you know he loves his family, he cares about helping people, and he knows a lot! Whether it's fixing, plumbing, building, saving, firefighting, smoking meats, etc. - he can do it! His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he cares about people's livelihoods and in his deep loyalty to people. Listen and hear from Kevin as he encourages us to work hard and get into a great hobby!
January 17, 2022
Karen Hawkins - The Warning Signs and Dangers of Co-Dependent Relationships
Karen Hawkins (long-time URF family who's been in missions and assisting in YWAM for over 25 years) discusses personal experiences and highlights from the article, "Emotional Dependency: A Threat to Close Friendships" by Lori Thorkelson. If you'd like to read Lori Thorkelson's article: https://www.urfellowship.com/uploads/5/0/1/9/5019345/emotional_dependency_-_a_threat_to_close_friendships_-_by_lori_thorkelson_.pdf If you'd like more information on Karen or her book, "Assistants and Leaders": https://www.amazon.com/Assistants-Leaders-Building-Effective-Partnerships/dp/1576588262
January 10, 2022
2021 Women's Thrive Conference - Healthy Relationships and Red Flags with Mel Good, LISW-S/social worker
Listen as Beth and Kate host a live recording of the podcast at the Thrive Women's Conference from October 2021. Interviewing Mel Good, who was previously on the podcast last February, the ladies discuss relationships, inner circles, red flags, and the importance of giving your life to people.
January 03, 2022
Beth and Kate interview the smart, fun and wonderful Jarred Kalina! Jarred lives in Columbiana and is currently attending YSU! Focusing on computer science, he's also interning at ACME Corp. Jarred is the son of Jeff and Marcia Kalina and is a brother to Marissa. Along with school and interning, Jarred is a manager at Subway. Stop by sometime and get a sub! Jarred enjoys learning and stretching his understanding, whether it be for school or for faith. He also thrives on the stage and field! Jarred enjoys singing and acting, and has also played soccer. Jarred has been at the Upper Room for about 2 years. We're so grateful for Jarred and the way he loves his family, his girlfriend, Columbiana, and his church family at the Upper Room. If you you've ever been to church, he's always serving by running the overhead. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he graciously and selflessly serves us every week, in the way he loves and encourages his friends, and in the way he shines his light at school and work. Listen and hear from Jarred as he encourages us that Jesus is working all things together!
December 27, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the fun and fiesty Gloria Pitt! Gloria lives in Canfield with her husband, Cary. They have three adult children and five grandchildren! Gloria went straight into banking after graduation, married Cary, raised three children, had a stint as a florist, and served in the church throughout her life. While she has loved and served her family and church, she has also been wonderfully creative and artsy in so many ways! Whether it's sewing, diamond dots, art, making purses and bags or crafting, Gloria has a talent for figuring out what she wants to make and then making it! Gloria also loves worship and music. Gloria and Cary have been at the Upper Room for about 6 years. We're so grateful for Gloria and the way she shows the amazing creativity of God! We're also so grateful for her ministry with Helping Hands, and all of her handwritten cards to the Upper Room family. If you know Gloria, you know she is so real and so fun and as feisty as they come! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she makes, the way she gives, and the way she serves the church and her family so kindly. Listen and hear from Gloria as she encourages us to remember that Jesus is our healer!
December 20, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the Bob Murphy! Bob lives in Columbiana with his wife, Rhonda. They have four adult children, and six grandkids! Although his plans were towards degreeing in music education at Kent State, Bob ended up played the tuba, trombone and electric bass in the Navy Band, traveling all over the world. After coming home, Bob drove truck for over 40 years. Since retiring, Bob has been working on cars, carts, cycles - anything that runs and has a motor! He has so much background and wisdom and experience in a array of topics, which means he has a story and discussion for all occasions! Although Bob knows a lot about things, he really cares deeply about our inner lives - how we think and feel and learn and see Jesus. He enjoys conversations about perspective and experience and faith. Bob also cares deeply about music. He's been on the worship team for a very long time and presently in one of the bass players. Bob has been at the Upper Room for about 27 years. We're really grateful for Bob and the way he loves he loves the Upper Room through his gifted and talented service of worship. If you know Bob, you know he loves when the music hits right, when there's deep and purposeful talk to express thoughts, and you know he loves his wife, kids, and extended family. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he gives his time to people so freely. Listen and hear from Bob as he encourages us in the power of an invitation and the life-giving effects of worship.
December 13, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the sweet Jan Fellenger! Jan lives in Lisbon with her husband, Denny. They have two adult children, Steve and Denise, and three grandchildren! Growing up, Jan accepted Jesus when she was 5 years old. Jan is one of three siblings and has had the honor of being in a family of multiple generations who love and serve Jesus. Jan married Denny, who became a pastor, and she moved multiple times with him throughout Ohio as he moved from pastorate to pastorate. She cares deeply for children and has taught full-time as a teacher for about 45 years! Working with elementary children up to 5th grade, Jan taught in the public and private schools, finally retiring a few years ago. Jan and Denny have been at the Upper Room for about 10 years. We're so grateful for Jan and the way she loves her family, specifically as she gives her time to her grandkids! If you know Jan, you know she loves her family dearly and believes in the power of prayer. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she graciously cares for her family and the way she remains an example of a faithful follower of Jesus. Listen and hear from Jan as she encourages us to remember that Jesus is with us, he is faithful, and that it's so important to pray!
December 06, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the lovely, knowledgeable and caring Cheryl Williams! Cheryl lives in Leetonia with her husband, Kevin, and two girls, Kasey and Chloe. Growing up in California, Cheryl was one of five siblings and loved to play volleyball. After moving to Ohio, Cheryl joined Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Boardman as the Registered Nurse Team Lead. She cares deeply for her patients and the nursing staff, working hard to see excellence in all areas. Cheryl and her family have been at the Upper Room for 2 1/2 years. We're so grateful for Cheryl and all the ways she serves and loves her family and the community, specifically at the hospital! If you know Cheryl, you know she loves her family so much and she is also passionate about making sure that nurses have all the information, education, and encouragement they need. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she patiently and lovingly works with staff around her. Listen and hear from Cheryl as she encourages that it's not accolades or place or pay that matters, but it's about finding the place where God's called you.
November 29, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the serving, helpful and kind Jeff Kalina! Jeff is husband to Marcia and dad of two: Marissa and Jarred. Originally from Bergholz, Ohio, Jeff made his way to Columbiana to graduate, marry Marcia and join the Army Reserves. While in the Army Reserves for 21 years, Jeff worked multiple jobs and served at church. Jeff loves his family and loves people. He cares for people often in the way of service, for which we are so grateful! He is presently one of the Upper Room's sound men and you may see him working behind the scenes in other capacities too! We're so grateful to have Jeff and his family as a new part of the Upper Room family - they've now been with us 2 for years. If you know Jeff, you know he is in the details of his work, organized and prepared to do his job well and ready to care for people around him. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he loves his family, his kids, and his humble spirit showing kindness to us all!
November 22, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the compassionate and amazing Kelli Hephner! Kelli is wife to Greg and mother of three kids, Morgan, Ben and Jonathan. Kelli grew up a farm girl, but has since set out to accomplish so much! With people being her life's passion, Kelli has worked in caregiving and serving on the county's EMS team. She is presently Columbiana's chaplain. She's continuing her education to be certified to care for first responders. Kelli also founded Heroes and Halos, a non-profit that cares for special-needs children and their families through support groups, meals, Christmas gifts, etc. Check them out on their Facebook page! Kelli has been at the Upper Room for under a year! We're so grateful to have Kelli as a new part of the Upper Room family, and so grateful for her really beautiful work with so many people in our community. If you know Kelli, you know she loves Jesus and loves to serve people who are in need or who are struggling. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she gives so much of her life and time to bring goodness and help to Columbiana and the surrounding areas! Facebook: Heroes and Halos Email - email@example.com
November 15, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the wonderful, amazing, one and only Marta Aker! Marta is wife to Greg and mother of two grown kids, Shawn and Leslie. She has three grandchildren. Marta was an art teacher for many years but is now retired and gives so much of her time and love to the Upper Room body and so many others! Apart from working as an art teacher, Marta spent years homeschooling, hosting small groups and families in her home, using her creative abilities to decorate homes and spaces all over! Since caretaking for her mother, brother and grandkids in the past, she now spends her great days ministering to women, serving at the Way Station, and holding several roles at the Upper Room in missions council and grounds keeping. Marta has been at the Upper Room for over 40 years! We're so grateful for Marta, for her beautiful example of caring, watching, organization, and beauty. If you know Marta, you know she loves Jesus and serves him with a whole mind and whole heart. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she loves people so much and the plethora of ways she gives of herself to serve so many!
November 08, 2021
Beth and Kate interview our wise talent and wonderful helper, Cary Pitt! Cary is husband to Gloria and father of three grown kids. Cary is now retired, but worked at GM for 39 years. He now spends his lovely days woodworking, glass working, doing fix-it service jobs at the URF, and spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He also helps to keep the URF looking beautiful through his amazing and creative abilities (check out the beautiful bench outside at the playground)! Cary and Gloria have been at the Upper Room since 2015. We're so grateful for Cary, for his service to our nation, for his care in the home, for his help at the church, and for his bright and joyful light that he shines so brightly. If you know Cary, you know he love Jesus with his whole self - He loves on and will talk about Jesus wherever he is! His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way Cary lives, his day to day walk, his time at the Community Center, and his serving and giving heart to all!
November 01, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the very-interesting, always-learning, wonderful Michael Keffer! Michael is husband to Denise and dad to Samantha. Michael works as an engineer and has a myriad of hobbies when he's not working! He has tried his hand at timber-framing, sawmilling, metal-working, kayaking, and the list goes on. Michael is great with numbers and details, likes using his mind, and loves his family! Michael and Denise have been at the Upper Room for four years. We're so grateful for Michael and for his service as an usher and a greeter at church! If you know Michael, you know he desires to love and serve well, he desires to learn and put that learning to practice, and he desires to keep growing. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he loves his family, serves those around him, and willingly gives his time and wise advice to others. Listen and hear from Michael as he encourages us to say yes!
October 18, 2021
Beth and Kate interview one of the founders of the Upper Room - the gracious, patient and Jesus-loving Bruce Stryffeler! Bruce is husband to Monica and dad to Arielle and Owen. Bruce has been with the Upper Room since day one! When he's not working at the church, Bruce is busy running his car-interior repair business. Bruce is great with details - he recently put together our Values in the Kingdom curriculum (published in book form and on Amazon!), and has been organizing our prayer initiatives for 12 years! We're so grateful for Bruce and all the ways he serves the URF - as a leader, as a pastor, in finance, leading and participating in small groups, running and creating Sunday schools, being on the worship team - and the list goes on! If you know Bruce, you know he does all this because he is passionate about loving Jesus and showing people how good Jesus really is. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way he loves his family and serves the church so beautifully. Listen and hear from Bruce as he encourages us to seek Jesus and to love him with our whole hearts!
October 11, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the sweet, wonderful and wise Peggy Chestnut! Peggy lives in Lisbon. She has three adult kids and three grandkids! Peggy cares so much for her family and for people and has spent a good portion of her life caring for the developmentally disabled. She worked at the Developmental Disability Board for 30 years! Peggy has been at the Upper Room for 8 years. We're so grateful for Peggy and all the ways she serves the URF - as a greeter, at the Welcome Center, in Helping Hands, leading and participating in small groups, and in the prayer ministry! If you know Peggy, you know she is passionate about worship. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she loves her family and serves the church so beautifully. Listen and hear from Peggy as she encourages us learn to forgive, and that even when it's hard, transformation is possible with Jesus!
October 04, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the kind-hearted, gracious prayer warrior Jean Maxwell! Jean lives with her husband Mark in Columbiana. She has three adult kids and 8 grandkids! Jean cares so much for her family. She has been a teacher in the East Palestine School District for 27 years. Jean has been at the Upper Room for 5 years! We're so grateful for Jean and all the ways she serves the URF - in greeting and at the Welcome Center! If you know Jean, you know she is passionate about prayer. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen in the way she teaches kids, loves her family, and prays so fervently for so many. Listen and hear from Jean as she encourages us to believe in the power of prayer!
September 27, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the gifted, passionate and people-loving Greg Aker! Greg is husband to Marta and dad to Shawn and Leslie. After working as an art teacher for 37 years, he is currently the administrative pastor at the Upper Room! Greg cares deeply for his family and for people and for the body of Christ! He desires to see the Church fulfilling its roll in loving the world and bringing in the kingdom. Greg and Marta have been at the Upper Room for 44 years! We're so grateful for Greg and the all many ways he serves the URF and city of Columbiana - in pastoring, administration, CCMA president, small group leader, Foundations class teacher, and more! If you know Greg, you know he's passionate about seeing people equipped to serve Jesus and about loving our city well. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen all through the building, our calendar events, our Sunday mornings, through the Columbiana Ministerial Association (CCMA)! Hear from Greg as he encourages us that God is always working in ways we can't see!
September 20, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the faithful, caring and lovely Jessica Hall! Jessica is a wife to Jon and mom to Livia, Eliana, Alexandria, and Jonathan. She is currently a working mom who's at home during the day and does remote accounting work at night! Jess cares deeply for her children, her family, and for people! She desires to see her kids raised up in a way that honors God and creates opportunities for them to love Jesus and be free in who they're meant to be. Jessica and her family have been at the Upper Room for a year and a half. We're so grateful for her and the ways she serves! the URF - Like praying for us on Thursdays, greeting us in the lobby and caring for our kids during the sermon! If you know Jess, you know she's passionate about teaching her kids about Jesus and loving others around her. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she prays for us on Thursdays, greets us in the lobby on Sunday mornings and cares for our kids during the sermon! Hear from Jessica as she encourages us to shine on the inside and out.
September 13, 2021
Beth and Kate interview our beloved teaching pastor, the intelligent and talented Chris Holm! Chris is the husband to Kate and dad to Cana and Corinne. He currently works for the Upper Room and for a fire safety company, Fire Force. Chris loves his family. He also loves to learn, to try new things, and being creative in many different ways. He enjoys reading and thinking and good discussions (especially if it's during a game of golf). On top of sharing the word every week, Chris puts his gifts to use by running the UR website and YouTube channel. We're so grateful for who he is and what he brings to the body of Christ! If you know Chris, you know he's really funny. You'll also know he cares about expressing Jesus as truly as he can and about sharing truth in simple and practical ways. Listen and hear from Chris as he encourages us to think deeply about our faith!
September 06, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the joyful and faithful John Erhart! John was married to Arla for 59 1/2 years. He is the dad of Becky, Connie, Sarah, Eric and Kurt, who passed away at birth. He is currently being a great grandpa, working with oil painting, and continuing to love sports! John cares deeply for his family and participates in his grandkids' lives by attending their games as much as possible! We're so grateful for who he is and what he brings to the body of Christ! If you know John, you know he set a beautiful example of marriage and loved his wife so so well. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen in his faithfulness to his family! Hear from John as tells some great stories and instills the importance of family.
August 30, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview our favorite Macho Man, Randy Savage, our favorite ZZTop Billy Gibbons --- Brayden Tucker! Brayden is dad to Lathen and husband to Jen. He currently works for and own his own business, Dying Breeds Diesels. Brayden stays busy buying, selling, and exporting vintage trucks and keeping up with his online-family of about 156 thousand people on the Dying Breed Facebook page! He has been a part of the Upper Room for about 2 years. Brayden loves spending time with his family and being a friend to others. We're so grateful for all the ways Brayden has expressed love to the church, but also to other people around him who don't know Jesus! If you know Brayden, you know he is as real as it gets. He might have a tough exterior, but he is so loving and embraces people so so well! His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he serves and befriends the trucking community, in person and online.
August 23, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview the humorous, beautiful and persevering Denise Kuhlman! Denise is the mom to Robert and Ellena. Denise currently works for the Family Recovery Center with Columbiana County teaching prevention and social/emotional skills with K-6th grade. She is about to begin working on her masters degree at YSU. She has been a part of the Upper Room for 9 years. Denise adores her kids and cats and enjoys running, exercise, watching movies and naps! Now that her kids are moving in adulthood, she's moving into an exciting new season of schooling and seeing her long-awaited dreams fulfilled of becoming a counselor. We're so grateful for all the ways Denise has expressed love to the church and to others! Denise has a desire to serve others through counseling, through knowing people well and through giving her time to her friends and family. If you know Denise, you know she is real, she is authentic and so so funny! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she serves children in the community, teaching them really helpful life skills, and as she loves the people around her wherever she goes through help and encouragement!
August 16, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the knowledgeable, humble and wise Jim Freeman! Jim is husband to Vicki and the dad of two from a previous marriage where his wife had passed. After 60 years in the education field, he is currently in an advisor role with Valley Christian School in Youngstown. Jim cares deeply for children's well-being and their mental and emotional health. In the past, he loved to fly and owned multiple planes. He also enjoys wood working in larger projects, such as building kitchens! Jim and Vicki have been at the URF since 2019, and we're grateful for them! If you know Jim, you know he's passionate about prayer, listening to closely to the Spirit of God, and following Jesus obediently. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he serves and betters different educational communities! Hear from Jim as he encourages us to follow Jesus and not be satisfied with religion.
August 09, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview the super-fascinating, Jesus-loving and joy-filled Lisa Labon! Lisa is the wife to Ed and mom to Madison, Kira and Zach. Lisa is currently an American Sign Language Interpreter for the deaf and a consultant and webinar co-host for an organization committed to equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities. She just recently finished her Masters degree in Human Services Counseling with a focus in Crisis Response and Trauma. She has been a part of the Upper Room for 3 years. Although Lisa hails from California, she has moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania to Ohio! Her hobbies include camping, biking, paddle boarding, and enjoying God in the great outdoors! Since coming to the Pennsylvania and Ohio, Lisa has loved serving her family through homeschooling. Now that her kids are adults, she's moving into an exciting new season! We're so grateful for all the ways Lisa has expressed love to the church and to others! Lisa has a deep desire to help, serve and see the hurting healed. If you know Lisa, you know she is passionate about seeing people freed up and working with Jesus towards healthy wholeness! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she serves those around her through missions, organizations, and individually (not only through her knowledge and experience, but also her joy)! Hear from Lisa as she encourages us to be a light for Jesus wherever we go!
August 02, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview the fascinating and fun story-teller, Larry Campbell! Larry is the husband to Ethel and father to three children, two boys and one girl, Kassie. Both Kassie and his second wife passed away in 2010 of cancer. Larry served in the U.S. army and was sent to Vietnam for one year. Larry is currently retired and enjoying his days with Ethel as he enjoys feeding the birds and squirrels, going to garage sales, and camping in cabins at a local KOA. He has been a part of the Upper Room family for 9 years. Larry loves to love and serve people in lots of different ways. He shows the love of Jesus well! From giving away his time, money, and food, Larry knows how to hear and obey the quiet voice of the Lord. If you know Larry, you know he's got some great stories to share about his amazing life! Hear from Larry as he encourages us to appreciate life, to see the importance of remaining humble, and to keep giving all the praise to Jesus!
July 26, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview the wise, beautiful and fun Milly Acevedo! Milly is the wife to William and mom to Manolo, Diego and Marcos. Milly currently works in financial services with Primerica. She is part of the Upper Room, but is also involved with the Hispanic Ministry and church, Esperanza De Vida in Salem, Ohio. She has been a worship leader, Sunday School teacher, and teacher in the United States. In Guatemala, where Milly was born and raised, she helped to run a church and was a seminary professor. Since coming to the states, Milly loves to serve her family, the church, and those in need. We're so grateful for all the ways Milly has expressed love to so many in so many different ways! Milly has a deep desire for the lost to know Jesus. If you know Milly, you know she is passionate about creating ways to better be able to give to the church and those in need. You'll also know she is a great cook and baker! Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she serves those around her, whether that be on a Sunday morning or in a financial meeting! Hear from Milly as she encourages us that we are valuable, that we have inherit worth, and that Jesus is with us, no matter what we've experienced.
July 19, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview the wonderful, present, kind, and adventuring William Acevedo! William is the husband to Milly, step-dad to Manolo and Diego. William is self-employed in the medical field, but his true ministry is serving his family, those close to him, and the Latino community in Salem, Ohio. He currently works with Milly and Manuel Lux (check him out in our previous podcast!) to help the Hispanic Ministry and church, Esperanza De Vida. He loves to help those who are needy, who have struggled and seen hardship. We're so grateful for all the ways William has loved people well. William loves kids and desires to see them live full and joyful lives. If you know William, you know he loves his family and the Hispanic community deeply. You'll also know he loves a good adventure. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he serves those around him, gives of his time to others, and loves the broken! Hear from William as he encourages us that we can love and serve best sometimes in the places where we've experienced the most brokenness ourselves.
July 12, 2021
Beth and Kate Holm interview the strong, wonderful and caring Lynn Hamilton! Lynn is the wife of Chuck and mom to Chris, Melinda, Adam and Josh. Lynn loves and serves her family so well, especially all those grand and great-grandbabies! She currently oversees the Sozo ministry at the Upper Room. She loves to see people free, to point people towards Jesus and to love people through dark and trying moments. Lynn has spent years in women's ministry and young women's ministry. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of prayer and has the stories prove it. We're so grateful for who Lynn is and what she brings to the body of Christ! If you know Lynn, you know she cares about helping people walk in the life and freedom that Jesus offers. Her love for and example of Jesus can be seen as she serves her family, as she prays hard, and as she walks with anyone who needs a hand! Hear from Lynn as she encourages us to be obedient to the still, small voice of God.
July 05, 2021
Beth and Josh Osborn interview the creative, sarcastic and humorous dreamer - Jonathan Perkins! Jonathan is the husband to Megan and dad to Solomon, Amos and Eve. He currently owns Gentlemen Tattoos and is the new men's ministry leader at the Upper Room. Jonathan cares for his family, for Columbiana and for people who have experienced struggle and hard times. He likes to create spaces that are real and that accept people in their messiness. Jonathan enjoys doing new things, moving through and meeting goals, and spending time with family. We're so grateful for who he is and what he brings to the body of Christ! If you know Jonathan, you know he cares about the down and out, the hurt and broken, standing beside them, encouraging them and strengthening them. His love for and example of Jesus can be seen as he serves the church and the people in his business! Hear from Jonathan as she encourages us to be real.
June 28, 2021
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.
June 21, 2021
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.
June 14, 2021
Beth and Kate interview the multi-talented, anointed and woman-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.
June 07, 2021
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!
May 31, 2021
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!
May 24, 2021
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!
May 17, 2021
Graduation Edition - Makayla Osborn
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.
May 10, 2021
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.
May 03, 2021
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.
April 26, 2021
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!
April 19, 2021
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!
April 12, 2021
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.
April 05, 2021
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! Weslie's Playslist
March 29, 2021
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.
March 22, 2021
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!
March 15, 2021
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!
March 08, 2021
The Month of Love - Melanie Good
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.
March 01, 2021
The Month of Love - Scott
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.
February 22, 2021
The Month of Love - Chris and Kate Holm
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!
February 14, 2021
The Month of Love - Greg and Marta Aker
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.
February 07, 2021
The Month of Love - Bruce and Monica Stryffeler
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.
February 01, 2021
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!
January 25, 2021
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!
January 17, 2021
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.
January 11, 2021
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. Click here for the URF Worship Album!
January 04, 2021
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!
December 27, 2020
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! Visit Court Street Recording here Get the Upper Room Worship EP here
December 20, 2020
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! Click below for the song - I Speak Jesus
December 14, 2020
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!
December 07, 2020
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.
November 30, 2020
Thanksgiving Edition - Monica Stryffeler
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! Onion Casserole Recipe
November 22, 2020
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!
November 16, 2020
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!
November 09, 2020
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!
November 02, 2020
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!
October 26, 2020
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!
October 18, 2020
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!
October 12, 2020
Beth and Kate interview Hannah Saker, who gives the run down on her experiences with YWAM Ships and her come-to-Jesus moments.
October 05, 2020
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!
September 27, 2020
Intro to SHINE podcast - With Host Kate
Host #1, Beth, interviews host #2, Kate, as they discuss a little of Kate's background, her participation in SHINE, and a few of the ways she gets to shine these days!
September 20, 2020
Intro to SHINE Podcast - With Host Beth
Host #1, Kate, interviews host #2, Beth, as they discuss a little of Beth's background, the reason for SHINE, and give their listeners a rundown of what's to come!
September 06, 2020