IN ALL THINGS PODCAST
“In All Things” is a podcast of the Office of the General Assembly, hosted by Stated Clerk Dean Weaver. Each week, Dean and his guests discuss a variety of topics related to the EPC and the greater Church. Episodes are available on a variety of podcast platforms, including Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, and many more. Search “In All Things” on any of these services.
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EPISODE 53: 1 THESSALONIANS 5 THANKSGIVING DEVOTIONAL
Michael Davis, EPC Assistant Stated Clerk, shares a brief Thanksgiving devotional from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17.
EPISODE 52: FROM PRISON TO PLANTING CHURCHES
Dean Weaver and Sean Boone, Pastor of Woke Bridge Community Church in Ferguson, Missouri, discuss Boone’s journey from gang life and prison to freedom in Christ, and from an independent, historically Black church to planting a Southern Baptist church to planting Woke Bridge in the EPC. Boone explains how Woke Bridge Community Church got its name, and his vision for how the gospel can transform Ferguson and grow a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural congregation.
EPISODE 51: ETHNIC IDENTITY, BELONGING, THE ANTIOCH ROOM
Dean Weaver and Marcos Ortega discuss his journey to the EPC from a since-rejected Dispensationalist theology, and his involvement on the ad-interim committee writing a Pastoral Letter of Racial Lament and Hope. Ortega also describes The Antioch Room, a fellowship of EPC Teaching Elders of color designed to foster cultural and theological discussions in which ethnic minorities are the primary voice. Ortega serves as Lead Pastor of Goodwill Church’s Beacon campus in Beacon, New York.
EPISODE 50: GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT, CHURCH REVITALIZATION
Dean Weaver and Doug Resler discuss the benefits a congregation receives when its pastor is involved in ministry beyond their local church, as well as Resler’s passion for church revitalization and the importance of that process starting with a revitalized pastor and Session. In addition, Resler describes how global engagement helps the church minister to the world that is coming to the United States in increasing numbers. Doug Resler serves as Senior Pastor of Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Parker, Colorado.
EPISODE 49: HURRICANE RELIEF, SMALLER CHURCH MINISTRY
Dean Weaver and Bill Crawford, Pastor of the First Presbyterian churches in Thibodaux and Houma, Louisiana, discuss Crawford’s call to small church ministry and his 21 years in south Louisiana, including some of the challenges and opportunities for the small church. Crawford also discusses his experience with disaster relief beginning with back-to-back hurricanes his first year in Thibodaux in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ida in 2021, and how he brought that experience to Fort Myers, Florida, following Hurricane Ian in September 2022. Weaver also shares how listeners can contribute to relief efforts by donating to the EPC’s Emergency Relief Fund at www.epc.org/emergencyrelief.
EPISODE 48: SMALLER CHURCH, TRANSITIONAL PASTOR MINISTRY
Dean Weaver and Suzanne Zampella discuss how her sense of calling to the ministry was awakened when she was ordained as a Ruling Elder. She also talks about serving in an ECO—Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians—church, and how the role of a Transitional Pastor is as a change agent, helping a congregation know who they are and what they want to be. She also reflects on the EPC’s Small Church Summit, held October 11-13 in Orlando, and how it not only provided opportunity for pastors to build relationships with each other, but also demonstrated that the denomination values and supports pastors of smaller churches. In addition, she discusses some of the challenges and joys of serving the small church. Suzanne Zampella is an EPC Teaching Elder serving as the Transitional Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Monett, Missouri.
EPISODE 47: PASTORAL STRESS POINTS
Dean Weaver and Annie Rose discuss her path to ministry as the child of a Complementarian church, as well as how serving as a presbytery stated clerk provides avenues to observe pastoral stressors. Rose provides counsel for both pastors and elders based on those observations, and also talks about her involvement on the Pastoral Letter interim committee and how the group understands that love has to be the basis for biblical lament. Rose serves as Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes and is a member on the interim committee writing a Pastoral Letter of Racial Lament and Hope.
EPISODE 46: RURAL CHURCH MINISTRY, MDIV-LESS ORDINATION OPTIONS
Dean Weaver and Kent Mathews discuss strategies and resources for preparing pastors to serve in small churches and rural churches, including how Commissioned Pastors and the EPC’s CEEP (Candidates Educational Equivalency Program) serve the church by offering a pathway to ordination for prospective ministers who do not have a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. Mathews serves as President and Academic Dean of Heartland Theological Seminary in Kansas City and Director of the EPC’s Mentored Apprenticeship Program for seminary students.
EPISODE 45: THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION, RURAL CHURCH PASTOR PIPELINE
Dean Weaver and Kent Mathews discuss the challenges and opportunities in preparing people for vocational ministry, and how Heartland Seminary and the EPC Mentored Apprenticeship Program combine rigorous academic preparation with practical, mentor-partnered application. Mathews also describes the need to develop a pipeline of ordination candidates for ministry in rural churches—including the benefits of serving in rural communities—and how small churches can be better equipped for fostering community. Mathews serves as President and Academic Dean of Heartland Theological Seminary in Kansas City and Director of the EPC’s Mentored Apprenticeship Program for seminary students.
EPISODE 44: REFLECTIONS ON MEMPHIS TRAGEDIES
Dean Weaver and Assistant Stated Clerk Michael Davis discuss a week of tragedy and grief in Davis’s home city of Memphis, Tennesee, following the murder of Eliza Fletcher and a series of shootings in the days following. The two also reflect on the commitment of EPC churches in the city to continue to proclaim the gospel in their community.
EPISODE 43: HOW POLITY SERVES THE CHURCH
Dean Weaver and Bob Garment discuss his path to the EPC from his former denomination, including how a newsletter from an EPC church in Louisiana started the process. Garment also describes how his relationship with the late Howard Shockley, longtime Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic, resulted in his own service for more than 30 years as Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean, and how polity serves the mission of the church. Garment is the EPC’s Chief Parliamentarian.
EPISODE 42: MULTICULTURAL SPANISH MINISTRY
Dean Weaver and Luis Quiñones discuss his spiritual journey from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, to serving as pastor in Philadelphia, Pa., to planting Nación Santa in Central Florida, and how prayer in an EPC Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean meeting solidified the decision to transfer the church to the EPC from its previous denomination. Quiñones also describes the challenges of sharing a facility with another congregation, as well as how Nación Santa lives out Revelation 7:9 as a Spanish-language congregation but with multiple Latin nationalities and cultures in its membership. Quiñones serves as pastor of Iglesia Presbiteriana Evangélica Nación Santa (Holy Nation Evangelical Presbyterian Church) in Haines City, Florida.
EPISODE 41: REGIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY, INTEGRATING FAITH AND WORK
Dean Weaver and Case Thorp discuss his spiritual roots in evangelistic camp meetings in Georgia, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando’s church planting efforts and commitment to urban community outreach, and his ministry in Orlando through missions, evangelism, and leadership of The Collaborative—designed to help people bridge the secular-sacred divide by integrating their faith and their work. Thorp also previews the World Reformed Fellowship’s sixth General Assembly, to be held October 27-30 at FPCO, and The Collaborative’s podcast, “Nuance,” launching in mid-September. Thorp serves as Senior Associate Pastor of Evangelism for First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Florida.
EPISODE 40: CHURCH PLANTING DNA IN THE EPC
Dean Weaver and Michael Flake discuss his church planting DNA in the EPC. Flake recounts his childhood at then-church-plant Hope Church in Memphis, followed by involvement with during his college years with EPC church planter Mike Moses at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, N.C., and culminating after seminary by serving as Lake Forest’s first church planting pastor at the Lake Forest Davidson campus—which localized as Storyhill Church in December 2021. He describes how the EPC’s vision of every local church being a parent, partner, or patron of church planting is embedded in Storyhill, including possibly planting churches in other college towns. Flake also discusses how he bridges the generation gap as a 38-year-old pastor with the large Davidson College student population that attends Storyhill, and their perspective as Christians in a culture that is increasingly antagonistic toward Christianity. Flake is the planting pastor of Storyhill Church in Davidson, North Carolina.