The Toward Wholeness Podcast is for anyone longing for a better way forward but has struggled to find that path. Join Richard Dahlstrom and Abby Odio for conversations that expose the shortcomings of religion, examine the way of Christ, and offer clear steps toward the life we were created to live.
Second Chances: Interview with Amy King
What does it look like to build your life and business around second chances, restoration, and reintegration? Join host Richard Dahlstrom as he interviews business owner and non-profit founder Amy King. Amy is the owner and CEO of Pallet, a Seattle based Social Purpose Corporation striving to improve people's lives while also being a successful and profitable company. They are second-chance friendly; hiring and investing in people actively engaged in recovery and reintegration. She and her husband, Brady King, also started Square Peg Development in 2014 which led them to hire previously incarcerated individuals. As they heard the stories and struggles of their employees, they became passionate about removing barriers to re-entry and sought to provide an opportunity for more individuals in transition. In 2016, they founded Weld Seattle, a non-profit corporation geared toward removing barriers to employment, housing and supportive community for individuals actively engaged in re-entry. Amy has a degree in Psychology and spent most of her career in Healthcare Administration, with a focus on managing large surgical practices. This business experience prepared her for the opportunity of owning and operating her current companies while fulfilling her dream of working for a company that is both people focused and profitable.
Letting Go: Learning to Grieve Well
Can grief and lament be a good thing in our lives? Join host Richard Dahlstrom and his guest, Pastor and friend Dave Burns, as they discuss the importance of "grieving well" in the midst of severe loss. Dave is the Director of Adult Ministries at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center in California. Prior to joining the Mount Hermon team in 2006, he was in pastoral ministry as a Worship Pastor and Men's Ministry Pastor for 17 years.
Young Adults & The Church: Interview with Jeff Keuss
What are young adults looking for in a church? Why are young adults seemingly leaving the church at higher rates than previous generations? Join host Richard Dahlstrom and he discusses these questions with author, professor, and theologian Dr. Jeff Keuss. In addition to being the Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture at Seattle Pacific University, and an ordained PCUSA minister, Jeff is also the Executive Director of Pivot Northwest. Pivot Northwest identifies local PNW faith communities to work with, helping them better understand the experiences of young adults and working with them to design, launch, and evaluate new ministries.Find out more about the incredible work Pivot Northwest is doing online.
Finding Your Calling: Interview with Chi-Dooh "Skip" Li
All of us have a calling in life, but it can be difficult, even discouraging, to discover it. Join host Richard Dahlstrom as he discusses the vital subject of "calling" with the AV Preeminent Lawyer and founder of Agros International Chi-Dooh "Skip" Li. Early in his career, Skip was deeply involved in politics, and from 1973 to 1976 served as legal counsel to Washington Governor Dan Evans. After that experience, Skip returned to Seattle, WA, and founded the ELM Law Firm in January 1977, intent on building a first-class law firm made up of men and women who cared deeply about clients, each other, and their city. Li also founded Agros International in 1984 to help break the cycle of poverty and create paths to prosperity for farming families in rural Latin America. You can find out more about Agros at agros.org.
An Evolving Faith: Interview with Rob Whittaker
What does it really mean to grow in Christ? Join host Richard Dahlstrom as he discusses "an evolving faith" with Pastor and Bible professor Rob Whittaker.Rob served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Christian Fellowship, a church he and his wife planted in 1974 in Lostock Hall, a small mill town to the south of Preston. In 1998 Rob joined the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers and in 2001 became Principal of Capernwray Bible School. Rob officially “retired” in June 2017, but preaches extensively throughout Europe in churches, Bible schools and conferences, and his travels have taken him on numerous occasions to Australia, Canada, and the U.S. He and his wife Barbara have two children, Zoe and Abi. They also have two delightful grandchildren, Evie and Will, who regularly mentor them without even realizing it!Find more of Rob's teachings on Capernwray's YouTube Channel.
Mentoring Urban Students: An Interview with Rick Newell
Rick Newell is the founder of Mentoring Urban Students and Teens (MUST), a professional mentoring organization dedicated to serving young black males in Seattle, WA. MUST believes that in most cases black youth are best served by positive black role models. MUST hires and professionally trains black male college students to mentor black youth truly vulnerable to dropping out of high school and/or becoming involved with the justice system. Prior to working at MUST, Rick worked 7 years at an inner-city Boys & Girls Club after walking away from a promising career in technology. Rick and his wife, Rebecca, both work full time for MUST and live in the Rainier Valley. They have four sons and are educating their kids with a combo of public school and home school. The Newells attend Evergreen Covenant Church. Rick is also a Rotarian with the Mercer Island Rotary Club.Find out more about MUST at www.mentoringisamust.org.