Your story matters and you were made to live in the Light!
Listen in to hear how even the broken parts of your story can have incredible purpose and meaning.
In Season 1, Laura Leigh will sit down with a friend who is an artist or creative as they share their story of how Jesus brought them from the dark and into His light.
At the end of each episode she will be diving into a passage of scripture and bringing you truth straight from the Word of God.
Hear stories from performers in the Broadway community, actors, authors, teachers, Ministry leaders and more!
Episode 23: Following Jesus in the Entertainment Industry with Karen Covell
Don’t miss this episode! This woman has lived decades of life as a follower of Jesus exercising her gifts and passions for storytelling and creativity in Hollywood. Karen works as an independent film producer and has recently concluded a 4 year term on the national board of the Producers Guild of America.
In addition to her work in storytelling, Karen’s heart for the Lord and for the entertainment industry led her to founding and creating the Hollywood Prayer Network, a nonprofit organization seeking to build a bridge of love and respect between Christians in the Church and professionals in Hollywood, through prayer. She believes our industry dramatically shapes our world and that Christians should work excellently and share the love of Christ everywhere they go.
In today’s episode Karen shares her personal story of Jesus capturing her heart and how that propelled her into a life and career encouraging artists and creatives to walk in their purpose as followers of Jesus, carrying the gospel to the world. She is committed to mobilizing Christians to pray for the people, projects and issues in the entertainment industry with an attitude of love.
We also talk about:
Jesus as the greatest storyteller and the adventure in following Him.
How to say “no” and the gift of the Holy Spirit in navigating a career in storytelling.
Walking with the Lord and letting Him lead and guide you.
Listen to the end of the episode for some guided prayer.
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Episode 22: Abiding in Jesus with Emma VanDeVelde
You’re going to love today’s episode with my sweet friend and Chicago-based actress, writer, performing artist and podcast host of Narrow Way to Broadway, Emma VanDeVelde.
Emma tells her story of coming to know and love God and his Word. She shares how the Lord has brought together her love for creating and her love for Jesus, and the way those two loves have intersected in her journey being wooed by Him. We spend time talking about John Chapter 15 and the sweet gift of getting to abide in Jesus and delighting in Him through the study of His Word
Did you know you have a friend in Jesus? That Jesus wants to be WITH you. He also gave us His Word to get to know more about Him and to guide us into all truth.
John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
At the end of the episode I switch things up a bit with a CHALLENGE for you! This week we are going to be reading John 15 together. I walk you through a study method -Observe-Interpret-Apply to help you as you dig into these words and live them out!
Stick around till the end of the episode and I answer two of your questions that you sent in. I talk about how Jesus impacts my journey in Musical Theatre and what I have learned in this time of waiting.
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Episode 21: Loving Our Neighbor with Dani Coke
Danielle Coke is a designer turned illustrator, social justice advocate, and entrepreneur. She seeks to encourage faith, inspire justice, and guide you through loving your neighbor well.
We talk about what it means to love God and love our neighbor and the importance of acton and standing up for what is right. Dani reminds us that justice is at the heart of our loving God.
In today’s episode, Dani tells her personal story of believing in the gospel of Jesus, getting to know Him personally and the life change that followed. Changed by His love, she started creating art with the aim to make complex issues more digestible and help others find and use their passions to make a difference in their spheres of influence.
At the end of the episode we open the Word of God and talk about what the Bible says about love. 1 Corinthians 13 + Mark 12:29-34
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Episode 20: The Steadfast Love of God with Lauren Chandler
Lauren Chandler is a creative who loves to stir up people’s hearts to know, receive, and connect with our loving God through worship. Lauren leads and creates as a musician, a worship artist, and an author. She is the wife to Matt Chandler, pastor at the Village Church, and the mama to 3 beautiful children.
Listen in as Lauren shares her story of discovering misplaced identity and her journey to finding freedom and satisfaction in Jesus alone. She reminds us that the light of Jesus has the power to both illuminate sin and brokenness and cover us in His steadfast love.
At the end of the episode we open our Bibles and dive into Ephesians 5:8-14.
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Episode 19: Experiencing God through Community with Kelsey Fowler
We were created to do life together! Kelsey is my friend, sister, fellow musical theatre performer and our Creative Content Manager in our women’s Bible Study community, Rise Collective Women. Kelsey shares her personal story of coming to know Jesus and experiencing Him through the sacrificial love of Gospel-based community in the Church. We talk about what community is and how we experience the love, forgiveness, and grace of God through His people. She shares her journey in the performing arts, from starring in several Broadway shows as a kid, studying musical theatre in college, to now working as an artist professionally. I hope today’s episode brings to light the gift of the body of Christ and the vital role the local church plays in the lives of followers of Christ.
Listen in at the end of the episode and join me as we dive into some passages of scripture in God’s Word!
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Episode 18: Faith like a Child with Anna Haller
This episode will encourage you to come to Jesus with faith like a child! Today on the show you hear from 13 year old Broadway star, Anna Haller. What you should know about Anna is that she starred in the Broadway production of Disney’s Frozen as Young Elsa in 2019 performing around 70 times. Anna shares her Broadway story and what she learned in the process as well as her journey as a follower of Jesus and how the Lord continues to set her free by His grace. This girl may be young, but she has faith that can move mountains. Listen and be encouraged by her pure and unashamed love for the Lord.
I have loved getting to witness her faith in our Rise Collective Women online Bible Study community!
At the end of the episode I open the Word of God and talk about the passage Matthew 18:1-5.
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🎼From a Musical Theatre mama in NC 🎭
I’m the mom of a high school senior daughter whose passion is musical theatre, and who is so excited to be fulfilling her lifelong dream of heading to college in NYC in the fall (just finished college auditions and we find out soon if she got into a MT program!) I heard about Laura Leigh bc my daughter recently joined her online Bible study, which she says is now the best part of her week! ☺️ I wanted to be able to relate with her more with what she is involved with so I started with season 1 during my walk on the beach this morning and I was so amazed by the beautiful spirituality and relatability of Laura Leigh and her guests.... I’ve been listening all day and I am so encouraged to know of these lights that are shining for Christ in NYC and in the theatre community... I won’t worry about my girl going so far away from home for college because of this new assurance. Thank you lovely Laura Leigh, and I pray that the “something new in the air in NYC “ that you described will be something that my sweet girl will get to add her own light to! ❤️❌⭕️
The BEST podcast
Throughout my journey with learning about God Laura has helped so much. She’s taught me so much and allowed me to see his reasoning behind certain things. I love her podcasts so much!!
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