Welcome to the WellSpring SoulCARE podcast! I’m your host, Richard Gotthardt, and I’m part of the WellSpring Team. I’ve been a pastor for almost 30 years in a variety of churches, from small, medium, to large in roles from Students, Spiritual Formation, and Lead Pastor. Now as part of WellSpring, I’m part of a team and organization that seeks to come alongside pastors, ministry and non-profit leaders to help bridge that disconnect between the outer and the inner life. We want to help you pay attention to your soul, that most important but so easily overlooked and even neglected core of who you are. So in this podcast, we want to invite you into an ongoing dialogue and conversation- between you and your own self, between you and God. We’ll do this as we have conversations with others- leaders, authors, pastors, and others who can offer us perspective, wisdom, and simply honest and authentic vulnerability about what is true and real. I’m so excited and honored to host these conversations and invite you into them as we journey together.
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Navigating Burnout and Discouragement | Andy Lewis
Andy has lived in Santa Cruz, California, for over 25 years. He has an MA in Theology from Western Seminary and served as a youth pastor, college speaker, and college pastor before he became Lead Pastor at Faith Community. He's also a woodworker and plays in a Johnny Cash cover band called “Man In Black.” He's been married to his wife Aleta for 30 years, and they have three amazing children: Cassidy, Michael, and Josh.
Navigating Deconstruction & De-Churching | Todd Hunter Returns
What Jesus Intended: Finding True Faith in the Rubble of Bad Religion
Todd Hunter is the founding bishop of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others and the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He is past President of Alpha USA and former National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches. He is author of Christianity Beyond Belief, Giving Church Another Chance, The Outsider Interviews, The Accidental Anglican and Our Favorite Sins. Todd has been an adjunct professor of evangelism, leadership in contemporary culture and spiritual formation at George Fox University, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary, Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University, Biblical Seminary and Wheaton College. In addition, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer at several institutions of higher learning. Todd and his family live in Costa Mesa, California.
Following Jesus with Chris Hall (former president of Renovaré)
Get A Different Way: Recentering the Christian Life Around Following Jesus.
Christopher A. Hall is a member of the Renovaré Ministry Team. He served as president of Renovaré from 2015-2022.
Hall is author of a four volume set on the Church Fathers: Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, Worshiping with the Church Fathers, and Living Wisely with the Church Fathers, all published by IVP Academic. He also was associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (29 volumes: published by IVP Academic).
Chris previously served at Eastern University for twenty-four years in several roles, including chancellor, provost, dean of Palmer Theological Seminary, dean of the Templeton Honors College, distinguished professor of theology, and director of academic spiritual formation.
Dr. Hall possesses a B.A. from UCLA in history, an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Regent College, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He has served in the pastorate overseas (France, 5 years) and in Canada (British Columbia, 2 years). He has also served as Director of Pastoral Care at New Jersey’s only state gero-psychiatric hospital.
Dr. Hall has ministered in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle-East, Canada, and the United States. He served on the editorial board of Christianity Today. He has published articles and book reviews in Christianity Today, Catalyst, Christian History, inMinistry, Books and Culture, Christian Scholars Review, Modern Theology, and Crux.
He and his wife Debbie reside in Philadelphia and have three children and two grandchildren.
Stories from SoulCARE
Four recent SoulCARE alum share their experiences and gratitude for the program.
On Seeking God | Trevor Hudson Returns
Trevor Hudson returns to discuss his latest book, Seeking God: Finding Another Kind of Life with St. Ignatius and Dallas Willard
Made to Belong | David Kim Returns
SoulCARE alum, discipleship pastor at Westgate Church, and author of A Kids Book About Change, David Kim joins us again to discuss his latest book, Made to Belong: Five Practices for Cultivating Community in a Disconnected World.
I Am a Kinesthetic Contemplative!
Wow! I never knew that term even existed. The moment Adam Peacocke said the term I knew I was one. Thank you Adam and Richard for sharing words and methods to help me a restless ADD contemplative. Love the biblical perspective and examples plus the practical ideas for personal applications. Great job!
Enjoy listening to Richard no matter the medium. He has a real depth and sincerity that stands out.
Always enjoy the conversations & topics that wellspring brings! Keep them coming :)