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Where Ya From? Podcast creates an atmosphere where all people—regardless of our differences—can openly discuss ideas, issues, culture, experiences, faith, and more so we can learn from each other and the Word of God. New episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.
Where Ya From? Podcast is presented by the Voices Collection, a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Where Ya From? Podcast creates an atmosphere where all people—regardless of our differences—can openly discuss ideas, issues, culture, experiences, faith, and more so we can learn from each other and the Word of God. New episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.
Where Ya From? Podcast is presented by the Voices Collection, a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries.

    “Finding Home” with Rich Pérez

    “Finding Home” with Rich Pérez

    Rich Pérez is a unique storyteller and thought-leader in the Hispanic-American experience. His life has layers, and he has put time into understanding how they’ve shaped who he is and what he cares about. From 2011 to 2020, Rich and his family planted Christ Crucified Fellowship in his hometown neighborhood (Washington Heights). Rich is also the author of Mi Casa Uptown: Learning to Love Again. 

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    “It’s difficult to not think of your life outside of the home or reduce it to just your nuclear home. You know what I’m saying? So that was my upbringing, but as I grew older it started to get more complex for sure, because I realized that I was the product of a few things.”

    Rich Pérez is made up of layers—like you and me—and realizes that those layers make him unique. From 2011 to 2020, he was a New York City church pastor at the Christ Crucified Fellowship, a community-first church founded in his own home with his friend Andy Mineo. Since the pandemic, his life has taken a different direction and even led him to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, where he’s discovered the importance of reimagining himself while still functioning in the gifts that God has given him. 

    In this episode, Rich and I discuss his parents’ journey to America as immigrants and how they found a community in Washington Heights, New York; his previous life as a New York City pastor, and how he’s been dealing with that part of his life coming to a close; and the importance of learning to embrace all the things that make him who he is today. We also talk about losing his mother, who he credits with leading him on his journey to Christ, and how he’s honoring her legacy. And we wrap up our conversation by reflecting on how the pandemic has left an indelible mark on him and finding beauty and purpose in loss. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    “You Were Born for This” with Ambassador Sujay Johnson Cook

    “You Were Born for This” with Ambassador Sujay Johnson Cook

    Ambassador Sujay Johnson Cook is a woman of firsts. She was the first Black woman Chaplain to the New York Police Department and the first female senior pastor in the 200-year history of the American Baptist Churches. She was also the first and only female President of the historic Hampton U Ministers Conference. She was selected to be a White House Fellow in 1993 and later served as a presidential policy advisor. She was appointed as the first female and African-American United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. She is a theologian, author, activist, academic, and entrepreneur, and she’s just getting started. 

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    “I believe that that’s part of my calling. Not to just be the first, but to be the first of many. And so I’m really excited about God entrusting me or trusting me enough to be a trailblazer.” 

    We were all born to do something extraordinary. 
    But it’s up to us to take steps to see the “extraordinary” come to fruition. 

    In this episode, we discuss Sujay’s life and work and its impact on both herself and our world at large. As a native New Yorker, she gained a cultural education that allowed her to learn the meaning of community. She also discusses what prompted her to move from a career in mass communications to ministry and how her faith ultimately gave her the strength she needed as an NYPD police chaplain at ground zero on September 11. This episode is one not to miss, as you’ll also hear about her personal connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family, her historic nomination and confirmation as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and more! 

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    • 57 min
    “Black Apologetics” with Lisa Fields

    “Black Apologetics” with Lisa Fields

    What do you do when someone challenges your faith? One of the world’s most sought-after Christian apologists, Lisa Fields, combines her passion for biblical literacy with her heart for sharing God’s love to all those she meets. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Religious Studies and of Liberty University with a Master of Divinity with a focus in Theology. She is the founder and president of the Jude 3 Project, an organization that aims to help Black Christians know what they believe and why they believe.

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    “I feel like a faith that can’t be tested, can’t be trusted. And so I continued to test it and put it under scrutiny because I believe that if it was the truth, it will always be found to be true.”

    In this episode, we discuss the idea of being a PK (pastor’s kid) and the assumptions that come with it, the importance of getting out of the “seminary bubble,” and the season of doubt she went through with her faith and how she fought back with the truth of Scripture. We also look at the relationship between Christianity, race, and gender. Finally, we talk about the richest times in seminary for her, the importance of building relationships, and empathizing with other people about their experiences.

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    • 46 min
    Where Ya From? Podcast - Trailer

    Where Ya From? Podcast - Trailer

    Where Ya From? Podcast creates an atmosphere where all people—regardless of our differences—can openly discuss ideas, issues, culture, experiences, faith, and more so we can learn from each other and the Word of God. New episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.
    Where Ya From? Podcast is presented by the Voices Collection, a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Jzlkdzmom ,

Beautiful voices

Rasool’s interview style is gracious and sincere. The episode with Rich Perez was so vulnerable. I was amazed at the level of authenticity a 30 minute podcast reached. Becoming a new favorite!

Shutterfly Guy ,

Terrific podcast

Really enjoying and appreciating this podcast. So glad to hear Rasool was the host of this one! Love how the episodes dial in on the formative stories of ministry leaders and how their roots have shaped them in cruciform ways. Looking forward to each episode!

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