Start in LA Podcast | Jude Tiersma Watson on Gentrification

In this episode, we replay one of the talks from last year’s Start in LA conference. Jude Tiersma Watson spoke on Gentrification and starting new churches.

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Judith (“Jude”) Tiersma Watson is associate professor of urban mission in the School of Intercultural Studies. Born in the Netherlands, Tiersma Watson immigrated with her family to the United States as a child. After college, she taught fifth grade to the children of migrant farm workers in the San Joaquin Valley for three years, followed by five years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Katmandu, Nepal. As a missionary with Dilaram House Ministries (a division of Youth with a Mission), she was active in discipleship, counseling, and rehabilitation through Dilaram’s intentional communities.  After returning from overseas and completing her MA in Intercultural Studies in 1988, Tiersma Watson moved to the Westlake/Pico Union Neighborhood of Los Angeles, sharing life with recent immigrants from Central America and Mexico. Since 1992, she has been a member of  InnerCHANGE , a Christian order among the poor connected with Church Resource Ministries (CRM). Today, Tiersma Watson and her husband, John Watson, lead the InnerCHANGE team in Los Angeles and share a passion for loving and mentoring neighborhood youth and young adults.  Tiersma Watson deeply desires her students to experience the joy, as well as the suffering, in the city—to “see the flowers in the sidewalk”—and her classes reflect this passion. In 1994 she coedited the book  God So Loves the City  with Professor Chuck Van Engen. Tiersma Watson serves on the executive committee for the  Fuller Youth Institute  and recently completed a self-care tool for urban youth workers, “Sabbath Rest in a 24/7 City.”

Judith (“Jude”) Tiersma Watson is associate professor of urban mission in the School of Intercultural Studies. Born in the Netherlands, Tiersma Watson immigrated with her family to the United States as a child. After college, she taught fifth grade to the children of migrant farm workers in the San Joaquin Valley for three years, followed by five years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Katmandu, Nepal. As a missionary with Dilaram House Ministries (a division of Youth with a Mission), she was active in discipleship, counseling, and rehabilitation through Dilaram’s intentional communities.

After returning from overseas and completing her MA in Intercultural Studies in 1988, Tiersma Watson moved to the Westlake/Pico Union Neighborhood of Los Angeles, sharing life with recent immigrants from Central America and Mexico. Since 1992, she has been a member of InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor connected with Church Resource Ministries (CRM). Today, Tiersma Watson and her husband, John Watson, lead the InnerCHANGE team in Los Angeles and share a passion for loving and mentoring neighborhood youth and young adults.

Tiersma Watson deeply desires her students to experience the joy, as well as the suffering, in the city—to “see the flowers in the sidewalk”—and her classes reflect this passion. In 1994 she coedited the book God So Loves the City with Professor Chuck Van Engen. Tiersma Watson serves on the executive committee for the Fuller Youth Institute and recently completed a self-care tool for urban youth workers, “Sabbath Rest in a 24/7 City.”

Start in LA Podcast | Nick Warnes

In this episode, Bethany and Michaela interview church starting network leader and former church starter, Nick Warnes.

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Nick Warnes (Masters of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Emphasis in Worship Theology and Art) is the Founder and Executive Director of Cyclical. He enjoys the regular pattern and rhythm of being both the Executive Director of Cyclical Inc. and Director of Cyclical LA in Los Angeles. Nick is also a recognized speaker on church planting, coach for New Worshiping Communities with the Presbyterian Church USA, on the advisory board for the Church Planting Program at Fuller Theological Seminary, and an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary (church planting certificate). Nick finished his first book in 2014 with Dr. Mark Lau Branson called Starting Missional Churches: Life With God in the Neighborhood. Nick is married to Whitney and they live in Los Angeles, CA.

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Start in LA Podcast | Rob Douglas

In this episode, Nick and Bethany interview pastor and church starter Rob Douglas.

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Rob Douglas is married to Katie and the father of twin girls, Corryn and Madison.  He is the Organizing Pastor of Lightshine Church in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Before church starting, Rob spent multiple decades in Youth Ministry.  He also currently works part-time with Cyclical Inc. and does coaching for Cyclical and PCUSA.  

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Start in LA Podcast | Janna Ziegler

In this episode, Nick and Bethany interview Pastor and church starter Janna Ziegler.

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Janna Ziegler is one of the founding rectors of the Church of the Resurrection. Upon completing an M.A. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, she was ordained to the Deaconate in 2015, and to the Priesthood in 2016. She and her husband, Jon (co-rector), have been married almost 10 years and are parents to three kids: Julia, Ana, and Martin. Prior to seminary, Janna spent 10 years teaching and doing research in the biological sciences. In addition to theological training, she holds a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology.

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Start in LA Podcast | Dwight Radcliff

In this episode, Nick and Michaela interview Pastor and church starter Dwight Radcliff.

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Pastor Dwight Radcliff is a pastor/teacher at his core. He leads The Message Center, a multi-cultural church in Gardena, CA (planted 12 years ago), and teaches at Azusa Pacific University and Vanguard University. He has an uncanny way of reaching those deemed 'unreachable' and transforming the historical accounts of the Bible into relevant and tangible concepts

Pastor Radcliff holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies (Long Beach Bible College), and M.Div. with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Ministry (Fuller Theological Seminary). He is a Ph.D. candidate at Fuller Seminary, writing his dissertation on culture and preaching. He is also a Parish Pulpit Fellow that has studied in Rome and Oxford. He has extensive ministry experience in the United States and mission experience in South America. Pastor Radcliff is also a former Deputy Sheriff and Chaplain. Additionally, Pastor Radcliff mentors church planters and pastors locally and nationally.

Dwight's first ministry, however, is to his family. He and his wife, DeShun have been married for over 20 years, and they have two amazing daughters.

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Start in LA Podcast | JR Woodward

In this third episode of the Start in LA Podcast, our host Michaela O'Donnell Long interviews JR Woodward.

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JR Woodward (M.A., Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary) desires to awaken people to join God in the renewal of all things. He is a church planter, activist, missiologist and author of Creating a Missional Culture(IVP 2012). He founded [nlcf] and cofounded Kairos LA The Solis Foundation, the Ecclesia Network, as well as the Missio Alliance. He is currently serving as the National Director for Church Planting with V3, a missional church planting movement in the United States. He serves locally with the District Churchin Washington D.C, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Manchester (UK). He enjoys bloggingand you can find him tweeting here. He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard, and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and tries to attend the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.

 

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Start in LA Podcast | Tim Morey

In this second episode of the Start in LA Podcast, our hosts Nick Warnes and Bethany McKinney Fox interview Tim Morey.

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Tim Morey (D.Min., Fuller Seminary, M.Div., Bethel Seminary) was born in San Diego where he accepted Christ at an early age, left the church as a teen, and was re-captured by the love of Jesus during college. Prior to planting Life, he served in college ministries in San Diego and Los Angeles. Tim is the proud father of Abigail and Hannah, whose beauty and charm prove that his wife Samantha has strong genes. He is the author of Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church (InterVarsity Press) and a contributing author to Starting Missional Churches: Life With God in the Neighborhood (InterVarsity Press). He serves as a church planting coach for the Evangelical Covenant Church and as an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary.

 

 

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Start in LA Podcast | Meet the Hosts

In this first episode of the Start in LA Podcast, we introduce our hosts: Nick Warnes, Michaela O'Donnell Long, and Bethany McKinney Fox. 

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Nick Warnes (Masters of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Emphasis in Worship Theology and Art) is the Founder and Executive Director of Cyclical. He enjoys the regular pattern and rhythm of being both the Executive Director of Cyclical Inc. and Director of Cyclical LA in Los Angeles. Nick is also a recognized speaker on church planting, coach for New Worshiping Communities with the Presbyterian Church USA, on the advisory board for the Church Planting Program at Fuller Theological Seminary, and an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary (church planting certificate). Nick finished his first book in 2014 with Dr. Mark Lau Branson called Starting Missional Churches: Life With God in the Neighborhood. Nick is married to Whitney and they live in Los Angeles, CA.

http://www.cyclicalla.com

http://www.cyclicalchurches.com

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Michaela O’Donnell Long is bi-vocational. She is the Owner and Managing Director of Long Winter Media, a vibrant creative agency that helps brands make social impact through multi-media content. Long Winter Media’s roster of clients includes Google, YouTube, NBC Universal, University of Southern California, Presbyterian Church (USA), Fuller Seminary, and many more. Notably, the Oprah Winfrey Network picked up a short film she produced for Oprah’s show Super Soul Sundays. In her various roles, Michaela has coached many women and men in their leadership and entrepreneurial development.

Michaela holds a PhD in Practical Theology from Fuller Seminary. She works as a practical theologian at at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary where she leads projects focused on entrepreneurs and women in leadership. She is a coach with Cyclical LA and elder in the PC(USA) church.

She lives in La Crescenta with her husband and daughter.

http://www.longwintermedia.com

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Bethany McKinney Fox is founding leader of Beloved Everybody Church, a community collaboratively formed and led by people with and without intellectual disabilities. She directs Fuller Seminary's Access Services Office working on access for students with disabilities and broader campus culture around disability issues. She is also an adjunct professor of Christian Ethics. Bethany earned her PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller, MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary, and BA in Philosophy from UCLA (with a minor in Russian Lit). She has a book coming out this year: Healing in the Way of Jesus, with IVP Academic, about how the Gospel healing narratives can constructively guide church communities to be true places of healing in the way of Jesus, particularly for people with disabilities. She is married to Michael, a violinist/fiddler, and they live in Los Angeles.

https://www.bethanymckinneyfox.com

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