Toward Wholeness Podcast
Designing Your Life: Interview with Megan Dobrasz & Kendy Easley

Designing Your Life: Interview with Megan Dobrasz & Kendy Easley

June 16, 2022

All of us want lives full of purpose, value, and joy, but we often don't know how to uncover those pieces of our story to find the life for which we were created. Join host Richard Dahlstrom as he speaks with Megan Dobrasz and Kendy Easley discussing how "design thinking" can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling—regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.

Megan Dobrasz and Kendy Easley are certified facilitator coaches for Designing Your LifeDesigning Your Life (DYL) is a New York Times best-selling book that utilizes exercises to give others a sense of structure in their lives. These creative and thought-provoking exercises allow the participant to reflect on their life and determine what they should do with their future so they can then generate a road map and plan how to accomplish their goals. 

Megan and Kendy lead DYL classes at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, throughout the year. If you're interested in DYL, email Megan or find out more online

Calling, Meaning, & the Mundane: Interview with harpist John Carrington

Calling, Meaning, & the Mundane: Interview with harpist John Carrington

May 16, 2022

All of us are made with unique gifts—ultimately so we can bless the world. But how can we discover our gifts and lean into our calling? Join host Richard Dahlstrom as he talks with John Carrington, the Principal Harpist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the Bellevue Philharmonic and the Auburn Symphony. 

Seattle native John Carrington appears regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera where he was Guest Principal Harpist for several seasons. He performs with the Fifth Avenue Theatre Orchestra and has worked as solo harpist on Cunard Line's "Queen Elizabeth 2" performing for its World Cruise on six continents

John’s classical background includes performances with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, Asher Fisch and John Rutter. His popular music experience is equally notable, as he has shared the stage with Tony Bennett, José Carreras, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Rita Moreno, Doc Severinsen, and James Taylor, to name a few.

In addition, John is a sought-after recording artist, participating in over 200 motion picture soundtracks and including “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, “The Wedding Planner,” and several Disney and Hallmark Hall of Fame productions. He's also performed on video game soundtracks including "Halo" and "World of Warcraft."

He received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music after earning his Bachelor of Music from the University of Washington.

Report from Ukraine: Wholeness in Wartime with Nick Sweeney

Report from Ukraine: Wholeness in Wartime with Nick Sweeney

March 29, 2022

Join Richard Dahlstrom for a special interview with Nick Sweeney, Director at Kyiv Christian Academy in Ukraine. Nick gives offers insight into what it means to seek wholeness amidst wartime as the world directs their attention and prayers toward Ukraine and Russia.

Mr. Sweeney is an experienced educator and school leader who has worked as a teacher and at all levels of school administration and leadership. Before Nick’s recent service as a consultant for Providence Global Academy, he served as Superintendent of Gateway Christian Schools (Washington). Prior to GCS, he was the Superintendent of Arrowhead Christian Academy and Redlands Christian School (California). Nick has been connected with and ministered in Ukraine for many years, coordinating a missionary endeavor from 1993 through 2017. 

Making a Difference Amidst Detours: Interview with Kevin East

Making a Difference Amidst Detours: Interview with Kevin East

October 15, 2021

Kevin East is the President & CEO of Mentoring Alliance, a Christ-centered, intentionally multiethnic ministry that mobilizes Godly people into the lives of kids and families, to provide tangible help and eternal hope. Kevin and his wife, Stephanie, are the proud parents of five children—two of them began as foster children, but God allowed them the great opportunity to adopt them in the fall of 2012. He and his wife share a strong passion for families living out the mission of God. Kevin is a graduate of Louisiana State University and completed his Master of Arts in Global Leadership through Fuller Seminary. 

For articles, podcast, and other resources, visit Kevin's website Follow to Lead.

Finding Hope in a World on Fire: Interview with Kim Hurst & Nathan Nelson

Finding Hope in a World on Fire: Interview with Kim Hurst & Nathan Nelson

September 2, 2021

Amidst all of the pain each of us suffers in various seasons, plus the onslaught of "bad news" we see in our world each day—it can be extremely challenging to find any glimmer of hope. Join host Richard Dahlstrom and guests Kim Hurst and Nathan Nelson as they discuss practical ways we can take steps toward hope and wholeness.

Kim Hurst is the Northwest Director of Strategic Partnerships at World Relief. World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems by partnering with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing, and transformation to the most vulnerable. In her role, Kim has the opportunity to discover and strengthen connections in which partners encourage, equip, and empower one another through God’s love. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Society and Justice, and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Cross-Cultural Studies.

Nathan Nelson is the Pastor of Mission & Outreach at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA. He has years of experience working in local and global church-based community development and is passionate about unifying local churches to be agents of holistic transformation in their communities. Previously, he worked in refugee resettlement with World Relief and provided support for reuniting families from Central America. He holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in International Development & Urban Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts in Global Development and Sociology from Seattle Pacific University. He calls the Pacific Northwest home and lives every day in gratitude and admiration for his beloved wife Maci.

Freedom from Addiction: Interview with Steven Ginsburg

Freedom from Addiction: Interview with Steven Ginsburg

July 25, 2021

Alcohol, overeating, pornography, drug abuse—how can one break free from the strongholds of addiction? Join host Richard Dahlstrom and his guest, Steven Ginsburg, as they discuss Steven's incredible road to recovery from alcoholism, to now dedicating his life to helping others break free from addiction.

Steven has been in and around recovery and sobriety since 1988. He coaches business leaders, educators, and families to healthier habits and rewarding results. He is currently the founding principal owner and C.E.O. at Restore Detox Center, a 24-hour treatment facility in southern California, that provides detoxification services and residential treatment for people seeking to restore their lives.

Since his recovery, he also founded CurePro and serves as a personal coach and aftercare specialist helping addicts turn their lives around. Additionally, you purchase Steven's new book Filling the Void on his website.

Finding & Sustaining Your Calling: Interview with Scott Nolte

Finding & Sustaining Your Calling: Interview with Scott Nolte

June 7, 2021

With so much pressure to find work you're "passionate about" these days—what does the process of discernment actually look like? Join host Richard Dahlstrom and the co-founder of the Taproot Theatre Company, Scott Nolte, as they discuss how Scott found his calling and sustained it for over 40 years.

Scott is the co-founder and former Producing Artistic Director Taproot Theatre Company until retiring after 44 years at the end of 2020. Over the course of 40 years he directed over 200 main stage and touring productions and oversaw the artistic development of Taproot’s programs and mission. Scott has also served on the board or as an advisor to many arts and nonprofit organizations. As a teacher, he was an adjunct professor at the Eduardo Turral Cultural Association (Leon, Spain) and Seattle Pacific University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts.  Scott and his wife (and fellow TTC founder) Pamela Nolte were named Alumni of the Year by Seattle Pacific University in 2011. The Noltes are both second-generation Seattleites, and have two adult children.  In 2018 Scott hiked 800 kms on the Santiago de Compostela in Spain—which you can read about online.

And if you're in the Greater Puget Sound Region, you can join Richard and Bethany Community Church on an Ancient Paths trip in the Summer of 2021. These trips provide opportunities to help discern your calling and next steps in life. Find out more online.

Pursuing Wholeness in the Midst of Cancer

Pursuing Wholeness in the Midst of Cancer

May 15, 2021

How does one pursue wholeness after receiving life-altering news? Host Richard Dahlstrom speaks with longtime friends Tim & Alicia Nygard as they discuss what they've learned since Tim's stage 4 cancer diagnosis. 

 

Fasting, Meditation, & Sleeping Outside • Ancient Paths Testimonial • Interview with Thane Erickson

Fasting, Meditation, & Sleeping Outside • Ancient Paths Testimonial • Interview with Thane Erickson

April 29, 2021

In a world full of busy schedules, distractions, and endless entertainment options—how can we break away to connect with God in deeper ways? In this episode, host Richard Dahlstrom is joined by Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr. Thane Erickson as they discuss Thane's personal experience on a life-changing Ancient Paths trip.

Find out more about the Ancient Paths wilderness experience and how you can join an upcoming trip: SpiritSoulBody.org

A Way Forward in a Polarized World: Interview with Mark Labberton

A Way Forward in a Polarized World: Interview with Mark Labberton

April 9, 2021

How we can find a path forward in such a time of polarization? Join hosts Richard Dahlstrom and Abby Odio as they interview Pastor, author, and president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Mark Labberton.

Mark Labberton was named the fifth president of Fuller Seminary in 2013, after four years as Fuller’s Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he served in pastoral roles for 30 years prior to coming to Fuller, most recently as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, for 16 years. He also has served as cofounder of the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (now ScholarLeaders International), chair of John Stott Ministries, senior fellow of International Justice Mission, and in a number of other roles of service. He holds an MDiv from Fuller and a PhD in Theology from Cambridge University.

Labberton is committed to strengthening the intersection of the academy, church, and culture, and brings to his presidency a deep desire to enact justice, love, and grace on both a global and local level. A popular speaker at churches, conferences, educational institutions, and other contexts, he often uses these talks to reflect on what it means to act biblically in challenging, often divisive cultural times. On his podcast Conversing, he further explores a broad range of topics—civility, race, suffering, gender equality, storytelling, and many others—with a diversity of guests.

Books Labberton has written include Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus, and The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice. Most recently he served as editor for the book Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning, a collection of essays on the meaning of evangelicalism in a contentious era.

Serving as president during a time of significant upheaval in theological education, Labberton has worked to help Fuller shape new, fruitful ways of carrying out its mission of “forming global leaders for kingdom vocations.” Through such endeavors as the Fuller Leadership Platform, FULLER studio, innovative forms of online instruction, strengthening traditional degree programs, and a campus move, he is leading Fuller in a process that will design the path ahead for seminary education.

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