Welcome to the We Collide podcast. We’re a growing community of every day chicks colliding with Jesus in our mess, our pain, our joy and our stories. We value showing up as we truly are. So that’s what you’ll find here. Walls and masks being torn down so that we can allow Jesus to meet us where we t…
Hop on and listen in as Willow Weston, Collide's Founder and Director shares her own personal story of just how important and rich traditions at Christmas have become. She opens up about growing up in a home that had very little tradition and no church, religion or spirituality at Christmas and how she has since sought to build beautiful traditions and spirituality into her family now. May you and your family be blessed as she shares about her and hers.
Hop on the pod today and get great tips on how to save during the Holiday Season. Angela Davis is the boss lady and Founder of Frugal Living NW. She is a genius when it comes to finding deals, making every penny count, setting budgets and helping people find financial freedom! This funny, wise, straight shooter will share all her expertise so that you can have a joyful holiday without breaking the bank!
Grief and loss are an inevitable, impactful part of life that has many layers and many lessons packed within. Cassie Merritt is a wife, mom to two beautiful girls, and a lifestyle photographer. Cassie has experienced the deep pain of losing her mother to cancer and in this episode, we talk about the profound impact that loss has had on her life and how she found hope and strength in the midst of grief.
For a decade Laurie Bunnell worked as a home stager and then made a major career move by going back to school to study early childhood education. She is now the lead Director of a Preschool and spends most of her days investing in kids. In this episode we get to learn from Laurie's personal and professional experience about how to better connect with, love and come alongside kids.
Get ready for some MAJOR inspo today as we chat with the CEO and President of the illustrious Woods Coffee (who just happen to be a father-daughter duo, as well!). Wes Herman and Kelly Spiker join us on the podcast today to chat about their business, which is a coffee company with several locations located in the PNW that is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. In this episode, we talk about the incredible growth of this company, how the idea came to be, the incredible vision and growth God has unfolded, the blessing and challenges of working with family, leadership lessons, the importance of legacy, and so much more. You can learn more about Woods Coffee at https://woodscoffee.com/.
We know we're called to have peace in chaos and anxiety, but how in the world do we actually embody this incredible invitation? Is it really possible to be grounded in faith when fear threatens to upset your peace? In this episode, we chat with Kip McCormick, who is now a pastor after retiring from the military after 28 years of service as an Army active duty colonel, intelligence officer, and Foreign Area Officer. Kip has a passion for God's Word and has completed his PhD in Biblical Studies. With his combined military service experience as a senior officer, former U.S. Military Academy (West Point) instructor, and intelligence professional Kip uses his knowledge and life experiences to equip and encourage others in their walk with Christ.
Brie Ahrenholz has always been passionate about kids, and she followed that passion right into becoming a teacher. Her gifting has been obvious as people who have experienced her as their kids' teacher rave about her with all 5 star reviews. Brie has a huge passion to see the uniqueness in each child and to see them thrive into who they were created to be. In this episode, Willow chats with Brie about life, faith, pursuing your dreams and calling, overcoming struggles and the unique way in which she sees kids and is used by God to bless them. We know her story and perspective will impact yours.
Julie Clarke is a wife and mother and former owner of Organized at Last. With a passion for organization and people, Julie has spent the last few decades helping families organize their homes to create a peaceful respite and a sense of calm in the home by eliminating clutter. As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes she recognizes what a gift each day is and strives to make meaningful connections with people, through hosting regular family dinners, daily walks with her husband of 37 years and finding intentional ways to bless others. In this episode, we talk with Julie about all things clutter, chaos, organization, peace, family and intentions.
Young adults have so much to navigate, from relationships, to big decisions about career and calling, to schoolwork, and complex questions about faith. No one knows more about these deep doubts and questions young adults struggle through than Josh Lease, who works directly with college-aged people in a young adults ministry in the Pacific Northwest. In this episode, Josh gives practical wisdom and insight into walking alongside people in their faith deconstruction and reconstruction, encouraging young adults in their truest identity (not just their future job title), and developing kids to become their best selves.
Nicki Lang is the author of the blog: EVERYBODY DIES: THOUGHTS ON BEING ALIVE, and as you might imagine, she often writes about grief and how it intersects with faith. Nicki is also an incredible painter and craftswoman, amongst many other things (daughter, sister, orphan, wife, mother, neighbor, banjo-player, singer, pianist, reader cook, ecologist, plant-geek, lover, maker, feeler, human). In this episode, we talk with Nicki about how to be brave about the vulnerable work of putting your creativity out into the world, what it looks like to wrestle with God about loss, and how to stay connected with those you've lost.
Beth Henry embraces others wholeheartedly. From her work serving Disabled Veterans, to her dedication to the Collide volunteer ministry team, to her constant outreach and service to friends and neighbors alike, she is a shining example of what it means to make service a lifestyle. Beth is the mom of two young adults, and currently lives in a multigenerational home that she shares with her children and her aging mother. In this episode, we chat about the beauty of blessing others, the importance of modeling faith for your children, and the cycle of learning and leaving a legacy.
Kristen Welsh is the founder of Mercy House maternity center in Kenya as well as the monthly membership club, Fair Trade Friday. Kristen is the author of Rhinestone Jesus, a memoir of her broken and beautiful life, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World and Raising World Changers. She loves traveling and experiencing new cultures, trying new foods, and is a big fan of all things fair trade. In this episode we dive into what mercy looks like in action, talking with Kristen about how she lives out compassion, leaning into the work of impacting lives and all that comes with being a world changer in her calling to work with women in Kenya.
Pastor Grant Fishbook is the Lead Teaching Pastor of Christ the King Community Church, with 6 campuses in NW Washington. In this episode we discuss everything you've ever wanted to ask a pastor. He assures us that pastors are just regular people, pursuing Jesus to the best of their ability. Being a pastor often means being uncomfortably transparent and allowing God to engage with people in meaningful ways that allows them to know that Jesus not only loves them, but likes them too. Listen in as Pastor Grant gets real about his faith and his own personal struggles, doubts and fears, and the realities of walking with messy people.
Carma Roetcisoender is a licensed mental health counselor whose primary focus and passion has been in helping survivors of sex trafficking find new hope and life through individual and group therapy. She loves helping vulnerable children and adults who have experienced poverty, homelessness, sexual and physical violence, and trauma as well as helping people with life transitions, grief and loss, and career changes. Talk about an amazing counselor. In this episode, Carma talks about the complexities of trauma, and reminds us that healing is possible. Book Recommendation: The Body Keeps the Score
Ellie Fowler loves mermaids, glitter, colored hair, and all things Disney. So it reasons to follow that she works as a Children's Ministry Director at a church in the Pacific Northwest where she gets to relate to kiddos and help shape their faith through her fun-filled attitude and servant-hearted spirit. In this episode, we chat with Ellie about her work sharing God with children, and how we as adults can do a better job of having spiritual conversations with kids.
Nina Hall is in the business of making things beautiful. Whether it's the DIY projects she shares for her 1914 craftsman home, a special moment with her 1 year old, or a celebration to bless a friend or family member, Nina is passionate about investing time, talent, and energy into infusing spaces and relationships with meaningful intention. In this episode, we chat with Nina about the challenges and immense joy of motherhood, the power of creativity, and the beauty in making a house a home.
Jillian DeBritz is a personal development coach, and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist who longs to offer hope and build courage through the words she writes. Jillian believes in the power of sharing our stories, of bravely inviting others into our in-process places and allowing ourselves to be truly known. And she is a woman who does just that by fighting to disarm shame through vulnerably sharing her own journey toward emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness. Listen in as Jillian shares her heart and offers wisdom on how we can redefine what it means to thrive.
We all know those people who simply exude warmth and joy, and Theresa Butcher is one of those special humans. Theresa is one of the owners of Riverside Health Club in the Pacific Northwest in addition to being a passionate wife, mother, worship leader, and community member. In this conversation, Theresa shares about her heart for hurting children, the beauty of community, and the power of prayer.
Katy von Kuhn is the incredible gal behind the PNW food blog My Daily Delish. Katy loves to inspire readers to find more joy in their journey with cooking by making simple, easy-to-follow recipes that inspire, nourish, and satisfy the soul. In this episode we chat about the spirituality of hospitality, Katy’s upcoming cookbook release, and practical ways to find joy in cooking.
Kayla Swallow has a heart for kids and the strength, tenacity, and compassion to make a real impact on their lives, whether she’s volunteering to invest in High Schoolers or working to serve and care for foster kids. In our podcast conversation with Kayla, we learned about what it looks like to follow God’s call on your life, balance mission and sacrifice, and how to channel passion into real impact.
Hans Erchinger-Davis leads the Lighthouse Mission in the city of Bellingham, WA. He has over 15 years of homeless ministry leadership experience, and the wisdom, vision, and passion to show for it. Hans studied business at Western Washington University and Christian Studies at Regent College, Vancouver. He is committed to helping people who are broken, abandoned, and poor experience transformed lives through the healing power of Jesus Christ. He dreams of a future where suffering people are brought into total life flourishing, connected, healed, and whole! Listen in for an inspirational conversation and practical takeaways for what you can do to help homelessness in your community.
Melonie Kemp is the Executive Pastor of Christ the King church in Bellingham, WA. Melonie came on staff at the church 23 years ago and moved from an administrative position to becoming the first female Associate Pastor of Christ The King church. Melonie has years of wisdom to share on what it looks like to inspire healthy leadership, how to cultivate wisdom, and forging ahead in faithfulness during changing seasons and difficulties. We can’t wait for you to hear from this inspiring woman.
Missy Kenoyer is the local Area Director of Young Life for Whatcom County in Bellingham, WA. She has a passion for people, justice and women in leadership. In this episode, we talk with Missy about what it looks like to do effective ministry and how she pushed through challenges and barriers along the way. We also talked about letting hardships and surprise twists and turns in life make you a more impactful leader.
Life rarely turns out the way we envision. The twists and turns of the journey create excitement, but can also leave us feeling disoriented and lost at times. In this episode, Rachel Mattila-Amberson joins us to talk about the ways her dreams for her life have changed throughout the journey. Rachel has been pursuing acting her entire life, and loves her craft, whether on the stage or behind the camera. Rachel is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. Listen in as we talk motherhood, career, and the surprises life throws at us.
Justin McRoberts has spent twenty-plus years as an artist, church planter, pastor, singer-songwriter, author (he has written books including “May It Be So” and “It is What You Make of It”), and father, passing on lessons and practices learned about making something good from what you’ve been given rather than simply accepting things as they are. With warmth, wisdom, and humor, Justin shares insightful lessons in this episode that you won’t want to miss. Learn more about Justin and his books at http://justinmcroberts.com/
Laurie Short is a speaker, author, preacher, wife and stepmom. She has spoken to over 500,000 people at conferences, colleges, and churches, and her popular teaching videos on RightNow Media have been viewed by over a quarter million people all over the world. Laurie is the author of multiple books including “Grace-Filled Step Parenting: Help and Hope for this Unique and Loving Role” and “When Changing Nothing Changes Everything.” She has also authored fourteen books for youth and youth workers. In this episode, Laurie inspires listeners with a message of holding onto hope.
Kristen Mattila is a Collide staffer who loves unicorns, rocks sparkly shoes like nobody’s business, rides a tandem bike around town, and is an incredible friend, role model, and inspiration to many. Today on the podcast, Kristen shares about her experience with anxiety over the years, and what it has looked like to lean into healing, utilize resources, and rely on faith during an especially anxious season of covid-19. If you have ever experienced anxiety (or anything else that threatens to hold you back!), you won’t want to miss this episode that’s jam-packed with authenticity, wisdom and inspiration.
Rebecca Roeter is the owner of Pivot Point Health. She is a life changing health coach walking alongside individuals as they say yes to health and wholeness in their lives. She has a certificate in Transformational Nutrition and is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the National Board of Medical Examiners. Because of her own health struggles, Rebecca has become even more passionate about healthy lifestyles, nutrition, movement, sleep, and purpose. In this episode, we talked to Rebecca about spiritual and physical health and how we can love our bodies well.
Adoption stories often include experiences of hope, longing, transition, communication, and intense love. And this story is no exception. Mike and Lisa are an amazing couple who kindly chose to share with us on the podcast their story of adopting their son, with all of the twists and turns along the way, and they graciously pulled back the curtain on their emotional process along the way. This conversation tells an inspirational story of what it means to make a family.
Christina Archer is is the incredible founder and owner of NW SilverStars, which is the longest standing all-star gym in WA state. She has won Coach of the Year 3 times, as well as program of the year, but most importantly, her gym impacts young women in incredible ways. She is an inspiring, strong, wise leader who said “yes” to God’s call on her life to shape and guide the next generation of women and in this episode, we get to hear her wisdom on how she’s doing just that.
Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women. Liz's work has been on Shark Tank, Bloomberg Business, Ingram's 30 under 30, and so much more. She is an absolute inspiration and we were so honored to have a conversation with Liz about mistakes, empowerment, and owning your average.
Kristyn is a licensed mental health therapist who specializes in trauma work with children and teens, but sees a variety of clients and also serves as the facilitator of divorce care at a church in Bellingham. She enjoys walking through hard stories with women who are trying to heal following a betrayal in their marriage (whether they decide to stay or not) and she is passionate about watching how Jesus shows up in amazing ways in her own life and the life of others. In this episode, Kristyn shares her own story, as well as wisdom for other women as they walk through theirs.
It can be extremely difficult to know how to introduce and nurture a relationship with God for kids of all ages. How do you communicate a love that big and amazing with toddlers? Elementary kids? Preteens? Today on the podcast we welcome Tamara Lindhout, who has been a teacher for 20 years and works at a Christian school where she has impacted countless families with her gift of teaching kids about who God is.
After the important roles of wife, mom and nana, Sue is a Christian teacher, reader, writer and mentor. Having experienced spiritual fluctuations and the accompanying emotional rise and fall of each, Sue has wrestled with the valleys of sin and the heights of grace. To walk with another experiencing the same is a privilege she doesn't take lightly. A believer in "Everyone needs a good listening to," she listens emphatically, especially mentees. In this episode we got the privilege of hearing from Sue about 4 practical and impactful ways we can invest in other women.
Clinton and Charity founded Restored 2 More, a ministry focused on helping couples rebuild intimacy after infidelity and helping women heal from betrayal.This ministry is the overflow of God’s healing in their own story which they powerfully share in this episode. Infidelity is a subject that brings so much pain and yet these two offer hope and freedom! We can’t wait for you to listen in.
Brian C. Steele is a pastor, speaker, and author. After spending nearly a decade studying Jesus’ parable of the hidden treasure, he loves helping people to find God’s kingdom right beneath their feet. His teaching venues have ranged from thousands of people in “megachurch” sermons to workshops and one-on-one coaching. Brian is the author of “The Kingdom Field Guide” - an Amazon #1 bestseller that leads people through immersive experiences to live in God’s kingdom. He is also a professional geologist and is in (partial) recovery from a bird-watching addiction. He delights in exploring the alpine wilderness with his wife, Katie, and dog, Banner. Find Brian’s book at: https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Field-Guide-Finding-Really/dp/1952602173
We hear all the time from amazing women who feel a rising up in them to lead, use their gifts, influence for the better, and to change the world. So, we brought in one of the best leaders we know to teach us about development, knowing yourself, and being effective. Todd King has been in ministry for decades serving in various roles including as a youth minister, a missionary in South Africa, and a lead pastor at multiple locations in the PNW. With a specialization in leadership development, team building and vision casting Todd has a passion to advance God’s Kingdom and start more churches.
When you think of worship, what likely comes to mind are devotional songs sang in a group. Whether it’s done with raised hands, hymnal books, a full drum set, or a beautiful choir, the idea of worship often involves music. But what’s behind the music? In this episode of the podcast we have Carlo Furlan, who has been a Worship Arts pastor for 13 years, help us zoom out and look at worship in an entirely different way.
Asking for help can be one of the hardest things to do as a human being. Whether it’s help around the house, help sorting through past traumas, help with your children, or help for your mental health, women often feel they are expected to hide their struggles. It takes incredible bravery to admit to yourself, and to others, that you could use support. Today on the podcast we’re interviewing Kara Carroll, who is the Middle School Ministry Coordinator with YoungLife and is one of the most magnetic people we know. Kara shares her story of seeking healing and help, and it’s an incredible testament to her strength and the faithfulness of God to meet us right where we’re at.
Christmas time tends to peak our great longing to feel connected with others. But that also often means that the reality of isolation and broken relationships is emphasized during the holidays. In this episode of the podcast, Willow chats with pastor Kurt Ingram, who helps us process vulnerability, reconciliation, and all the complications of relationships. This conversation is both inspiring, and incredibly practical and we know it will bless you as you navigate this Christmas season.
Parenting is no joke. Whether you’re in the newborn, toddler, school-age, preteen, or teenage years, there are unique joys and challenges to be navigated. Loran and Staci Zenonian just celebrated 25 years of marriage and have 3 kids, so they certainly know what they’re talking about. In this episode of the podcast, Willow chats with the Zenonians about parenting together, adjusting to differences between children, and reflecting Jesus through your parenting.
Traditionally, Christmas is a time when we think more about serving others, volunteering in the community, and giving of ourselves. After all, we’re celebrating the birth of a King who came to show us what it looks like to serve in humility, grace, and sacrifice. Yet often, we get too caught up in our own traditions, families, and celebrations to be truly willing and available to seek the lost, lonely, broken, and impoverished. So today we invited Wendy Powell (Community Outreach Pastor at Christ the King Church) to come on the podcast to talk to us about what it looks like to bust out of our self-centeredness and make giving and serving a part of our Christmas, and our everyday life.
Family is almost always complicated. Whether yours is small, large, united, dispersed, chosen, young, or old, you’ve probably experienced both the joys and difficulties of being related to others. And there’s no time like Christmas, for both the happiest moments and the painful points. In this episode, we chat with Matt Atkins, who is currently the lead pastor of a missional community called Mosaic church and he is the Sr. Financial Advisor at Clearbrook Investment Management. Matt, and his wife Laura have been married for 38 years and have 5 children, 4 grandchildren, with #5 on the way. Being a father and grandfather is his greatest love and the most important part of his life and his way of relating to family as a follower of Jesus is as inspirational as can be.
Doug and Laurie Bunnell are an incredible couple full of wisdom, grace, and spirit. Doug is a Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Bellingham and Laurie is a Preschool Director at Kids Central Preschool - which is to say, they are both PEOPLE people and have incredible hearts to serve others. In this episode, the Bunnell’s vulnerably share about their experience with massive grief, and what it looks like to continue to have hope, especially during the Christmas season.
Beka Overby is a worship pastor, wife, and mama to two young boys. The Overby Family lives in SE Portland. Beka is passionate about adoption education and reform and is actively involved in ongoing adoption conversations and the creation of safe spaces for birth mothers to find support, healing and quality long term care. Her own story of ongoing healing and restoration is the driving force behind her advocacy. In this episode Beka vulnerably shares her story of cultivating a grateful spirit, even amidst immense pain and hardship.
In this episode, Willow interviews our very own staff member, Tanya Biersdorff. A few years ago, Tanya moved to the US from Canada, and has since experienced MANY transitions, including her newest transition into a role as Collide’s Content Coordinator. We get to learn from this wise woman on how to remain grounded, grateful, and searching for God’s big plan for our lives, even as we’re going through immense change.
Carrie Butler is an amazing young woman who works in bi-vocational ministry. Splitting her time between being the owner of Haven Interiors, which is a real estate staging company, and serving as the Campus Director at a local church called Christ the King Downtown, this woman makes waves in so many areas of her community, and is loved and known by so many. In this episode, we chat about finding gratitude when things don’t go as planned.
Are you needing resiliency now more than ever? In a pandemic, an election season, and the holidays, this could be a time where your mental health feels more fragile than normal. You're not alone. Reflection questions connected to this episode can be found on our blog: https://wecollide.net/increasing-your-resilience-reflection-questions-included/ Facts and ideas were quoted from the following article: https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c
The guest in this special episode is Amber Cullum. Amber is a lover of connecting with people and learning the stories of God’s grace in their lives. This passion for peoples’ stories led her to start her podcast, Grace Enough. In our chat with Amber today we talked about the definition of grace, how comparison can actually be helpful, and the ways that God’s beauty can show up in our brokenness.
Here at Collide we are firm believers in giving women the space to share their story and be authentic. When a woman is brave enough to share her story, it emboldens other women to share theirs and as we share, we grow. Today’s guest, Aleia Gefre, has experienced some life changing collisions with Jesus at our conferences, through our counseling program, and now through giving back to help the programs she was blessed by. Aleia’s story of saying yes to healing after trauma is one that we pray will inspire hope in you.
Being hospitable is so much more than making a great meal and opening up your home to your friends every now and then. True hospitality requires sacrifice, intentionality, and an enduring belief in the value of everyone you come across - even when you have vast differences. Matt and Denise McCoy are experts at hospitality in it’s truest sense, so we invited them on the podcast to chat all about being invitational, welcoming diversity, and their unique way of practicing a welcoming spirit.