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Take Root

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Take Root is a Gospel focused podcast hosted by Karen Johnson, a senior associate of Centered in Seattle. Join us as we share testimonies to deepen roots of faith, encourage one another, and learn from a diverse collection of stories!We'll be releasing new episodes every other week, and if you're in… read more

56 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

The Take Root Podcast- Barry Rowan: The Spiritual Art of Business

September 28th, 2023


Barry Rowan is a Harvard Business school graduate who has held a range of C-suite roles and has been instrumental in building and transforming eight …

Evans Kaame: From Street Kid To Scholar

June 21st, 2023


Evans Kaame is a graduate student at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. A student advocate, who is …

Rita Nussli: Intimacy With God

May 31st, 2023


Rita Nussli is a Spiritual Director with the ministry of SoulFormation, and teaches at their Academy of Spiritual Formation and School of Spiritual …

Karen Johnson: Surprised by God

May 9th, 2023


Karen Johnson is a Senior Associate with Centered, a Seattle based nonprofit whose mission is, "Raising up generations of Jesus-centered leaders." She is the director and host of the Take Root Podcast. In this episode, …

Al Erisman: An Integrated Faith

April 3rd, 2023


Al Erisman is the Executive in Residence and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at …

David Bluhm: Master Mentor and Entrepreneur

February 17th, 2023


David Bluhm has spent the last 39 years starting and growing technology companies and has been involved in over 20 start-ups that have achieved a …

Norma Smith: A Legacy of Service

January 19th, 2023


Norma Smith has lived a life of public service. For 13 years, she served in policy as a Washington State Representative sponsoring legislation that …

Don Bonker: A Higher Calling

December 21st, 2022


Don Bonker is a former United States Congressman who is a world leader in international trade, security and human rights. His deep faith, humility and wisdom of many years make him a man worth listening to. Fortunately, …

Rick Newell: An Onramp For Foster Teens

December 2nd, 2022


Rick Newell is the founder of M.U.S.T.  (Mentoring Urban Students and Teens), and the owner of  Fairway Studios. In this episode, he describes God's leading to hand over the leadership of M.U.S.T. and begin a new …

Jesse Peone III - A Life Redeemed

October 25th, 2022


Jesse Peone III is the youngest school board member ever elected in the State of Oregon. He owns 2 newspapers, a magazine, and a real estate …

JJ Breilh: Loving College Athletes

July 7th, 2022


JJ Breilh is the Collegiate Director at the University of Washington with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  HIs passion for discipleship, love of …

Melissa Gehrig - A Vision For Restoring Lives

June 29th, 2022


Melissa Gehrig is the Executive Director at Vision House, a Christian social service agency in Renton and Shoreline, Washington that helps break the cycle of homelessness for families by offering transitional housing, …

Jeanett Charles: God's Redemption - One Life At A Time

June 9th, 2022


Jeannet Charles is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of DADS (Divine Alternatives for Dads Services). Marvin and Jeannet Charles founded DADS over 23 years ago, and the impact of this ministry on the Puget Sound …

Marvin Charles: Redemption Through Fatherhood

May 10th, 2022


Marvin Charles is the Founder and Executive Director of Divine Alternatives for Dads Services (DADS), based in Seattle, Washington. Through this …

Jeff Rogers: God's Relentless Pursuit

April 5th, 2022


Jeff Rogers is Chairman for OneAccord, which buys, sells and operates privately held companies in the Pacific Northwest. He is also the founder of KIROS, which encourages people of faith to understand and live out their …

Kelly Schneider: Do What's In Front of You

March 22nd, 2022


Kellie Schneider is a woman with a servant heart. After working for many years as a social worker, Kellie continues to have great impact through her service on Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Board of Trustees, serving …

Doug Burleigh: Jesus Changes Everything

March 10th, 2022


Doug Burleigh is a Senior Associate with Centered and the International Foundation and the author of Jesus Changes Everything. He worked with Young Life for over 25 years, five of those as President, and started Young …

Chris Lumry: Finding God Through Creativity

February 22nd, 2022


Chris Lumry is a filmmaker, author, and founder of OneStep Guides, a mission-driven company that helps people increase joy and purpose in their lives by rediscovering their creative nature. OneStep Guides offers live, …

Jamie Winship: Facing Your Fears

February 8th, 2022


Jamie Winship is the co-founder of Identity Exchange and speaks internationally about discovering the transformative power of living in our true identity. After a distinguished career in law enforcement in Washington, …

Deborah Enos: Why Did I Get Cancer?

January 26th, 2022


Deborah Herlax Enos, CN, is a global speaker, Healthy Living Expert, TV personality, and recent cancer survivor. As a nutritionist and healthy living expert,she took great joy in her amazing career, offering excellent …

Cindy Breilh: Mental Illness & A Daughter's Journey to Forgiveness

January 11th, 2022


Cindy Breilh is the Executive Director of US programs for Medical Teams International. She has a passion for caring for the poor and has a deep understanding of some of the more hidden problems that impact our world, …

Brandon Heath: Story in a Song

December 28th, 2021


Brandon Heath is a singer- songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife and two little girls. He has received an Emmy Award, five Grammy nominations and and an American Music Award nomination. He …

Heather Tuininga: Abiding

December 15th, 2021


Heather Tuininga is a Principal at 10/10 Strategies where she offers Philanthropic advising. She has a heart of generosity, and a deep desire to live her life by abiding in Christ. She and her husband Eric are parents …

Rick Newell: Changing Lives Through Mentorship

December 1st, 2021


Rick Newell is the founder of M.U.S.T.  (Mentoring Urban Students and Teens), the owner of  Fairway Studios, and founder of Hope Herd, a new ministry focused on caring for foster children.  In 2012, Rick took a huge …

Tim Mackie: From Skateboarder to Bible Project Visionary

November 17th, 2021


Tim Mackie is the Co-founder/ Chief Education Officer of the Bible Project who has a deep passion for helping people to understand how the overall biblical story works together and leads us to Jesus.  With a degree in …

Sebastian Rogers: Move the Lens

November 3rd, 2021


Sebastian Rogers is the CEO of Peripheral Vision, a documentary film production company that seeks to empower the vision, narratives and leadership of marginalized people, and use the power of story to help us see them …

Marilyn Vancil: Seeking Our Core Identity

October 20th, 2021


Marilyn Vancil is a Spiritual Director, Life Coach and Certified Enneagram Professional. She is the author of Self to Lose, Self to Find, which gives a biblical approach to the nine Enneagram types.  This mother of four …

Margo Engberg: Changing the World One Cupcake at a Time

October 6th, 2021


Margo Jarvies-Engberg is President and CEO of Pinkabella Cupcakes and PB Franchising. She and her husband Doug have raised five beautiful children, …

Dr. Gregory Jantz: Healing and Hope

October 6th, 2021


Dr. Gregory Jantz is the founder of The Center • A Place of Hope, the author of over 40 books, and a go-to media source expert on a range of …

Bob Lonac: Lessons of a Lifetime

July 20th, 2021


Bob Lonac planned to be a businessman, but God led him down a very different path.  He was a Senior VP at Young Life for 32 years, then the COO of International Justice Mission, and most recently the CEO of CRISTA …

Shannon Wallis: Finding Hope on The Camino Trail

July 6th, 2021


Shannon Wallis is the author of the international best selling book We the Change and is a leadership and organizational effectiveness consultant to …

Kathy Lambert: A Legacy of Public Service

June 23rd, 2021


Kathy Lambert  has served on the King County Council of Washington State for twenty years.  She  represents the 3rd district, which is the largest, covering nearly half the land mass of the county.  Prior to this, she …

Richard Stearns: Leading Like Jesus

June 9th, 2021


Richard Stearns is President Emeritus of World Vision, where he served as president for 20 years.  Prior to that, he was CEO at both Parker Brothers …

Larry Anderson & Wendell Berkland: An Unlikely Brotherhood

May 24th, 2021


Larry Anderson and Wendell Berkland have a story of friendship that is deep and authentic. One is a black cop; the other is a white criminal defense attorney.  Together they have co-authored Unlikely Brotherhood.  The …

Rachael Mitchell: Stories that Shape Our Lives

May 10th, 2021


Rachael Mitchell is a freelance copy writer, an author, mother and wife. On approaching a milestone birthday, she decided to revisit the people and stories that have shaped her life.  Rachael's creative journey of love …

Steve Atkinson: A Faith-Filled Journey

April 27th, 2021


Steve Atkinson is the Executive Director of BibleProject, a non-profit that helps people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. Steve spent 15 years in the business world, specializing in sales, …

Martha Newsome: Compassion on a Global Scale

April 12th, 2021


Martha Newsome, President and CEO of Medical Teams International, has dreamed of traveling the world to bring healing to the suffering since she was a child. As Martha learned to listen for God's leading in her life, …

Christine Soule: Bringing Beauty to Brokenness

March 30th, 2021


Christine Soule is the founder and CEO of Providence Heights, a non-profit that empowers women in need through housing, employment opportunities, and …

Sean Dunn: Interrupting Young People with Hope

March 16th, 2021


Sean Dunn is the Founder and President of Groundwire, an organization that leverages technology to connect thousands of young people with the Gospel …

Dr. Edyth Phillips: A Lifetime of Service

March 2nd, 2021


Dr. Edyth Phillips worked as a psychiatrist for 52 years and is a pioneer.  As one of three women in a graduating class of 120 at Loma Linda Medical …

Katie Robertson: Anchored in Jesus

February 16th, 2021


Katie Robertson is the founder of The Anchor, a welcoming place for women to gather and hear of the hope that there is in Jesus. After losing her daughter to cancer, Katie knew that she needed to share "the Anchor of …

Toms Lee: Sharing Faith in the Marketplace

February 16th, 2021


Toms Lee is Head of Pro Acquisition at Porch, in Seattle Washington.  With his education in business and economics, he is very good at what he does. But more importantly, in a business world that measures success by …

Denise Daniels: Intersection of Theology and Business

January 20th, 2021


Denise Daniels, PhD, is the Hudson T. Harrison Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at Wheaton College. She is co-author of Working in the Presence of …

Chris Lumry: Addiction, Healing, and Hope

January 5th, 2021


Chris Lumry is the founder of OneStepHope, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with addictions and mental illness.  In this episode Chris shares the story of his own addictions, and the discovery of his God-given …

Romanita Hairston: Wait and Prepare

December 23rd, 2020


Romanita Hairston currently leads a global team at Microsoft.   She is a nationally recognized speaker, and is known for motivating change that transforms lives and improves communities.  In this episode, she shares how …

Steve Largent: Choosing Forgiveness

December 8th, 2020


Steve Largent is perhaps best known as one of the greatest all-time receivers in the NFL.  He played for the Seattle Seahawks for 14 years, was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame, and served as a United States …

Amy King: Faith-Filled Entrepreneurship

November 22nd, 2020


Amy King is CEO of Pallet, a social purpose company on a mission to build equal opportunity access to housing and employment. She is also an owner of Square Peg Construction and is a founding member of Weld Seattle, a …

Krista Hengesh: Living Salted

November 10th, 2020


Krista Hengesh is an incredible young woman with great vision who followed God's calling to start a ministry for college women called Live Salted. …

Nicole Zasowski: From Lost to Found

October 27th, 2020


Nicole Zasowski is a marriage and family therapist, an author, wife, mamma, and speaker.  She has a passion for helping her clients grow in emotional …

Jack McMillan: Learning to Listen for the Voice of God

October 13th, 2020


Jack McMillan began his career at Nordstrom as a women's shoe salesman in 1957. He eventually became the Co-President and Co-Chairman of this iconic …

Donna Winship: Discovering Forgiveness

September 28th, 2020


Donna Winship and her husband, Jamie, spent 25 years raising their family in Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, and Jerusalem. This journey forever changed their worldview because through it they discovered principles of the …

Tyler Gorsline: Understanding Lament

September 14th, 2020


Tyler Gorsline is the lead pastor of A Seattle Church, husband to Kim, and father to three adorable daughters. He has an incredible heart for Jesus and longs for people in Seattle and everywhere to experience His love. …

Anya Phillips: Healing from Childhood Trauma

August 31st, 2020


Anya Phillips is a lifestyle blogger, home designer, mom of two, and wife. She is also a survivor of horrific childhood abuse, and is a courageous woman who shares her story of healing with the hope that it might help …

Steve Mitchell: Faith in the Emergency Room

August 15th, 2020


If your loved one was in the emergency room, wouldn't you want to know that the director of that E.R. walks the hallways praying over patients and …

Alyssa Galios: Finding Faith Through Devastating Loss

July 31st, 2020


Alyssa Galios is an author, mom, motivational speaker, social media influencer and online coach. Founder of the #MadeforBrave movement and CEO of the Made for Brave company, Alyssa is known for helping countless people …

Jamie Winship: Learning to Listen for God's Voice

July 16th, 2020


Jamie Winship has decades of experience bringing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s highest conflict areas.

Starting with a distinguished …

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