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51 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
UKirk Presents! : Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson
We had the privilege this month to have Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson (Brooks-Lytle at the time of this recording) with us in the “recording zoom”. We were also blessed to have one of our students, Claire Rowcliffe, (Emory Univ. Masters Student) along for the conversation as well. Sadly, our first recording didn’t work, so you won’t be able to hear Claire’s “wisdom nuggets”. but we hope you enjoy our follow up conversation with Aisha!The Reverend Aisha Brooks-Johnson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Central High School (Class of 251) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Temple University (’99). After spending a significant time as youth director at Wayne Presbyterian Church, she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (’05). She served various other churches in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and surrounding areas through her music ministry and in her ministry of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care before returning to Wayne Presbyterian Church in February 2013. Aisha served as the mission pastor for Wayne Presbyterian while she was also serving as the Organizing Pastor for The Common Place, a faith-based arts and education center in Southwest Philadelphia. In 2018, Aisha began her role as the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta serving 86 congregations and encouraging 26 new worshipping communities. She is honored and overjoyed to serve as an encourager to the congregations and leaders within a presbytery filled with a deep cultural diversity and a vast theological landscape. She believes that it is her part of her call to support healthy and vital congregations and to equip healthy and innovative leaders to live into their passion and purpose as the people of God. Aisha is blessed to have her mother, Deborah, and her son, Ellington, join her for this adventure in the Greater Atlanta region. Aisha gives thanks to God for her recent marriage to the Rev. Dr. Alonzo T. Johnson who serves as the Coordinator for the Self Development of People for the Presbyterian Church, USA headquartered in Louisville, KY.
56 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
UKirk Presents! : Nathan Wheeler
60 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
UKirk Presents! : Rev. Gini Norris-Lane
Its a new year and we are excited to have the Rev. Gini Norris-Lane as our guest. Gini is the Executive Director of the UKirk Collegiate Ministries Association. Before coming to UKirk, she was the campus minister for 14 years at Schreiner University, and served congregations in San Antonio and the Atlanta area. She is married to Wes Lane and they have two boys, Austin and Max, and three dogs (Blitz, Hank and Leah).
66 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
UKirk Presents! Miriam Moore-Keish
You can follow her on Instagram @meerkat_moore You can find more information about “We Need Diverse Books” at https://diversebooks.org You can also find more information about “Little Black Book Nook” at https://littleblackbooknook.com
63 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
UKirk Presents! Sarah Leer
On today’s episode, Sarah and Drew are joined by Sarah Leer, director of youth ministry and practical theologian. We talk about ministry and service to the church outside of typical roles, how much we love young people, and of course our favorite justice saints. Sarah Leer (she/her/hers) is a native Arkansan who served PCUSA churches in Austin, Northwest Arkansas, and currently serves in Dallas, TX. Sarah is a graduate of Wake Forest University, Columbia Theological Seminary, and the Clinton School of Public Service. She is a practical theologian who is working on her Doctorate in Educational Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary. A lifelong Presbyterian, Sarah has served as a Young Adult Volunteer in New Orleans, as the Moderator of the Young Adult Volunteer Alumni Council, as the Adult Co-Moderator for the Youth Advisory Team and on CPM for the Presbytery of Arkansas, and Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association (PYWA). Sarah enjoys singing Broadway songs in her car, random road trips and adventures, geeking out over pop culture, traveling the world with friends, hanging out with her family, watching college football, and attending youth conferences that include energizers.Sarah has recently written “The Performative Allyship of Peter” for Justice Unbound.
38 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
UKirk Presents! Rev. Hamilton Barnes
On our first episode, Sarah and Drew are joined by Rev. Hamilton Barnes, chaplain at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA. We talk about what the work of a chaplain is, how Covid-19 has influenced the work of pastoral care, how college ministry shaped Hamilton's calling to be a pastor, and what famous actor we would want to play us in a chaplain-buddy-comedy. Hamilton Barnes is a hospital chaplain at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead where he has worked since 2011. Hamilton is married to Carrie Barnes, who serves as associate pastor to Buford Presbyterian Church in Sugar Hill, Ga and is dad to Miller, age 4, and Violet age 2. When he isn’t at work he enjoys spending time playing in the yard with the family, cooking BBQ, and paddling whitewater rivers.
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