Erskin grew up in the black church in Texas. He saw a lot of excitement for God on Sunday but none any other day of the week. It seemed fake, lifeless. And so, he walked away. Erskin Anavitarte, Texas-born, singer-songwriter from Nashville joins the team to share his journey from empty religion to Jesus. Erskin also helps us see through his eyes what it was like growing up as a black person.
And we talk about how the gospel has the power to heal racism and yet how Sunday morning is still the most segregated time in America, grippingly expressed in his song Black and White. We also see how God is writing our story especially when it’s darkest. We have a conversation about the Grand Canyon difference between religion and the gospel. And last, raising up Gen Z to follow Jesus. Please share this if your encouraged by it!
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
The Perry and Shawna Podcast: Real life conversations reminding you that you’re Abba’s child and that you’re blessed to be a blessing and loved to share Jesus’ love.