Gary was all boy, always had grass stains on his jeans. And he grew up in church hearing that Jesus does miracles, so he thought, “Why not? I’ll ask Jesus to take the grass stains out of my jeans while I sleep.” And in the morning, yep! Gary Jarvis, pastor of South Blendon Community Church joins the team to share how Jesus won his heart as a boy. By working some pretty sweet miracles.
Then Gary shares how he knew early on that Jesus had called him to be a pastor. But he also knew he needed to work in the real world, outside the Christian bubble he’d lived in all his life so that he could learn to relate with people outside the church. And that’s what he did for 7 years before becoming a pastor. And last we hear how Jesus helped Gary in the most excruciating trial of his life: His son’s battle with Leukemia.
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.