Ray Johnston Leadership Podcast



A new podcast focused on helping pastors and leaders find momentum, passion, and vision!


  • Episode 44: Chris Brown Live at Thrive Conference

    14/08/2021 Duration: 46min

    This week's episode features a talk from Pastor Chris Brown from Thrive Conference 2021. It's challenging and encouraging, particularly for this current season we are in. Don't miss this message! 

  • Episode 43: Interview with Chris Brown

    16/07/2021 Duration: 24min

    In this week's episode, Curt Harlow and Chris Brown, Pastor at North Coast Church in San Diego sit down for a great conversation! 

  • Episode 42: Interview with Lysa TerKeurst

    24/06/2021 Duration: 54min

    In this weeks episode, we had the privilege to sit down with Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa is the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, the author of many books and bible studies and has an incredible story of restoration and personal healing. Today we dive into some of the hard things from the past few years, but also the many celebrations that have taken place. You don't want to miss out on this conversation! You can find out more about Lysa here: https://lysaterkeurst.com/

  • Episode 41: Interview with Christine Caine

    10/06/2021 Duration: 24min

    On today's episode we get to listen in on a conversation with Christine Caine and Megan Hutchinson, pastor at Bayside Orange County. Christine gives some incredible insight and wisdom on how to re-center our thoughts on calling and giftedness and re-focus on the future. You can find out more about Christine Caine here. 

  • Episode 40: Interview with Michael Jr.

    03/06/2021 Duration: 32min

    In this week's episode, Andrew McCourt sits down with speaker and comedian, Michael Jr. They talk about Michael's first joke and also go into the theology of humor. You don't want to miss out on this episode! You can find out more about Michael Jr., his podcast, and book, here: https://michaeljr.com/

  • Episode 39: Interview with N.T. Wright

    20/05/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    In today's episode, we get to sit down with N.T. Wright. He is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. As being both one of the world's leading Bible scholars and a popular author, he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air.  His award-winning books include The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (co-authored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament. He also wrote the impressive Christian Origins and the Question of God series, including The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrec

  • Episode 38: Interview with John Ortberg

    06/05/2021 Duration: 01h27s

    In today's interview, we had the privilege to sit down with John Ortberg. John is the senior pastor at Menlo Church in the Bay Area. John’s teaching centers around how faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, Who is This Man?, The Me I Want To Be, Soul Keeping, All The Places To Go, and most recently I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches. Don't miss out on the great insights we chat about in this week's episode!  You can find out more about John and his books here: http://www.johnortberg.com/

  • Episode 37: Interview with Jon Gordon

    22/04/2021 Duration: 49min

    Joining us this week on the podcast is author Jon Gordon. We will be talking about his work as a coach for Fortune 500 companies and his bestselling book, "The Power of Positive Leadership." If you are looking for some insight on leading your church, company or family, you won't want to miss this one. You can find out more about Jon here: http://www.jongordon.com/

  • Episode 36: Interview with Andy Wood

    09/04/2021 Duration: 01h35s

    This week's podcast features pastor Andy Wood. Andy is the lead pastor at Echo.Church. His church has become one of the fastest growing churches in the most unchurched area of the United States and is now reaching over 2,300 people in regular attendance in three locations across Silicon Valley. You can find out more about Andy's church here: https://echo.church/

  • Episode 35: Interview with Jason Petty

    01/04/2021 Duration: 44min

    In this week's interview we get to listen in on a conversation with Michael Metcalf and Jason Petty. Jason, better known by his stage name Propaganda, is an American Christian hip hop and spoken word artist and poet from Los Angeles, California. He has released seven albums as an independent artist, including one collaborative album with Odd Thomas and one with Derek Minor, and has performed and recorded as a member of the underground hip hop group Tunnel Rats and associated act Footsoldiers. In his very early childhood, his family moved into a violent, ethnically Mexican neighborhood. As the only black child in the area, he was often teased due to his skin color. Later, his family moved again, this time to the suburbs, where his family was known as the "poor black family." He learned to rap, and also took up dance, graffiti, and formal drawing and painting. You can learn more about Jason and his artistry here: https://www.prophiphop.com/

  • Episode 34: Interview with Mark Clark

    25/03/2021 Duration: 52min

    On this week's episode we chat with Mark Clark, author and pastor at Village Church in Vancouver. We chat about his new book, cancel culture and  living in a post-Christian culture in Canada. Check out Mark's new book, The Problem of Jesus.  Mark grew up in Toronto and moved to Vancouver in 2004 to attend Regent College, where he received a Master of New Testament Studies. Following over ten years of ministry, Mark, along with his wife Erin and an amazing team of people, planted Village Church in January 2010, which has now grown to a vibrant multi-site church in the Greater Vancouver Area and Calgary. He is passionate about contextualizing the gospel, teaching the Bible, seeing people transformed by Jesus, planting churches, and seeing the gospel advance across Canada. Mark resides in South Surrey with his wife and their three daughters. He is honoured and excited to lead Village Church wherever God calls it to go.

  • Episode 33: A Tribute to Luis Palau

    19/03/2021 Duration: 01h01min

     Luis Palau made an incredible impact on me, my family and our church. He is now at home with his Savior in heaven yet his legacy will continue to live on around the world and in my own house. I will miss him, but I will be forever grateful him. I wanted to take some time to honor the legacy he is leaving by replaying some of my favorite moments with him. 

  • Episode 32: Interview with Mark Burnett & Roma Downey

    15/03/2021 Duration: 38min

    This week we got to sit down with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the producers of THE BIBLE SERIES and SON OF GOD, plus many other shows you may know and love! They'll be sharing about life in Hollywood and their upcoming series, Resurrection which follows the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion.  See the greatest story ever told from the disciples’ point of view. Stream the global premiere of Resurrection, March 27th only on @discoveryplus. Learn more at discoveryplus.com/resurrection.

  • Episode 31: Interview with Dr. Derwin Gray

    05/03/2021 Duration: 49min

    In today's episode we got to sit down with Dr. Derwin Gray! Derwin is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community located in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Derwin met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. He played for the BYU Cougars football team. They have been married since 1992 and have two children. Football After graduating from Brigham Young University, Derwin played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). During that time, he and Vicki began their journey with Christ and experienced God’s faithfulness and direction as He moved their hearts to know Him and make Him known. Ministry Derwin and Vicki began an itinerant speaking ministry in 1999, One Heart At A Time Ministries. Derwin went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degr

  • Episode 30: How to be Real in a World of Fakes - Interview with Sam Acho

    26/02/2021 Duration: 48min

    This week on the podcast, our team sat down with Sam Acho. Sam is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Texas, and was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, & Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was Born and raised in Dallas, TX and attended University of Texas Fluent in 3 languages: English, Spanish, and Igbo. 2015 - earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona 2016 - went to Nigeria to participate in Living Hope Christian Ministries' medical mission Operation Hope. 2017 - started “Relevant is Doing a Sports Podcast” with RELEVANT Brand Director Jesse Carey and former Willow Creek Pastor Steve Carter on the RELEVANT Podcast Network. The podcast focuses on the intersection of faith, pop culture, and sports. And he's recently wrote a book called, "Let the World See You: How to Be Real in a World Full o

  • Episode 29: Business Leader Summit Recap and Highights

    19/02/2021 Duration: 59min

    At the end of January we hosted a virtual Business Leader Summit for anyone who has been impacted by the pandemic this year (hint: it's all of us). It was an incredible time of hearing from some of the biggest names in the business world, along with local entrepreneurs and business owners who are making an incredible impact in the community.  Tune in today to hear some of our favorite highlights and gain some incredible knowledge along the way! 

  • Episode 28: 7 Lessons Every Leader Can Learn from Tom Brady

    12/02/2021 Duration: 50min

    In today's episode, join Pastor Ray and Pastor Andrew as they discuss the 7 Lessons Every Leader Can Learn from Tom Brady! It's a great conversation you don't want to miss!

  • Episode 27: Interview with Elizabeth Maring

    22/01/2021 Duration: 32min

    In this week's episode we sit down with Elizabeth Maring. She is an experienced Lawyer and Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the legal and nonprofit sectors. Currently, she is passionate about applying all aspects of her hands on experience to help nonprofits achieve sustainable success. You can find out more about Elizabeth at her website: https://www.elizabethmaring.com/

  • Episode 26: Interview with Don Brewster from AIM

    20/01/2021 Duration: 30min

    Join us for a great conversation with the founder of Agape International Missions, Don Brewster! We’ll be talking about the mission of AIM and what incredible impact they’ve been able to have all over the globe. AIM is hosting a day of prayer on January 31 called Amplify and they are inviting you to join in. They have some amazing leaders, speakers, and artists that are joining Amplify so you are not going to want to miss this. Head to aimfree.org to sign up to pray and join the movement to end one of the greatest evils of our lifetime.

  • Episode 25: Interview with Brad Dacus

    14/01/2021 Duration: 38min

    This week I get to sit down with Brad Dacus. He is the Founder of Pacific Justice Institute which is a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need. Now more than ever, businesses need the support of people like Brad. Tune in to hear more and how you can get help with your business!  Also, don't forget to register for our FREE virtual Thrive Business Leaders Summit - https://thriveconference.org/businessleaders/

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