InterVarsity Press has announced the launch of the third season of The Every Voice Now Podcast. The first episode, releasing on Wednesday, January 18, will feature Bishop Claude Alexander, author of Becoming the Church and Necessary Christian.
Hosted by IVP staff, authors, and special guests, The Every Voice Now Podcast features interviews with IVP’s recent and forthcoming authors of color who share their journeys to publication and the roadblocks they had to navigate along the way.
“The Every Voice Now Podcast reveals the challenges that writers of color face on their journey to becoming published authors,” said Helen Lee, IVP’s director of product innovation and co-producer of the podcast. “Our hope is that listeners will gain a greater appreciation for the work of these authors and better understand the ways in which systemic issues still create barriers for BIPOC in publishing.”
Seasons one and two featured guests such as Robert Chao Romero, Juanita Campbell Rasmus, Nikole Lim, Esau McCaulley, Terence Lester, Heather Thompson Day, Terry Wildman, Chloe Sun, Jeanette Yep, Greg Jao, Orlando Crespo, and Vince Bantu.
Guests for season three of The Every Voice Now Podcast will include the following:
January 18—Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, serves on the board of Christianity Today, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, and Movement.org. He is the chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s board of trustees and a past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, and previously served on the board of Mission America Coalition. A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has consistently been listed among the most influential persons in Charlotte, North Carolina, working with government and community officials to address the community's most critical issues.
January 25—Glenn Packiam, author of IVP’s Worship and the World to Come, is the lead pastor at Rockharbor Church in Costa Mesa, California. He previously served as associate senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the songwriter of more than fifty worship songs, including “Your Name” and “Mystery of Faith,” and the author of several books, including Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus and Discover the Mystery of Faith: How Worship Shapes Believing. Packiam is also a visiting fellow at St. John’s College at Durham University and an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary.
February 1—Sheila Wise Rowe is the author of Healing Racial Trauma and Young, Gifted, and Black, and a contributor to A Just Passion. For over twenty-five years, Wise Rowe has counseled abuse and trauma survivors in the United States. Wise Rowe ministered to homeless and abused women and children in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also taught counseling and trauma-related courses for a decade. She is the cofounder of the Cyrene Movement, an online community for people of color seeking healing for racial trauma.
February 8—Daniel Yang is the coauthor (with Eric Costanzo and Matthew Soerens) of Inalienable. He is the director of the Church Multiplication Institute at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, a think tank for evangelism and church planting. He has pastored and helped plant churches in Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, Toronto, and Chicago. Yang is currently a PhD student in intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
February 15—Darrell Hall is campus pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia, where he regularly preaches and teaches across five generations. He is an experienced preacher and public speaker who has given messages in venues from local Bible studies to a packed NBA arena. Hall has a DMin from Beeson Divinity School, where his doctoral research focused on generational intelligence and effective intergenerational communication. Hall is the author of Speaking Across Generations.
February 22—Mekdes Haddis is the author of A Just Mission and the founder and executive coach of Just Missions, an online community that elevates diaspora voices and equips Western allies to become mutual partners for the work of the gospel. Originally from Ethiopia, she moved to the United States in 2003 and earned a BS in communications from Liberty University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Columbia International University. She is also the project director of the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Collaborative for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).
March 1—Jay Kim serves as the lead pastor at WestGate Church in the Silicon Valley, and on the leadership team of the ReGeneration Project. His writing has been featured in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Missio Alliance, and Relevant magazine. Kim is the author of Analog Church and Analog Christian.
March 8—Sean Palmer is the teaching pastor at Ecclesia Houston, a speaker, and an executive coach. He is the author of Unarmed Empire, Speaking by the Numbers, and Forty Days on Being a Three. He is also a contributing writer to The Voice Bible and is vice chair of the Missio Alliance board.
March 15—Sabrina S. Chan, a daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong, is national director of Asian American Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. She is an ordained minister and earned a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the coauthor (with Linson Daniel, E. David de Leon, and La Thao) of Learning Our Names.
Paloma Lee, co-producer of The Every Voice Now Podcast, said “I’m beyond grateful for this incredible lineup of authors who have vulnerably shared about both the obstacles and the joys in their book publishing journeys, as well as the unique life experiences each author encountered that compelled and inspired their writings. This season features guests who have a wealth of wisdom for the church spanning many topics—reframing Western mission, healing from racial trauma, communicating effectively to various generations and Enneagram numbers, and so much more.”
Every Voice Now is an IVP initiative that seeks to support and amplify voices of color, both through IVP’s work with authors and also internally within the organization. This includes opportunities for additional funding to assist and promote authors of color and to increase cultural competency at IVP.
Launched in October 2020, Every Voice Now has supported numerous projects at IVP, including podcasts highlighting voices of color, including The Every Voice Now Podcast, Get in The Word with Truth’s Table, and The Disrupters.