All In Community is an initiative of The West Ohio Conference to train, equip, connect, and resource local churches to be bodies of Christ that embrace our neighbors who have been affected by crime and incarceration. West Ohio Conversations offers this four-part podcast series focused on the All In Community initiative. Each episode covers a different aspect of All In Community ministry. Topics discussed include: discipleship with the incarcerated, caring for the families left behind during an incarceration, helping returning neighbors reintegrate into community, and partnering with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
All In Community Podcast 1: Rev. Dee Stickley-Miner, Rev. April Casperson, and Reba Collins discuss hope, healing, God’s reckless grace, and multiplication of the Gospel message in this first All In Community Podcast. Find encouragement and empowerment as they explore more deeply our call to journey in discipleship with our neighbors impacted by crime and incarceration.
What happens at home when a spouse goes to prison? Join Heidi McDowell and Reba Collins as they discuss Heidi’s journey and the journey of Heidi’s church, Powell UMC, in becoming a Healing Community. In this podcast, Heidi opens up about finding hope, purpose, and a deeper faith in Jesus while living through her husband’s incarceration. She and Reba also discuss Powell’s use of the Healing Communities framework to provide support for her family and other families in the Powell community that are like Heidi’s.
“What we have found in our journey is that God has been very faithful to us.” – Chris Money
What God originates, God orchestrates with the right people at the right time in the right place. Join us in this third All In Community podcast for a powerful conversation with Chris Money and Tom Deuber from All In Community's Reentry Community Partner, Kindway EMBARK. In this episode, we explore Kindway EMBARK’s journey from broken hearts to beautiful new beginnings for people returning from prison. Chris and Tom also offer advice on how churches and communities can work together to foster successful transitions from incarceration to community.
For our final podcast, we sit down with Dr. Mike Davis from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) where Mike serves as the Bureau Chief for the Office of Reentry and Enterprise Development and Religious Services Director. In this episode, Mike speaks to us about the relationship between faith communities and the state's efforts in rehabilitation and reentry. He assures us that, “There is no reason to carry the whole reentry dilemma,” and encourages us to “trust the Lord for His provision and for His protection. He is going to guide us through.” In addition, Reba and Mike discuss the church’s role in ministering to both victims of crime and those who commit crimes.