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Capital Stories is a podcast from Capital Church where we discover the intersections of life and faith in each others’ stories as we hear from real people and explore real issues. We hope to inspire and encourage you in your personal journey with Jesus.

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Capital Stories is a new podcast from Capital Church where we discover the intersections of life and faith in each others’ stories as we hear from real people and explore real issues...
Behind the Stories
In this short pilot episode, Tara and Eric talk about the events God used to bring this project to life. They share our heart behind the podcast, and how we pray God would use it to grow disciples...
Baby Steps and Leaps of Faith
Baby Steps and Leaps of Faith
Michelle Hicks has been a devoted disciple of Jesus only since 2016. But her short journey of faith is jam-packed with markers of God’s grace and provision. Be it in moving across the country...
Episode 02
Mike Akerlow has spent 2 decades working in the area of affordable housing—he’s currently the Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation, which serves tens of thousands of Utahns...
Encountering God in the Everyday
What’s the common thread among YoungLife, wedding band engraving errors, and County Council meetings? In case you wondered, these are all things God used in the lives of Chris and Sarah Spealler to...
Anchored in the Deep
Sometimes God brings healing by exposing past pain. He calls us to trust him by letting go of the parts of our story that vie for control over our lives. And sometimes he uses an unexpected new...
Be the Bridge
Events in 2020 sparked a renewed reckoning in America around issues of race. As individuals around the world responded, each in their own way, Kim Perry & Monique Morrison used the events to draw...
A New Way to Carry Life
Every disciple of Jesus has their own story of how God led them to faith in him. Each story is miraculous in itself, and Tegan & Roxy’s stories are no exception. This episode shares the journey of...
As You Love Yourself
DanaLee Simon is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, as well as a Spiritual Director who teaches on self-compassion. Especially in a world that’s fast-paced, and with the...
Collegiate Mission Field
Kelly & Chasen Robbins serve as missionaries with InterVarsity at the University of Utah. As live-in staff at the InterVarsity house right across the street from campus, their lives are intertwined...
Starting Children Off
Parenting is a huge responsibility! Johnny & Jessica Chang, married 10 years, with 2 children—Josh age 5 & Jillian age 3—are navigating through the everyday challenge of leading their kids to be...
What The Enemy Meant For Evil
Terresa Wood has been through hell. From her earliest memories, her story is intertwined with sexual molestation, substance abuse, addiction, and other circumstances that bring a grim reality to...
Jill 2.0
It’s a safe assumption that everyone knows someone who’s life has been deeply impacted by cancer. In more ways than one, cancer is a hugely influential factor in the life and faith of Jill Erickson...
Remember the Promises
Nick & Alia Gonzales have been married 17 years, and are raising three kids—Aiden (12), Brynley (9), and Carter (7). They’ve learned that, for them, the best way to lead their kids to follow Jesus...
Fields of the Fatherless, Part 1
The first Sunday in November is internationally recognized as Orphan Sunday, and we’re dedicating a couple episodes to shine a light on this important topic. To educate ourselves on the issues...
Fields of the Fatherless, Part 2
We introduced Amy King in our last episode, as she taught us about the issues faced by orphans and vulnerable children & families. Amy has had a heart for the orphan for a long time—from an...
Advent Conspiracy
Listen in on a conversation with Greg Holder! Greg is author of Never Settle, The Genius of One, and a contributing writer for The Voice bible. He serves as lead pastor at The Crossing, reaching...
Listening Between Dividing Lines
For centuries, humans have drawn lines that the life and ministry of Jesus sought to erase. In our latest episode of the Capital Stories podcast, we interview Eddy Thomson, a Board member of the...
Why We Eat
God made food to power our bodies, but often food has too much power over our minds and souls. Today we interview Laura Guilmain, a registered nurse who saw first-hand in her patients both the...
Single & Loved
Love comes in different forms and flavors. And intentional or not, the world seems to have put a hierarchy in place, positioning romantic love as king. What, then, of our single friends? To shed...
A Refugee Journey
Maja Teagle’s story chronicles her family’s journey out of war-torn Bosnia and into the United States, where they found the grit to build a new life on new land. Her experiences teach tangible ways...
Purposeful Movement
As a physical trainer, Parker Teagle is no stranger to intentionally doing hard things every day—exercise prepares his body and his mind to face whatever challenges come his way. Just like physical...
The Gravity of Joy
As Rev. Dr. Angela Gorrell taught her first class at Yale called “Life Worth Living,” and studied the pursuit of true joy, she was privately grieving the loss of 3 family members within the prior 6...
Why is the Bible so Hard to Read?
Many Christians would say that the bible has transformed their lives—select verses have provided comfort, power, peace, reassurance, validation, and correction in the right ways at the right times...
Let the Earth be Glad
In celebration of Earth Day, we talk to Eric Schoening, an atmospheric scientist with the National Weather Service and dig into his thoughts on conservation and stewardship of this planet as both a...
Live by Faith, Not by Sight
In 2013, Ned Lindholm’s life was upended after a chemical explosion left him severely wounded and legally blind. Almost ten years later, as the world collectively experiences an ongoing trauma from..
Two Become (And Stay) One
Listen in on a real, hopeful, and faith-filled conversation with Nicole Vobora & Ed Peterson, two marriage counselors who’ve dedicated their lives and careers to helping couples thrive in their...
Finding Purpose in Prison
Denise Druce has dedicated the better part of her life to helping incarcerated women rediscover the purpose God has for their life. Though the prison system in the U.S. has its flaws, and there can...
Worthy and Wanted
Jonathan Tran was born out of prostitution and abandoned by his mother before he was a teenager. Despite the heartbreaking challenges of his upbringing, God found Jonathan and continues to lead him...
Uniquely Equipped
Ken Bohney is passionate about helping people discover their spiritual gifts, and equipping them to live them out in their daily lives. God uniquely wired you with abilities, and—like any other...
Fake News?
The news and media environment has become a tricky one to navigate. Listen in as Tara & Eric wade through the topic with Becky Zani, an award-winning journalist with decades in the industry and who...
Life Together
Life is meant to be lived in community, and friendship is an important part of discipleship to Jesus. We need people to encourage us, hold us accountable, and remind us of the truth in our faith...
Episode 31
We’re well aware of the mental health crisis faced by teens and young adults—nation-wide & right here in Utah. Tune in to this conversation with Katie Thomas, a licensed mental health practitioner...
eSwatini
For over 10 years, Capital has been sending teams to eSwatini, Africa (formerly Swaziland) through partnerships with Adventures in Missions (AIM) and local on-the-ground missionaries...
Fill The Pot
For 15 years, Toni and Reverend Jay Ragsdale have led Fill the Pot Ministries, which feeds hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City...
Passing The Baton
The tables have turned, and Tara and Eric are the guests in this episode! As Tara steps away from her staff position at Capital Church, Kelly Preston is taking on the role of co-hosting the podcast...
Thank You for Your Service
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we hear from Nikolai Wedekind, a combat veteran who’s served multiple deployments with the Utah Army National Guard. As a fighter helicopter pilot...
Circles Salt Lake
Circles Salt Lake is a local chapter of a national initiative, whose mission is to build circles of support around people as they transition out of poverty...
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