Preach, Pray or Die

The work of ministry can be different for every person you meet, but how often do you get a chance to sit down and talk with a minister in-depth? Co-hosts Amy Lippoldt and Ben Hanne sit down with United Methodist persons in ministry in the Great Plains to hear their stories, discover their passions and celebrate our similarities and differences.
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Feb 14, 2017

Continuing in our brother-in-law series we are pleased to bring you our interview with Rev. Dustin Petz. Dustin serves as the pastor of the Norfolk UMC in Norfolk, NE. We talk about his early life in Bird City, KS, his path to ministry and love, his work as a board member of GCFA and so many other things!  You won't want to miss it!

Jan 31, 2017

Rev. John Collins is the pastor of Abilene First United Methodist Church in Abilene, Kansas (The hometown of our 34th President, Dwight Eisenhower). John shares with us the story of his life in ministry, the first time he met his wife and his passion for technology.  Thank you for listening!


A note on audio quality. The recording space we had been graciously provided proved to have some deep technical issues. As a result, you may notice more background sound than usual. 

Jan 6, 2017

Preach, Pray or Die is two years old!

We celebrate entering our terrible twos by highlighting clips from the following episodes:

#9 - Bill Selby

#15 - Live Show at Annual Conference

#22 - Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

#33 - Junius Dotson

Dec 20, 2016

Ben Wheeler is the Director of Youth and Discipleship Ministries at McPherson United Methodist Church in McPherson, Kansas.  Ben has a long and effective history with camping ministries in the state of Kansas and served as the chair of the camping ministry board for the Conference. He and our hosts go way back so we do a little reminiscing, a little discussion of the shape of youth ministry and a little more reminiscing.  

Thank you so much for listening! 

Nov 23, 2016

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The Rev. Dee Williamston is the Salina District Superintendent of the Great Plains Annual Conference. We discuss her fascinating path into the ministry and how each of her jobs has shaped her current work. We also talk about Dee's lifelong love of movies and her more recent love of cats.

You'll also have to forgive Ben as he mixes up Rocky III and Rocky IV, he hopes in time you'll trust his knowledge of pop culture again.

Nov 9, 2016

Dr. Jeanne Hoeft is the Academic Dean of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. In addition, she is the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Franklin and Louise Cole Chair in Town and Country Ministries. We talk about vocation, eating out of sterilized flower pots and the future of church leadership in the next few decades.

Oct 25, 2016

Thank you for listening to episode 38 of Preach, Pray or Die!

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. We think it's fair to say he's well known as a preacher, teacher, and author.

Across the episode, we touch on Resurrection's new sanctuary as it relates to the design of sacred space, high points and challenges in ministry, and the divisive subject of coffee in the sanctuary.

If you enjoy our show be sure to rate us on iTunes or give us a like on Facebook! Let us know what you've learned from our wonderful guests!

Oct 11, 2016

We're excited to be back! After a summer break comes episode 37 with the incredible Leighann Prothro.  Leighann serves as the Director of Children and Youth Ministry at Asbury UMC in Prairie Village, KS (Part of the Kansas City metro area).  

We discuss her path into ministry, love of music and the challenges of ministry in a busy world. Near the end, Ben spoils a 117-year-old book so consider yourself warned.

May 24, 2016

Bishop Scott Jones is the episcopal leader of the Great Plains Annual Conference. Previously he served as the Bishop for the Kansas episcopal area and has spent 12 years based out of Wichita, Kansas. We talk about his background as a Wesley scholar, the state of the church and the wonders of grandchildren!

May 10, 2016

Melissa Gepford is the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Tonganoxie UMC.  Melissa will also be commissioned as a Deacon in June!  We had a great conversation about her sordid past that got her kicked out of a youth group, her love of teaching, growing up in Texas and crossfit among other topics! 

Apr 26, 2016

The Rev. Bruce Emmert is the District Superintendent of the Kansas City District of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.  We discuss Bruce's experience in church planting, the challenges of ministry and a relational church and some insights into the Appointive Process in the Great Plains.

Apr 12, 2016

Episode 33 features out interview with Pastor, trainer and coach Junius Dotson. Rev. Dotson currently serves as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark UMC in Wichita, KS. On April 3rd, 2016 it was announced that he will become the new General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries.

Amy and Ben talk with Junius about his path into faith and the ministry, how social justice and faith walk hand-in-hand and his visions for the future of the denomination.

Mar 29, 2016

Mark Holland serves as both a Methodist Pastor and as the mayor of Kansas City, KS. 

Mar 15, 2016

Lisa is one of the amazing lay delegates from the Great Plains to the 2016 General Conference!  She is dedicated member of United Methodist Women, a great chef for desserts and works as a event planner for the University of Lincoln.  Enjoy this great episode!

Mar 1, 2016

Zach Anderson serves as the Pastor of Hansom UMC in Omaha, NE.  Zach is a delegate to General Conference, an avid lover of politics and has met Bono personally! 

Feb 16, 2016

Rev. Diana Chapel is a deacon (DEACON) who serves as the pastor of Ogden Friendship House UMC and the executive director of the Ogden Friendship House of Hope. One is a church, the other a social outreach and assistance organization - listen how these two great tastes taste great together!

Feb 2, 2016

Rev. Gary Beach serves as the Treasurer of the Great Plains Annual Conference.  Previously he did...everything!  Amy and Ben talk about the merging of the three conferences and the 24 hour process that brought Gary on board as the conference Treasurer!

Jan 19, 2016

Our first episode of 2016 is with Rev. Claudia Bakely! She currently serves as the District Superintendent for the Flint Hills district of the Great Plains Annual Conference.  Listen as Amy & Ben do their best to pry for inside information and laugh a whole lot!

Nov 24, 2015

Rev. Barry Dundas serves as the Senior Pastor at Trinity UMC in Salina, KS (located at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135). His ministry seem to be all about building, houses, lives, art and joy. We talk about history, life and baseball!

Nov 10, 2015

Dr. Nate Regier is a co-founder of Next Element Consulting, a conflict and communication consulting and mentoring firm in Newton, KS.  Nate works with our ordination residents in the Great Plains.  More information on Next Element can be found at

Oct 27, 2015

PPD had such an amazing time at the South Central Jurisdiction Women’s Consultation month ago! Not only did we get to interview two Bishops, but we had a chance over two days to hear amazing stories from many of the women at the conference.  Their theme was “Telling our Story” and boy did they!  We used small sections of all the interviews in a video during closing worship (available on our YouTube Page), but as a way of expressing our deep gratitude for the opportunity we’ve selected five of the interviews to share for our 24th Episode.

Elizabeth Duffin 

Jennifer Moxley interviewing Trista Soendker Nicholson

Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko

Lynn Dyke

Alyce McKenzie

Oct 13, 2015

We’re doubling the amount of Bishop interviews this week!  We had a wonderful time sitting down with Bishop Janice Riggle Huie who serves the Texas Annual Conference. We talk about her path into ministry and the way that schools have played such a pivotal role in her life.  It was an honor to talk with her!

Sep 29, 2015

Guess what? Bishops are people! People with great stories. Listen in on the conversation we had with Bishop Cynthia Harvey from the Louisiana Annual Conference and hear about the joy she found in cleaning toilets, how excited she gets for annual conference (really!) and why she has a huge Pope-crush. 

Sep 15, 2015

Our 21st episode features our interview with Rev. Rick Just.  Rick has recently stepped down from his previous post as a District Superintendent to serve as the Senior Pastor of Asbury Church in Wichita, Kansas.  Coming to ministry as a second career, Rick’s story involves a radical trust in his call and the work of some very dedicated pastors who saw gifts in him.  We’re excited it share Rick and a bit of his story with you!

Sep 1, 2015

Rev. Sergio Tristán is our guest for Podcast #20!  Sergio is a native of Mexico and has spent his entire adult life doing two things: 1) serving God and 2) Constantly being drawn back to Wichita, Kansas.  He currently serves El Mesias in that same city. We invite you to listen to his powerful story and share it with others!

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