Conversations & Stories

Interview: Beto Olmos

April 9, 2024

Join host Peter Varberg as he engages in an insightful conversation with Beto Olmos, a cherished member of the Gathering community recognized for his welcoming spirit as the leader of the hospitality team. In this captivating episode, Beto opens up about his transformative journey — from ascending the corporate ladder in the hospitality industry to embarking on a soul-stirring quest across the globe. Listen closely as he shares his deeply personal encounter with faith, embracing a new season of life guided by the teachings of Jesus and lessons learned from the IMPACT School of Discipleship.

Interview: Jen Beitel "Biblical Worldview"

March 19, 2024

Join host Peter Varberg as he interviews Jen Beitel, a Gathering member whose journey to ministry leadership is nothing short of inspiring. Jen shares her story of transformation and how she now leads a ministry focused on helping parents and their teenage children establish a biblical worldview. Tune in for insights on faith, growth, and purpose in this engaging episode.

Interview: Scott Wessell "Navigating Faith" Insights into The Gathering's Youth Ministry

March 5, 2024

Embark on an insightful journey as Scott Wessell, our IMPACT and Youth Pastor, opens up in an exclusive interview about the exciting developments within our new youth ministry at The Gathering. Immerse yourself in Scott's personal narrative as he unfolds the profound impact of youth ministry on his faith, offering a unique perspective influenced by his role as a father to a son in the same age group. Delve into the ministry's mission of guiding and empowering our youth "adults in training" to navigate life's challenging questions with confidence. Discover the ways in which you can actively impact this future generation.

Interview: Daniel Rojas "Christ Collective Church"

January 30, 2024

Daniel candidly shares his journey from battling alcoholism to discovering a renewed faith in Jesus. His missionary experiences in Israel and India, meeting his wife Yvette, and establishing a house church all lead to the transformational story behind the new church he's planting, Christ Collective Church.

Interview: Paul Varberg

January 9, 2024

Host Peter Varberg interview his father, Paul Varberg, a lifelong missionary in the Philippines who also grew up as a missionary kid there. Join us as Paul shares insight on what it's like to live a life overseas as a missionary and how to serve God within our own sphere of influence no matter where we are.

Testimony: Fritz Doran

December 12, 2023 • Fritz Doran

Fritz shares his journey from growing up in Alabama, to joining the marines, how he met his wife, to his faith story of shifting his perspective from seeing Christianity as a list of things that he had to do, to a personal relationship with Jesus based on grace.

Charissa Sutliff "Christ Centered Body Image"

November 21, 2023

Join us as Charissa shares her inspiring journey from being a fitness coach and professional bodybuilder, to discovering Jesus and establishing a ministry centered on a Christ-driven approach to body image. Charissa's story reveals her profound journey of uncovering her true identity anchored in Christ and igniting a compelling call for others to embark on their own transformative journeys.

Testimony: Sal Garcia

October 31, 2023

Join us on Sal's incredible journey from a challenging childhood, entrepreneurial middle school days, and single parenthood to finding love, faith, and a spiritual home at The Gathering. It's a story of divine pursuit and unwavering love from a steadfast, unfailing Father.

Testimony: Phil Garcia

October 3, 2023

Get ready to dive into Phil's incredible journey – from growing up in church and just going through the motions, to having his faith ignited by seeing his roommate live out his Christian beliefs, to experiencing God through genuine community, and continuing to live out his faith among friends and neighbors.

Testimony: Deb Nore

September 19, 2023

Join Alanna Sullivan as she interviews her very own mother in law, Deb Nore, as she shares her journey from her early days in the church, stepping away, years of soul-searching, battling an abusive relationship and illnesses, to starting fresh in San Diego during the covid pandemic. 

IMPACT: Book of Philippians Class with Becky Friberg

August 22, 2023 • Becky Friberg, Peter Varberg

A conversation about joy, how to study the Bible, and accountability through community.

IMPACT: Spiritual Disciplines Class with Peter Varberg

August 8, 2023

IMPACT: Bible Overview Class with Aeron Sullivan

July 25, 2023 • Aeron Sullivan, Peter Varberg

IMPACT: DESIGN Class with Scott Wessell

July 11, 2023 • Peter Varberg, Pastor Scott Wessell

Impact Reflections (Vision Week)

August 17, 2022 • Peter Varberg

Welcome to the gathering podcast; this podcast is all about helping you experience the abundant life that Jesus promised. We do this through stories, teachings, and testimonies about God’s unyielding faithfulness. As you probably could tell, the podcast team is taking a break for the summer, but we have a special episode we wanted to release leading up to Impact’s upcoming vision week. Today Peter Varberg interviews several current students and alums from Impact who reflect on their experience with the program. They talk about the highs and lows of Impact and offer some encouragement for those considering joining the program. Whether or not you are sold on Impact, I would encourage you to attend Impact’s vision week, which runs from August 30th to September 2nd, 9-1 every day. You’ll have a chance to mingle with new and old students, learn more about the program, participate in some great worship, hear powerful testimonies, and listen to insightful and inspiring teachings. We hope to see you there.