The mission of the Surge Faith, Work and Rest Initiative is to help people discern their vocations and reimagine their occupations for the good of their neighbor and the glory of God.  We produce this podcast to curate opportunities for people to listen to thought leaders, glean vocational wisdom, and reflect on their own work. See why so many have joined the conversation by listening to an episode below or joining our Monday morning prayer team, or keep scrolling to meet the hosts.

Faith, Work & Rest Podcast


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Podcast Hosts

Jim Mullins

Jim Mullins is the pastor of theological and vocational formation for Redemption Tempe and is on the leadership team for the Surge Network. He has worked as a pastor, entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and a basketball scout in Turkey. He’s the co-founder of several organizations, including the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, Uzbek Justice Initiative, and Peace Catalyst International. He’s married to Jenny, and has a six-year old daughter named Elliana. They spend their time watching basketball, cooking Middle Eastern food, and being completely ineffective gardeners.

Loren Kutsko

Loren lives near Downtown Phoenix with his wife and three kids. He is passionate about church-planting and small business ownership both being vehicles for God's people to bless their cities.  He and his wife, Lauren, have been married for 15 years, met while attending Indiana University, and moved to Phoenix to plant New Valley Church in 2003 after graduating. Loren and Lauren attend the downtown campus of New Valley Church and they own a career and business coaching practice.

Dennae Pierre

Dennae leads the Surge Network and was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She had a strong burden for church planting and helped plant Roosevelt Community Church alongside her husband, Vermon Pierre, who is the lead pastor. She has worked extensively throughout Phoenix among the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and low-income families. She is the founder of Foster Care Initiatives and has started multiple community development works in under-resourced areas. Dennae and Vermon have four children and enjoy spending their free time exploring the diverse community found in the parks, restaurants, and coffee shops of Downtown Phoenix. 


We'd love to hear from you!

Our episodes are made up of a variety of interviews and stories from God's people at work and at rest. If you have seen God at work or have a question you'd like us to discuss please drop us a line here.

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