Episode 91 - Growing Up in Foster Care - Tori Petersen

My name is Victoria Petersen. I was born a Texan but raised as a Midwest girl in rural town Ohio. I ran track, competitively, as a sprinter for ten years. I majored in Christian studies and psychology at Hillsdale College. Now, I am married to my sweet husband, Jacob, and I am a mom to a baby boy, Leyonder.  My experience in foster care has fueled my life’s passion to raise up and nurture my own family, as well as advocate for the restoration of the family and vulnerable youth.

My name is Victoria Petersen. I was born a Texan but raised as a Midwest girl in rural town Ohio. I ran track, competitively, as a sprinter for ten years. I majored in Christian studies and psychology at Hillsdale College. Now, I am married to my sweet husband, Jacob, and I am a mom to a baby boy, Leyonder.

My experience in foster care has fueled my life’s passion to raise up and nurture my own family, as well as advocate for the restoration of the family and vulnerable youth.

Episode 87 - Covey - Dre Barthel

Owner & Creative Director of Covey  Dre is a gifted entrepreneur with over 20 years of event planning experience. Her passion for events, effective branding, and strategy collides here with her deepest desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Crafting events with the host, business, and guests in mind is her mission, meaningful experiences are the strategy, gatherings with intention are the result.

Owner & Creative Director of Covey

Dre is a gifted entrepreneur with over 20 years of event planning experience. Her passion for events, effective branding, and strategy collides here with her deepest desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Crafting events with the host, business, and guests in mind is her mission, meaningful experiences are the strategy, gatherings with intention are the result.

Episode 83 - Mercy Hill Church - Megan Thorp

Megan Thorp is a pastor and director of community life at Mercy Hill - which means she has her hand in a little bit of everything. Her family includes her husband Chad and kids, Caleb, Reed, and Quinn.

Megan Thorp is a pastor and director of community life at Mercy Hill - which means she has her hand in a little bit of everything. Her family includes her husband Chad and kids, Caleb, Reed, and Quinn.

“OG Family”

“OG Family”

Pam and her grandchildren

Pam and her grandchildren

The whole family honoring Pam with Christmas pajamas the Christmas after she passed away.

The whole family honoring Pam with Christmas pajamas the Christmas after she passed away.



Episode 79 - Open Hands Willing Heart - Vivian Mabuni

Vivian Mabuni is a dynamic Asian American author and speaker who is passionate about seeing God raise up a generation of leaders who will have a cultural and spiritual impact on campuses, families, churches and communities around the world.  After joining the staff with Cru 30 years ago, Vivian went on to serve on the campuses of UC Berkeley and UCLA. She served ten years with Epic, the Asian American ministry of Cru and currently works with Cru City partnering with leaders who seek to help serve the different communities in large metropolitan cities around the country.  As a speaker, Vivian is always an inspiration, Biblical sound and culturally relevant. She loves teaching about the bible, and its practical application to ministry and life. She has spoken at conferences, universities and churches across the country including the IF:Gathering, Women of Willow, UC Santa Barbara, Vanguard University, Biola University, QCommons, and she has been a keynote speaker at the CRU winter conferences in Portland, L.A., Denver, Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta.  Vivian lives in Southern California with her husband of 27 years, Darrin, and three wonderful kids, Jonathan, Michael, and Julia.

Vivian Mabuni is a dynamic Asian American author and speaker who is passionate about seeing God raise up a generation of leaders who will have a cultural and spiritual impact on campuses, families, churches and communities around the world.

After joining the staff with Cru 30 years ago, Vivian went on to serve on the campuses of UC Berkeley and UCLA. She served ten years with Epic, the Asian American ministry of Cru and currently works with Cru City partnering with leaders who seek to help serve the different communities in large metropolitan cities around the country.

As a speaker, Vivian is always an inspiration, Biblical sound and culturally relevant. She loves teaching about the bible, and its practical application to ministry and life. She has spoken at conferences, universities and churches across the country including the IF:Gathering, Women of Willow, UC Santa Barbara, Vanguard University, Biola University, QCommons, and she has been a keynote speaker at the CRU winter conferences in Portland, L.A., Denver, Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta.

Vivian lives in Southern California with her husband of 27 years, Darrin, and three wonderful kids, Jonathan, Michael, and Julia.