Preacher in the Hat

Preacher in the Hat

A podcast about life, family & ministry with Steve, Derek & Eric. Produced by Chris. Some things are best told in story form. And we believe there is a story to tell. Hard lessons, joyous victories, or humble beginnings. The stories point to the One who wrote them.


June 20, 2024 52 mins

In this episode, you get to learn a little more about us! All the way from the beginning when Steve found out he was going to be a father to twin boys.

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Our Preacher in the Hat team is thrilled to welcome Valorie Gochnauer to the podcast! With her help (and songwriting skills!) we talk about being content in the moments God has placed us.

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June 6, 2024 41 mins

Fast. Faster. Fastest. Everything in our world is about how quickly things can get done. How quickly we can meet deadlines at work. How quickly that Amazon delivery can get here. It's easy for that "need for speed" to creep into our lives and influence our life patterns. How do we slow down the hurry so we can breathe for a second and hear His voice? Let's take our time and talk about it!

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May 30, 2024 41 mins

Friend of the show, Ron Burt, joins us for one more episode of guest testimonials from our Streetlights series. The best part? You don’t need to have listened to any prior episodes to understand or enjoy hearing his great story.

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May 23, 2024 36 mins

Let's welcome in another guest, Tina Sumpter! Tina joins us to talk about healthy attachment, not just to others, but our Savior. Listen to a beautiful story of her real life example of healthy attachment through the adoption of her daughter. 

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May 16, 2024 38 mins

Let's talk about the love of our Savior. In all of its complexity. Or simplicity? Maybe it's far easier to understand than we like to make it. God wants us to understand it in the way a child does. Just that He's always there, and always will be. Always.

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May 9, 2024 39 mins

Where is God? We got the answer from a 4 year old. His answer was complete Biblical truth. But, he can't even read yet. How could he know? Fortunately for us, God didn't make this answer super complex. It can be answered simply in a single word from a child. Everywhere.

"Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, i...

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May 2, 2024 43 mins

Please Welcome to the 4th Chair our friend, Greg Ledet! It was such an honor for Greg to come and join us in studio, all the way from Chipley, Florida. Greg has an incredible story of what it is like to come home when God turns on the Street Lights (Episode 9 reference). Greg’s story is full of things like redemption, grace, healing and faith. Make sure you catch this one!

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April 25, 2024 38 mins

Everybody loves a good homecoming story. So, lets take a few minutes to reflect on our own. When God calls us back to His arms, there is peace, redemption, mercy, wisdom, grace and so much more. If home is where the heart is, let home be where He is!

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April 18, 2024 36 mins

The team talks about failure. Is there a failure in your life that you thought meant the end of everything? The team has had those, too. But God views "failure" differently than we do. Tune in and find out why failure is an option.

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April 11, 2024 33 mins

The team talks about the importance of discipline. It doesn't necessarily make sense that more free time means it's harder to stay disciplined, but we examine why it can sometimes be too much of a good thing. Balance is important in discipline.

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April 4, 2024 37 mins

Did you ever play baseball? If so, did you ever hit a homerun? Well, Steve did. And he can't wait to tell you about it. But more than that, he can't wait to tell you about how God meets us with His strength to give us the strength to do things we'd otherwise consider improbable. Nobody does impossible like He does.

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March 28, 2024 37 mins

Have you ever felt like you have trouble separating parts of your life in a healthy? Worse yet, have you ever not realized it at all? The roles we play in different parts of our life can often intersect. How to manage that intersection is essential. Let's talk about how!

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In this episode, the team talks about difficulties in leadership, parenting, or any position of authority where THEY JUST WON'T LISTEN! It can feel defeating. But, we must resolve to show the same grace the Father has shown us. 

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March 14, 2024 42 mins

In this episode, the team talks about how to deal with disappointment. Have you ever chased someone or something that just doesn’t want to be caught? It can be demoralizing. The team is grateful that we know The Good Shepherd! We let ourselves down, and so do other people. He never does.

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March 7, 2024 37 mins

In this episode, the team talks more about small beginnings and the faith it takes. With a little help from Dr. William Pitts and his song, "The Church in the Wildwood", the team is able to conclude that God's plan is best.

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February 29, 2024 31 mins

In this pilot episode of Preacher in the Hat, the team (Steve, Eric, & Derek) talks about the important small beginnings that have lead to this moment. How did we get to this point? Why did we decide to do this? All of these questions and more will be answered! 

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February 9, 2024 41 secs

Quick promo for our upcoming podcast series, Preacher in the Hat.

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