Paola Mora Zepeda
Paola Mora Zepeda
One September evening during a Pathfinder camp out, Tom Kyser, pastor at the Manchester and Richmond churches in Kentucky, was hanging out with his Pathfinders when he mentioned that both he and Jon Remitera, pastor at the Somerset, Boonville, and Grove churches in Kentucky, were planning on starting a podcast. One of the Pathfinders, Monique Mwasumbi, was very excited.
“You should totally call the podcast ‘Pass the Baton,’” she said.
Kyser and Remitera liked the idea and decided to go with the name, which they thought represented the mission of the podcast.
“We want to hear stories … valuable experiences, and knowledge that can be passed on to us and on to our listeners,” Remitera said.
Michelle Mwansumbi, another Pathfinder at Manchester Mustangs and an active listener of Pass the Baton, described the podcast as authentic. She says that it is one quality she really enjoys and what makes the podcast stand out.
The podcast talks about current topics. “We just have conversations about things that are relevant at the time,” Kyser said.
The first season of Pass the Baton was released in December of 2021. The second season is still in the works, but the first episode aired on May 9, 2022.
The podcast regularly brings on guests to discuss the topics, which, according to Kyser and Remitera, are picked depending on the issue they want to discuss. Some of the guests have been Steve Haley, Kentucky-Tennessee Conference president; Jerry Page, General Conference ministerial association secretary; and Bryant Herbert, pastor, author, and music artist.
According to Remitera, while the podcast may seem directed toward Christians, as it talks about struggles in a Christian life and how to approach life from a Christian perspective, anyone can enjoy the podcast.
Pass the Baton has listeners between the ages of 23 and 59, with the vast majority of listeners being young adults. Listeners include 89% from the U.S., 8% from the Philippines, 7% from Germany, and less than 1% listen from Canada. In total, Pass the Baton has received more than 140 streams.
“I just want the podcast to be [a place] where people can feel like themselves,” Kyser said, “… because the Christian walk is not easy, it is difficult.”
Pass the Baton can be streamed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, YouTube, and Facebook.
Kentucky-Tennessee | June 2022
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