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Darrin Nelson

Hillsborough, New Jersey

Vibrant Parish Life Ministries / Consulting

At the age of 28, married and with two young children, God starting tugging on his heart. Soon afterwards, in 1998, he began working full time in ministry working with various pastors, parishes, and diocesan committees focused on parish life strategic planning. For the past 10 years his passion has been helping Catholic parishes foster Discipleship and Evangelization. Through this podcast he desires to share stories about Catholics awakening to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and provide conversations around parish evangelization initiatives and the various challenges pastors and leadership face moving parishes into Mission. He believes there is always a story to be discovered.


Spending time with his family: wife Margie, son’s Ben and Jared

Outdoors: Hiking, Fishing, Boating, Jeep

Meeting new people and discussing their life journey.




Jen  Sakowski

Founder/ CEO

Raney Day Design

A Creative Marketing Company



Episode # 13

Parish Digital Marketing and Communications Strategy with Jen Sakowski

Jen’s BIO and Contact Information:

As the Founder and CEO of Raney Day Design, I help companies plan, develop, and implement online marketing strategies that get results. From designing websites that attract new leads to maximizing SEO to rank higher on Google and everything in between.

To learn more:
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Suzanne Walsh

Director of Parish Programs

Sophia Institute for Teachers
800 888 9344 x 323

Sophia Institute for Teachers


Episode # 12

Conversation about how Whole Family Catechesis can help evangelize your parish. 

Suzanne serves as Director of Parish Programs for Sophia Institute for Teachers helping parishes form families and support their growth. Suzanne has assisted hundreds of parishes in their journey to family formation. She has been involved in catechesis and parish ministry for over twenty years and serves as a volunteer chaplain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dan Amabile

ChristLife Team Leadership

St. Magdalen de Pazzi, Flemington NJ.

Other Ministries

Men’s Ministry, Jubilation, Cantor, Catechist 

Episode # 11

ChristLife And Significant Parish Transformations: Conversation with Dan Amabile



Valerie          DeVito

ChristLife Leadership Team

St Marys – Stony Hill, Watchung NJ


Episode # 10

ChristLife at a Small Parish: Conversation with Valerie Devito

Valerie has been instrumental with helping her parish foster discipleship and evangelization by establishing small faith groups. In this episode Valerie shares how ChristLife has awakened her heart to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and discusses with Darrin how ChristLife was established at this small parish. 

Peter Ascosi


Assistant Director

To find out more about ChristLife and how it can help foster discipleship and evangelization at your parish visit them at

Episode # 9

ChristLife Assistant Director Peter Ascosi: Conversation about ChristLife for parishes.


Pete joined ChristLife in June 2005. He grew up in the Catholic Church and experienced a life-changing conversion in 2003-2004. He lives in Catonsville with his wife, Ally, and four children.

Pete speaks at national and regional conferences encouraging people to invite others into a personal relationship with Jesus. He is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University with a degree in History and completed masters studies in Non-Profit Management at Notre Dame University of Maryland.

Diahne Goodwin

Leadership Coach

Divine Renovation

Links of Interest

Divine Renovation Book

Divine Renovation Website


Episode # 8

Ministry Mapping for Mission

Diahne serves as a Leadership Coach with Divine Renovation, accompanying parishes as they journey from maintenance to mission. She served in full-time parish ministry for over 20 years in areas of faith formation and pastoral care as well as serving on the parish leadership team, helping in the implementation of the DR principles for renewal, from evangelization efforts to leadership development. Diahne played a key role in bringing and growing Alpha at the parish and now also works with Alpha New England to equip and support parishes in running Alpha.

Jessica Wimmer

Flowery Branch, Georgia


Ministry to Women

Episode # 7

From Pornography to the Confessional: The witness of Jessica.

Carl Baumann

Parishioner at

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Lynchburg, VA


Aviation and being Catholic

Episode # 1

A Pursuit of Aviation to a Pursuit of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church

Episode # 5

Darrin and Carl: The importance of their personal prayer time.

Kathy Behre

Parishioner at

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish

Flemington N.J. 08844


Christlife, Called and Gifted, Parish Pastoral Council

Episode # 4

Charisms Part III: Kathy’s story of Discovering Purpose through Discerning Charisms and implementing Called and Gifted at her parish.

Palma Anton

Parishioner at

Saint Agnes Church, Clark, NJ


Spiritual Director and Retreat Facilitator at Saint Joseph Shrine, Stirling NJ

Saint Joseph Shrine website

Episode # 3

Charisms Part II: Holy Spirit tugging on Palma’s heart…and this is how she responds

Patrick Conley

Office of Communications

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis


Called and Gifted Presenter and Trainer – The Catherine of Siena Institute

Host of Practicing Catholic

Episode # 2

Discerning Charisms Part I: Why is this important as a Catholic and my role as a disciple?

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