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Faith to Go Hits a New Milestone: 40,000 Downloads

Seven years ago, a small team began a podcast to help enliven formation for families. Today, the Faith to Go podcast has over 40,000 downloads and provides hundreds of regular listeners with a candid conversation about God in our lives. 

It was 2004 when the words “iPod” and “broadcasting” were combined, bringing to life the word ‘podcast.’ Nearly 20 years later, there are over 3 million podcasts across several platforms. This popular means of entertainment has made great strides in providing new, creative content for people–a space that the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego boldly stepped into. 

Did you know that most Americans aged 12-54 (53%) have listened to a podcast in the last month? 43% of listeners ages 35-54 are monthly podcast listeners, the most popular age group for podcast consumption. What an amazing way to share the Good News of Christ. 

Shortly after finishing seminary, David Tremaine, Faith to Go founder and cohost, noticed that many of the families with young children did not attend church every week–giving the impression that the community had very few families with children. “It wasn’t that we didn’t have families with children–they were just never at church all at the same time. A few families would come one Sunday, and others would come another.” The schedules just never matched. 

Knowing that there had to be a way to help these families grow in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, David approached his colleague, Maya Little-Saña, for help. It wasn’t long before Faith to Go was a fully-fledged online family formation resource. They were designed specifically for families to engage with children of all ages with reflections and activities about Jesus. The Faith to Go podcast began as a way to help reinforce parents as they utilize the website’s resources at home.

“At some point, we realized that it wasn’t just parents listening but everyone,” said Tremaine.    

Today, the Faith to Go Podcast is cohosted by David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar and offers a weekly conversation about God and the Gospel. “It makes me think about my own life and how God is at work in it,” said Preslar, “We don’t tell anyone what to think. It is a community of listeners that wonder [about God] with us.”

Faith to Go was there when we, as a Church, needed it most. Between March 2020 and July 2020, the Faith to Go podcast had its most downloads ever, giving people a way to interact and wonder about God when things were bleak, and churches struggled to adapt to the pandemic culture. 

“During a remarkably difficult and dark time, Faith to Go provided people a pathway toward the light of Christ. I am immensely proud of our Faith to Go team and the ministry they continue to provide every week,” said Bishop Susan Brown Snook. 

In 2023, Faith to Go welcomes more guests from across the Church. The Faith to Go team regularly travels across EDSD to interview lay leaders and clergy alike at their home congregation or diocesan events. If you are interested in being a guest on the podcast or hosting Faith to Go (on the Go) at your congregation or in-person event, contact Faith to Go producer, Greg Tuttle at gtuttle@edsd.org. Your feedback, God-sightings, and thoughts on the Gospel are always welcome. Email your thoughts about the Gospel to faithtogo@edsd.org, and the team may read your reflection on the air. 

Congratulations to the entire Faith to Go community on 40,000+ downloads! You are the light of the world. 

You can subscribe and listen to Faith to Go on Apple, Google Play, and Spotify.

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