Adventist Peace Radio, Episode 23: Church of the Advent Hope (Peace Church Network)

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In this episode co-hosts Jeff Boyd and Lisa Diller interview three leaders at Church of the Advent Hope (Facebook), which is an active participant in the APF Peace Church Network. The leaders—Todd Stout, Brooke Pierce, and Nicholas Zork—share about their efforts to pursue God’s peace and justice in their local context, New York City.


Brooke Pierce is committed to social justice advocacy and serves as the Peace Ministry Coordinator at Church of the Advent Hope in New York City. She is a freelance writer and playwright who earned her B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University. Her musical Sympathy Jones, co-authored with Masi Asare, debuted at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2007 and has received dozens of productions across the country and internationally since then.

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Todd Stout is the senior pastor of Church of the Advent Hope, a Seventh-day Adventist congregation in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where he has pastored for the past ten years. He is a graduate of Andrews University with a BA in Religion (1999) and an MDiv (2002). Todd lives with his family In New York City.

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Nicholas Zork, PhD, is a songwriter, music director, and teacher based in New York City. He is minister for worship and the arts at Church of the Advent Hope. And he has an MA and PhD in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Lisa Diller, PhD, was an APF Board Member for a number of years before transitioning to her new position as Peace Church Network Coordinator. She teaches early modern world history at her alma mater, Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. Though raised on a farm in rural West Virginia, she learned to love the city while earning her PhD at the University of Chicago and researching her dissertation in London. In addition to seventeenth century religion and politics, Lisa enjoys service and activism in her urban neighborhood and ministry in her local church, The Well, which she helped start with her husband Tommy in 2008. Lisa’s academic credentials enable her to talk about history and politics—but her passion is learning how to be part of the kingdom of God.

If you would like to learn more about the Peace Church Network and how you can participate, please contact Lisa Diller. Additionally, see the links below in the Show Notes section.


To learn more about the APF Peace Church Network, check out the following resources:


Thank you Lisa Diller for co-hosting this episode. Hopefully we’ll have more episodes like this in the future.

I also want to thank Carlisle Sutton for recording the introduction to this episode. Carlisle is the Director of Community Engagement at Andrews University. In episode 8 of this podcast, I briefly talked about H.E.L.P., the literacy program he is running in Benton Harbor, MI. That is just one of his initiatives. May God continue to bless your ministry and your grant writing efforts, Carlisle!

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MUSIC: Our theme music is “Green Fields” by Scott Holmes, which is available at the Free Music Archive.

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