4.42: Rural Fresh Expressions with Kerri Meyer

Terri Elton and Dwight Zscheile welcome Rev. Kerri Meyer.

It’s time to Pivot! In episode nine of season four, co-hosts Terri Elton and Dwight Zscheile welcome this weeks special guest, Rev. Kerri Meyer.

Looking for new ways to connect with your community and integrate farming, faith, and environmental stewardship into your church?

Our latest guest on the Pivot Podcast, Kerri Meyer, shares how her community is engaging in innovative ministry on a farm that is both theologically grounded and practically impactful.

One of the examples Kerri shares is a unique gathering called “Pie and Prayer.” Every Wednesday night out in the barnyard as the sun sets, followed by evening prayer in the silo, is how her community gathers and fellowships.

But Pie and Prayer is more than just a weekly gathering; it’s an expression of hospitality and community engagement that has been life-giving for many people, including locals who attend on Wednesday nights and travelers who make a stop on their road trips for Saturday morning gathering.

Tune in to the full episode of the Pivot Podcast to discover how Kerri and her ministry are forging a new path to sustainable community and spiritual growth through relationships with the land and neighbors.

Show Notes:

Here are the names of our other two leaders:
The Rev. Christian Muellerleile – Food, Faith + Farm Manager
Dr. Jen Blecha – Educator & Scholar, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Website address: www.goodcourage.farm

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Kerri Meyer

The Rev. Kerri Meyer, the Executive Director of Good Courage Farm, is an ordained priest in The Episcopal Church. Before making the leap to a fruit farm in rural Minnesota, Kerri served as Associate Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Kerri's role on the farm is both visionary and practical. As both farmer and priest, she engages daily with the agricultural and spiritual life of the farm, leading worship services and faith formation programs. Though she's a Master Gardner, she especially loves tending the animals who make their home on the farm, whether livestock or wildlife.

Meet Your Hosts

  • Dwight Zscheile

    Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary. His latest book is Leading Faithful Innovation: Following God into a Hopeful Future (with Michael Binder and Tessa Pinkstaff, Fortress Press, 2023).

  • Terri Elton

    Terri is a teacher who loves Jesus and God’s world. She currently is a Professor of Leadership and Dean of Academic Affairs at Luther Seminary, but has also served in congregations and non-profit settings. In her free time, Terri loves to bike and explore nature. She, along with her husband Eric, believes the world is interesting and together they travel to different cultures and places as often as they can.