Off Grid Christianity

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Off Grid Christianity is a podcast for Christians who feel disconnected from Church...whether they attend one or not! Hosted by Martin Purnell, former 'Drivetime' presenter on the UK's first FM Christian Radio station, 'Cross Rhythms City', in Stoke-on-Trent. Martin also pioneered the legendary lunchtime discussion programme 'The Soapbox' on national Christian radio station 'UCB'. In recent years, Martin took a step back from direct involvement in broadcasting to focus on family life in his adopted home of Northern Ireland. However, throughout that time, the concept behind OGC has been developing on the 'back burner' and we're excited to bring...

Off Grid Christianity – Episode 27 – Ron Hutchcraft and Wes Francis
Yesterday at 12:43 AM

I honestly thought that this episode would be a chance to hear the wise words from legendary Christian Broadcaster Ron Hutchcraft and highlight some of his ministry past and present. Ron suggested that it would be good to have Wes Francis from the On Eagles Wings project. Want to have a laugh? Want to know …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 26 – Elaine Heath
01/21/2023

Today’s guest grew up in poverty and was forced out of home whilst still at school aged 16 yet was still able to rise to the top of academia. What is an Abbess? Why and how would you set up a modern day monastic community in North Carolina? Her latest book, Trauma – Informed Evangelism …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 27 – Christy Wimber
01/17/2023

Author and Speaker Christy shares how the Church has reacted to mental health issues in the past. Christy discusses being mentored by John Wimber and what he would think of her ministry now. There is also time for her thoughts on Social Media and what women should do if they want a place at the …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 25 – Andrea Van Boven
01/14/2023

What’s it like to be caught up in an African Coup D’Etat as a missionary? What’s it like to have Malaria and also Typhoid? What is a Prayer Consultant? Andrea Van Boven answers these questions and also discusses why she wrote a book about someone that the majority of Christians have never heard of. However, …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 24 – Bill Wade
01/07/2023

Bill Wade shares how he has been able to lead and run his 'Inlet Dance Theatre' company plus other previous projects, whilst not forgetting his community in Cleveland, Ohio.


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 24 – Bill Wade
01/07/2023

What’s it like to win a major Arts award and receive it in the White House? How do you survive in the performing arts industry when in the 1980s you are the only Christian? How do you hold on to your morals and integrity? Bill Wade shares how he has been able to lead and …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 23 – New Year’s Eve
12/31/2022

If you haven’t already heard our Christmas Eve party special with Noel Richards and Martin Scott, please enjoy. A brand new episode of Off Grid Christianity will be available from January 7th 2023.


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 23 – Christmas Special
12/24/2022

With people logging on to watch, here is the audio version recorded especially for OGC on December 9th. It features Martin Scott and Noel Richards who try to answer trivial and serious questions. Festive music is provided by Noel and Tricia Richards. If you are lonely over the Christmas period and need some humour plus …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 22 – Steve Cole
12/17/2022

Steve shares how he started and then why he terminated Artisan, a support for Christians in the media throughout the world. This hard decision led him into working with a family Trust supporting and networking leaders through one to one support plus a weekly Podcast called Wonderspace. Love and Grace is all over this episode …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 21 – Lynda Gould
12/10/2022

Lynda shares her experiences of being a youth worker during the Troubles in 1980s Belfast. Later she ran peace and reconciliation courses for churches. A life-threatening illness meant a 4 year rest before returning to work. Lynda shares how her faith was challenged during these times and how she is still involved in the community …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 20 – Randall Flinn
12/03/2022

Yet another podcast where what was shared was not what I expected! Yes, Houston native Randall discusses his professional dance company of 30 years, Ad Deum. Yes, he explains why and how he got into ballet. However, it is when he opens up about his family and friends, that the interview goes in another direction…again.


Off Grid Christianity Christmas Party Video Promo with Noel Richards and Martin Scott
11/30/2022

Friday 9th December. See you there!


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 19 – Paul Mirfin
11/26/2022

One minute Paul was a train conductor and then the next he was on Songs Of Praise having been discovered playing in a coffee bar. An album and tour of the UK plus South Africa and California followed. Then Covid happened. Paul shares why he has organised an annual free arts festival and what it …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 18 – Tony Vino
11/24/2022

What is it like to try stand up comedy only to then turn it into a profession? Tony explains how, after 20 years of hard graft, he is now the top comedian on cruise liners, playing to 1500 people whilst on their holidays in The Caribbean. Can you be employed as a Comedian and a …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 17 – Pat Allerton
11/12/2022

Pat is the Vicar featured in the video that went viral during lockdown. His mini sermons filmed the Notting Hill streets of London went global. What negativity did he get and what did his Bishop do to help him? What is his new book A Pocketful Of Hope all about? This episode will answer all …

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CHRISTMAS LIVE RECORDING. PLEASE JOIN US.
11/11/2022

On Friday December 9th, please join Noel Richards, Martin Scott and me for a live recording of the Off Grid Christianity Christmas podcast! You will be able to see us via noelrichards.com and Noel’s Facebook page which can be used to text us during the recording. This promo has more details. See you December 9th …

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Off Grid Christianity -Episode 16 – David Robertson
11/05/2022

David shares how his internationally known Wee Flea website was so named after conversations with Richard Dawkins! David explains how the internet activists get results and what happens when he meets them face to face instead of answering via a keyboard.


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 15 – Brian Houston
10/28/2022

In this special full length episode, Northern Ireland’s very popular singer/songwriter shares his journey to date. I have to state that it was so difficult to edit as we ran well over the suggested 1 hour. One of the 5 initial questions was sacrificed, however. What you will hear is Brian sharing much more than …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 14 – Rob Halligan
10/22/2022

Rob is a respected singer/songwriter and discusses helping the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Glastonbury Festival! Rob also reflects on what he has learned from leaving the controversial, troubled Jesus Army and helping to start up a new Church. We also pay tribute to his friend and my former colleague Mike Rimmer who sadly passed …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 13 – Jackie Elton
10/15/2022

Jackie discusses why and how she co-founded the charity Transforming Faces to help all children affected by cleft lip and palate. Jackie also explains her Single Friendly Church campaign and why she launched christianconnection.com in 2000. It is now the UK’s leading and award winning Christian dating app. For more information about Christian Connection visit their website at https://www.christianconnection.com


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 12 – Andy Smithyman
10/08/2022

A ‘Preacher’s Kid’ who struggled with communicating, Andy found that writing stories helped him during the tough school years. In later life he became an author, ghost writer and researcher into what Revival means and the impact it has had in the wider context. He also gives insight into Quaker Capitalism, the isle of Lewis, …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 11 – Fr Isaac and Bro Benedict, Franciscan Friary
10/01/2022

What’s it like to be a Franciscan? What is a Franciscan? Why do both support Man City when Fr Isaac is from USA? Not only will these questions be answered but they will explain why they became Franciscans. We learn what the difference is between a friar and a monk….and it has nothing to do …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 10 – Derek Cleave
09/24/2022

Author, Broadcaster and Evangelist Derek talks about his thoughts on Evangelism today. We hear about what Hospitality Evangelism is and what can be done if you feel disillusioned with Church today. We also find out why he became the Chaplain, and what this entails, to the best football team in the world – the mighty …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 9 – Christ Otto
09/17/2022

His christian name is pronounced as in wrist and on this episode US author and artist Christ joins me to discuss why he set up the Belonging House for artists. He explains why a major life crisis through addiction got him to seek help and was given the response to “Listen to the Lord and …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 8 – Martin Scott
09/10/2022

Martin discusses what it was like as a Christian when his first wife, Sue, passed away. He also shares his thoughts on the house church movement and what a prophetic theologian is. Martin explains why church leaders should be up front and honest about their own lives.


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 7 – Noel Richards
09/02/2022

Singer/Songwriter Noel discusses how July’s This Is The Day Worship Event came about from an Hungarian flag made from Napkins. It was waved at Wembley Stadium during Champion Of The World in 1997! Noel discusses what Church means to him and spending time with Rev Counter and The Speedos.


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 6 – Chris Cole
08/27/2022

Chris is the founder of Cross Rhythms Radio and a subsequent director of God TV (UK). Chris discusses the state of the Media today and why conversation is so important.


Off Grid Christianity – Episode 5 – Frog Orr Ewing
08/20/2022

Frog joins me to discuss how he felt led as a vicar to leave a London parish and start a modern day Minster in the countryside. Frog also gives a brief potted history of early Christianity in the UK. With a love of conservation, his vision of Latimer Minster has become a reality.


Off Grid Christianity -Episode 4- John J Thompson
08/13/2022

John has been heavily involved within the U.S. Christian Contemporary Music scene. For 10 years he was at Capitol Records as a Creative Director. As well as being a producer, teacher and pastor John is also an author. He discusses his book Jesus, Bread and Chocolate which was such a big encouragement to me. John …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 3 – Sheree Green
08/06/2022

Sheree discusses why in her 50’s she decided to leave a successful law firm to start her own specialising in mental health issues. Her company in such a short space of time has already won 2 major awards. Sheree gives an overview of why people can get sectioned today and what she can do to …

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Off Grid Christianity – Episode 2 – Randy Morocco
07/30/2022

In this Episode Martin chats with Randy about why he gave up his role of leading a Church and how his love of Archery is now more than just a hobby.


Off Grid Christianity Episode 1 – Peter Mockford
07/23/2022

Peter discusses his job in Africa buying coffee and why he returned to England to become a vicar that eventually led him to Psychotherapy! Peter is now a fully qualified Psychotherapist and explains what this job entails and what the Church and us should be doing post lockdown. This episode will give an insight into …

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Off Grid Christianity – Programme Promo
07/21/2022

Do you feel disconnected from Church? You might even attend church, and still feel that somehow you don’t quite fit in? In this Podcast Martin Purnell speaks to a series of guests about the issues relating to this phenomena. Here’s Martin to tell us more!