Columbus pastor, wife launch marriage and family podcast


Marriage, family, faith, fun.

Those who know Shannon and Rev. Jimmy McIlrath know they’re passionate about those four topics.

And now they’re the basis of a lively and engaging weekly podcast – Figuring Our Four – where the McIlraths share four ideas about a specific topic. During a recent episode, Balance, they shared ways to find balance with time, money, faith, and fun.

“Make fun a priority,” Shannon McIlrath said, whether it’s a day at the lake or a weekend getaway. “Put it on the calendar and protect it.”

A busy family of four – Shannon’s a full-time nurse, Jimmy serves as senior pastor of The Ridge in Columbus, Savannah is a 17-year-old senior, and Abby is a 14-year-old eighth grade student – the McIlraths didn’t have time to add something new to their already-full schedule, but thought the podcast was an important ministry they could share.

Both Shannon and Jimmy are podcast listeners – they often listen while running and walking – and thought they’d share some of what they’ve learned in 19 years of marriage, 17 years of parenting, and their study of scripture.

“We thought this would be a neat way to share our faith and some of the things we have learned,” said Rev. McIlrath. “We always pray that God would receive glory in everything and we want to use every opportunity that comes our way.”

They’ve also found that it’s been a fun experience that has strengthened their relationship.

“It’s really been a neat experience because it’s allowed us to set time aside for ourselves,” Shannon said. “Instead of becoming an addition to the busyness it has really kind of added quality time.”

Just a few weeks after launching their podcasts have been downloaded more than 500 times. The McIlraths hope that through the podcasts listeners learn that they deal with the same struggles as everyone else and find hope, encouragement, and some practical advice.

“One of the reasons for this podcast was to give a little hope and joy and share what we’ve learned, to share our own struggles and how we’ve dealt with them,” Rev. McIlrath said. “We’re just like everyone else. We do not have things figured out, we’re still learning!”

Each podcast is sprinkled with humor, laughter, and personal stories. Savannah and Abby even make their way into a few outtakes, as does one of the family’s dogs, Honey.

The foundation of the podcasts is the McIlraths’ faith and love of Christ, and in each episode they share scripture and how God’s word is applicable in daily life.

“This is our ministry together,” Rev. McIlrath said. “This is something we do together, and that’s the coolest part of it.”

Access the Figuring Our Four podcast via the podcast app on your iPhone or in the Google Play store from your android. It’s also available via the iHeartRadio app, Stitcher, and online at Like the podcast? Rate it and leave a review.

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