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Symphonic Preaching, Bad Sermons & Consistent Improvement with Heath Hardesty

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Heath Hardesty from Valley Community Church in Pleasanton, California explores the concept of "symphonic preaching" with Mike, and the value of emphasizing connections between the Old and New Testaments and their relevance today to all of life. Heath sees the wonder of the world around us, and the beauty and treasure of the Bible's story. Heath also talks about how he dealt with preaching a sermon so bad, that he ruined someone's Christmas, and his commitment to consistent growth and improvement as a preacher. 

Heath Hardesty is an author and the lead pastor of Valley Community Church in the heart of Pleasanton, in the East Bay region of California. 


Heath grew up in a blue-collar home and was a plumber’s apprentice and service plumber in Colorado for several years before becoming a pastor in the technicolor land of Apple, Google, Pixar, Meta, Tesla, Twitter(X), and Netflix. He is married to Marla, his wife of 18 years, and has three kids: Silas, Hadley, and Olivia. 


He holds an undergraduate in Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s in Biblical Leadership (MABL) from Western Seminary, and a Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) also from Western Seminary.

Recommended Episodes: 

Heath's earlier interview: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0t3UHCQ09Ub9byMvZevgYD?si=64bd6695df514ffc

Jon Tyson on Sermon Preparation: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7Jv5UKAuXXhIykHEZzZej4?si=758a0ed3f8794303 

Paul Mowery on Precision in the Pulpit: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4iDSOck6l9LsYslom7IbHI?si=7138393c858a4cc8 

Pleasanton, California Expositors Collective Training Event May 24th & 25th

We’re excited to be partnering with Valley Community Church to host our first training seminar in the Bay Area. We have a lot of friends (and podcast downloads) in that part of California and we know that it is going to be a great time!

To register or for more information visit https://expositorscollective.org/gatherings/

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