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Welcome to the South By East Podcast, where we discuss culture, the scriptures, and everything in between and how they impact SE Topeka with your co-hosts Johnathan Sublet and Brail Watson.

Why this podcast?

Hi-Crest is 2 miles from the capitol building, but most people have no idea where it is. We live in a seemingly connected world, but the everyday person can feel disconnected. You can wonder how the scriptures and the city, state, national, and global events hit me as an ordinary person. How should I respond? How can I grow my knowledge of them and their impact on my community? 

Beyond that, how can the everyday person with little time and resources who already feel overwhelmed by life lead transformational movements in their context? We will use the podcast for interviewing others, talking about current events, and sharing what we see as a part of our work in the Hi-Crest community. We hope this time together will reaffirm the value of living a normal, non-radical life while consistently loving others over the long term for those in Southeast Topeka and beyond. 

Brail Watson

I currently serve as Worship Director for Fellowship Hi-Crest Church and simultaneously manage my own music brand - Braillionaire. I devote time to my community through my involvement in organizations like SENT Inc., YoungLife – Topeka, Top Teer, and the Topeka Boys & Girls Club. And, in 2021, I recruited funding and support to launch the Love Today to Live Tomorrow Project, a project based learning program to foster civic engagement for elementary and middle school students and help them build life and professional skills stopping the cradle to poverty pipeline in Hi-Crest.

Johnathan Sublet

Currently, I serve as the full-time servant pastor of Fellowship Hi-Crest Church in Topeka, Kansas, where I lead a multi-cultural team committed to walking in community with others through the power of Jesus. When I’m not preaching about the good news, I can be seen volunteering and serving on the board of many community organizations dedicated to lifting up underserved communities – like the Hi-Crest Neighborhood where I live with my wife, Tricia, and my 3 children – Silas, Toby, and Claudette.


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