Shelby Abbott: Meet the New Guy

“Real Life Loading” is FamilyLife’s brand-new podcast for young adults. It’s lighthearted and authentic nature will help listeners understand what the Bible says- in a real way. On FamilyLife Today, meet the host, author, and speaker Shelby Abbott.

Real Life Loading podcast host Shelby Abbott knows what young adults sinking with doubt and anxiety--crave from the Church. Could you help? View Show Notes →
Real Life Loading podcast host Shelby Abbott knows his podcast isn't the only work in progress. His life story reminds him Jesus is all about the process. View Show Notes →
Real Life Loading is FamilyLife’s brand-new podcast for young adults. Here’s your chance to meet its host, author and speaker Shelby Abbott. View Show Notes →

Meet Series Guests

Shelby Abbott

Shelby Abbott is an author, campus minister, and conference speaker on staff with the ministry of Cru. His passion for university students has led him to speak at college campuses all over the United States.

Abbott is the author of Jacked and I Am a Tool (To Help with Your Dating Life), Pressure Points: A Guide to Navigating Student Stress and DoubtLess: Because Faith is Hard. He and his wife, Rachael, have two daughters and live in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Heather Holleman

DR. HEATHER HOLLEMAN is an associate teaching professor at Penn State, speaker, and author. She designs advanced writing curriculum for the English department and loves helping students thrive professionally. She has written eight books, including the bestseller Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison, and an award-winning book on evangelism (cowritten with her husband, Ashley Holleman) called Sent: Living a Life That Invites Others to Jesus. Heather's forthcoming book, The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting in an Age of Isolation and Incivility (Moody, October 2023) helps readers build loving connections with others. She also serves with Faculty Commons alongside Ashley in the graduate student ministry of Cru. They have two daughters and three cats, and Heather blogs daily at heatherholleman.com. Her podcast is The Verb with Heather Holleman.

Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This vision has led Paul to write 17 books on Christian living, produce 14 teaching series and travel around the world speaking at events. Paul's driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people experience in this broken world.

Paul attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and majored in Bible and Christian Education. He went on to receive his M.Div from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and his D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Throughout his life, Paul has planted a church, founded a Christian school, wrote worship songs and toured with a Christian band. He was a faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) for many years, a lecturer in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, a Visiting Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a pastor at Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Paul launched his own ministry in 2006. With a pastor's heart for pastors, he is also the Executive Director of The Center for Pastoral Life and Care.

He lives in Philadelphia and is hopelessly in love with his wife, Luella. They have four grown children.

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is part of the global speaking team for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and an editor for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of a number of books, including James For You, Why Bother With Church? and the bestselling Is God Anti-Gay?