Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Cultural Adoption with Jonathan Holmes

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, sits down with Jonathan Holmes, a biblical counselor, author, and Director of Fieldstone Counseling Center in Cleveland, OH. Join them as they discuss Jonathan’s adoption, his Korean heritage, growing up in the Deep South, and how these experiences shaped his life, counseling, and ministry.


0:25 – Intro

0:55 – Jonathan talks about his upcoming book on identity issues

6:05 – How have you gained such an appreciation for poetry?

10:15 – Jonathan shares how biblical counseling changed the course of life and ministry

16:15 – What’s the most obvious lesson of counseling and ministry you couldn’t learn from a book?

22:20 – The Holmes family finds comfort and growth in the kitchen together

24:30 – How would you describe your upbringing and the impact of adoption on your life?

39:00 – How does your culture/heritage influence your family now?

47:10 – Who have been your strongest influences?

50:55 – What makes you especially happy today?

55:45 – Farewell

About Jonathan Holmes:

Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling. He previously served for fifteen years on the pastoral teams of Parkside Church. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s University with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author and contributor to a number of books including, The Company We Keep, Counsel for Couples, Rescue Skills, and Rescue Plan.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Seasons of Sorrow 1
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Blog Posts written bY Jonathan Holmes.
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Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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