Behind The Mic

Show Host

James Powell’s is a certified co-active coach, brand & marketing expert and cause marketing specialist.

James’ experience seamlessly blends the profit and nonprofit sectors where he has worked with mega brands like Virgin, BMW, TAXI, Nike, Playboy, Best Buy, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, SickKids, M&C SaatchiWE, Children’s Miracle Network and many others.

James works with both brands and individuals to help them connect to their core values so that they can build outcomes that allow them to grow and thrive.  James is an expert at looking at the bigger picture and helping to design systems, structures and process that facilitate ease, flexibility and performance.

James is an avid reader, journal writer, runner, HIIT enthusiast, proud dog Dad, uncle to four nieces, three nephews and a Big Brother to a Little Brother

And all of the above is what James WANTS you to see.  Beneath the surface it’s a very different story… a story of what happens when you teach a child that they’re not allowed to love.  

James mission moving forward is to build a community that advocates for love, mental health and spiritual health.  James is currently building this community through sharing his story of spiritual abuse, religious trauma, sexual abuse & addiction.  By sharing his personal story his intention is to bring light to the hidden psychological, spiritual, emotional and mental abuse that continues to be inflicted on LGBTQ+ children in religious communities.

Guest Interviews

Colby Martin

Colby Martin

Episode 14

Colby is a best-selling author, podcaster, and PROGRESSIVE co-pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diago

Colby is one of leading voices of the Progressive Christian movement with two books on this topic UnClobber – Rethinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality and his newest release The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity

Michael Coren is a best-selling author, columnist, Anglican cleric and former nightly television and radio host.

Michael joins This Little Light Of Mine to talk about his book Epiphany and “what went wrong” on his journey from being the posterboy of Catholic conservatism towards his profound spiritual and personal change of heart towards the queer community.

Matthias Roberts, host of Queerology, named one of the top 12 LGBTQ Podcasts by Oprah’s magazine O. 

Matthias is also a psychologist and author of ‘Beyond Shame – Creating a healthy sex life on your own terms’.

Matthias holds an M.A. in Theology and Culture and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the state of Washington.


Cathy Webber

Cathy Webber

Episode 8

For most of her life Cathy Webber believed that God was punishing her after a self-started childhood accident covered her body with third degree burns. 

Filled with self-hate Cathy tried to sedate her pain multiple addictions until the day she surrendered and called out ‘God, help me!’.  Cathy now dedicates her life sharing how the gift of pain brought her back to God and provides her with the daily strength to be a grateful addict who grows in recovery on day at a time.


Personal trainer and personal friend Byron Fulkerth joins us for a special PRIDE Month bonus episode of This Little Light Of Mine.

Byron will be joining me for five weeks as we celebrate our pride edition of afFIRMation Thursdays.  Each Thursday we will be sharing some of Byron’s personal intentions, visualizations and affirmations to help pump up your soul so that you can build the ultimate pride body from the inside OUT as we help you see that pride is an inside job.

Jon Brower is 4x conversion therapy survivor who was intimately involved in the very recent ban on conversion therapy in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Jon has an MA in social justice and equity and has a passion for using theatre as a tool for education and activism.
Jon joins us to share his experiences growing up in the church, learning shame, how he was introduced to conversion therapy and what drew him back.  Jon also shares some of his insights on what you can do to help eliminate this abuse at home and around the world.

Michael Cassabon, a native of the Bible Belt in South Carolina, served in parish ministry as a Roman Catholic priest for nearly ten years. He attended seminary at the Vatican, and studied theology and church law at the Jesuit and Opus Dei universities in Rome. He received another degree in theology from Duke Divinity School. Michael left ministry shortly after coming to terms with the abuse he suffered as a teenager by another priest. Ironically, this information came to the surface when Michael was forced into therapy by the Church when it was discovered that he was gay.

A civil rights & LGBTQ icon, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M., is the Founder and Executive Director of Rainbow Faith and Freedom, and Senior Pastor Emeritus of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, where he was at the forefront of ministry to the LGBTIQ2S community for over 40 years. On January 14, 2001, he officiated at the first legal same sex marriages in the world. He received the Order of Canada, the Order of New Brunswick and three honorary degrees for his stand on social justice and human rights within the LGBTIQ2S communities.

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Caste fall book club

Discovering the origins of our discontents

As we move into Fall across this part of the world we will be digging into Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.

My friend Oprah was over for dinner the other night and casually mentioned that Caste is her most important book club selection ever (okay… I was eating pizza while watching Oprah on Apple TV+).  With that claim I downloaded a copy and haven’t been able to put it down.

I am shocked with how much of our own North American history that I had NO IDEA ABOUT.  I’m devasted as I learn more about how we intentionally created a system and society to abuse, oppress and murder so many fellow humans.  

I invite you to join in on nightly FB and IG posts where I confront my white privilege and engage in a dialogue with the intention to learn, grow, heal and bring more love into our world.

Grab your copy and join me on Instagram and Facebook all fall and join the conversation.


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