About Saved By The City

Roxy and Katelyn grew up immersed in white evangelical America. When they moved to New York City as adults, they were warned about the secular dangers of ‘the big city’ life.

This podcast captures what happens when purity culture meets hookup culture; when distraction steals from devotion; when the diversity of viewpoints and lifestyles clash against pre-existing assumptions.

Gotham can be a weird place for single Christian women. But they’re out there … and they have stories to tell.

Meet the Hosts

Katelyn Beaty

I grew up in Ohio, attended a small private Christian college in Michigan, then moved to Chicago where I worked at Christianity Today magazine for about a decade. That’s where Roxy and I first met.

I was the magazine’s first female and youngest managing editor. Then I left in 2016 to promote my own book, on women’s work and vocation, and started writing more for mainstream news outlets on faith and politics in light of evangelicals’ disastrous support of Trump. I did freelance speaking, writing, and editing for about two years, before taking a book editing job with Brazos Press and moving to New York City in late 2018.

So I’ve been here for about 18 months. Under normal circumstances I’m really into karaoke, birdwatching, and international travel. Don’t know if you know the Enneagram but I’m a 3w4–“The Expert.” All Enneagram types think their own type sounds sociopathic, but here’s mine.

Roxanne Stone

I guess I’m your quintessential small town girl at large in the big city. I grew up in a zero-stoplight, one-church town in rural Colorado. I definitely had a horse.

Since then, career (and life) adventures have taken me to Chicago, Orlando, New York City, San Diego, Cleveland and back again to NYC. I have worked in publishing for more than 15 years, including as an editor at Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine and a long stint as a data nerd for the social research company, Barna Group.

Today, I’m the managing editor for Religion News Service. I live on the Upper West Side, in a tiny apartment with a tiny dog, an extra large cat and way too many books. I’ve known Katelyn since 2006, but our adventures together really started on an assignment in New York City in 2012, long before either of us ever imagined we’d one day live here!

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Fiercely feminist. Faithfully Christian.
By Jonathan Woodward — May 5, 2021
Feminism and Christianity are often pitted against each other. But the Bible isn’t the reason why. Katelyn and Roxy are joined by historian Beth Allison Barr, who traces ‘biblical womanhood’ to a less divine origin.
Slowing down in the city that never sleeps
By Jonathan Woodward — April 28, 2021
It's tough to do your devotions when there's so much distraction. Katelyn and Roxy talk to the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, about finding some peace and quiet in a city that won't shut up.
White women aren’t being called out, they’re being called in
By Jonathan Woodward — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — Who knew a lipstick color could spark great anti-racist work? Lisa Sharon Harper has wisdom to offer and Roxy and Katelyn have whiteness to explore.
Does God care about fashion?
By Jonathan Woodward — April 14, 2021
NYC fashion is fabulous but is it as meaningless as chasing after the wind? Fashion journalist Whitney Bauck joins the show to talk fashion ethics, fashion theology and thrifting.
Why you’re wrong about ‘godless Gotham’
By Jonathan Woodward — April 7, 2021
There's a stereotype out there that NYC is a secular, godless pothole. The 80 percent of New Yorkers who believe in God would disagree.