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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Deconstructed. Deconverted. Not Defriended.
By Jonathan Woodward — June 9, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy reflect on friends who have left the faith. Audrey Assad joins the episode to share her own spiritual journey away from Christianity.
Dear Purity Culture: It’s Not Me, It’s You
By Jonathan Woodward — June 2, 2021
Katelyn and Roxy wrestle with what a 'Christian' sexual ethic really looks like — long after the teenage hormones have abated. Christine Emba joins to unflinchingly look at the impacts of purity culture.
Don’t Let Robots Choose Your Soulmate
By Jonathan Woodward — May 26, 2021
In this episode, Katelyn and Roxy ask: is it even possible to meet someone in real life anymore? Enter: Heather Thompson Day, the 'queen of matchmaking.'
How We Survived the Great Evangelical Betrayal
By Jonathan Woodward — May 19, 2021
We're still not sure whether we left the movement that shaped our earliest faith, or whether the movement left us.
Shattering Glass Ceilings … and Glass Steeples
By Jonathan Woodward — May 12, 2021
Can ambition and devotion mix? Katelyn and Roxy talk to two powerhouse women — Shannon Bream and The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond — about following God's call, be it to the stage or the sanctuary.