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 that'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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Don’t Tell Us CRT Is the Problem + Jemar Tisby
By Jonathan Woodward — May 18, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy sit down with historian Jemar Tisby to discuss the hysteria over critical race theory and why racial progress always incites backlash.
From Hymns to Hillsong and Back Again + Leah Payne & David Gungor
By Jonathan Woodward — May 11, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy talk with theologian and CCM guru, Leah Payne, about the evolving industry and how worship music became big business.
Why Deconstruction Isn’t Enough + Candice Marie Benbow
By Jonathan Woodward — May 4, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy talk with author and theologian Candice Marie Benbow who has some strong words of wisdom — and conviction — for anyone publicly critiquing the church.
Hillsong and the Scourge of the V-Necked Pastor
By Roxanne Stone — April 27, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy break down the Hillsong breakdown — and explore some of the systemic issues that have seemed to haunt the church from the beginning.
How to Live Like an Actual Human + Andy Crouch
By Jonathan Woodward — April 20, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy are joined by Andy Crouch as they take an honest look at the ways life has begun to feel diminished — even as our devices offer more and more.