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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Mushrooms and Misbehaving Men + Gloria Purvis on Black Lives Matter
By Roxanne Stone — November 30, 2023
A religion beat roundup. Plus, Gloria Purvis on why racial justice should be an extension of the church’s holistic pro-life ethic.
Best of: The Revolutionary Power of a Shared Meal + Alissa Wilkinson
By Roxanne Stone — November 22, 2023
For this Thanksgiving, we return to a favorite episode about food, hosting and the power of conversations around a dinner table.
The Menfolk Aren’t Doing So Hot. Why Should We Care?
By Roxanne Stone — November 16, 2023
Men are lagging in almost every measure of success. What's going on? Christine Emba joins to discuss this masculinity crisis — and why it matters for women.
Why I Chose to Have a Baby on My Own + Annie Parsons
By Roxanne Stone — November 9, 2023
Katelyn and Roxy talk to a friend who made the decision to put dating on hold and become a mother on her own. We discuss process, finances, a bit of theology and a lot of love.
You Don’t Have to Perform for God (Thank God) + Karen Wright Marsh
By Roxanne Stone — November 2, 2023
Katelyn and Roxy talk with Karen Wright Marsh about finding rhythms and rituals that actually work for connecting with God — no guilt attached.