Learning to Lead Episode #17: Tunch Ilkin

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 Episode #17: Tunch Ilkin


Bio: Tunch is the men’s pastor at South Hills Bible Chapel, sports broadcaster and a former Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Tackle. Listen here:

My Key Takeaways:

  • When you see a good leader, you know it!
  • Have heroes to emulate – do what they do
  • Walking with Christ is all about not being alone – it’s about doing life together
  • We can rationalize and justify anything, we need men to call us out!
  • Tunch fell in love with the body of Christ, before the person of Christ
  • Live a life that demands an explanation
  • Be FAT – Faithful, available, and teachable
  • If God is moving somewhere, I want to be there!
  • Don’t be a big shot!


Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and what you do.  You were a professional athlete. Looking back on that season of your life, if you had to summarize the entire experience and the impact that it had on your life, what would you say?

Personal Leadership:

Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?

Can you name a person or a few people who have had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? How did they impact your life?

Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?


You were born Muslim and converted to Christianity. Can you walk us through that journey? Why Christianity?

God has given you a significant platform, how do you manage that? Did you always manage it well?

As young leaders, it’s easy to aspire to have a platform that you have. Can you talk about the cost and responsibility that comes with having a platform?

You have a passion for men’s ministry. What is your main message to men?

You have a huge heart for “the poor, needy, addicted, and abused.” Can you talk about how that developed and what you have learned over the years about making a difference in the lives of the “least of these?”

If you could talk about anything else as it relates to ministry and your faith, what would you say?

Closing Questions:

What do you want your legacy to be?

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