Meet Elisa Renae Ashley:

Spiritual Companion, Coach, Instructor, Executive Director

 

 
For more details
about her diverse offerings
and this new,
exciting ministry contact her.
 
 
View Elisa’s full resume here.
 
 
In my heart I believe that Christ loves me, stands up for me and with, and calls me to serve others. With the purpose of love, I want to stand with you, so you can stand in the love, peace, power, grace and calling of our our Savior, Jesus. I desire to be all God designed me to be and to serve those he brings. I long to know Jesus more deeply and be found in him more securely. Philippians 3:10-12.
 
I grew up all around the Southeast, and still have the shadow of an accent to prove it. I went to college at Middle Tennessee State University and was a school teacher for 10yrs. I haven’t seen it all, but just about.  I went to seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary I was in full-time church ministry for 7yrs., before starting my Doctorate in Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox University’s Portland Seminary. I’m on track to graduate in 2019. 
 
God has given me a heart for women married to pastors. These women are so often placed in an untenable position. They are usually expected to move mountains and resourced with barely a shovel to do it. Being inside the church brings unique rewards and blessings, but it can also bring times of misery and desperation. As we say in the South, “Ain’t no hurt like church hurt.” These women love Jesus and are seeking to serve him. They deserve every ounce of support we can give them, in this often stressful role. 
 
I have a heart for those women serving in church, para-church and non-profit organizations. These women are on the front-lines of ministry and face struggles of time constraints, discrimination or dismissiveness, and the spiritual battles that come with advancing the kingdom. They deserve a confidant, an understanding companion and all the wisdom and knowledge we can share. 
 
I’ve faced my dark night of the soul. I’ve looked church-hurt in the face and felt God’s redemption on the other side. I’ve felt the pain of fear, stress, doubt, betrayal, poor health and I deeply and genuinely believe in the hope of a way through. Jeremiah 17:7
 
I’m here to listen and share, not to judge or condemn. To connect you with other sisters to support you in a loving, authentic community. And to help you get a vision for the next steps God has for you.
 
I’m also here to, to be honest, to laugh and have a good time!
Among other things, I am…
  • talkative, energetic and, honestly, somewhat absent minded with a propensity for falling down
  • a lover of hats
  • rescuer of animals
  • laughter enthusiast
  • barterer of shelf space with her husband for their many and varied books
 
I am a woman. I am your sister in Christ. I am your servant. 
 
 

Meet our Board of Directors

Buddy Dutton,

Vice-President

Jennifer Carter,

Secretary, Co-Treasurer

Deacon Larry Thum,

Director

  • Buddy has a big heart, a strong sense of right and wrong, and makes the best barbecue in the southeast.
  • He brings to the Board years of serving on a church leadership team, a down-to-earth, common-sense approach to solving problems, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • He is dedicated and dependable.
  • Jennifer has a tender heart of gold, unbreakable trustworthiness, and is the best proofreader you could ever ask for.
  • She brings to the Board a long-suffering walk with the Lord, expertise in finance including business school, and the desire and ability to follow and enforce regulations.
  • She is resilient and reliable.
  • Deacon Larry has an unshakable theology, a desire for those around him to succeed, and is the best chef in Philly.
  • He brings to the Board his expertise as a deacon, organization and steadiness of thought, and tireless dedication to the Lord’s work.
  • He is effective and fervent.

Dr. Rev. Leslie Attema,

Director

Angie Lugo,

Director

Jazmine Grundy,

Director

  • Leslie has the gift of compassion, endurance, and makes the best banana bread south of the Yucatan!
  • She brings to the Board not only a Doctorate but years of ministry experience, a passion for spiritual formation, and a level, discerning spirit.
  • She is wise and authentic.
  • Angie has the gift to rise above, a boldness to face problems head-on, and can sing so sweetly it will bring tears to your eyes.
  • She brings to the Board a spiritual intimacy with the Lord, a Bachelor’s degree, and thorough analysis.
  • She is encouraging and devoted.
  • Jazmine has a gift of intelligence, the willingness to speak truth, and is unparalleled in her ability to review a movie.
  • She brings to the Board the struggle of her faith journey, a Master’s degree, and the perspective of a young, female leader.
  • She is persevering with a great wit.