Copy of Coaching
Undergirded by the gospel and the Spirit, we combine coaching and mentoring to help women unpack current life issues. We see women released from a duty-driven obligation to perform as a “good pastor’s wife” to a desire-driven exploration of God’s unique calling for their lives. For some, this thrusts them more boldly into ministry. For others, this gives courage to be less active yet more focused. Ministry begins to flow out of the heart, not because of need but because of want, as women see unique ways they are called to join Christ and his church in bringing his kingdom to earth.
personal Gospel coaching
Church planting is such a unique role – blending all the areas of your life into one: vocation, calling, community, faith. So many women in church planting feel like no one understands what they are going through. And they are right - most don’t.
Parakaleo’s coaches have been there before. They are ready to help women unpack current life issues through mentoring and coaching. Our coaches have watched women be released from a duty-driven obligation to perform as a “good pastor’s wife” to a desire-driven exploration of God’s unique calling for their lives.
Through this process, ministry begins to flow out of the heart, not because of need but because of want – a desire to join Christ and his church in bringing his kingdom to earth.
Sessions take place twice a month using Parakaleo gospel tools, research, and leadership profiles.
6 Coaching Appointments (3 months) $300
12 Coaching Appointments (6 months) $600
24 Coaching Appointments (12 months) $1200
Ashley and her husband, Drew have spent the last 20 years in ministry together, serving the local church in Florida in various roles. At the end of the first decade, they were both burned out and ready to escape. Thankfully they stumbled upon the power of the real gospel and it’s truth exploded in their hearts, sending them into the next decade with a passion to share what they’d discovered. Together with a team of friends and their own four young children, Drew and Ashley planted Church of the Redeemer in Drew’s hometown of Winter Haven in 2008. They are thrilled to be a part of the PCA Florida Church Planting Network and Renew Polk, a church planting initiative that aims to plant 20 new churches in their county within the next 20 years.
Ashley has completed Parakaleo’s Basic Training, Alongside Coaching Training and Credentialing Cohort, and the Leadership Training and Assessment. Ashley has discovered along this journey that what she loves about ministry is simply helping others to believe… how fiercely we are loved, how lavishly we are forgiven, and how trustworthy and good God really is.
Maria was raised in a Catholic home and fully committed her life to Christ at age 19. In 1980, she married Craig and moved into urban Baltimore to plant Faith Christian Fellowship, a multiethnic, socio-economically diverse PCA church, where they still serve. She has been a church planting spouse, homeschooling mom, chauffeuring-to-everywhere mom, employed mom, Parakaleo mom, and --whoo hoo!--is now a grandmom.
She is the author of A Thousand Resurrections, a memoir of urban church planting. Maria is passionate about applying the gospel to our hearts—over and over—through coaching, writing, teaching, and leading network groups. She loves coming alongside to encourage women through the stresses of ministry and life! She enjoys writing, reading, gardening, hiking, and most of all, spending time with her husband, five adult children & their spouses, and three grandchildren. And all these activities are even better if dark chocolate is involved.
Luchrysta Caswell has a passion for seeing women experience the freedom and joy that come from believing the great gospel truths on a daily basis. Applying the gospel and striving for a lifestyle of repentance and faith is essential for her because she struggles to throw off the sin that so easily entangles - pride, control, wanting to be right, worshipping kids’ playing time in sports, to name a few. Luchrysta grew up the oldest of five in a supportive, Christian home that emphasized biblical thinking and heart understanding. As a runner at Samford University, she met her husband, Lyle. After a few years of marriage and his seminary graduation, they spent 2 years in Australia with MTW. While there, God called them to church planting and 12 years ago they started Christ Community Presbyterian in her hometown of Lakeland, FL. Luchrysta longs to “bring glory to God on earth by completing the work he’s given her to do” (John 17:4) which includes parenting her four children (18, 16, 14, 13), loving and helping her husband and ministering with women of her church through teaching and discipleship. She has been involved with Parakaleo for the past 6 years.
Since marrying Ed, a widower and a pastor with four small children, Emily’s life has been anything but ordinary. Adopting the kids when she was 24 years old, ministering alongside her husband at a church in Mississippi where she was raised, and then moving with her family to serve with Mission to the World in Brasov, Romania supporting nationals to plant churches, she’s lived the gospel reality that our stories are both broken and beautiful. And it’s her delight to help women look to Jesus as they wrestle through this tension in their own lives. Now enjoying the “party of two” (empty nest), Emily and Ed continue their crazy, complicated, and beautiful journey together based in Jackson, MS.
Emily has served on staff with Parakaleo on the Leadership Development Team since 2016. Alongside Ed, Emily enjoys traveling and exploring other cultures, almost any outdoor activity—especially cycling and running, hiking, and sharing life with their four adult children, their spouses and 3 adorable grandkids.
Susan Bradford planted a church alongside her husband, Geoff, in Philadelphia, 2002-2011. She and her husband are now serving at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC where she heads up the women’s ministry. Susan is actively involved in Parakaleo's ministry, attending multiple trainings, leading a network group, and providing coaching. Susan has participated in years of premarital counseling alongside her husband and has recently counseled couples on her own. She is also mother to 6 sons, Garrison age 20, Sam age 18, Henry age 16, Clay age 13, Ezra age 11, and Asher age 8. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cultivating her garden, reading, cooking and baking as well as running. She just ran her second half-marathon!
Jenny grew up as a missionary kid (MK) in Peru, so it’s hard to faze her. But after attending the Church Planting Assessment Center with her husband, Jason, they fell flat on their faces. They had to put the good news of the gospel to the test: was it really possible to admit to being broken people, and still believe they were loved by God beyond their imagination? They began to tackle the issues raised and received the green light to plant. She partnered alongside Jason to lead Redeemer Indianapolis, help birth a new presbytery, and launch a daughter congregation. They are currently revitalizing Redeemer Redmond (Washington). They have been married 23 years and have 4 children whose names all begin with “J”. She loves porch sitting, drinking good, dark coffee and collecting miniatures for her dollhouse.
Olivia Jackson was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. Shortly after graduating from Auburn University, she moved to Asia where she studied Mandarin and worked with a Campus Ministry in Evangelism and Discipleship. During her first year there she began dating her long time friend Corey Jackson. In 2000 they returned to the states to get married and to spend a year in Colorado working for Vail Resorts, (and to ski and hike the Colorado mountains every chance they could get.) After a year in Colorado, Corey and Olivia returned to Asia for three more years to work with the Campus Ministry and to help to start a church plant made up of some of the original college student friends who were now working professionals in the area. In 2005 Corey and Olivia returned to the states for Corey to finish his seminary education and to re-evaluate where the Lord was calling them. In 2008 she and her husband moved to Cary, North Carolina following a call to plant a multi-cultural church in the diverse community surrounding the Research Triangle Park. In 2010 they launched Trinity Park Church. Olivia has experienced the highs and the lows of church planting and has a passion for supporting others in church planting process. She has had many official and unofficial jobs in the church from helping coordinate the children’s ministry, serving on the Women’s ministry team and starting the refugee ministry in her church. Currently, she is the Raleigh Network leader for Parakaleo and is working as a part-time pre-k teacher in the Title 1 classroom of the school where three of her kids attend. She is a mom of two boys and two girls ages 13, 11, 8, and 5. Her favorite things to do are running, snow skiing and hiking with her family. If you are looking for her on a Saturday, you will probably find her on the sidelines of a soccer game cheering for one of her kids.
Gospel Coaches Provide
Equipping toward personal gospel transformation
Assistance and accountability in skill development of competencies (Church Leader Spouse Inventory)
Consultation in role navigation
Aid in expanding her community of support
COACHING + RESEARCH
Parakaleo coaching is born out of research among church planting spouses. This research led to the creation of a statistically-verifiable profile inventory that reveals needed character and competencies of a church planting spouse in 21st century North America.