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Church planting is a unique calling
– 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. For some, this thrusts them more boldly into ministry. For others, this gives courage to be less active yet more focused.
What can I expect?
Will equip you toward personal gospel transformation
Consult in role navigation
Assist and provide accountability in skill development of competencies (Church Leader Spouse Inventory)
Aid in expanding your community of support
6 Coaching Appointments (3 months) $300
12 Coaching Appointments (6 months)$600
24 Coaching Appointments (12 months)$1,200
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.
Jenny grew up as a missionary kid (MK) in Peru, so it’s hard to faze her. But when she attended 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 by the Assessment Center 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. Jenny has had a lot of experience (both good and bad) in church planting and has served as an assessor for three different denominations. She loves having intentional conversations that empower a person or group to take the hope of the gospel to their own hearts in order to freely live out God's calling. Currently, Jason and Jenny are revitalizing Redeemer Redmond Church (Seattle, Washington). They have been married 26 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.
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.
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!
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.
Olivia Jackson lives in Cary, N.C. She and her husband Corey spent five years serving in East Asia with Cru in College Ministry and Church Planting efforts. In 2010 the Jacksons planted Trinity Park Church. Early on in the church plant, Olivia began to face unforeseen challenges. Grappling with conflicting desires of being a wife, mom, and now a church planting spouse left her overwhelmed. Olivia was supported through that season by the ministry of Parakaleo. Through coaching Olivia learned in a fresh way that God’s love for her was not contingent upon her performance. Olivia has a passion for walking with others in church planting. She loves to provide a safe place for processing the stresses of ministry life, as well as a place to celebrate the victories of God’s faithfulness. Currently, Olivia is the Raleigh Network leader for Parakaleo. She is a mom of two boys and two girls ages 14, 12, 9, and 6. Her favorite things to do are running, gardening, 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.
Abby is the Women's Ministry Director at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. She is the daughter of a church planter and understands all aspects of the church (the pastor's family, member, and staff). Abby is a Parakaleo Alongside Trainer and a Parakaleo Network Leader in Columbus, OH. She is married to Ken, a weed doctor, and has two children Hannah and Harris.
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.