Meet Our Team

The following dedicated pastors’ wives have a vital part in the ministry of encouraging pastors’ wives. They give of themselves daily as they lead the Heart-to-Heart groups through sharing encouraging posts, being a trusted friend to many hurting hearts, and praying earnestly for the pastors’ wives in their care. Take a minute to get to know them! You never know…you just might find a kindred spirit. One thing we know- you will discover that you are not alone.  And that is where hope begins.

Leah was born in VA, and grew up in PA and NC. She met her husband JD during her sophomore year of Bible college. They studied music theory together until God changed his direction and he said “yes” to the call to pastor. They married in 2005 and moved to Canada, where they spent 10 years in two churches in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick serving in full time pastoral ministry.  JD has experience as a youth/music pastor, interim pastor, senior pastor, and assistant pastor. They are currently in the fund raising stage of church planting in South Africa. Together JD and Leah have walked through deep suffering in both their personal lives and in ministry. From her experiences as a pastor’s wife, God gave Leah a passion to impart hope to other pastors’ wives who are walking a difficult road. She is committed to pointing herself and other women to Christ- the only Source of hope. Leah and JD have a boy and a girl, both medical miracles. They were born in Canada and now the entire family owns dual citizenship. Leah enjoys writing, reading, playing and teaching piano, playing the violin, drawing, painting, and having deep conversations. She is the founder of Hope For Pastors’ Wives {formerly Embracing Grace for 7 years}, the host of the annual Heart-2-Heart retreat for pastors’ wives, and the creator of the online Heart-to-Heart support groups for pastors’ wives. Leah is active in all 13 groups.

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Bethany grew up in a pastor’s home and has been in church her entire life. She made a profession of faith at the age of six, but didn’t trust Christ until the age of ten, after the first night of AWANA. She attended Bible college in Florida and met Johnathan Chancey there during her sophomore year. They traveled together with the school’s singing group and fell in love. It just took a while to find out that the feelings were mutual. God answered prayers and wrote a beautiful love story for them. John & Bethany were married in 2007 and moved to North Carolina, where they have served the Lord ever since! John is the assistant pastor at their church and they are involved in many different ministries together. They love ministry life and especially love their church. Bethany enjoys spending time with her husband, playing the piano, thrifting, and drinking coffee. Her favorite verses are Psalm 19:14 and 1 Samuel 12:24. She is the leader of Heart-to-Heart Group #3.

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Although she was not raised in a Christian home, Amy was taken to church by her Great uncle and Aunt. It was there she heard the gospel and fell in love with the stories of Jesus. At 7 years of age, Amy asked Jesus into her heart and life. Through the years, no matter where they moved, God provided someone who always came by and asked if Amy and her brothers would like to go to church. When Amy was 13 years old, she was terrified one day when she had a sudden headache that felt like her brain was being crushed. Amy had an AVM that had ruptured in her brain. She was given less than a fifty percent chance at survival.  If she did survive, the doctors only gave her a one percent of ever being able to walk, talk, or see normally. Not only did Amy survive the needed brain surgery but amazed the doctors by not having any lasting damage from the AVM rupturing or the surgery. They said she was a walking miracle! It when she was 16 and helping in Awana’s that she was sent on an errand in another part of the church building. As she was walking she was brought to a stop as she realized that she had been saved twice. Once from spiritual death and once from physical death or physical disability. It was at that moment she rededicated her life to God, promising to always live for Him and help others to know the gift that He had given her. Amy is married to a pastor in Wyoming where she daily keeps that promise by supporting her husband in the ministry, teaching a weekly kids club, and loving and teaching the ladies God has put in their ministry. Amy loves being a pastor’s wife and even though sometimes her house is messy, there are days when she does not see her husband much, or her mascara is running from the tears the ministry brings, she still counts herself blessed that God allows her to serve and share the gospel in this way!  Amy  is the leader of Heart-to-Heart group #2 and group #12.

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After attending church with friends from school for several months, Laura accepted Christ at the age of 16 and very quickly felt God’s pull in her heart to serve Him with her life. She soon stepped out in faith to attend Bible college in North Carolina where she met her husband, Chris. They have been serving the Lord together for over 22 years in 4 churches in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana, in youth and music ministry, as well as leading 3 ministries during pastoral searches. They are currently serving Christ at Crosspointe Baptist Church & Christian Academy in Indiana. Laura also works part-time in downtown Indianapolis at a financial advisors firm. Laura and Chris love coffee, landscaping, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes with their son, Drew (19), and daughter, Paige (17). Laura is the leader of Heart-to-Heart group #5.

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 June has lived in Montana since 1979. Her husband, Michael, was the assistant pastor at Bible Baptist Church for four years and became the pastor in 1985. They have four children (two are married) and recently became geographically long distance grandparents- twice! June loves being a grandma and is very thankful for technology! Video chat gets used quite regularly. June enjoys being a pastor’s wife and teaching kindergarten in their Christian school. Reading has been a lifelong passion and her love of walking gives her time to reflect on God and His creation. Isaiah 26:3-4 and Philippians 4:8 are some of her favorite Bible verses. June is the leader of Heart-to-Heart  group #6.

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Jennifer grew up as an Army “brat” and accepted Christ as her personal Saviour when she was 17 at a teen camp in Missouri. She and her husband, Joe, dated long distance (Oklahoma to California) for 3 1/2 years while attending bible college and married in 2003. Since then the Lord has given her the privilege of being an assistant pastors wife as she serves alongside her husband in Central California. They have 4 children-2 boys and 2 girls (and 2 in heaven)! In her free time she enjoys reading, shopping and date nights. Jennifer is the leader of Heart-to-Heart group #8.

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IMG_4955Beth grew up as the oldest in a large ministry family and as a child lived for a few years in Central America. It was during those years that she came to know Christ as her personal Savior. She met her husband, Ken, while attending Bible college to get her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Ed. He pastored in a small chapel while attending college and seminary. Beth helped in the chapel ministry on the weekends with a children’s ministry. It was during that time that they discovered that they served better together than single. Beth and Ken have been married for over 40 years. They’ve served in two churches: one a rural church in northeast Nebraska and one in a large city in Missouri. They have 7 children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and 8 grands. She loves art and music. When she has time, she loves anything creative including graphic design, sewing, embroidering, stamping,  and scrap booking.  She and Ken have written a book about their experience after he was the sole survivor of a plane crash. It is an unforgettable story of how God used  tragedy to help them embrace His purpose for their life. Beth is the leader of Heart-to-Heart groups #7 and #9.

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Selena Mulder grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as her Savior as a young child. Her youth was filled with Christian camp, missions trips and heavy involvement in church activities. When she went to Bible college, she anticipated majoring in missions and heading to the field full time afterwards. What she didn’t anticipate, was becoming completely confused with her calling. The Lord led her to serve two summers at a Christian camp and helped her see her desire to help people wherever they were at in their life. This led to a degree in Biblical Counseling and led her to meet her husband who was also on the same track to helping people with his degree in Biblical Counseling. They were married in 2001. After serving faithfully in a local church, God led Dan and Selena to Michigan where Dan served as youth pastor and led worship. God allowed Dan to begin his Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling which led to a position in Ohio as a Soul Care Pastor. God closed that door after 4 years and led them to where they are now, serving in Minnesota as Pastor of Leadership Development. Selena works part-time as a baker and helps raise their four children, Logan (15), Boone & Hallie (12) and Tucker (10). She enjoys singing, acting, coffee, gardening, cooking, baking and reading. Selena is the leader of Heart-to-Heart group #10 and is active as a counselor for our pastors’ wives as needed.

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Even though Tori grew up in a family that traveled around as a musical ministry team, had a role in helping four new church plants, and was involved in many aspects of local church ministry, she never thought she’d be a pastor’s wife–at least, not until she met Frank. Tori & Frank started dating soon after meeting during a weekend where a large group of college friends traveled to Myrtle Beach to help a small new church plant.  Tori fell in love with Frank’s sincere love for people demonstrated in those first few days that has continued to this day in his ministry as an Assistant Pastor in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t long after that weekend that Tori realized she would be forever connected to this wonderful man and the ministries God would call them too. They have three children, all boys, with four others already in Heaven. The Lord has decided to expand their family even further as they are in the process of adopting a little girl from India. You can follow their story at www.aboundinginsteadfastlove.com. Tori works part-time at the church as the Ministry Coordinator and also helps her mom care for her dad who suffers from Alzheimer’s. God has used their struggles with miscarriages, ministry and family health to strengthen their dependence on an almighty, all-powerful, sovereign God who sees all and has proven Himself faithful time and time again! Tori & Frank love to read together and get out of the house for “grand adventures” as a family–even if it’s just to take a walk around the neighborhood. Every day is a gift lived one second at a time under His grace! Tori is the leader of Heart-to-Heart group #11.

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Christy accepted Christ as her personal Saviour when she was 5 years old. About two years later, she surrendered her life to full-time ministry after hearing the testimony of Amy Carmichael. She remained committed to this calling and majored in Missions and American Sign Language interpreting in Bible college. There, she met her Canadian husband, Rob, and they were married in 2000. This was the beginning of a crazy journey together, as church planters in Jamaica, then pastoring in Duncan, BC Canada, to presently pastoring in Greensboro NC. They have 4 children-2 boys and 2 girls! (All are dual citizens!) Most of her time is dedicated to homeschooling these kiddos, but in her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the flute, biking and kayaking! Christy is the leader of Heart-to-Heart group #13.