A few of my favorite things… flowers, horseback riding, skiing, helping women know God through His Word, hiking with my family… doing anything with my family, getting to the important stuff in a conversation, and seeing women in ministry embrace their Calling from God and walk in courageous faith. I’m passionate about being a team with Craig, my husband, and watching God do much more through us together than He does through us as individuals. This gig is hard at times and continuing to engage it takes guts… but He continues to remind me that it’s worth it.
God has had me in lots of different roles, from middle school and high school teacher to Event Planner and Speaker Manager for a non-profit, to homeschooler and mom – all the while being a Pastor’s wife, committed to being in the “trench” with him, navigating the obstacles together and shepherding whatever flock God calls us to with courageous passion. We’ve been in ministry for about 26 years, serving in very diverse church situations (from a plant to a megachurch and everything in between, in the youth pastor, worship pastor, Assoc Pastor and Lead Pastor spaces).Email Coletta
I am a homeschooling mom to seven wonderful kids ranging in age from early twenties to two! I have six daughters and one son. I grew up as a Missionary Kid in East Africa, went to a Christian college, and then married a pastor. So I’ve been a part of the ministry world for my whole life!
My husband and I have served in pastoral ministry for over 23 years together. We’ve been in big and small churches, rural and suburban. We’ve worked in youth, family, and lead positions. This unique position can be challenging, both as a family and an individual. But I truly feel privileged to share this journey with my husband and kids, and to impact God’s great kingdom!
When I’m not focusing on ministry or teaching my kids, I love to walk or hike in God’s beautiful creation, read a good book, enjoy a good conversation or play games. I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures. I am passionate about helping other women on their journey with Jesus, and I love that I get to encourage other women in this tough but beautiful call as a ministry wife!Email Heidi
I am all about family. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing; I just love spending time together. You’ll find me with my biggest smile when I’m at Disney World, shopping for bargains or eating bacon. I’m passionate about building up women, in particular pastor’s wives. There is joy to be had and much Kingdom work to be accomplished as we embrace this glorious burden and calling in ministry.
My husband and I are elementary school sweethearts and have been in ministry for over 25 years. We have two amazing kids (Lauren -19 and Garrett – 12) along with our dogs Potato and Tucker. We have planted a church, been on staff at small churches and at very large churches. There is an underside to ministry that can’t be escaped due to our humanness; but I believe there is a beauty of Jesus Christ and His church that must been experienced and seen by us, our kids and those we lead. I want to help pastor’s wives know your value and help you step boldly into your calling as we love and lead others toward living Jesus centered lives.Email Leslee
Crystal is a trained Spiritual Director, Counselor and Pilates instructor and enjoys using every bit of each of these practices to ignite women’s curiosity and love for the Lord! She most often meets with people to talk about anxiety, life transitions, intimacy with the Father and marriage. She counseled and led leadership healing intensives in East Asia for missionaries serving in several mission agencies for 20 years. She has lived in Denver with her husband and daughters for the last 7 years.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been energized by a good adventure. I love visiting new places and cultures, and discovering landmarks and stories (cemeteries are the best!). God certainly knew my adventurous heart when He led me to marry an MK from Bangladesh! Together we’ve served overseas and stateside in pastoral leadership for both church plants and established churches.
Even before we were married I found myself in the “ministry partner” space and through the years have functioned in just about every ministry role. I currently serve on staff at our church strategizing ministries, creating events and connecting people—especially to reach those who are yet to know Jesus. One of my main delights and investments has been raising our three children—who also took many adventures with us. I have “no greater joy” than to see how God is using their global upbringing to deepen them and give them impact for the wider church.
And now I’m also “Nana,” which is proving to be the sweetest adventure of allEmail Natalie
Sheri Hairston has been the First Lady at Messiah Community Church in Reisterstown, MD for the past 16 years. She, alongside her husband/founding Pastor Rod, planted Messiah with hearts to walk with broken people as they are healed, strengthened and equipped to lead whole lives, through faith in Jesus.
Sheri is the mother of 4 adult children. She and Rod enjoy a thriving 30 year long marriage. Sheri is amazed by God’s faithfulness as she joyfully continues her own healing journey.Email Sheri
I grew up as a pastor’s kid in an established church and even on our wedding day 17 years ago, I had no idea I was marrying a church planter. I am thankful God knew that we would one day be following His call, moving our family half way across the country to plant a church about 20 minutes away from the established church I grew up at in Bucks County, PA. Ross and I are teammates in raising our four kids ages 3, 8, 9, 13 and in leading our team of amazing people at Restoration Church, founded in 2013 in Levittown, PA.
As a church planters wife, I find the most joy when the church’s systems and processes do an effective job of assimilating new guests into life with Jesus, community with others and the life of our church family. I truly pray people who attend Restoration encounter a healthy, welcoming family that they can belong to while they explore what it means to believe in Jesus. I also have the privilege of working as a part of the Converge MidAtlantic team to help start and strengthen churches worldwide!
I feel truly blessed that the work God has invited me into during this season of my life is one of starting, building and strengthening His Church locally and across the MidAtlantic region of the United States.
When I’m not chauffeuring between activities and cheering my kids on at their various activities, I enjoy date nights with Ross, teaching piano, reading for fun and being outdoors. Long walks with family and friends are one of the ways I refill my tank! I also love to travel and explore God’s creation with my family. I love getting to know the stories of other pastors’ wives as I believe we are better together knowing we have support and friendship with people who ‘get it’!Email Emily
I am a displaced New Yorker living in deep South Texas-right along the border wall so famous today! My husband was called into the ministry shortly after we got married, much to my surprise, and we started our journey into ministry. Guided by the Lord to begin a church plant, we have had many adventures in the world of ministering to others. The Lord opened doors to me that I never would have dreamed possible. From teaching, to doing big productions, to leading women’s ministries, He has done great things in our lives, in spite of the fact that neither my husband nor myself are from this area where we have lived as the minority for the past 45 years.
I love the verse in Psalm 84:11, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” It has certainly been the truth of our lives! I have four grown children, all married, and nine grandchildren. I recently retired with my husband from full time pastoring, but I still love the church, the leaders of the church, and the mission of Jesus Christ in the church. I think the Body of Christ can be the biggest blessing in anyone’s life, even if it does come with hiccups!Email Libby
I married my high school sweetheart our senior year of college and now have four amazing kids! We have three amazing sons and one beautiful daughter. My husband and I have known each other since we were ten years old. I grew up in a home that served anywhere and anytime the church was open. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family! We love adventures and anything competitive.
My husband is the lead pastor at our church plant. We have had many years in a large multi site church ministry, church planting and youth ministry. I am currently running our children’s ministry and love this call God has in my life. This season has been a joy to walk along side my husband as we start this church. Being a pastor wife has shown me how to walk in the trenches with my husband as we serve, pray for others and make sacrifices, but also gift being a pastor wife is.
“yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:18 NIVEmail Nicole
When my husband graduated from seminary, my mother-in-law arrived at our house bearing gifts for me! She said, “I know that Eugene would never have been able to do all that he has without your help and support!” What an honor she gave me that day! Often being the pastor’s wife much of what you do seems unseen and we are surprised when someone else takes notice. Over the course of forty years, my husband and I have partnered in ministry from youth work to Eugene being the main pastor in large churches and small. I have led girl’s bible studies, organized young mother’s groups, spoken on retreats, and partied with the unchurched over dinner. I have hosted countless groups of people in my home from those who live in our neighborhood to missionaries from around the world. What a privilege it has been to share our lives with those whom God has sent our way.
On this journey, we have seen the good, the beautiful, the difficult and yes, sometimes the ugly things that go on within people of God called the church. But we have always seen God’s hand in what we’ve been called to do and felt his grace in our lives.
Some of my other titles over the years have been, Mommy/Mom from our three children. Hundreds of elementary age students have called me Mrs. Scott and I was named Maestra by my adult students learning to speak English. But my favorite title these days is being called Nana by my five beautiful grandchildren. Oh my! I never knew what joy that title would bring. I only wish they lived closer!
My latest favorite pastime has been exploring the rugged Colorado Trail. At this post Eugene and I have hiked about forty miles through the Rockies. It has been so fun to take a different trail and discover what is around the corner. While hiking, I have been reminded how far you can go by putting one foot in front of the other and how hiking is much like serving the Church. It takes some twists and turns and often there may be some unexpected storms, but God is always there to lead us and help us to find shelter when needed.Email DeeDee
Coach (Anglican Churches of North America)
I am a church planter’s wife, mama of six kids, enneagram coach and a “gatherer”.
I love the outdoors, swimming, paddle boarding, biking and HIT training classes, cheering my kids on in their dreams, my dogs, parties, quiet mornings, restoring homes and encouraging people in their transforming and healing journey with Jesus.
My husband and I planted the church we are privileged to serve 20 years ago with a team of amazing people! In ministry I have had the opportunity to serve as the children’s ministry coordinator, a life group leader, marriage group facilitator, women’s bible study coordinator, mama’s group coordinator, church planting assessment facilitator and a host for many events in our home.
This phrase is from the song “Oh Holy Night”.“ “When He appeared the soul felt it’s worth..” I have personally experienced that in my life. It is my great joy to facilitate and create spaces for people to encounter Jesus in deep and transforming ways.Email Janna
Coach (Denver Seminary)
I am an adult “third culture kid” which means when you ask me where I’m from, I give a complicated answer! I was born in Panama, raised as a missionary kid in Ethiopia, served as a missionary for fourteen years in Austria and Poland, and lived for short or long periods in a few different states. My husband, Mark, and I have partnered in ministry for 38+ years, following God’s call to teach and train men and women to fully engage in His mission. We have mainly been involved in theological education, but also had an eight-year stint in pastoral ministry along the way. Wherever I land, I seek out opportunities to come alongside students and wives, encouraging, mentoring and discipling them; for the last 10+ years that’s been at Denver Seminary.
I truly love meeting people, engaging in meaningful conversation and encouraging them in their walk with Jesus. I also enjoy gardening, walking for exercise, hiking these beautiful mountains, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, being in or on water, reading many different kinds of books, and studying God’s word. We love welcoming folks into our home, for a meal or a night. Mark and I get to travel together for his job, and we relish every opportunity we have to head back overseas. My second favorite “job” in my life was raising my three children, because my all-time favorite is being “Grammy” to my six (and counting) grandchildren!Email Priscilla
I am married to my favorite person on earth and college sweetheart – Neil. I am Mama to Camden and Annette. I am all about dark chocolate, breakfast food, finding a treasure at a thrift store, camping in the Rockies, watching hockey, and going on post-dinner walks with my family.
Neil and I are in the middle of our first decade of marriage and are currently serving at a large church where he is the director of Lifegroups and Men’s Ministry. I am so excited to be part of Alongside – because I desire to continue to learn what it looks like to do ministry together well, as a team, through different seasons of life (especially with little ones!), and truly embrace this Calling the Lord has given me.Email Bri