Leaders struggle everyday, live with unanswered questions and have much to learn. So, together, let’s discuss mental and emotional health, leading effectively, spiritual growth, and what following Jesus in today’s world looks like. Nothing succeeds like imperfection.
ILP 30: Cerissa Rhodes On Parenting, Handling Anger, Cutting, Childhood Trauma, Repressed Memories, And When Children Need To Visit A Counselor
Cerrisa lives in Elizabeth City, NC with her husband, Matt, 5-year-old son, Raffi, mom, dog, 2 cats, lizard and fish. They have a full house, filled with noise and chaos! Cerissa grew up in Everett, WA with her mom before she went to Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, AK where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. It was in Sitka Cerissa met her husband and started her career in mental health.
Cerissa left Sitka and moved to Oregon for a brief time with Americorps VISTA before moving to HI. While in HI, Cerissa started her Masters of Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University and discovered her dream would be to work as an Outpatient Therapist.
The Coast Guard moved Cerissa and her family to NC while she was finishing up her masters but was able to complete her courses on-line and graduated in 2013.
Cerissa has worked in 4 different group homes, been an advocate in the schools, served as a behavioral 1:1 for children and the last 6 years have served as a Mental Health Outpatient Therapist. She has worked with women and children experiencing domestic violence and a specialized program for children 0-6 experiencing trauma. Currently, Cerissa is at Pride in NC where she serves all ages that struggle with a variety of mental health concerns. Through her training and experiences, she has found her passions include working with younger children (0-10) and their families that have experienced trauma as well as adults dealing with anxiety.
ILP 29: Blair Proffit On Success With Arbonne, Taking Risks, Balancing Three Kids And Husband, Refusing To Stay Stuck, And Fulfilling Big Dreams
Blair Proffit of Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched her business in early 2012. As a military wife, located in New Orleans, Louisiana at the time she was trying to figure out a way to replace a full time income that would allow her to stay at home when her daughter arrived that fall. After working in cooperate America for several years with a degree in Fashion Merchandising she was burnt out with relocations but also exhausted working full time. She found herself unable to spend time with friends and family because her schedule was so demanding. Soon, she realized the Arbonne opportunity could offer much more than she could have ever imagined.
"I started with the goal of earning some extra money to pay off debts and save a little to allow me to stay at home temporarily. It turned out that I would never have to return to the work force again. In the beginning, I struggled with the belief that I could really build a successful business with Arbonne. The business model is not at all traditional and is also different from what I always believed to be the "normal way of life". I imagined my only option was to go to college, get a job and retire at 65, if I was one of the lucky ones. But very quickly, I learned to see things differently and realized that this opportunity would not only change my life but it could also help others become successful as well. I no longer have the anxiety of alarm clocks or vacation days. I am able to fit work into my life but never have to make it a priority over what really matters to me. I have also allowed my husband the option of retiring when he wants to, not when the military tells him to."
ILP 28: Tullian Tchividjian On God's Grace, Starting And Merging Churches, Crashing And Burning, And Ultimate Restoration - ScottNeal.me
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian
Pronounced: “TUHL-ee-uhn” (like Tertullian) and “CHA-vi-jin” (like Religion).
Tullian is a graduate of Columbia International University, where he received a degree in Philosophy, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he earned his Master of Divinity.
A grandson of (Evangelist) Billy and Ruth Graham, Tullian was the Founding Pastor of the former New City Church (in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) which merged with the historic Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in 2009. He served there as Senior Pastor until June 2015.
During his time at Coral Ridge, Tullian founded LIBERATE—a ministry that sought to “connect God’s inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world” through annual conferences (2011–2015), training, book and music publishing, daily blog posts, a daily radio program, and a weekly TV broadcast.
Tullian has written eight books including, It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News (2015), One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World (2013), Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free (2012), and Jesus + Nothing = Everything (2011) which won Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 2011. Both “Glorious Ruin” and “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” were ECPA finalists for Book of the Year. He has also served as a Contributing Editor to various magazines and journals. Tullian has traveled extensively around the USA to speak at conferences, churches, universities, and seminaries.
Tchividjian has appeared on Fox & Friends, Sean Hannity, 60 Minutes, CBS News, The Ingraham Angle, Morning Joe, the 700 Club, and many other TV and radio outlets.
After a season of self-destruction leading up to, and following, his resignation from Coral Ridge in June 2015, Tullian is now married to Stacie, and together they have five children and two grandchildren. They recently launched The Sanctuary Church.
Tullian longs to see broken people encounter God’s boundless love.
ILP 27: Al Bailey On Breathing, Resetting, Massage, Opening NOWON, And Traveling The World Pursuing Truth
All is the owner and operator of “NOWON”. NOWON is a Center for Inner Training. The acronym which stands for “NO OTHER WAY OF NURTURING”. The root way in which we nurture begins in mindfulness of our breathing. At Nowon Center we combine breath-work with our integrated body-work. I take on the roles of licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Instructor, Body-Worker, Breathing Coach and facilitator of the Eye-O-Breathe-Back Breathing workshops and Wuji Bagua Circle Walking. Within each of us there’s an innate ability to adjust our living through mindful-breathing, in a moment’s notice; at any given time. This proactive response when practiced diligently cultivates and maintain the balance, focus and clarity we all need.
My intention here is to share my personal experience of “HOW TO DO” and allow you the experience of doing for your-self what you can, to cultivate more balance, optimal health, and ultimate living for life. I will show you how to develop a relationship with your inner coach and reconnect you with your original rhythm, which initiates healing from within, NOWON!
ILP 26: Matt Thomas On Directing Camp Cale, Following God's Call, Impacting Families, And Seeing A Vision Become A Reality
Matt has served on staff at Cale as Interim then Director starting in 2010. He and his wife Christy have 4 kids; Tyler (married to Briana), Kayli, Erin, and Ellie. Matt has been in vocational ministry for over 20 years.
Life Verse: I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Cale Impact: Matt loves the planning and details that go into summer camp, but really enjoys jumping into the middle of a game of "nine square" or "gaga."
ILP 25: Joel Turner On Comedy, Sharing His Faith, His New Book, Pastoring Mountain Springs, And Family - ScottNeal.me
The Lord called Pastor Joel to plant a church in northwest Calgary, beginning as a Bible study in a home in the fall of 2007. Mountain Springs was a church plant from Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel – www.calvarychapel.ca – in Calgary, Alberta.
Prior to the Lord's calling him into the ministry, Joel was a comedian in western Canada . His first ministry position was as a youth pastor in North Carolina, after which he returned to Canada to serve for 4 years on the pastoral staff at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, the first Calvary Chapel in Canada.
In 2017, Pastor Joel felt the call of God to strengthen the churches and do the work of an evangelist through various speaking engagements in Canada, the USA and Europe. He now divides his time between this new ministry and teaching at Mountain Springs.
Joel is married to Tania and they have 4 children: Chloe, Tatum, Roman and Cruz.
Mountain Springs Community Church
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