Meet the Intentionally Yours Team!

The IY Team is based in Wayne County, NC, but is rapidly growing to include men and women who are passionate about sharing God's truth, hope and vision for marriage, from around the country.

April

...is passionate about God's plan for marriage and has a heart to come alongside of others in their journey. Balancing the challenges of a blended family and joining her husband in pastoring April encourages others to seek God's wisdom for their life and marriage. It is never too late to begin living your life to leave a Godly legacy for generations to come! Experience the balancing act with April.

Alisa

...was rescued by Jesus, and held up by His love, Alisa tries to reflect that as best she can. She's a mom to 3 boys (hers, his & their babies, ages 13, 12 & 4). She has reached a point where she is ready to share her journey of being a long distance mom, full time step mom, and regular old mom with those that might need a little hope after a stressful day of parenting in their own world. Find hope with Alisa.

Bert

...and his beautiful wife Bethany have been married almost 13 years and are blessed with four children: Cohen, Brasen, Nolan and Raegan. Having served in the Marine Corps since 1994, Bert now serves as an Officer Recruiter for the Air Force Reserve. In 2010, Bert & Bethany's marriage hit rock bottom, as Bert slipped into two separate lives. In one life, Bert was a father, and somewhat supportive husband; the other life was one of sin and deception. The lies became easier and easier, and before Bert knew it, he threw his marriage away. His actions put himself first, and God and family was taken out of the equation.

Praise the Lord, through forgiveness, grace, and mercy.....the Walker's marriage was REDEEMED. Their marriage is alive again, and this time around it is living for God. Bert serves as a Deacon at Crossroads Church in Lillington NC, and Bethany helps with leading the Women's Ministry. The biggest difference in Bert's life is that, even though he doesn't get it right all the time, he lives for Christ. See that difference in Bert's life.

Bethany

...is a stay at home mom and homeschool teacher to her four children who range in age from 9 to 3 years. Bethany has been married to her husband Bert for 12 years. Bert serves with the United States Air Force. For fun Bethany loves to travel and take mystery trips with her family. She also has a passion for running.

Saved at the age of seven, Bethany was blessed to have a strong Christian upbringing. She has always had a heart for people and a passion for serving the Lord in whatever capacity He called her to at that given time. She has served in youth ministry, children's ministry and currently is active in the marriage and women's ministry at her church in Lillington North Carolina.

As with others, the journey has not always been blissful but always provided blessings. Bethany clings to James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete and not lacking in anything." Keep pace with Bethany in her marathon of life.

Beverly

...is an energized Christian speaker who is devoted to encouraging couples with God’s inspired Word. She has written numerous online devotions, blogs and articles to exemplify powerful, practical biblical truths to couples standing for their marriage and family.

Beverly speaks candidly from personal experience, a confident faith and a zealous passion. She engages women’s groups, churches and conferences with topics such as Battling Low Self Esteem to Healing in Your Marriage.

Beverly presently serves with Intentionally Yours, a marriage focused ministry, facilitates Art of Marriage conferences and is a Homebuilder Catalyst for Family Life Ministries. Grab your zebra duct tape and brace yourself for Bev as she gets intentionally candid!

Craig

...is a teacher by trade but has a heart for marriage ministry! He and his wife Nikki have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful children. Craig grew up as a "Chreaster" (Christmas and Easter) Catholic which caused a shock when he visited Nikki's Pentecostal church while they were dating.  He told her he was never going back after that first visit, but God having the sense of humor He does brought them back after a 10 year hiatus for Nikki and Craig surrendered his heart to Christ.  Prior to that time the devil tried to use a series of events to separate their family but by the grace of the Lord their marriage was restored. Today, as a couple, they lead their church's marriage-based Life Group and regularly seek out opportunities to pour into others' marriages and families. See where God is leading Craig next.

David

David and his wife, Tiffany, have been happily married for somewhere around a dozen years now - married well over two decades. It's safe to say things haven't always been so great, relationally speaking. But about 10 years ago that began to change, and today David considers his marriage to be nothing short of a miracle. He has come to realize the power of walking obediently with Christ – one step at a time. Which is pretty appropriate, since David is one of those nut-job runners who finds it cathartic to get out and run for miles on end "just for fun." He also enjoys cycling, singing with the church worship team, and hanging out with family. David & Tiffany are parents to two children, Andrew & Emily (rapidly becoming young adults themselves). Their family lives in Little Rock, Arkansas where they serve on staff with FamilyLife - toward the vision of "every home a godly home." You can read more about David and family at davaultfamily.com. Explore the miracle of marriage with David.

Dwaine

...is a big lunkhead who passionately loves Jesus, his wife, his kids, his community, and his truck, in that order. In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching and crocheting. (not really, but he hasn't written his own bio, so I made it up. ~Sherry) Buckle up and join Dwaine on his mission of reaching people for Jesus.

Jamie

...and Kris have been married for just over 13 years. 12 1/2 years of that time, Kris was weighed down by an addiction to pornography. After 5 years of praying and wishing it away, Jamie quit trying and slowly found her way to the arms of another man. That relationship lasted on and off for over seven years before Kris found out about it. A year into God’s restoration of our marriage, their story is one of unconditional love, forgiveness, and hope. It is their prayer that their story encourages anyone who is struggling to put the pieces of their marriage back together. Experience hope with Jamie.

Jody-Lynne

...is a Christ follower who is very grateful to be allowed to walk out her journey by journeying with others in her career and in her service to the church as a counselor. She is a Christ follower that has been the prodigal and the welcoming father at different times and she is humbly grateful for both. She longs to share the work that God has done in her life and encourage others to see the work God can do and is doing in theirs. Her joy is growing and journeying with others. Spend time with Jody-Lynne here.

Katy

...is a home-educating mom of 4, wife-in-limbo, recent grad, wanna-be writer, trusting God in this great adventure of life. Lover of tea & baked goods. You can walk with Katy through every day life at her blog, www.ktbunch.blogspot.com. Adventure on with Katy.

Kris

...is a Jesus girl, wife of one for 18 years (and counting!) and mom of four. She boldly shares that her restored marriage has nothing to do with who she is but everything to do with who God is.  She not only has a testimony about her marriage restoration but a ministry encouraging others in their stand and helping women heal after adultery. Together with her husband, they write a newsletter for men who have been in adultery and need healing and guidance as well. You can find and follow her at God Is a Restorer on Facebook.

Kim

...is just a girl, crazy in love with Jesus.  She's momma to 4, an avid homeschooler and spends her free time playing with words. Kim blogs at Not Consumed, where she encourages others to rest victoriously in the hands of God, rather than allowing life's difficult circumstances to consume. Kim is passionate about covenant marriage, writing and root beer. Um, yes, root beer. A girl has to have one bad habit, right? Read Kim's steps of faith here.

Nicole

...is a disciple of Christ that is thankful to have the opportunity to share her journey and offer a message of hope and encouragement to women facing overwhelming and difficult circumstances. She grew up knowing Jesus, but lacked a real relationship with Him. After a broken marriage she surrendered her life and family to Jesus Christ, and He has given her the strength and grace to face an undesired divorce, bitterness, single parenthood, financial distress, depression, anxiety, and  the death of a parent. Nicole's desire is to share the power of walking in obedience and trusting God in all things! Walk with Nicole in her journey.

Nikki

...is a nurse by trade but a stay-at-home wife and mother in her heart! She and her husband Craig have been married for 13 years and have two sweet, beautiful children. Nikki grew up in a church with a Pentecostal background but went rogue following some unhappy events in teenage-hood. Using a series of events that the devil meant for harm, the Lord made a way for Craig and Nikki's family to be restored. Today, as a couple, they lead their church's marriage-based Life Group and regularly seek out opportunities to pour into others' marriages and families. Experience restoration with Nikki.

Scott

...is the Pastor of Marriage and Family Life at The Bridge Church in Princeton & Goldsboro, NC. Serving as pastor, counselor, mentor and teacher, he shares God's truth, hope and vision boldly, encouraging men to step up into the role God has for them and couples to move toward oneness with God and each other. See how God is getting into Scott's cereal bowl.

Sharmen

...is a super-frugal, stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom with a masters degree in professional counseling, and a heart to coach hurting people through relationship difficulties.  Wearing many hats...writer, mentor, coach, and artist... she teaches others in these area.  And, in all things, she seeks to know God more deeply and walk more courageously the part He has chosen her to play in His overarching story of redemption, which includes navigating the fallout of an unwanted divorce. Walk courageously with Sharmen.  You can also learn more about Sharmen the life coach: http://sharmenkimbrough.com/

Sherry

...is a compassionate writer, speaker and listener, whose desire is to lead women to see hope in seemingly hopeless situations, inspiring change in their lives, marriages and legacies. Having walked through the fiery crash of her marriage to its redemption with God at the center, Sherry warmly and transparently shares the power of walking by faith instead of sight. Sit a while with Sherry and be encouraged.

Traci

... grew up in upstate NY , going to church with her mother while dad stayed home. In May of 1998, she moved to Richmond, VA, three months pregnant to live with my not yet husband, Mark, to start a new life together. Married in February 2003, they had a daughter and a son, plus four step-children. Called back to Christ in August of 2001, Traci had the opportunity to serve Jesus when her husband's alcoholism took center stage, followed by an affair. By the Potter's Hands, her life and faith were formed into a strong tower, firmly planted on the Rock. With training from a living Teacher who t is not of this world, a heart toward Him and a knowledge of His power in my life, she promised Him she would shout all that He has done for her from the mountian tops... so here we go! Hear Traci fulfill her promise.