About Us

Read our mission, our beliefs and learn how the ministry was started.

Mission

Mission

The loveSTRONG ministries mission is to help connect women, develop their relationship with God and be inspired to “be love” to others.

conferences. retreats. events.
connect. develop. inspire.

Beliefs

Beliefs

loveSTRONG ministries is a non-denominational Christian ministry dedicated to help connect women, develop their relationship with God, and be inspired to “be love” to others. Our avenues in reaching our goals are large group events, i.e. conferences and retreats for women. read more…

History

History

The spark was stirred years back…”How can women grow to know God’s love more? It seems so simple. If our society as a whole could grasp this concept of TRUE LOVE as God had intended, such a source of comfort and peace would be felt.” There seemed such a great need for this simple command to be revisited. I believe I felt this extreme desire to help women as a result of my own hurt. My own “lonely, broken” moments when I thought nobody cared. And I soon began to learn God wastes no hurts. read more…

Team

Jeni Barbush

Jeni Barbush

I grew up in Broken Arrow, OK as a country girl who loved being outside, cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners, and tipping a cow every now and then. I attended church off and on throughout my childhood, but didn’t really get to know God until I became an adult when I moved to Arizona after college. It was a co-worker that asked me if I wanted to come to a “thing” they had at church for Singles. Coming off of a broken marriage, I was lonely, lost, hurting and a thousand miles from home. Out of desperation, I went. The God I began to learn about was not the God I had known about. Love, grace, forgiveness, personal relationship and mercy began to fill the holes of the God I once knew. My world began to change as I began this new journey.

Here I am now. I married that co-worker, have 2 kids and love God more than anything else. As a result of Him being first in my life, God opened the door for me to be a part of a ministry to other women. Isn’t it amazing that God took my deep hurt of being a lonely, lost and hurting woman and turned it into a passion to help other women going through the same thing? That’s what He does and I am humbled that he would use a small town country girl to make an impact for Him.

Lisa Garcia

Lisa Garcia

I am an Arizona native. I grew up being very active, I played softball and was in cheer. My family went to church for a short time and I even prayed when I felt lost. I started struggling with my confidence and identity in junior high. So I was constantly searching. I was searching for God. I was looking for Jesus’ forgiveness. I think I found everything but that. After having my older daughter my search was over. I found God, I learned of Jesus’ forgiveness. I actually found what was always there, I just couldn’t see Him.

God carried me to a place where I now know who I am in Him. I’m now married with two daughters, and try to teach them who they are in God’s eyes. God brought me out of such a dark place and revealed things to me that I never knew about myself. He gave me talents that I could use to serve women, when I didn’t think He could use me at all. Once I realized that it is all for His glory, I could look past myself and see everything I could be in HIM!

Cory Olson

Cory Olson

I grew up in Glendale, AZ as a city girl who loved being with friends, playing soccer/softball and a love for anything art. I was baptized as an infant, but church was not a part of our regular life. As a teenager I would on occasion go with a friend or my grandmother, but I had no idea who God or Jesus was. At the age of twenty-five, I had been married for four years to my high school sweetheart and we just had our first baby – a girl. It was brought to our attention by family that we would need to baptize our daughter, because that is what our families had done when we were born. So we set out to find a church. Every church we went to said they didn’t baptize babies, they “dedicate” them. This was the start to opening our eyes to what a church is, what it does, and the essential question, who God and Jesus are.

Years later, and now with two kids, I am still married to my husband and have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Our marriage has been tested; we have had trials with our children and careers. Through it all I have learned to have faith and lean on God to help us through the tough times. I am amazed how He took little old me and with my talents of design, helped create a ministry for women who need to hear they are loved unconditionally, all the time. I take one day at a time and look forward to how He chooses to use me each day.

Chrissy Shero

Chrissy Shero

I was born in Colorado Springs, and although I have lived in Arizona for most of my life, my heart still longs for the Colorado mountains and of course those Denver Broncos. I danced from about age 5 through college. I was a “holiday” church attendee growing up. It wasn’t until my twenties that I began to search for myself to find out who Jesus was and why I needed Him in my life. I began my journey to only fall off His path and stray from what I had learned. Once I re-married and we began our family I felt tugs at my heart to redirect myself to find Jesus again. With the help of my friends I was able to do just that. After a journey of about two years I was baptized in our backyard on my birthday. Since then I have committed to allow myself to grow through Christ teaching my husband and children the importance of His word.

Today, as I write this, I reflect on the many miracles Jesus has placed upon my family. I look back and see all the times He has shown me, my husband and daughter how He has worked in our lives. I am forever grateful for these times, even if struggle and heartache were present. I have grown in my faith and continue to grow each day. The most important thing I have taken away from my journey thus far is no matter the amount of pain I may be feeling, physically and/or emotionally, I have learned that Jesus is greater!

Sherree Fischer

Sherree Fischer

Several years ago I would never have dreamed I would be on a leadership team for a women’s ministry because I always thought those types of events were mushy and cliquish. Well, God certainly had a different plan. And He showed me what an exciting adventure it would be. I first learned of God’s unconditional love through being a musician at an early age and using my talents in church.

My world was turned upside-down when I met a guy in high school who swept me off my feet and later became my husband. God’s love was further reinforced as our family grew from the birth of our son, who then multiplied the blessing by marrying his childhood sweetheart and eventually by adding three fun grandchildren.  In addition to our family my husband I are enjoying life as we volunteer in the community, travel, go to movies and try our best to “be love” to not only our family, but also our friends, our church and our community.  I am enjoying being a musician on a worship team, encouraging women, overseeing volunteer opportunities, the challenge of creative writing and being right where I am today.

Diana Tourek

Diana Tourek

As I look back on my life I think the last thing in the world I would have imagined my life being was a ministry leader. You see I grew up with two loving parents, an older sister, a pestering younger brother and a dog or two. My entire life from the age of 5 until I was 20 was spent playing competitive fast pitch softball. I was the catcher; while on most years my sister was the pitcher. We didn’t grow up going to church…softball was our world. Tons of memories and friendships that I still cherish today were made on those fields.

In the middle of all of those memories there were the teenage years, and as most teenagers do, I had a very rough patch. With that struggle I became a mom at 19. My son was brought into my life to show me that there was more to life then the path I was going down. I would go on to get my Cosmetologist license and when he was 13 months old I met a wonderful man with whom I went on to marry. In November of 1996 we were blessed to have our daughter. It was when I had our daughter my mind opened up. I thought there is no way two people can come together and make such a wonderful little person. I remember having discussions with people very close to me and asking questions about what kind of churches and religions are out there. We would soon start going to church, but it was not until we moved to Surprise, AZ in 2001 that we would be baptized together and truly start to know God’s love in our hearts.

I went on to help at our local church events, work in the office and grow a stronger love for the Lord. It was through that growth that I learned that the love I have for being a hairdresser would turn into times of ministry. It would also allow me to be a part of an amazing group of women we call loveSTRONG. Who knew that fearless, funny, rebellious, crazy red headed tom boy would grow up to guide women towards a love they could never imagine…God knew!

Melba Nagler

Melba Nagler

Born on a farm in southeast Kansas, Melba grew up loving family, animals and country life. Jesus became the Shepherd of her life at age 9 while attending Vacation Bible School at a small church. At age twelve she moved to Portland, Oregon. There she met and married her sweetheart and has three married children and five grandchildren. During the early years of their marriage the Air Force made it possible for them to live in California, Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, England, Germany, and Holland. They moved to Surprise in November, 2010. Melba enjoys her family, traveling, ballroom dancing, cooking, reading, knitting, crocheting, water exercise, being part of a Bible study group and working with the loveSTRONG ministries prayer team.

Events

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Testimonials

I appreciate the real and genuineness of each speaker. The vulnerability of their hearts is a blessing Thank you for obeying God and sharing your stories. God was present and I will carry these challenges to choose joy with me.

The Quest for Joy ~ Spring Event 2015

The Quest for Joy ~ Spring Event 2015

Well done, good and faithful women! Your love was evident in the details and planning. From the snacks, notes, treats, gifts, games, songs and towels!

Legacy ~ Fall Retreat 2014

Legacy ~ Fall Retreat 2014

Thank you so much for the time, everything was greatly appreciated. The day was well planned and organized and went smoothly. I have been spiritually challenged and refreshed.

surrender ~ Spring Event 2014

surrender ~ Spring Event 2014

I thank loveSTRONG from the depths of my heart & soul. I came as an empty cracked cup to the retreat. I am leaving as a solid & strong cup that is overflowing. You have renewed my faith, my strength, & my soul.

UN1TE ~ Fall Retreat 2013

UN1TE ~ Fall Retreat 2013

I enjoyed meeting so many new faces and really appreciate that you thought to include me. You are all gifted, amazing beautiful daughters of the King who exemplify servanthood. You are the hands and feet of Jesus and He is pleased with you all.

FRUITion ~ Spring Event 2013

FRUITion ~ Spring Event 2013

I met some fabulous women on different walks in their life with Christ. I was not brave enough to share my story, but I was honored to see the vulnerability and the transparency of all the different seasons various women have gone through, are going through, and those who have come out of the many winters in their lives. It made me realize that I am not alone. You are all amazing women of God!!!

Seasons ~ Fall Retreat 2012

Seasons ~ Fall Retreat 2012

I was touched in many ways and didn’t even realize I needed to work on a few major areas in my life! Love you girls!!! ♥

New Beginnings ~ Spring Event 2012

New Beginnings ~ Spring Event 2012

The retreat was great. Even better than some of the resorts I’ve been to. I am coming again. I was moved by people and creatures.

God is Love ~ Fall Retreat 2011

God is Love ~ Fall Retreat 2011

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The Quest for Joy Event 2015

The Quest for Joy Event 2015

Hebrews 12:1-2 • April 18 • Rio Vista Recreation Center • Peoria, AZ • What things in our life rob us of Joy and how can we cross the finish line?    
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Legacy Retreat 2014

Legacy Retreat 2014

Proverbs 3:5-6 • November 14-16 • UCYC • Prescott, AZ • We are given a Legacy of love from our Heavenly Father. The Legacy we leave is yet to be seen.      
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surrender. Event 2014

surrender. Event 2014

Romans 12:2 • April 14 • Rio Vista Recreation Center • Peoria, AZ • What does it mean to surrender to God? How can we let God change our lives?    
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UN1TE Retreat 2013

UN1TE Retreat 2013

Ecclesiastes 4:12 • November 15-17 • UCYC • Prescott, AZ • Our guests explored and experienced the life-changing possibilities of being UN1TED in one heart, one mind, and one body.      
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FRUITion Event 2013

FRUITion Event 2013

John 15:5 • April 13 • Arizona Broadway Theatre • Peoria, AZ • What kind of fruit do we produce in our everyday life and why?    
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Seasons Retreat 2012

Seasons Retreat 2012

Ecclesiastes 3:1 • October 12-13 • Little America Hotel • Flagstaff, AZ • Our walk with Christ changes with every season of our lives. How do we handle life’s responsibilities while maintaining our path?      
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New Beginnings Event 2012

New Beginnings Event 2012

2 Corinthians 5:17 • April 14 • The Colonnade • Surprise, AZ • We need to continuously let go of the burdens that are holding us back and embrace New Beginnings.      
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God is Love Retreat 2011

God is Love Retreat 2011

1 Corinthians 13 • November 4-6 • UCYC • Prescott, AZ • How can we understand “God is love. Be love.” and what does it mean in our lives?    
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• Connect women to each other and God’s love
• Develop women to walk in God's shadow
• Inspire women to 'be love'
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