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

KRISTA COWAN  |  LEADERSHIP TEAM

KRISTA COWAN | LEADERSHIP TEAM

I was born in Arizona and moved to Oklahoma for a few wonderful years while my parents went to Bible college to become Pastors. We moved back to Arizona to pastor a church and learned my passion is to serve and love on others. I have been blessed to have known Christ as my Lord and Savior since I was quite young. I thrive on the Lord’s grace, mercy and ever gentle guiding hand. With Christ in my life, I know first-hand the power of hope.

I met my sweetheart in high school, we married in college, and have been blessed with three beautiful children. Our family enjoys serving at our church, growing stronger with fellow believers, and spending quality family time together. I have a passion for travel and love to experience life! I love everything gluten free, especially chocolate and peanut butter desserts!

Serena Downing  |  Leadership Team

Serena Downing | Leadership Team

I was born in California, but raised in Virginia.

In my early years, my parents sent me off to church to make sure I had my First Communion- that was very important to them! Later, we moved to Arizona where a friend invited me to Youth Group. I was “that kid” who attended the Youth activities and dutifully went to church the next morning. Those Sunday mornings were spent hearing about Jesus but it took several years before I accepted him as my Lord and Savior.

Through the years, many ladies have influenced my life. Some ladies taught me how to apply God’s Word in my life, some ladies taught me how to show God’s love, and some ladies taught me how to accept God’s love. The common element always seems to be a passion for Jesus and a desire to see Him shine in my life.

I’m a wife, a mom to 3 adult children and a bit of a sci-fi geek. I love Jesus, steak and the NFL. I enjoy serving at my church, going to Comic Con and working with loveSTRONG ministries.

Sherree Fischer  |  Leadership Team

Sherree Fischer | Leadership Team

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.

Meredith Hurtado  |  Leadership Team

Meredith Hurtado | Leadership Team

Meredith was born and raised in California, and moved to Arizona in 2013 when her husband accepted a ministry position in Goodyear. She has loved music and theater all her life and spent much of her childhood on a stage. When she began living her life for the Lord though, she struggled against the idea of performing whenever she set foot on a stage. In fact, for the first time in her life she experienced stage-fright whenever she would sing in a worship setting! It even got so bad that she stopped altogether for 3 years. (Her husband didn’t know she could sing at all until a year after they were married!) But God was patient, and loving. She figured out that the purpose of performance is to bring attention to the performer, but the purpose of worship was to bring attention, honor and glory to God. Once she got that figured out she was no longer a performer, but a worshipper, and nothing has ever been more fulfilling. Her greatest joy is leading others into the throne room of God and experience the wonder of His majesty. She firmly believes that we fulfill our highest calling when we worship “in spirit and in truth” the God of our salvation. What used to be a hobby, God has transformed into a life’s passion.

Meredith is married to David, a local pastor and the love of her life. Together, they are raising their 4 children, 2 biological and 2 adopted from foster care. As a family they love to sing, go camping, cook and cheer for the 49ers!

Chrissy Shero  |  Leadership Team

Chrissy Shero | Leadership Team

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!

Jenn Texidor  |  Leadership Team

Jenn Texidor | Leadership Team

Jenn was born in New York, but has made her home in Arizona since she was 12.  She is the lucky wife of one hilarious, movie-quoting husband and mom to two amazing kiddos! In her spare time, Jenn loves Pinterest, chocolate peanut butter Haagen Dazs, and blessed quiet time! Jenn also loves to laugh and learn from her mistakes while striving to be more like Christ every day.

Melba Nagler  |  Prayer Team Leader

Melba Nagler | Prayer Team Leader

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.

Jeni Barbush    |    Board Member

Jeni Barbush | Board Member

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.

Events

Testimonials

This was a phenomenal event. It refreshed my walk with our Lord. I am reinvigorated to get deeper in His Word.

REVEAL ~ Event 2016

REVEAL ~ Event 2016

This weekend was more then I could have imagined. Thank you! My first weekend retreat, yet, not my last.

Stand Strong. Love Strong. ~ Fall Retreat 2015

Stand Strong. Love Strong. ~ Fall Retreat 2015

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

Gallery

Inspire Night 2016

Inspire Night 2016

Inspire Night • August 27 • Rio Vista Recreation Center • Peoria, AZ • Our 1st evening event to get momentum and be inspired by God's love.
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REVEAL Event 2016

REVEAL Event 2016

Daniel 2:22 • April 16 • Rio Vista Recreation Center • Peoria, AZ • Strip away all the things that cover up the treasures that God has placed in you.
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Stand Strong. Love Strong. Retreat 2015

Stand Strong. Love Strong. Retreat 2015

Joshua 1:9• November 13-15 • UCYC • Prescott, AZ •"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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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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