Contributors

Do you have a passion for serving children of divorce or single parent families? Are you interested in contributing to Divorce Ministry 4 Kids (either a guest article or on a regular basis)? Please contact Wayne at wayne@divorceministry4kids.com for more information.

Part of our mission at Divorce Ministry 4 Kids is to “Equip people who work with children of divorce to serve these kids more effectively.” That includes bringing together the talent and expertise of people from a wide variety of backgrounds who can offer their insights and wisdom into this area of ministry. In addition to guest posts from others related to this ministry, we have gathered a top notched team of individuals who contribute on a somewhat regular basis. Here is a brief introduction to each of them.

WAYNE STOCKS

Wayne has been married to Tricia for going on 13 years now and has four kids ranging in age from 4 to 18. They are Joshua, Jacob, Lyndsey and Nathan. In addition to spending time with his wife and kids, Wayne is an avid reader. He volunteers in the children’s ministry at New Life Church of Gahanna in Gahanna, Ohio where he teaches a wonderful group of first through fifth graders every Sunday morning and runs games for the midweek AWANA program for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Wayne did not grow up in church, and God did not draw him into his Kingdom until he was 30 years old following the birth of his third child. He discovered shortly thereafter that God intended him to spend the rest of his life working with kids and teaching them about Jesus. Recently, God has clarified that mission to specifically include children of divorce and children from single parent families. In addition to starting Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, Wayne has also started two other blogs. Kidmin1124 was started as a site to minister to those who volunteer in children’s ministry. Dad in the Middle is Wayne’s personal blog. Wayne also contributes to the site Ministry-to-Children.com which is one of the leading children’s ministry sites on the internet. You can also find Wayne on twitter at @stocksohio, on Facebook, and on CMConnect. You can reach him by e-mail at wayne@DivorceMinistry4Kids.com.

LINDA RANSON JACOBS

Linda is a nationally known speaker and child care expert with over 30 years experience working with single parents, children and teenagers. She has been actively involved in ministering to children and their families for years. Having been both divorced and widowed, Linda was a single mom who learned firsthand the emotional and support needs of broken families. Through her surviving her own personal experiences, she developed a passion to help hurting families.

Linda is one of the forefront leaders in the area of children and divorce. She developed and created the DivorceCare for Kids programs. DC4K is an international program for churches to use to help children of divorced parents find healing within the arms of a loving church family.

As a speaker, author, trainer, program developer and child care center owner, Linda has assisted countless families by modeling and acting on the healing love she has found in Jesus Christ.

Linda writes a regular Friday column for Divorce Ministry 4 Kids. More great articles about how to successfully minister to the child of divorce in your church can be found at Linda’s website Healthy Loving Partnerships for Our Kids (HLP4). Linda also offers support, encouragement, and suggestions to help single parents and those working with single parent children. You can also find Linda on Twitter @hlp4linda, on Facebook and on CMConnect. You can reach Linda by e-mail at Linda@hlp4.com.

JACKIE GLASS

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Jackie is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Moody Bible Institute and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University. As a counselor, Jackie provides her clients with a safe place to process the events going on in their lives while working towards change.

Jackie’s has counseled a wide range of people including children, adolescents, adults, and married couples. She has practiced in a private setting, through an agency and in a church settings. Her areas of interest include working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, transition/adjustment difficulties, communication issues within a family, and teen self-esteem problems.

In addition to her counseling practice, Jackie has also served in churches both in children’s ministry and in a counseling capacity. Jackie is one of those people who “roots for the underdog” both personally and professionally. Jackie is married and has two little daughters, Kate and Julia.

Jackie has agreed to contribute her professional expertise to Divorce Ministry 4 Kids on a regular basis to add her insights to the conversation. You can reach her at jackie@lifetimebehavioralhealth.com.

AMY DOLAN

Amy Dolan from Lemon Lime Kids, a Children’s Ministry Consulting Company. Amy started Lemon Lime Kids seven years ago to empower and encourage fellow children’s ministry leaders. Amy attended Moody Bible College and the Erikson Institute for Child Development. She has served as a Promiseland Curriculum Writer and Programmer at Willow Creek Church, Children’s Ministry Director at The Chapel, Lead Teacher at Head Start and Executive Director of Children’s Ministries at Willow Creek. Amy now consults with churches and children’s ministries on all types of issues. She is a frequent conference speaker and also one of the creative forces behind What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry. Amy currently lives in Chicago with her husband Kelly.

Answers With AmyAmy’s new monthly column will be called Answers With Amy. In that column, Amy will answer questions from submitted by our readers about ministering to children of divorce and/or their families, you can submit your questions to AnswersWithAmy@DivorceMinistry4Kids.com. Don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of this great opportunity to draw on the experience of a professional children’s ministry coach and get practical advice on issues you or your church are facing.

You can find Amy on her site at Lemon Lime Kids. You can also find Amy on Twitter at @adolan, on Facebook and on CMConnect.