Meet Our Team
Joy has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence since 1997. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and held the position of Community Educator for Safe Space Domestic Violence Services in Louisburg, NC from 2000-2001. She has served as a biblical counselor in church settings since 2004. Her own experiences as a former victim of domestic abuse, along with her involvement with Safe Space and church counseling, caused her to see a major need for churches to become better equipped to help families affected by DV. In January 2015, she helped establish Called to Peace to promote domestic violence awareness, particularly within the faith community. Joy is also a Certified Advocate with the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence .
The twofold purpose of Called to Peace Ministries is to provide education to those interested in learning effective strategies for dealing with family violence, and to provide practical assistance to those affected by it. Joy has spoken on domestic violence in a variety of venues from seminary classrooms, to seminars and conferences, to radio and television. Her blog contains many articles on domestic abuse, as well as posts on other counseling issues and victorious Christian living. Joy and her husband Nathan “Rusty” are members of Hope Church of Raleigh. They have 5 grown children and 10 grandchildren.
Carolyn Crews was born and raised in Wendell, NC. She is a survivor of domestic violence and believes that her purpose in life is to reach out and help save as many victims of domestic violence as she possibly can. She is author of the book I Shot My Dad! My Brave Journey Through Family Domestic Violence. Although her stages of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood were filled with strife and opposition, her strong will, grit and determination helped her succeed to become the powerful caring woman she is today. She has served as a mentor to domestic violence victims for over 15 years: is a motivational speaker to law enforcement, businesses and organizations. She strongly believes in empowering others to choose their path, and find God's purpose for their lives.
Sherry is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of NC. She received her M.A. in counseling from Liberty University, and worked at Therapeutic Connections Inc. in Raleigh, NC, working within the homes and communities of intercity children/families/adults for many years. She has been a member of AnGeL Ministries (Ann Graham Lotz's) prayer team since its inception around 1989, and has traveled as far as Korea and the Philippines with this ministry.
Sherry has facilitated numerous support groups over the years beginning at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh in 1992, and more recently at her church in Youngsville, NC. In 1993, she became involved with the prison system: offering support and assistance in transition from prison to mainstream life, and has a passion for individuals coming out of the prison system who have no outside support. She plans to provide practical assistance to these individuals through Called to Peace. Sherry and her husband Phil are members of Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, NC. They have 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.
Nicole & Matthew Holden
Nicole has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence for several years. She pursued her degree in biblical counseling for the sole purpose of being able to minister to victims of domestic violence who are in need of hope and encouragement. She holds a Biblical Counseling certificate with the AACC which she received after obtaining her Associates degree in Psychology: Christian Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Government: Politics and Policy with a purpose of effectively trying to change polices regarding domestic violence.
Nicole was drawn to Called to Peace after spending a year volunteering with a domestic violence organization which worked with victims across the country, and recognized the great need right in her community to serve. Nicole has a desire to walk with women helping them to discover Jesus in the midst of their suffering. It was through her relationship with Jesus that she was able to endure her own circumstances, and now has a passion to share her story and the hope she found with those in her community who are walking the same road. Nicole is married to Matthew and has five children. She and her husband are active in their church in Journey Church in Raleigh, NC. They lead a community of believers in their home each week.
Matthew has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence since he witnessed the aftermath of abuse, and the effects of both spiritual abuse and domestic violence, on his wife and her children. He saw the need to better educate our churches to the signs of abuse, as well as the need of support for women and their children in both church and community, and has since followed his wife’s passion to serve.
Matthew holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and served as a pastor for five years.
Kristi grew up overseas as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea, which gave her a heart for people of many different backgrounds and cultures. After graduating with a Bachelors in Christian Ministry from Taylor University, Kristi married a man studying to be a missionary pastor. Unaware of his abusive background and hidden anger, she immediately became a victim of his abuse.
The pain of trying to hide the reality of her abuse as a youth pastor’s wife, lead her to seek help from the church; this resulted in church leader condemnation and spousal rage. She is forever grateful for the rescue process through family support, and non-church based abuse counseling.
The recovery process awakened and empowered Kristi to minister to other women in bondage, and to raise awareness for necessary church support to victims of domestic abuse. Because of Kristi’s struggles, she has a heightened awareness for unhealthy symptoms and has helped rescue several women before marriage.
Now in a healthy marriage, Kristi homeschools her two children. She and her husband, Jeff Lay, just moved to Wake Forest, NC in Nov 2016. Jeff fully supports Kristi’s involvement in Called to Peace Ministries and continuing her passion to bring hope and healing to those suffering as she once did.
Kristi has mentored about a dozen women over the past 10 years, through the phases of their abuse and transition to freedom. She is a leader in the Trauma Recovery group through the Summit Church, helps co-lead the Called to Peace women's support group, and is actively involved in women's ministry of Journey church, where she attends.
Ed Williams serves as treasurer for Called to Peace Ministries. As a Certified Public Accountant since 1977, Ed brings a vast array of knowledge and experience. Over the years, he has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Adopt a Highway, and as an offertory counter in his church. He has also worked with Franklin-Granville-Vance Partnership for Children (Smart Start).
Ed chose to volunteer with Called to Peace Ministries, because he believes the mission is crucial and nobody deseves to be abused. Ed is a native of a small town outside of Erie, PA. He enjoys yard work, walking, reading, and doing puzzles. He has been married to his wife Michelle for 46 years, and they are members of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh. They have 2 sons, and 3 grandchildren.
Andre is a son, husband, father, friend, and servant leader. It has been his desire to express the same passion for people as Jesus demonstrated towards him, his wonderful wife, Atty. Karlene Turrentine, and their home grown team of Matthew, MkKenzi, Phillip, and Judah.
He has a Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University Divinity School, Bouies Creek, NC where the Lord lead him to focus on chaplaincy and counseling.
While completing his Clinical Pastoral Education requirements , Andre served as a chaplain for InterAct's Domestic Violence Shelter in Raleigh. Combined with his personal experiences, Andre's interaction with the women and children in the domestic violence shelter solidified his desire to see more people and organizations willing to intervene and advocate for those in volital relationships.
Andre resides in Wake Forest, NC and is a member of Celebration Church in north Raleigh.