Meet Our Team
Joy has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence since 1997, and is author of Called to Peace: A Survivor’s Guide to Finding Peace and Healing After Domestic Abuse. 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 2005. 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.
Jim was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and has served in pastoral roles in North Carolina since 2005. He is a graduate of Campbell University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves as Senior Pastor at Christ Church Rolesville in Rolesville, NC.
From his experience in serving churches, he has come to an awareness of the great need for churches to be equipped to care for victims of abuse and seeks to use his connections to churches and pastors in the area to expand the reach and influence of Called to Peace Ministries. Jim and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Isaiah and Jana, and live in Wake Forest, NC.
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.