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.
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.
Omar is a native of Queens, NY and relocated to Raleigh, NC as a teenager where his home has been ever since. In 1999 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Counseling degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest NC in 2010. In 2001, he received a Level 1 Certification as a Clinical Pastoral Educator through Duke University and Rex Health Care. Omar served as a Special Programs teacher at Mary Phillips Alternative High School in Southeast Raleigh for 3 years and 6 years as full-time certified personal fitness trainer at O2 Fitness Club in North Raleigh. After graduating from seminary Omar served on the Summit Church’s staff as a part-time pastoral counselor and a venue pastor until the launch of Bridgehaven Counseling Associates in 2012. He has served as a full-time counselor for 5 years. He has a growing interest and passion in areas of abuse and toxic relationships, marriage, pre-marriage, dating, depression, anger, anxiety, addiction, men’s issues, and identity and security. He and his wife of 10 years LaToya, live in Wake Forest, NC and attend the Summit Church where Omar serves as an elder at their North Raleigh campus. He is a health and fitness aficionado and his favorite sports are table tennis and mixed martial arts. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.