About Us

WHAT WE BELIEVE:

LOVED, SAVED, & SENT

God created life in love, and we are loved by God, completely and eternally.

When we sinned and corrupted God's creation, God saved us by sending His One and only Son to save us from our sin, and to make a way for us back to immortality and eternal life.

The Holy Spirit calls us to believe in God, to receive Christ as our Savior by faith. We are then connected to the Godhead by the indwelling Presence of God, Who prays with us and for us, teaches us all truth from Scripture and . . .

God sends us. When we become part of God's family, we also become His ambassadors to invite others to become Christians. Whether we do this in big ways or in small ways, God sends us to love in His name, serve others, help others, and this calling not only reaches others for Christ, it blesses us.

Save Lives 2 Save Souls

We volunteer and advocate for suicide prevention, for awareness, for recovery and healing because in 2007 this became part of our story, when Erin attempted suicide at seventeen. Our journey was not exactly smooth, but we found out two crucial things in the process: suicide is not rare and is on the rise; and the church has not been prepared to cope with this epidemic. Silence and inaction only lend more power to this terrible killer. Valley of the Shadow, was written to break the silence about a subject that has too long been taboo in religious communities, to start the conversations that lead to healing.

 

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Elizabeth Stone, B.S., MDiv

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Elizabeth has spent most of her adult life in West Virginia, where she attended Bethany College, majored in mathematics, acquired a second field in French (including a semester abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France) and minored in education.  Her teaching career spanned more than fifteen years including five years in a home for pregnant and parenting teens.  Transitioning to full time ministry through directing church camp, teaching, youth ministry, and serving as a commissioned lay pastor, Elizabeth completed her Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2015 , and has served as pastor to five churches.  Her daughter’s suicide attempt in 2007 has shaped her ministry, and after writing Valley of the Shadow with Erin, she has become an advocate and speaker for suicide prevention.  Elizabeth is happily married and has five children and soon to be eight grandchildren. 

Erin Stone, BBA

Erin was born in Massachusetts but was quickly – at two weeks old – returned to the mountains of West Virginia.  Raised in Moundsville and Beckley, she is highly gifted in mathematics and was educated at Harding University in Arkansas where she earned a business degree with a concentration in wedding and event planning. As an executive director in a rescue organization for victims of abuse, she helps others in recovery.   Since her own attempted suicide in 2007, Erin’s recovery story has been shared with many through the book , Valley of the Shadow, co-authored with her mother Elizabeth. She has become an advocate for many causes, not just suicide prevention, but also stopping human trafficking, promoting mental wellness, and combating the problems that often affect teen girls in our society: body image, cutting, anorexia and bulimia.  She has taken her message of hope into schools, colleges, church camps and retreats, and church youth groups. Erin is engaged and is looking forward to a new season of life in the coming year. 

Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

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