Woman’s Retreat Coordinator and Board Member
Krista and her husband, Derrick, have been married for 17 years and have one sweet and spicy daughter, Kylee. Kylee came to them at three weeks old via private adoption. Motherhood took a dramatic and unexpected turn for Krista when, at the age of 7 months old, Kylee was diagnosed with a rare brain deformity called Schizencephaly as well as Cerebral Palsy. Krista experienced extreme guilt over how deeply she mourned losing that perfect picture of what she thought her family would look like. She will never forget the freedom she experienced when the Lord, through a book written by another mother, revealed to her that it was normal, good, and even healthy to mourn the loss of what she thought would be. Through that grieving process, healing began and she was able to find new hope and excitement for her daughter and their family.
It is Krista's desire to share that hope with other mothers who find themselves in unexpected places and very different situations than the ones they had planned for themselves. Krista refers to the Grace Haven Women’s Retreat as her "Happy Place." The retreats are a safe and judgement free space for mothers to come together, share openly, uplift and encourage each other, cry, laugh, and most importantly pray for one another. As the Retreat Coordinator, her hope is to pour Jesus into each mother as they enter into that safe place where healing and hope so often are found.
Krista is a home school mama, a lover of music, reading, coffee and spending quality time with friends and family.