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Norm Jennings

Norm has a burden for the way that broken relationships and divorce damages our youth and families. God used this burden as a call into ministry and for the founding of At Stake Ministries. As a blessed husband and father, he seeks to pour into others that desire those same blessings. He has a masters degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University Theological Seminary and counselor training through Caring for the Heart Ministries.

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Jennifer Jennings

God has created within Jen a heart for women struggling in marriage as well as single moms. As a wife and mother she has experienced her share of struggles. She is often teamed up with her husband Norm when counseling couples. She loves serving others, and God uses that all the time in her role as our Administrative Manager. Jen manages the scheduling, paperwork and all other thing you may need while with us at At Stake Ministries.

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Julie Pounds

In January 2015 Julie joined At Stake Ministries with a deep love for Jesus and people. She has extensive prior experience in working with youth and families. God has blessed Julie with the gift of scriptural recall and insight that is very soothing and healing to the youth, women and couples that she works with. She  received a degree in Christian Counseling from Liberty University and has received intensive counseling training through Caring for the Heart Ministries.

At Stake Ministries is rooted in our deep burden for the increasing divorce rate with its devastating effects on relationships in the United States. We are called to minister in a proactive way to those who are thinking of getting married or those who desire to give their marriage a boost. We also minister to those who wonder if they should separate or divorce. Finally, we feel called to support those who have experienced the pain of divorce or damaged relationships.  We know firsthand that “we are the product of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it” Rick Warren.

At Stake Ministries was born out of brokenness, not perfection. Norm and Jen co-owned a small business, had three children and from the outside it would appear that they had “the American dream”. The demands of running a business, parenting children, being involved in church and community soon found had them following separate paths and a division began to take root in their marriage. This impacted their relationship at home, at work and began to deeply impact their three children.

God began to use others to help them realize the need for counsel. Christian radio, sermons at church, and Christian friends who spoke truthfully and lovingly into their lives were all a part of showing them that they wanted more for their marriage and family.  They decided to attend a three day intensive session geared toward bringing wholeness and healing into their marriage. During this intensive, the Holy Spirit through the counselor revealed what the true issues were and how they could come together and love each other in spite of them. They were able to identify the pains from our past, obtain freedom, break strongholds and find restoration in their marriage.

After restoring their marriage and elevating it to a height they had never experienced together, the Lord began to stir within them the desire to help others find restoration and healing in relationships as well. Thus, the birth of At Stake Ministries. Rick Warren once said: “Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” While our journey has not always been easy we are grateful for how God is using it for His glory to minister to others.

“Where there is no guidance people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”

– Proverbs 11:14

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What's behind our name?

As workers in a vineyard for several years we saw firsthand vines that produced high quality and high quantity fruits as well as those that shriveled up and died. Vines exist to bear fruit. They are most fruitful when they have been carefully tended… watered, nourished, pruned, and protected from disease, weeds, birds, etc. Throughout the life of the vine one of the keys to keeping the vine healthy is the stake that supports it. The vine is tied securely to the stake until it is strong enough to stand on its own. Without the stake, the vine falls to the ground to be trampled, mowed over, blown away, overcome by weeds, or to rot. If it does happen to live, it will become hardened and crooked and not in a position to produce fruit for which it is capable.

At Stake Ministries seeks to be a support to others much like the stake is to the vine…

Our Mission

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener…” – John 15:1

At Stake Ministries exists to glorify God by encouraging and supporting a deeper understanding of God’s immeasurable love for all and His design for marriage and family relationships.

“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful…” – John 15:2

We assist individuals and couples in finding renewal and restoration in relationships by helping them find freedom from weights and barriers of the past.

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” – John 15:4

In the context of loving accountability we provide practical tools for continued nourishment and growth of healthy relationships both with God and with others.