We are a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Association formed to help ordinary Christians become comfortable sharing personal faith stories.
We believe a personal relationship with Jesus Christ has blessed our lives and that Jesus calls us to reach out to the least, the last, and the lost in the world.
We offer a website, programs, and resources to Christians wanting to share personal faith stories. We also help guide seekers and non-Christians to a relationship with Jesus Christ by sharing the faith stories of ordinary Christians.
Our vision is to create a global community where Christians of all ages and cultures can share their faith stories with fellow Christians, seekers, and non-believers.
In this way we hope to fulfill the last command of Jesus, who commissioned us to go and make disciples of all nations. Our goal is to create an archival legacy of personal faith stories that affirms the love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ.
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Nancy Carol Willis, MBA
Founder and President
Nancy is a writer and illustrator of award-winning children’s nature books, author of a biography, and a university professor of fine arts. She currently serves as Missions Elder and Arts Ministry team leader in her local church.
“Writing my faith story reminded me how faithful God has been to me. His plan for my life is turning out way better than my own plan.”
Sandy has 25 years’ experience as an office manager for her denomination’s governing body. She is a great-grandmother who is active in her church and describes herself as a child of God by the gift of salvation through Jesus, her Lord and Savior.
“Writing my faith story took me back to the first time I experienced God’s love, a love that surrounds me with hope and peace, regardless of life’s circumstances.”
Paul M. Willbanks, CPA, CGMA
Paul has over 40 years’ experience as a CPA and serves as a church Trustee. He volunteers as treasurer for non-profit organizations serving the hunger and housing needs of the community.
“Writing my faith story actually strengthened my faith.”
R. Scott Burkley, D.Min
Scott served for over 45 years as pastor of several Presbyterian churches. Now retired, he is active in Rotary and promotes the Bethel Bible Study series.
“In Genesis 12:2-3 God tells Abraham that ‘I will bless you and you will be a blessing to others’. Writing our faith stories is a personal way to share God’s blessings.”
Donna Casey, DNP, RN
Donna has spent her career in nursing administration, most recently serving the hospice community. She serves as Christian Education Elder and a Bethel Bible instructor.
“Writing my faith story allowed me to connect with God and understand how He used tragedy to bring me closer to Him.”
Danielle Sawyer, Esq.
Public Relations Director
Danielle is an attorney with a career focus on estate planning, real estate, and business law. She helps run her local church’s social media pages.
“Writing my faith story showed me how my relationship with Jesus got me through the darkest times of my life. We all have a story to tell; the best ones are those that connect us to our Lord. ”
In the Beginning…
The Why I Love Jesus: Sharing My Faith Story ministry began in 2012, when Pastor Scott Burkley asked Nancy Carol Willis to share her faith story in church. “Just tell why you love Jesus,” he said. Nancy enlisted the members of her Christian Writers’ group to accept the challenge. Together they developed a simple, three-step process for organizing faith stories into presentations of about five minutes in length. The stories were so well received that plans were made to help other church members share their own faith stories. Simple worksheets were developed, and the Christian Writers’ team worked with every church ministry to guide the process. Children and youth created drawings to go with their stories, and all of the faith stories were placed in a binder displayed in the church sanctuary.
Since then, workshops have been presented at regional churches and conferences. In 2020 Nancy decided to go global with the ministry. Why I Love Jesus: Sharing My Faith Story was approved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. During the COVID-19 pandemic, plans have been under way to reach Christians of all ages and cultures with the opportunity to share their faith stories with the world.