MEET OUR TEAM
David and Debbie Mathews co-founded Spark of Life in 2008 after the loss of their grandson, Josiah. David serves as Executive Director, and Debbie as Executive Retreat Director. Both are Certified Specialists in Grief Recovery.
They have facilitated over 90 Spark of Life Grief Recovery Retreats, and have led over 50 Grief Recovery Workshops for churches and businesses. They also have over 40 years of ministry experience, working with hundreds of grievers through the years.
Rusty and Nancy Meadows joined the Spark team after attending one of the first retreats. Both are certified Grief Recovery Specialists, and have led or co-led over 50 Spark retreats.
Rusty is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in the behavioral health field for over twenty years. He is a therapist in private practice with Finding Hope Counseling Center. A John Maxwell Certified Life Coach, Rusty’s work and desire is to help people achieve the positive life changes that they are seeking.
Nancy has worked alongside Rusty in the Spark of Life retreats. The Meadows’ life experiences with loss and grief (they lost their 34-year old son, Justin, in 2015) as well as the hundreds they have encountered through the retreats have well prepared them to facilitate Spark of Life Grief Recovery Retreats.
Dennis and Terri Rine joined the efforts of Spark of Life after having attended a retreat following the murder of their daughter. They are certified Grief Recovery Specialists and have facilitated over 40 retreats. Dennis has been a teacher, guidance counselor and coach at Harding Academy in Searcy AR for all of his professional career. Terri teaches at two different universities.
Following the loss of their daughter Micah, the have devoted themselves to helping others who have experienced devastating loss, through many different venues.
Mark and Jill Brazle have had several years of coaching and pastoral counseling experience since the shared loss of their grandson Josiah with David and Deb Mathews. They’ve helped with Spark of Life since the early days and served with Marriage Encounter. After spending 16 years church planting in Belgium, they worked in full time ministry for 25 years in Ohio and Texas. Jill and Mark are both Grip-Birkman coaches and Mark is a certified Birkman professional. Mark is a missionary care provider for Missions Resource Network and Jill is a retired high school math teacher.
Tom Stockdale has been a funeral director for over 30 years. He has facilitated grief groups and Spark of Life retreats. He has a passion to help those that are grieving from loss.
Jan Stockdale has worked for over 11 years with grief recovery groups and has help facilitate Spark of Life retreats. She teaches classes on grief and loss called Interrupted Expectations.
Scott and Cari Zorno became involved in Spark of Life in 2016 after experiencing the deaths of three of their children. They have facilitated Grief Share support groups and Spark of Life retreats. Cari is an advanced grief coach, Face 2 Face minister, and author of Tattooed by Grief: A Faith Based Approach to Helping Those Impacted by Loss.