Celebrating Servant Leaders

On Sunday evening, the volunteers of Chets Creek Church donned tennis shoes and sunscreen for some outdoor fun at the annual Volunteer Celebration.  We celebrated circus-style with some delicious BBQ and some good old fashioned fun and games.  You might have spotted us helping ourselves to a funnel cake, too 🙂

For that reason, I thought it would be a great time to celebrate and introduce to you the Chets Women Servant Leadership Team.  These are the ladies you need to find at church on Sunday if you want to get involved [and you do! you really do!]




(In order from left to right)

Find LORI LONG for all of your Connect ministry needs.  She takes large events by storm as she rallies her team to plan, prep, and execute large events.

Find JILL DARKATSH to get involved with our Prayer team.  Prayer is the very center of our ministry as we ask God to bless His ladies and listen for what He would have us do as Chets Women.

Find WENDY YOUNG, our Disciple team leader, if Bible Studies interest you.  Her team works to provide opportunities for women to get into God’s word – to know Christ deeply and grow into His likeness.

Find LAURA WILSON if you love to write and/or take photos.  She leads the communications team to get the word out to women about what God is doing in the lives of Chets Women.

Find SUSAN FREESE for questions about all things Chets Women! She is our Women’s Ministry Coordinator and our fearless leader.

Find APRIL TAPP if you want to get involved with Chets Girls.  She is spearheading a new approach to ministry with middle and high school girls, that they too may know the goodness of our Savior.

Find LESLIE LAYTON to learn more about our Transform ministry.  Ready for more? She oversees the ladies of Chets who are growing into deeper communion with God and one another through life transformation triads.

Find KATE KALIN if you want to know a great administrator in the church office who helps each and every one of us connect with YOU better.

Find ALISHA CALHOUN if you are ready to become Unleashed to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.  Join her to learn more about understanding your purpose and using your gifts for God’s glory.

Each and every one of us is thankful to serve you through Chets Women.  We hope you will join us as we seek after God in this ministry.  If you’re looking to join a team and get involved, don’t forget to join us at our Vision Lunch on June 8th @ 12:30pm.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to Kate@chetscreek.com by June 4th.


Not Your Mama’s Mother’s Day

Women Sign

If you were at Chets on Sunday, you saw that there was not a whole lot of normal going on for Mother’s Day.  We raised our banners – literally – to launch the new women’s ministry: Chets Women.

The day gave us a special platform to communicate our vision and pass out gifts honoring all women.  But – what’s more – we listened. And, we listened some more. We heard you.

We heard from women wanting more of Jesus. We heard from women wanting to discover their God-designed role in life.  We heard from women looking to fit in and find friendships and women struggling with hard issues in life.

Several of us had prayed so long and so hard for that day.  What we thought was a day about launching our ministry, turned out to be so much more. It was about God giving us ears to hear the cries of His girls. We listened and so now we are praying….and taking action. 

We are praying for women to rise up to serve Jesus by investing in the lives of women. We pray for women to connect to authentic biblical community. We pray for lives to be radically changed, so women bring change to the world. We pray for women to be unleashed into church and local ministries to serve and share Jesus.  Will you pray with us?

Although much work was put into Sunday, we’ve only just begun. Lives are waiting. Communities, ministries, and nations are waiting for women to arise, shake off cultural comforts and put feet to faith. We are waiting for you.

On Sunday, June 8 we are hosting a Vision Lunch on the 3rd floor of the south building to share our hopes and dreams with those who want to join our ministry teams and/or serve as Lifegroup ambassadors. We will save you a seat at the table. Just be sure to RSVP to Kate at kate@chetscreek.com (by June 4).

It’s fun to think we gave birth to a ministry on the day we honor those who gave birth to us, but it’s even more thrilling to see what God has planned to transform lives.  Will you get involved? Leave a legacy? We need you….because women need women to be godly women.


Upper view

Unleash Transform Prayer Disciple Connect Comm

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{This post was written by Susan Freese.  Susan is married to her college sweetheart, Brett, and they have two perpetually joyful little men. In 2006, she left her corporate career to answer the call to serve in the women’s ministry through Chets Creek Church.  She also co-founded All In Ministries International to serve women across the world.  Susan is passionate to see women know Christ and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.}

Introducing Chets Women

We know women influence women. But what are we influencing women toward?

The world screams loudly: Be this! Do that! Own this! Seek that! Loud. LOUD noise creating anxiety, discontentment, insecurities, depression, fear, guilt and shame.

However, in the midst of all the noise, there is the still, small voice of the One True God – our Maker. He says women were designed in His image to receive His love, His peace, His contentment, His security, His joy, His rest, His cleansing from shame and guilt. New life. Complete life with a purpose.

Yet, many women and girls are too distracted to notice. We race after the next position, the next relationship or the next (fill in the blank). We are consumed with comparison or unhealthy competition. (Yuck!) Eventually, we become restless and miserable until our souls are awakened. Nothing mystical, but something spiritual. Awakened to something more.

Enter Chets Women.

We are not your typical women’s ministry. We recognize life is short and eternity is long. Our lives have purpose. Turns out, our Maker is really, really creative. Each woman has her own unique purpose, her own individual calling which produces true joy. Throughout the Bible, God used women to display His splendor in distinctive ways. He still does. All women, regardless of age, have a song to sing, a note to play and story to tell….to bring God glory. Now, THAT’S what we influence women toward in SIX intentional ways…


We connect women to authentic, deep, biblical community.

Through large and small gatherings, we help women find and develop spiritual friendships that help them love God and love others.


We disciple women and girls according to Jesus’ instruction.

We offer a three-fold Bible study path approach and robust girls ministry which helps women and girls learn biblical truth in a loving environment.


We encourage transformed women to be a transformation to those in and around their lives.

Through a grass-roots, Spirit-led triad approach to mentoring, we help women and girls grow in their faith to find intimacy with God until Christ is formed in them (Gal 4:19 ).


We unleash women to serve Jesus by serving others using their unique gifts and passions.

Through classes and serve days, we help women and girls find their God-designed role in the world.


We pray for and with women as they learn how to maintain a strong connection & receptivity to God.

Prayer undergirds our entire ministry. We invite God to take over our ministry because it’s really His women’s ministry. We help women learn how to talk with God for themselves and for others. We help women trust God in each moment as we learn He is writing our story.


We communicate stories that encourage women and glorify God.

Through blogging and other social media platforms, women with the gift of writing and photography provide encouragement, communicate biblical truths, share fun ministry moments, and – most importantly – give God glory for what He is doing in the lives of Chets women.

Chets women is about changed women bringing change. Will you join us?


{This article was written by Susan Freese.  Susan is married to her college sweetheart, Brett, and they have two perpetually joyful little men. In 2006, she left her corporate career to answer the call to serve in the women’s ministry through Chets Creek Church.  She also co-founded All In Ministries International to serve women across the world.  Susan is passionate to see women know Christ and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.}