{Meet} Dr. Bob Barnes


We are so honored to have Dr. Barnes as our guest speaker at our May 19th Embrace Network gathering. Dr. Barnes will bring a wealth of wisdom to share specifically regarding ministry families serving in South Florida. We hope you will join us! You don’t want to miss this! You can RSVP here.

{MEET} Dr. Bob Barnes 

Bob Barnes became President of Sheridan House Family Ministries in 1974.

Sheridan House is:

  • A Residential Treatment Program for teenage boys and girls
  • A Marriage and Family Counseling Center
  • Social Service Center offering food, clothing, furniture, and automobiles to single parents.  
  • Today, Sheridan House impacts the lives of over 90,000 people a year.

Bob presents seminars and conferences on Parenting and Marriage throughout North America.  He has a doctorate in counseling and received his education at Maryville College, and Florida Atlantic University.

He has been the Senior Interim Pastor at over nineteen churches.  The majority of his counseling is with ministry families.

Bob is also the host of a daily radio program, blog and podcast called Parenting Today.  He is the author of ten books for families, published in several languages.  Some of his best sellers are:

  • Single Parenting
  • Winning the Heart of Your Step-Child
  • Ready for Responsibility
  • Rock Solid Marriage
  • We Need To Talk
  • Great Sexpectations

Bob has been married to Rosemary Johnson Barnes since 1972.  They have two married children, Torrey and Robey and two grandsons.

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Meet {Steph Gramling}

I am so excited for you to meet our next guest Pastors’ Wife for our November 12, 2011 Embrace Network gathering! If you are a South Florida Ministry Wife…don’t miss out on joining us! These twice a year gatherings are built just for YOU! To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page and click YES. We hope to see you there!


Meet {Steph Gramling} 

Stephanie has a passion to partner with people to help them reach their God potential. She is married to Troy, and together, they pastor Potential Church in Cooper City, Florida. Steph has a heart to encourage, inspire and challenge people to take their NEXT step toward Christ as they journey on planet earth. She leverages her 20 years of ministry by pouring into the lives of Pastor’s wives and women around the country.

Troy & Steph have 3 children: Tyler (19), Carson (16) and Baylee (11). She absolutely loves Starbuck’s coffee, twitter (@stephgramling) and ALL things spicy!


I know you will be encouraged by the message Steph is preparing for our gathering…we hope to see you there! Have more questions? Shoot me an email at melissaelswick(at)gmail.com or check out past Embrace Gatherings on our Facebook page.

It’s a joy to serve you,
Melissa *Elswick




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November 12, 2011 gathering!









Greeting South Florida Ministry Wives!

You are invited to join us for our next gathering!

You don’t want to miss this one…come and enjoy a few hours with other ministry wives who share the same unique calling as you and get refreshed before the holiday seasons begin!

We are excited to be partnering with Potential Church, who has graciously offered to host our next gathering. They are already making preparations to serve us well…you don’t want to miss it!

WHEN: Saturday, November 12th

TIME: 9:45am – 12:15pm
(with chair massages available after the gathering! Woo!!!)

WHERE: Potential Church, 12401 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL

SPEAKER: Steph Gramling, Senior Pastors’ Wife, mom of 3
(stay tuned next week for Steph’s bio.)

ADDED BLESSING: Potential Church will be blessing us with complimentary chair massages after our gathering! I may just have to run over to be the first in line, unless you beat me to it! So, plan on staying a few minutes after to enjoy a stress-relieving massage! Can I get an amen!?!? 🙂

WHY SHOULD YOU COME? In April 2007, we started our first Embrace Network gathering with 12 ministry wives. Over the last 4 years, we are now serving almost 50 ministry wives from around the South Florida. Ministry is a unique calling that comes with unique challenges and sacrifices. Embrace was created for you to connect with other women like you, encourage one another, cheer one another on (and your churches), and to be a place where you can be filled up, refueled, and recharged. I truly believe that when you encourage the ministry wife, you in turn are encouraging her children, her spouse, and her church. We want to bless you, pray for you, and pour into you. You matter. You are not alone. You are valuable in the Kingdom of God here at work in South Florida.

CAN I COME ALONE? Yes! Whether you come alone or with other ministry wives from your church, we want you there! Don’t be intimidated. Don’t let anything stop you from coming…you won’t regret it! I promise! You will be greeted with a warm welcome and we will help make you feel right at at home 🙂

RSVP: Mark your calendars now, ask your husbands to clear their schedules or book your babysitter early…you don’t want to miss this! Please RSVP to me (melissaelswick@gmail.com) or by clicking YES, NO, MAYBE on the Facebook event page by November 1st. Your RSVP will ensure we have enough seating.

** Unfortunately, childcare is not available. However, nursing infants are welcome. 🙂

SPREAD THE WORD: Currently, we are serving almost 50 ministry wives at each of our 2 gatherings per year (Spring and Fall). But, there are TONS of other ministry wives out there who may not know about this wonderful resource and support system…so let’s all do our part in spreading the word! Here are a few ways you can do that:

  • ~ Forward this information on to other ministry wives you know
  • ~ Make personal phone calls or send text messages
  • ~ Share the FB event on your personal FB page
  • ~ Tweet about the event via Twitter

I hope to see you on November 12th…until then, please know we are praying ahead of time for you and cheering you on as you serve your families and churches for the glory of God!

Melissa *Elswick
Web: www.crosswaychurch.net
Blog: www.melissaelswick.com
Twitter: melissaelswick

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May 14, 2011 Gathering

It’s that time of year again!

We are gearing up for our next Embrace Gathering! I can’t wait!

If you area ministry wife or Pastors’ wife (meaning, your husband serves on a church staff or non-profit) in the South Florida area…we want you there!

{When} Saturday, May 14th, 2011

{Where} Sheridan House Family Ministries campus (Family Resource Building)

{What to expect} At each gathering, you will participate in prayer, worship, networking with other wives who share the same unique calling, and hear from a guest speaker. We always throw in a few other fun goodies too!

{Childcare} We are currently not able to provide childcare. Please make arrangements early and reserve the date!

{Guest speaker bio} Rosemary has been leading a city wide Woman’s Bible Study and speaking at churches, corporate conventions and church retreats all across the United States for over 20 years. She and her husband, Dr. Bob Barnes, have authored ten books on parenting and marriage. Rosemary grew up in the home of missionaries, and returned to theStates to earn a Bachelors Degree from Maryville College and a MastersDegree in Education, from Florida Atlantic University. Rosemary’s husband has been the President of Sheridan HouseFamily Ministries since 1974. Together, they  have mentored dozens and dozens of ministry couples and have worked with churches around the South Florida area dealing with trauma. I know you will love hearing what Rosemary is preparing to share at Embrace!

{RSVP} You can RSVP to melissaelswick@gmail(dot)(com) or on the Facebook event page.

I hope to see you there! Spread the word!

Melissa *Elswick

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New website coming soon…

Please check back soon as we launch our new Embrace Network website to help ministry wives stay connected in the South Florida, Central Georgia, and Southeast Texas cities!

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