Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger...
You only fall off a bicycle when you stop peddling...
Life can give you lemons, make lemonade...
Some of us learn from the mistakes of others, and some of us are the others...
These phrases mean more to Stephanie Wolfe than to most of us. Pregnant at 15 years old, she married the 17 year old father to "make it right". She endured 7 years of separations and a very real, very painful divorce becoming a single parent of two boys at 22. After only 8 months she was triumphantly remarried to the same man after a powerful restoration of their wedding vows which took place during a Sunday morning church service. She and Jack are fine with being the "others" whose mistakes many learn from these days. Now married over 38 years, she and Jack enjoy time with their sons, daughters-in-law and three fabulous grandchildren.
In 1985, while residing in their home state of Indiana, Jack entered the ministry and served in a local church, before moving to a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia in 1988 to plant a church.
They now pastor a vibrant community of faith which recently purchased a resort property with tennis, basketball, and a junior Olympic size swimming pool! They are meeting in the clubhouse on the property and are reaching into the 21st Century with a simple message of Love God. Love Others. So as you can see, since the restoration of their marriage and their faith in Jesus Christ, they have continued to cheat death, keep peddling, and make gallons of lemonade!
Stephanie knows about cheating death, she's done it personally by overcoming cancer, not once, but twice! The second and most devastating occurrence was in 1999, just one month after the debut of the popular one-year program Mentoring Women written by Stephanie and originally published by John Maxwell/INJOY Group. The diagnosis was Breast Cancer and the treatment was a modified radical mastectomy with a year of treatment and surgeries, but in her glass-half-full fashion she focused on the days ahead with determination.
Her story of triumph and tragedy, Life Ain’t No Ride On No Pink Duck has helped many women face this dreaded disease by encouraging them and others who have suffered physical challenges to join the "Pink Duck Club!" Stephanie doesn't like the term breast cancer survivor, because it reminds her of all of those who didn't make it through their battle alive, but it also makes her more passionate about sharing her message of hope and joy in the midst of struggle. She says, "Struggle is good, because it means you haven't lost yet, so don't give up!" Her audiences gasp, laugh, cry, and more importantly relate to her every word - whether cancer is their enemy or another foe. Beyond a doubt, everyone who hears her speak leaves with a new and healthy respect for the value found in each day as they reevaluate their lives - past, present and future.
A bio cannot contain all that defines her life, but standing before your audience she will quickly become one of the best speakers you have ever invited to share at your podium, and you will join the others who have her back year after year.
Stephanie Wolfe has written often for Focus on the Family/The Parsonage
and United We Stand, Just Between Us: SpiritLed Woman. She was the writer and creator of the Family Matters column in the Atlanta Christian Family Magazine. She is the author of many women's resources, women's leadership materials, pastors' wives devotionals, and she is the pioneer of young women's conferences and resources - with You Go Girl
in 2001, and Mentoring Young Women
(9-month curriculum to follow it. She is a life coach, teacher, comedienne, and writer who lives to fulfill her call. Col. 2:2-3