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About

The Hearts Behind the Ministry

Meet Our Team

Heather Petty

Founder & Executive Director
Heather is one of the founders of Love and SONshine Ministries and currently serves as Executive Director. After having the wonderful opportunity to care for homeless or nearly homeless teens over many years, the Lord so graciously placed this ministry on her heart. She currently serves in youth ministry at her church, has worked in the mission field; and has spent the last several years sharing with others the grace, love, and freedom found only in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Heather is the author of Hello SONshine, a 40-day devotional for women.

Heidi Williams

Founder
Heidi is also one of the founders of Love and SONshine Ministries, the Director of Operations of Love and SONshine Ministries, and Heather’s twin sister. She has a genuine love for the lost and deeply desires that everyone comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus. In addition to her role with Love and SONshine Ministries, Heidi holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling and also counsels hurting women through her church’s counseling ministry.

Emily Johnson

Co-Founder
Co-founder of Love and SONshine Ministries, Emily is also the daughter of Heather Petty. Emily dedicated her life to ministry at a young age, serving her first mission at the age of 16. After high school, Emily was a youth ministry intern for a year, and she now serves in children’s ministry at her local church. She is a kindergarten teacher, is married to Kyler, and has two precious daughters.

Executive Team

Krista Kananen

Board President

Michelle Kern

Board Vice President

Shawna Lacey

Board Treasurer

Toni Allen

Board Secretary

Board of Directors

Rachel Cooper

Board Member

Josie Hagstrom

Board Member

Joshua Kroll

Board Member

Matthew Scheie

Board Member

Lynda Stoner

Board Member

Our Story

This ministry was born from the joy of caring for our own children’s friends – many who lived with us for months or even years. It was then that we realized how many children lack safe, loving environments to thrive in. Their parents were often struggling with addiction, poverty, abusive situations, or just did not have the skills to parent. It broke our hearts and still does today. We knew we had to do something!​

We are raising funds to open the “SONshine Home”, a safe, Christian environment for young Mama’s to be loved, to grow and learn skills needed to be out on their own. Our sole goal is to share our hearts, our love, our kindness and grace with these women and most importantly, to help them to come to know and understand the love of Jesus.

Mission & Vision

The Son is the Radiance of God's Glory

To provide homeless pregnant or parenting young women with safe, loving housing and Christ-centered life-changing programs and educational opportunities to help them become self-sufficient. 

We seek to make a difference in as many young lives as possible, to leave a lasting legacy, and to break cycles of poverty by teaching young mothers necessary skills to be empowered to aspire and achieve more.

Our goal is to impact generations… two heartbeats at a time by offering hope for these young women, to extend God’s grace and love, and to model a new perspective on a healthy home.

Core Values

S.H.I.N.E.

S = Service To serve others with compassion and unconditional love with a spirit of humility and grace.
H = Holistic To provide support for the whole person including physical, educational, social, emotional, and spiritual.
I = Integrity To value honesty, loyalty, good judgment and respect.
N = Nurture To care for and encourage the growth and development of others in an environment of safety and love.
E = Empower To empower others to discover and utilize their Spiritual gifts to further God’s kingdom here on earth.

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