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The Hearts Behind the Ministry

Meet Our Team

Heather Petty

Founder & Executive Director
Heather has a heart for the lost, the hurting and the broken. Having had 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 & Executive Director
Heidi is a co-founder and Co-Executive Direct of Love and SONshine Ministries as well as the twin sister of Heather Petty. She has a genuine love for the lost and deeply desires that everyone comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Heidi dedicates her time to counseling hurting women through her church’s counseling ministry, and recently, she received her master’s degree in Human Services Counseling.

Emily Johnson

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 one daughter.

Krista Kananen


Shawna Lacey





Board Member

Michelle Kern

Board Member

Karie Forseth

Board Member

Samantha Fuhrmann

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 safe housing for some of our most vulnerable – homeless pregnant teens and teenage mothers; living out our greatest command to love God and love others, and to positively impact our future generation… two heartbeats at a time.  

We seek to make a difference in as many young lives as possible, to leave a lasting legacy, and to break the cycle of poverty by giving young mothers necessary skills to be empowered to aspire and achieve more.  Our goal is to offer hope for these young women, to extend God’s grace and love, and to model a new perspective on a healthy home.