A Change in Seasons - Honoring April Phillips

If you have attended any Rising Above Ministries event over the past 7 years, you almost certainly know April Phillips.  When Jeff and Becky Davidson felt God calling them to step into full-time ministry, April joined them as their first staff member.  She has served as our Director of Operations since that time, leading the charge with event planning, day-to-day administration in the ministry, and so much more.  She has been such a strong and capable leader, always serving with gentleness and humility.

In 2015 the Lord called her husband John to plant a church in Sparta, Tennessee.  In the past 2 1/2 years the church has grown, and recently April has felt the Lord calling her to focus her energy on The River Sparta alongside her husband.  As of February 15, April will no longer be on staff at Rising Above, and Kim Thorpe will be our new Director of Operations.

Becky remarks, "There are no words to express my gratitude for all April has done for Rising Above over the years. She has been an integral part of the ministry and will be dearly missed. As sad as we are to see April leave Rising Above, we are so happy for her to be following what God is calling her to do."

All of us are praying blessings over John and April as they move forward, and we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for their future.



Two-Gether 2014


Heroes' Ball 2016


Heroes' Ball 2016


Easter Eggstravaganza 2017


Heroes' Ball 2017