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more LIGHT, more LOVE


To love people exactly where they are. Providing safe places to heal, grow, and belong.



We are a collection of men and women who are passionate about loving people right where they are.

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We provide space for people to heal, grow and belong no matter where you are in your journey.



Illuminate Ministries stands alongside men and women and helps them develop into passionate, sold-out followers of the Lord Jesus Christ by assisting them in finding the true freedom found only in Christ and in discovering and claiming their God-given identity as sons and daughters of the King.




Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson is a board member of Illuminate Ministries and has served as an active facilitator on the Pursued weekends for 4 years. Sarah earned her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University and has practiced in hospital and outpatient facilities. She is currently a full time mom and volunteers as vice-president of the PTA at her children’s school. Sarah also is active at church volunteering in the children’s, youth, and women’s ministries. She lives in Aledo, TX with her husband, Kevin, and three children, Caleb, Anna and Ryan.



Jonathan is the board President and General Manager of Watchtower Ranch, a working cattle ranch and venue for all Illuminate weekends. His previous experience has been in other aspects of agriculture and agriculture education, as well as corporate facilities maintenance. Jonathan was one of four men who started Z experience in 2011, and has been active in some capacity with Illuminate since the beginning. Jonathan has a passion for agriculture and the way it represents and mirrors the many facets of Jesus! He also loves the many signs and wonders that are present daily at the ranch all revealing the Fathers love. He lives in Desdemona on the Ranch with his wife Heather, daughter Laine, and two sons Bowen and Archer.



Julie serves as the board Secretary. She has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and has taught first, second and third grades during her 10-year teaching career. Since her early retirement from teaching, she has had various volunteer opportunities including teaching English as a second language to children and adults, held Bible studies for women who have dealt with addictions, she helps coordinate and mentor a young moms ministry at her church and currently serves as a facilitator on Pursued weekends for women. She loves working with and encouraging women to see their full potential. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband Jon and together they oversee an education program in Saltillo, Mexico where she continues to use her education background and her love for encouraging women. They have one grown son.



Heather is the business manager for Watchtower Ranch. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Abilene Christian University. She was an educator for 20 years, 17 of those in White Settlement ISD before making the change to business and ministry at Watchtower. Heather is a founding member of Pursued and is passionate about women seeking freedom in Christ. She is married to Jonathan and has three children, a daughter and two sons.



Andria is a member of the Board for Illuminate Ministries and currently serves as the Children's Minister at Altamesa Church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX. She previously worked as a pediatric physical therapist for 15 years before joining her church staff. Andria is a founding member of the Pursued ministry and served for 6 years as an active facilitator for the Pursued weekend experiences. She is married to Cary and they have 2 children. Andria is passionate about spreading hope and encouraging others on their journey.





Mark is the Executive Director for Illuminate Ministries. He attended the very first Z Experience in 2011 and has been involved ever since. He was instrumental in helping Illuminate become its own independent non-profit ministry in 2014 and served as President of the Board of Directors until he became Executive Director in 2018. Prior to joining the Illuminate Ministries team full-time, his professional expertise includes management and Lean Six Sigma improvements at Lockheed Martin and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Mark has a heart for accepting people right where they are, loving and preserving the dignity of all people, and fostering strong family bonds. He lives in Benbrook with his wife Destin and their 2 boys. He enjoys hunting, fishing, grilling good food, and laughing with other humans.



Andra is the Marketing Specialist for Illuminate Ministries. She was previously the Catering Event Manager at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, helping to plan and execute many of Fort Worth’s galas, proms and weddings. Andra has her bachelors in Business Marketing from Abilene Christian University. She is a strong believer in Christian community and loves creating lasting experiences for others. Andra is the proud mom of two boys, Liam & Ledger. She enjoys crafting, creating and watching movies with her husband Chase.



Coby is the Food and Beverage Director / Executive Chef for The Table Fort Worth. Coby’s culinary experience prior to working with the ministry team include his role as Chef for multiple clubs at Arlington’s Globe Life Park, Executive Chef / Owner of Fort Worth restaurant, Thurber Mingus, Executive Chef / Owner of Your Gourmet Catering, Director of Culinary Arts at TSTC Culinary Institute and Executive Chef for Sky Creek Ranch and Abilene Country Club. Coby perceives food as an avenue to building community and serving others. He lives in Benbrook with his wife Cassie and their two children. He loves to be outdoors, camping, and cooking for his family and friends.



Tara is the Business Manager for Illuminate Ministries. Prior to joining the Illuminate Ministries team she managed a medical transcription company. Tara deeply loves the Lord and has a passion for witnessing others fall in love with God too. She finds joy in managing all that goes into the Z Experience and Pursued weekends. Tara knows that once everyone is registered and prepared, the Lord does the rest to bring restoration and redemption. She lives in Fort Worth with husband Micah and their three children. She enjoys quilting, her kids sports and traveling.