Jody Mayhew has worked with women as a teacher and biblical counselor for over twenty-five years. She is the founder of Abide Ministries and is women’s representative for International Renewal Ministries. She works as a facilitator of prayer summits for men and women in ministry, teaches at retreats and conferences, and helps local churches develop and strengthen their women’s ministries.
For several years she served as the director of women’s ministries for a 1200 member congregation in Portland, Oregon, where she supervised a dozen bible studies while continuing a fruitful teaching ministry and developing an equally productive counseling ministry. In affiliation with a local ministry Jody worked for seven years as a counselor with those who struggled with issues of sexual identity. Presently, Jody works with her husband, Dan, among a community of home-based churches called the Summit Fellowships.
Jody often teaches about developing intimacy with Jesus, and about God’s call upon women to maturity in Christ. She is particularly interested in the woman’s role in the church.
Dan Mayhew is a former high school teacher. He holds a degree in communication and theater from Portland State University, and a MAT from Lewis and Clark College. After several years as a teacher, he served as associate pastor of a congregation of about 1200 in Portland, Oregon. In 1990, Dan began a community of home-based churches called The Summit Fellowships where he serves as a church planter, teacher and encourager. In addition, he assists International Renewal Ministries by facilitating Pastor’s Prayer Summits throughout the Northwest and across the country in an effort to bring pastors of all denominations and traditions together for prayer. Dan has facilitated workshops related to house churches, and is requested as a speaker. He encourages Christians to reevaluate traditional methodology and structures in response to what he sees as the changing world of the American church. Dan is also a published writer. His work is available at http://www.twoworldsmedia.com.
Dan and Jody Mayhew have been married for 42 years. They have three adult children, a son, two married daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Portland, Oregon.