David and Debbie Mathews co-founded Spark of Life in 2008. They have four children, Adam and his wife Rebekka, Sara and her husband Jason, Kelly and her husband Joel, and Chuck and his wife Shelly. David and Debbie have nine grandchildren – Granddaughters Madalyn, Scotland, Lillian, Reya, Lexi, and Audrey, and grandsons Brennan and Joel, and Josiah, who is in heaven. David serves as Executive Director, and Debbie as Executive Retreat Director. Both are Certified Specialists in Grief Recovery.
Russell (Rusty) Meadows, LPC, LADAC, has worked in the behavioral health field for over twenty years and is currently a Regional Administrator for Quapaw House, Inc., Recovery and Wellness Centers. A John Maxwell Certified Life Coach, Rusty’s work and desire is to help clients achieve the positive life changes that they are seeking. He has been a co-facilitator for nearly half of the Spark of Life Retreats since 2010.
Nancy Meadows has worked alongside Rusty in the Spark of Life retreats and has spent much of her life nurturing and being mother and grandmother to their three children and five grandchildren. She excels in the gifts of hospitality and service. Her warmth, understanding and being a good listener make her an excellent choice for grief coaching. The Meadows’ life experiences with loss and grief (they lost their 34-year old son, Justin, in 2015) as well as the hundreds they have encountered through the retreats have well prepared them to assist you on your journey.
Both Rusty and Nancy are Certified Grief Recovery Specialists through the Grief Recovery Institute.
Dennis and Terri Rine joined the efforts of Spark of Life after having attended a retreat following the murder of their daughter Micah. They are certified Grief Recovery Specialists and have facilitated nearly 40 retreats. Dennis has been a teacher, guidance counselor and coach at Harding Academy for all of his professional career. Terri teaches at two different universities.