Meet Our Instructors and Leaders
Michelle, with her husband Mike and their children.
Michelle was born in Florida, but then moved up and down the east coast during her childhood while her father was in the service. Her family settled in North Carolina just as she was starting high school. During college she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for 17 years. They have four children: Ryan , Emily , Maggie , and Abigail.Mike and Michelle own a landscaping business in Roanoke Rapids, NC (where they reside) and Michelle also works part-time for the Roanoke Valley – Lake Gaston Board of Realtors, where she has been the bookkeeper for 7 years. Michelle’s family has attended Valley Community Church for 15 years where Mike serves as a deacon. They love the Lord and want to serve Him every chance He gives. Michelle’s desire is to be the best wife/mother she can and to be an encourager to all those she meets… letting the light of Jesus shine!
Donna, with her husband, Justin and their children
Donna is a full time mother/wife and a part-time physical therapist in a local orthopaedic clinic. She has been married to her husband, Justin, for 16 years and they have 3 children: Cailee, Austin, and Sara. The Fender five attend Calvary Baptist Church, where Justin serves as the Minister of Youth/Children.
Donna loves to spread the JOY afforded her through the finished work on the cross through the ministry of Faithfully Fit and Faithfully Following, but also through the gift of music and laughter. She lives with the hope of Romans 8:38-39 daily: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”
Jodie with her husband, Thomas and their children
Jodie is a wife, mother, homemaker, office manager, teacher and speaker! She enjoys using the gifts that God has given her combined with the wisdom gained from the Word and life experiences to motivate and encourage women to strengthen their faith and fitness. She resides in the small town of Roanoke Rapids, NC and attends Calvary Baptist Church. After a trip to the doctor’s office revealed she was “gaining a little weight” she decided it was time for a lifestyle change. Starting with a few nutrition adjustments and walking daily she developed a heart for exercise and desired to combine that with her heart for the Lord. Joy flooded her heart when the ministry of Faithfully Fit was born! Outside the ministry of Faithfully Fit she enjoys traveling with her husband of 23 years, spending time with her two teenage children, blogging, “scripture doodling” and creative homemaking. Her go to verse for motivation in her faith and fitness walk is Hebrews 12:1-2 and she sums it up saying, “Run the race, keep the pace, keep your eyes on Jesus”!
Sara, with her husband Jesse and their daughter
Sara was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley. As a Freshman in high school, she met and made a commitment to her would-be husband before leaving to attend college at UNC – Chapel Hill. She returned to the area with a teaching degree, married Jesse, and taught at Clara Hearne and Belmont for a total of 14 years. In the spring of 2013, Sara stopped teaching to become the office manager for her husband’s business, Patton Mechanical Service. She has been married for 15 years and has one child, Emily. Since beginning Faithfully Fit classes and becoming an instructor Sara has started a lifestyle change that has resulted in losing over 50 pounds! Sara is a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Darlington and desires to bring peace and comfort to all those she meets. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “(John 14.27)