Beth and Kelly Crissman, ordained elders in the United Methodist Church, serve as the leaders of Plowpoint is a non-profit ministry that has served over 500 churches and thousands of church leaders across geographic and denominational lines.
This ministry, called on by leaders of churches in sixteen different denominations and twenty-nine states, has impacted the ministry of pastors and lay leaders in local churches around the world. Be sure to look at the Liberia page to see Plowpoint ministries in the West African nation of Liberia.
Beth and Kelly bring a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience to Plowpoint. Before ministry Beth worked as a family nurse practitioner, a health administrator, a clinical director for community health centers, and an assistant professor in a medical school. Kelly worked in construction, farming, truck driving and various positions for a furniture company in North Carolina and California.
Beth and Kelly have also served as pastors of churches in North Carolina, Georgia and California. These churches, in urban, suburban and rural settings, provide a context of understanding for the ministry services of Plowpoint.
Beth is the author of three books:
- Longing to Belong: learning to relate as the Body of Christ.
- Feeding and Leading of Shepherds: learning to relate as sheep and shepherds.
- Stepping in the Stream: learning to relate to the will of God.
And is the co-author of a new book: Choosing the Faithful Path.
Beth and Kelly have also edited and published books for other authors through Plowpoint Press and another press publishing non-religious titles.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (BS Nursing), Beth also has degrees from the University of California-Los Angeles (MNursing-Family Nurse Practitioner), and Emory University (MDiv). Kelly graduated from Elon University in Elon, NC and received the Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.