Gayle Crabtree is a nationally recognized speaker and author. She is the founder of Hope for Healing.Org, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves victims of sexual and domestic violence. From her East Tennessee home Gayle maintains an active speaking and consulting schedule. Speaking engagements have included churches, media and the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. As a survivor of sexual assault, her motivational speaking is an encouragement to others. The message of hope is "if I can, you can" and she does indeed help others to find their way to healing.
In 2002, Mrs. Gayle Crabtree was named a National Daily Point of Light. She received recognition from 2 US Presidents and from other officials. Gayle has appeared on national, regional and local television and has been written about in local newspapers and international publications. In 2007, she was named a "A Woman Worth Watching" in the international publication The Flier by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the United Methodist Church.
In 2005, Mrs. Gayle Crabtree moved to Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. There, she began a grassroots ministry center that was supported by an ecumenical a network of area churches and an extensive recycling program. Services provided to area poor included the distribution of food pantry boxes, free clothing and household items to area poor and marginalized. Hope for Healing.Org also distributed Angel Food, served the homeless and was an active worksite for juvenile offenders in the Restorative Justice programs of 3 East Tennessee counties. In 2009, for the first year, the community stepped forward to take care of Christmas for 100 children.
The ministry center programs of Hope for Healing.Org are fully replicable by any church with a heart for God's hurting people. Gayle can and does provide consulting to help churches to build their compassion evangelism programs. She conducts workshops to help the disenfranchised and victims of domestic violence reclaim their spiritual lives in Christ.
Gayle Crabtree is a founding member of the Holston Conference Domestic Violence Task Force. She is an in demand speaker and trainer who equips clergy to better respond to victims of domestic violence within their congregations. Her husband is an Elder with the United Methodist Church. In 2006, she attended Local Pastor's Licensing School. Her status is "approved but not appointed" because of her commitment to serving victims of sexual and domestic violence through Hope for Healing.Org
Drawing on a decade and a half of experience in the field, she helps pastors understand the unique challenges faced by Christian victims. In her workshops pastor learn to recognize the symptoms of domestic violence and understand the cycle. She teaches pastors how to create a safety plan with a victim of domestic violence and helps pastors understand about what to expect when making a referral to a local domestic violence program.
Gayle Crabtree is the host of the internet radio show Voices of Hope on Blog Talk Radio. The show educates and encourages by bringing experts in the field to share their knowledge. Past guests have included authors, self-defense experts, financial experts and advocates. She blogs on this website and others.
Past media highlights include:
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knox County Focus
The Flyer of the International United Methodist Church
The Call of the Holston Conference United Methodist Church
The LaFollette PressWBIR-TV
Raleigh News and Observer
The Ricki Lake Show
The Oxford Public Ledger
The Daily Dispatch
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