Engaging Disability With The Gospel was launched as MNA Special Needs Ministries in May 2007 with Stephanie Hubach as director. Steph recruited a Start-Up Team to help frame the organization’s direction for the first three years. The Start-Up Team included Joel Wallace, Ruth Brewbaker, Martie Kwasny, Lois Denier, Margaret Ramage, George Wallace, Sue Jakes and Tim Locke.
Women in the Church Love Gift
In 2010, MNA Special Needs Ministries received a denominational grant, the 2010 Women in the Church Love Gift, which propelled the ministry to a new level. This grant funded three significant initiatives:
- Developing and distributing Gospel and Disability Educational Gift Packs, each containing more than $200 of disability ministry-related resources, to 500 churches.
- A three-year training program to develop a team of volunteer Ministry Facilitators who work with congregations inside and outside the PCA. They assist churches in how to make the gospel accessible to all and how church body life is built upon all members showing “equal concern” for each other in the body of Christ.
- Providing matching grant funding to PCA churches for projects that address access issues in their congregations.
Additional Staff and Ministry Facilitators Added
In September 2011, Joel Wallace became our second staff member, serving as Associate Director. In 2012, seven volunteer Ministry Facilitators joined the team: Martie Kwasny, Sue Jakes, Kristen Harnly, Julie Fortna, Ken & Cathy Campbell and Dawn Clark. In 2014, Cheryl Erb joined the staff as our Assistant. In the fall of 2016, we made several staff transitions. In September, Ashley Belknap joined the staff as our new Director. Steph Hubach moved into a specialized role as a Consultant. In October, Kristen Harnly moved from her role as a volunteer Facilitator to become our second Associate Director.
Engaging Disability With The Gospel
In the summer of 2017, MNA Special Needs Ministries became Engaging Disability With The Gospel. The ministry’s role in the PCA, and as a ministry of MNA, continues the same. Steph Hubach transitioned to Covenant Theological Seminary where she continues her work in disability as a Research Fellow in Disability Ministries through the Educational Ministries Program.