The vision for Rising Above Ministries was birthed through the life of Jon Alex Davidson and the Davidson’s own experiences raising their son with special needs. In the fall of 2005, Jeff and Becky Davidson launched a monthly worship service for families of individuals with special needs in their hometown of Cookeville, Tennessee. Soon, the local ministry was providing faith- based support groups, weekly Bible studies, and regular family outings and activities.
The following year Rising Above held its first Easter “Eggstravaganza” for the special needs community in a local park and hundreds turned out from all over Middle Tennessee. With 16 egg hunts all modified for various special needs, games, activities, and entertainment for all ages, the event demonstrated the overwhelming need to reach out to those with special needs.
As the ministry grew, more and more ambitious projects followed. Other signature events include the annual Heroes’ Ball, summer story time, fall festivals, special needs proms, and a host of other monthly family activities all specifically designed for special needs children and their families.
In 2010, God gave Jeff a clear vision and calling to expand Rising Above into a national ministry. Jeff and Becky stepped out to devote themselves full-time to the ministry. Rising Above also writes small group curriculums for parents of children affected by special needs. The curriculum is being used in churches and small groups all around the world.
Sadly, in May of 2017, Jeff Davidson passed away. His legacy continues in all that we do at Rising Above. After his death, Becky, Jeff’s wife, took over the leadership of RAM.
The ministry now hosts several national retreats and events such as “By The Brook” retreats for moms raising children with special needs, “An Evening at Brookside,” one-day women’s events for moms of children with special needs, the “SOAR” men’s weekend experiences for dads of children with special needs, and the “Two-Gether” marriage retreats and workshops for couples raising a child with special needs.
Rising Above also offers “For Jonathan’s Sake” workshops and training for churches on developing and implementing special needs ministries. Helping churches design their ministries for those with special needs or build a program from the ground up are passions of the ministry.
The ministry is expanding its online platforms to provide small group discussions, Bible study, and virtual events. In addition, a number of online resources and tools are being developed to reach special needs families wherever they may be by providing a thriving online community.
Rising Above believes every life is wonderfully made, and that God created everyone with a plan and a purpose to glorify God.”