Meet the Ministry Leadership Team-
Jon Alex Davidson
Chief Inspirational Officer
Jon Alex Davidson is the reason Rising Above Ministries exists. The ministry was birthed by his parents, Jeff and Becky Davidson, through their own experiences raising a son with profound special needs.
Despite cerebral palsy, autism, epileptic seizures, and being non-verbal, Jon Alex is the inspiration, motivation, and biggest blessing the Davidson ever could have imagined. Through Jon Alex, God captured the Davidson's heart for their fellow special-needs families and called them to be his messengers to the special-needs community.
Co-Founder, President and Executive DirectorBecky considers her pure joy to be raising Jon Alex despite his challenges and trials. Becky has a passion for pouring into moms of children with special needs and developing ministries for the whole family. She speaks so passionately as someone who "gets it" herself because of her personal role in life. Becky oversees all the ministerial operations of Rising Above Ministries. Becky and Jeff have one child, Jon Alex, the inspiration for Rising Above. Becky's story is featured in the book Your Life Still Counts by Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Christine (Chris) Pierce
Director of Community and OutreachChris joined the Rising Above Ministries team in 2013 after volunteering with the ministry for several years. Chris assists in all phases of the ministry. In addition to working in the office, Chris oversees our family and children's programming, works with our local and national events, and other ministry projects. Chris and her husband Rob have 4 children.
Director of Operations and DevelopmentKim is our newest staff member. She is joining us as director of operations. She will be overseeing the day-to-day operations of the ministry, as well as working in the areas of fundraising and events. Kim is married to Jimmy and together they have two children, Ruthie (6) and Joah (2). Kim has been a teacher in Overton County for the past 10 years and has always had a heart for the special-needs community. She currently coordinates the special-needs ministry at The River Community Church in Cookeville. She loves coffee, too many TV shows, and spending time with her girlfriends.
Social Community ManagerHannah joined the Rising Above team in June 2015 . Hannah handles all of Rising Above's social media, online platforms, promotion and marketing, Hannah has been married to her husband, Dan, for almost 5 years. She loves being the mommy of Timothy and Josiah. She previously worked with Lifechangers Ministry and Peachtree Learning Center in Cookeville.
Our friend Jeff Davidson passed away May 23, 2017. He was the founder and President/CEO of Rising Above Ministries, a national special needs ministry serving special needs families. A pastor, speaker, and author, Jeff said he was chosen to be the dad of a son with special needs and called by God to minister to those in the special needs community. Rising Above was birthed by Jeff, and his wife Becky, based upon their own experiences raising their son with profound special needs. In addition to his own blog, GoodnightSuperman.com, Jeff also was a contributing author to the blog "Not Alone" SpecialNeedsParenting.net and he wrote at ComfortinTheMidstofChaos.com. In addition, Jeff was a team member and special-needs writer at 1Corinthians13Parenting.com. He also served on the advisory team and blogged at Disability Matters WhyDisabilityMatters.org. He wrote the book, “No More Peanut Butter Sandwiches: a father, a son with special needs, and their journey with God”.