Mission, Vision & Philosophy
The Family Ministries department exists as a way to minister to families as they navigate the many different roles required of parents in a University-Model School. Our vision is for Family Ministries to exist as the hub of a small town. We want to help families build and strengthen their communities at the school, provide avenues for families to connect, serve and pray, and walk with families through times of joy and sadness. Our vision is not to replace the church but to be a full extension of the body of Christ at school. Family Ministries department creates a safe space where parents’ needs are met by listening, sharing, and learning more about God’s role in their families, thus continuing to foster a school community rooted in faith and love.
See details below about our Family Ministries team exists to CELEBRATE, CONNECT, EQUIP, and CARE for our Famiies!
Meet Our Team
The goal of the Family Ministries team is to Celebrate, Connect, Equip, and Care for our families as they navigate their parenting and education journeys! These four women have served as co-teachers and also served the school in many capacities, and they look forward to providing support, encouragement, and care.
Family Ministries has many unique and intentional events to CELEBRATE our families throughout the year. We love the opportunity to celebrate those in our community and also provide ways for you to serve during these celebrations so that you can get to know other families.
We host five distinct recurring gatherings for our parents to CONNECT in a variety of settings: Fireside Chats, Coffee on the Grounds, Tea on the Patio, Parent Hour, and Veritas in Prayer. To view upcoming events, check out our Family Ministries Calendar.
Family Ministries works to EQUIP our families with tools needed for parenting, teaching, and raising Christ-centered children. We offer one-on-one mentorship, weekly gatherings for prayer and discussion, conferences, retreats and an endless supply of resources from many of our leaders .
Family Ministries CARES for our families by organizing meals and prayer chains and meeting with students and parents to ensure positive partnerships. We CARE for our community through Veritas SHINES to serve various organizations throughout the year.
Contact Our Team
Do you need homeschool or parenting strategies? Would you like to learn more about our celebrations or the way we serve so that you can begin volunteering? Are you interested in coming to one of our gatherings or events, but you aren't quite sure where to jump in? Do you have a need for prayer or meals?
Meet Our Team
Molly, and her husband, Mitch, are parents to two boys - Dylan (8th) and Noah (6th). Molly attended business school and worked in Financial Planning prior to finding her true passion of working in a school setting. She spent 7 years teaching Spanish as an ESL teacher and then at Veritas as a long-term sub before landing in our Family Ministries Department. Her desire for all families is that they truly abide in Jesus - to be so connected to Him that their identity is clear, decisions are solid, and all that they do flows out of that abiding love. Her greatest desire for her own children is that they encounter and know the One True God, aim to be counter-cultural, know Him and choose Him again and again, no matter what comes their way. She prays they are godly sons, husbands, dads, men, and warriors for the Gospel. Molly's greatest advice to parents came from Ellen. Lay it ALL down at His feet and ask Him what to pick back up so that they can carefully and prayerfully evaluate what their lives and loves need to be about. In her spare time, Molly loves to continue to practice and teach Spanish - sharing tips and ideas for how to remember the words and rules and incorporating those words into songs!
Ashley and her husband, Evan, are parents to Hayes (1st) and Harper (4th). Prior to joining the Family Ministries team, Ashley worked in the Women's Ministry at her home church for 5 years and in Human Resources for 12 years. Ashley loves the extra time that the UMS model allows her to spend with her young children. Her desire is that the Veritas families truly find a connection with one another and constantly point each other to Jesus while navigating parenting and school. Her advice for Veritas parents is to "jump in." Find a place to serve and/or events to attend, and get connected! The more time you put into this school, the more you will bear fruit, and through serving, you will find community. In Ashley's free time, she loves to spend time with her family, explore small towns, swim, and cook.
Ellen and her husband, Glen, are the parents to a son and two daughters and grandparents to eleven children, all of whom attend Veritas. She has served at Veritas since its inception, and , she worked in AISD and as director of two schools in Oregan. In addition to serving as our Family Mentor, Ellen teaches her grandchildren on their home days, works for NAUMS (National Association of University Model Schools within NAUMS), and writes parenting books and articles. Her desire for all families at Veritas is that they seek Jesus first and foremost as their source of hope, joy and strength; that they are able to "lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and run with endurance the race that is set before them." (Hebrews 12:1) Her advice for Veritas parents is to mentor thier children in a state of rest, yet with intentionality the time they have their kids is very, very short and goes by quickly - and remember that their influence is rooted more in who they are than what they say so or do. In Ellen's free time, she loves to knit, sew, bake, cook, garden, walk and read.
Family Ministries Cares
- Care for our Families
- Submit a Confidential Prayer Request
- Helping Hands
- Submit a Need for Meals/Care
- Care for our Community
- Veritas SHINES
- Learn about Veritas SHINES HERE
- Veritas SHINES
- Care for our School
Family Ministry Gatherings
Fireside Chat occurs on the first Thursday of each month and allows parents the opportunity to gather in a safe space, building connections and sharing life with one another.
Coffee on the Grounds and Tea on the Patio occur on different days each month, and parents are able to spend time over coffee, saying a quick hello after drop off - visiting with old friends and meeting new friends!
Parent Hour - Each Wednesday morning, parents come together as a small group at 8:30 AM to pray, visit, and usually discuss a book. The content changes each semester, and all are welcome to join at any time!
Veritas in Prayer (VIP) - Every Wednesday morning, our VIP team meets at 9:30 AM to pray over the community, school, and individual needs of our Veritas families. All are welcome to attend this small group, corporate prayer time.
Check the calendar for upcoming dates and announcements pertaining to these gatherings.
Family Ministries Celebrations
We have many celebrations each and every year to celebrate the many milestones of our families and our school:
- Cheers and Tears
- Fall Football Games
- 12 Days of School Card Signing Party
- Defender Date Night
- Mother/Son Date
- Daddy/Daughter Dance
- A Very Veritas Christmas
- Last Day Of School Festivities
- Teacher Appreciation Luncheons
Family Ministries Resources
Family Ministries offers one-on-one mentoring to help you reset as a teacher, leader, and parent. To set up a meeting, please contact FamilyMinistries@veritasacademy.net.
Each year, Veritas offers an August retreat with a keynote speaker as well as leaders within our community who offer sessions to equip parents to teach, lead, and parent their children while embarking on the journey of a University Model Education. Learn more about Paideia HERE.
Stay tuned for details about our 2021/2022 Family Ministries retreat.
The following are books recommended by Family Ministries:
Molding hearts while teaching and parenting
Eight Great Smarts- Dr. Kathy Koch
Love & Logic books - By Faye and Kline
Boundaries With Kids and Boundaries With Teens by Townsend
Loving your Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk
Mindsets by Carol Dweck
Teaching from Rest -by Sarah McKenzie
Love Thy Body- Nancy Pearcy
Spiritual Growth for Parents
Knowledge of the Holy- Tozer
Absolute Surrender- Andrew Murray
Brokenness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
A Spiritual Heritage - Glen and Ellen S (had to throw this in!)
Calm My Anxious Heart - Linda Dillow