WSF Chaplains

WSF Chaplains offer care to our family of believers and their families who may have personal life challenges. Whatever the scope of each family's situation or concerns, our Chaplains take seriously the ministry of care to you and those you love. 

 
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Danny & Chrissy Bass

Focus: Freedom from Sexual Brokenness
Email: danny.bass@wsfirst.com chrissy.bass@wsfirst.com

Everything God created is good. God created each one of us as sexual beings, but human sexuality is such a powerful force. If we misuse what He has created, it can leave deeply-rooted emotional wounds, but the story does not have to end there. Only through God's limitless grace and unending mercy can lives damaged by years of misused sex be changed from shame and guilt to freedom in Christ. Freedom from Sexual Brokenness is for men who need to be set free from a life littered with pornography, lust, masturbation, fornication, extramarital affairs and or other forms of sexual immorality. Freedom from Sexual Brokenness are groups of men meeting together to receive God's instruction, guidance, prayer, and support to move in God's Freedom. Anonymity is assured. 




 
 
 
 
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Nelitza Gonzalez

Focus: Under-resourced Youth
Email: nelitza.gonzalez@wsfirst.com

Nelitza is a Christ-follower with a testimony of forgiveness and healing. Nelitza has decades of experience working with youth and families through various church ministry areas, as well as in her work as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nelitza's God-given passion is to see a community where every young person, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, is given the opportunity to reach their dreams and fulfill their purpose.

 
 
 
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Stacey Skradski

Focus: Advocacy
Email: stacey.skradski@wsfirst.com

Advocacy comes in many forms and is a method to stand in the gap with and for individuals in need. Advocacy can come through education, referrals, encouragement and the like. It’s a way for the WSF Family to come together and meet the needs of the rest of the family, rich or poor. Some people have time, some people have skill, some people have education, some people have money, but we all have need for our genuine WSF family. Family is about presence, belonging and purpose – advocacy.

Stacey has been privileged to work within the Adult Mental Health, Intellectual Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse area most of her professional career. She has worked in the private and public sectors, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently, she is working in the field of adult guardianship as identified in NCGS 35A. Her focus has always been to stand in the gap for and with people until they can stand and lend a hand to the next person.



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Boris & Melissa Elder

Focus: Helping marriages to strengthen and grow
Email: boris.elder@wsfirst.com melissa.elder@wsfirst.com

Boris and Melissa are in their 35th year of marriage and have learned what works and what doesn’t. For the past twenty years, they have been passionate about helping couples to intentionally and consistently build into their marriages. Boris and Melissa believe that strong marriage ministry is focused on God’s heart for us – that all of us be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. 

A Blueprint is a guide for making something – it is a design or pattern that can be followed. God did not institute marriage and leave us to our own devices. There are universal, eternal truths and values that will propel your marriage into everything that God has called it to be. Marriage builders can help you discover the blueprint for your marriage. If you are getting married, Premarital Partnership is available. Premarital Partnership is required if one of our staff performs your ceremony. Marriage builders will partner with couples to strengthen relationship skills, such as communication or conflict resolution. Spiritual support is also available to those rebuilding a marriage or navigating a marital crisis.

 
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David Henson

Focus: WSF Chaplain - City Pastor
Email: david.henson@wsfirst.com

David received his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary (Fort Worth) in 1981 and was ordained in December of that year. He served for 7 years (1979-1985) as Children’s Pastor and Associate Pastor at Beverly Hills Church in Dallas Texas.

He and his wife, Joyce, moved to Winston-Salem in December of 1986 to launch a non-denominational church called New Life Community Church, later to be renamed Crossfire Church. We served that church family as it grew from 4 to 400 from 1987 to 2008.

Since joining Winston-Salem First, David and Joyce have been honored to assist Pastor Elwood and Glenna with the Legacy family and Pastor Holly with the Pastoral Care Team.

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Bryan & Breanna Sparrow

Focus: Navigating social/cultural situations with authenticity
bryan.sparrow@wsfirst.com breanna.sparrow@wsfirst.com

What would happen if we were intentional about depositing ourselves into the lives of people? Unmasking ourselves, living in authenticity, and being intentional about being an ongoing presence in the fabric of daily life for as long as it takes for our investment to grow. Relationship is what aligns us with the heart of God. Likewise, it is what allows us to be light. We believe there must be relationship with those who are not believers for us to effective beacons of light. Not with an agenda to change the person, but rather patiently waiting through the messiness of life for an opportunity to walk with them into light. We desire to come alongside you as you navigate the complexity, discomfort, and freedom of authenticity.

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Darrell & Kristy Farewell

Focus: Reconcile
Email: darrell.farewell@wsfirst.com kristy.farewell@wsfirst.com

Our mission is to facilitate the body of Christ's engagement in the private and public ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18) in the areas of ethnicity, socio-economic status, & gender (Galatians 3:28 & Colossians 3:11).

Darrell and Kristy love Jesus, each other, their 2 children, and being used by God to make an impact in this world. In addition to having over 20 years of ministry experience, God also uses them in their professions leading teams that support advancing the strategies of the corporations they work for.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Barbara Lemmon

Focus: Women with a history of sexual and/or physical abuse
Email: barbara.lemmon@wsfirst.com

Barbara is a mentor for Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Crystal Sutherland. She is a volunteer with Forsyth Family Services Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Lines, as well as a Victim Service Practitioner with NC Victim Assistance Network. She has received volunteer training regarding Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Forsyth County Family Services including ADA, Forsyth County Police Department, and has been trained at NC Justice Academy.