Shout Out

Brenda Lovelady Spahn-Lovelady Center Birmingham, Al

I want to take this time to thank Brenda Spahn, and all affiliated with the Lovelady Center of Birmingham, Alabama, for helping the forgotten ones, the hopeless, and the broken women of our society.

Most of you know I have a special place in my heart for the Women of Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, Al. The Lord sent me there beginning January 2014, to minister to the broken-hearted, to help bind up all their wounds, through the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Brenda Spahn is founder, and executive director of the Lovelady Center. It serves 450 women and children every day, providing substance abuse counseling, drug rehabilitation, meals, childcare, career counseling, and job opportunities to women working to establish successful lives outside of prison walls. She began with 7 ex-cons the Lord put on her heart. She said this whole ministry is built on second chances. Here is some of her story.

For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur, and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle—until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God.

Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda, glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America—the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision. With a heart to help, and a will that couldn’t be crushed, Brenda fought the system, and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons into her own home, and help them navigate the alien world of life on the outside.

She began a Bible study for women in the Julia Tutwiler Prison, in 2004.  She began the “Whole Way House” with the first seven women who came to call her “Miss Brenda.” Then came the Lovelady Center. Her story is a testimony to the power of faith, and how God changes hearts every day.

The Lovelady Center believes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is One God, the Trinity, that Jesus Christ was God Himself in human flesh. They believe Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and to bring abundant life for eternity as well as here on earth.

The Center is providing, a home for women who often have nowhere else to turn. The women might be looking for a place to live after a prison sentence. They may be fleeing an abusive relationship. In the Lovelady program, they commit to a strict code of conduct. They take classes and they are placed in jobs. They are provided food, shelter, and day care.

By providing tools for women to enter society as productive, and esteemed individuals, and providing access to continued education, families are given the tools for success in their own lives. Likewise, communities benefit from the increase of individual families.

The Lovelady Center helps reduce the burden on the Justice System by accepting drug court referrals as an alternative to incarceration. Their programs also helps keep women from re-entering prison.

The program is about empowerment, hope, and a belief in the value of each, and every human life. It is their mission to help women rebuild their lives, and walk forward with faith-driven hope, for a future as a contributing member of our community. They ensure, each woman is taught how to overcome barriers to success, by providing access to needed services. They believe you can give a person shelter, food, and clothing, but if they cannot support themselves, the cycle of poverty, and incarceration will not be broken.

Some of this information was taken from Brenda Spahns’ own words published online, and an article, about a book written by Brenda Spahn, and Irene Zutell, titled Miss Brenda and the Loveladies. A heartwarming true story of Grace, God, and gumption, published February, 2014.

Sherry Clark Ministry salutes you, and says thank you for serving Miss Brenda. The Lord is surely pleased with you, and smiling on you, for doing His will. Jesus is all about helping others, and you are certainly following His path.

God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.