Ministry Partners


We are blessed to link arms, hearts and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, mission-hearted people and organizations. Together we are better. Together, we can change the world one precious life at a time.

Ministry Partners

BASICS in MilwaukeeBasics in Milwaukee – (Brothers And Sisters in Christ Serving) is a Christian, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization started in 1996, to strengthen churches and Christian outreach ministries throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee area. BASICS supports dozens of city ministries such as prison and re-entry ministries, community outreach events, recovery programs, youth activities and more.

From the beginning, BASICS has focused on forming partnerships between city and suburban churches, assisting more than 200 church pastors and 100 outreach ministry leaders, by equipping them through training, support, and access to needed resources.

BASICS currently supports over 30 smaller ministries that are unable to be financially independent. Hundreds of volunteers are actively involved, donating their time, talents, treasure, touch and tears for the work of God in Milwaukee.

Babboni PhotographyBABBONI’S PHOTOGRAPHY  … capturing life. At babbonis we specialize in Portrait Photography for Families, Extended Families, High School Seniors, Children & Business Portraits. Our Brookfield Studio is located on over 2 acres of property with lush gardens, gorgeous fields,. We always say, there really is something for everyone.

“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun!”

We love the opportunity to give back to our local community – many charities and nonprofit organizations.

Samantha CabreraSamantha Cabrera is the editor of Calla Press, an online blog featuring children’s writers, illustrators, women’s testimonials, and Christian poetry. The blog is meant to uplift and inspire creatives in the industry and to give glory through our creative passions and gifts. She is the author of All Is Grace: A Memoir of Finding Grace in Marriage through Mental Illness


Called to Watch – For the family members, friends, spouses, neighbors and co-workers of individuals with chronic illness. There is nothing easy about watching others struggle with chronic illness. In watching, we suffer too. There are two answers, one is community, the other is God. This blog points watchers to both.

Barbara ColemanBarbara Coleman lives in Maryland and has been in ministry with her husband, Mike, for over 48 years. In the past she has led Bible Studies and spoken at Women’s Retreats. She has three grown sons and 10 grandchildren. She is a retired floral designer and now spends her time painting. Most importantly she has a devoted husband who supports her and always encourages her to remember the wisdom of her precious Lord.

The Consilium – A community of purpose and grace for wise women. Founder and visionary, Diane W. Bailey’s passion is to see women grow into everything God has created them to be. Diane is a certified Life Coach, who loves loves meeting women in real life as she speaks at conferences, women’s Bible studies, and retreats, tailoring talks to meet the needs of each group. Topics include:

  • The Salt Life – Finding Joy In Your Life.
  • State of the Heart – How Do you Handle the Sorrows of Life?
  • Your Testimony – A Pearl of Great Price
  • Stepfamily

Diane is the author of 30 Days to a Better Stepfamily and String of Pearls. She and her husband, Doc, live in the deep South.

Shelly EsserShelly Esser has been the editor of Just Between Us magazine for the last 25 years. Additionally, she was actively involved in women’s ministries for 20 years, is an author, and has served on the Board of the Pastoral Leadership Institute. She and her husband have four daughters and a son-in-law, and live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

God-Living w/ Chronic IllnessGod Living with Chronic Illness – This site is the result of a deep desire in founder, Laurie Shoquist Miller’s heart to help and encourage others with chronic illness. Laurie was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when her kids were two and four. At that time, there were not a lot of resources for anyone with chronic illness. She searched for websites, books, ANYTHING to tell her how to be a Godly wife and parent with chronic pain. After several years, she finally began to find information about “good” living with fibromyalgia (in terms of physical wellness) but nothing for “God” living—nothing to tell her how to manage a life that included chronic illness with God’s wisdom, grace and strength. So she decided to start a blog to help others with chronic illness find the things she was desperately seeking and God-Living with Chronic Illness was born. Living well with chronic illness is a daily process of relying on God for the grace and strength to keep going. Laurie has found that we find the most peace as we let God meet our needs one day at a time. May His peace and presence be your constant companion and guide.

Julie Jablonski

Julie Jablonski – Self-taught, still-life photographer Julie Jablonski uses the words soli Deo gloria to the glory of God alone – to describe her art, and how she longs to live her life. “Sometimes there are seasons in life that are bewildering … especially God’s timing. So I will wait for every bit of beauty He will one day choose to reveal … it will be worth it. Everything He does always is.”

Just Between Us Magazine (JBU) – magazine was launched over 25 years ago by founder Jill Briscoe as a resource to encourage and equip women for a life of faith. At the time, the publishing experts told Jill the magazine could never be sustained with a handful of part-time staff and volunteers—but she went forward with her vision and God has been faithful. Primarily reader-written…JBU cover topics on family life, marriage, your relationship with Christ, and life’s struggles, as well as providing resources for doing ministry and everything in between. Regular content includes topics like dealing with difficult people, handling stress, battling depression and suicide, dealing with pornography, and understanding cultural issues like homosexuality.

Kaztex Companies – Providing financial and relational resources to ministry partners operating in southeastern Wisconsin who serve those in need while modeling and sharing the Gospel message.

Krista Struely – Graphic Design Consultant, KS Creative, LLC – Creative problem-solving, effective client communication and personalized service are Krista’s specialties. As both an in-house and freelance graphic designer for over 15 years, her skills are an excellent match for small and start-up businesses, non-profits and mid-sized organizations. Her educational background includes both Graphic Design art degree and Marketing degree programs, giving unique insight into visual communications and audience members.

Kyle Re Creative – At Kyle Re Creative, our focus is capturing the moments that mean the most to you. Preserving memories through photography and creating designs that breathe life into your brand is our passion and commitment. Kyle has had a passion for telling stories through the arts since he was very young. Whether it was on a sketchpad, a laptop, through songwriting or the lens of a camera, he’s always been in love with the creative process. After earning his degree in Graphic Design, he realized he wanted more than a typical 9-5 job, so he shifted his focus towards starting his own business in photography and graphic design. Kyle currently specializes in Wedding, Lifestyle, Fashion, Corporate & Fine Art Photography. In the Graphics Department, he specializes in Logos, Apparel Design, Infographics & Company Branding.

Mark MallwitzMark Mallwitz – Servant to Leaders – Mark equips others leaders in both BASICS Milwaukee and in the community at large through through encouragement, prayer, listening, and guidance. 

Terry PowellTerry PowellPenetrating the Darkness – Can vibrant Christian faith and depression coexist? What are the myths about depression still prevalent in the church? What information, resources, and coping strategies alleviate the burden of chronic depression and instill resiliency as a Christ-follower and servant? Those questions shape the slant of Terry’s blog.

He is not a psychologist or a physician, yet he is all-too-familiar with the nemesis of depression. During decades of ministry in churches and as a university professor, Terry has experienced recurring bouts of deep despondency. He describes himself as a fragile, desperate, bloodied soldier of Christ who marches with a limp, who by God’s grace, is still engaged in the battle.

Terry’s posts include:

  • Identifying and debunking misconceptions about faith in relation to depression
  • Personal stories and things he’s learned the hard way about day-to-day coping with despondency
  • Stories of other believers, past and present, whose frailty didn’t preclude their usefulness to God
  • Interviews with counselors, authors, and other experts
  • Reviews of books, blogs, and articles offering helpful information
  • Up-to-date research on prevalence, causes, and treatments
  • Bible truths/verses that instill hope and refute false beliefs often spawned by dark moods.

Esther SmithEsther Smith – Life in Slow Motion – In 2012 I started my blog, Life in Slow Motion, as a way for me to process my own experience with chronic pain and connect with other people going through similar situations. Over the years, this blog became less about me and more about serving the people I encountered. As a licensed and Christian counselor, I now use my website to provide a variety of resources to help people address the physical, spiritual, and emotional impact of chronic pain. – AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  *Amazon and Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.

Purejoyink – Owner and designer, Allie Lofy, loves life! She’s a designer based in Southeastern Wisconsin, who has an amazing husband, Kelly, a husky pup named Paddy, and a brand new baby boy. Allie has the joy of the Lord in her heart and wants to share the gift He has given her! She started Purejoyink with the hope of spreading love and joy through creativity and ink. Allie studied Graphic Design in college, but is mostly self taught in the art of invitations and hand lettering. Ever since she was little, Allie has had a love for weddings and all things cute! She loves to create and doodle, brainstorm designs, and make pretty things for her fabulous customers! Everything Allie does is custom.

Thrivent Financial Choice DollarsThrivent Financial is a membership organization of Christians, whose purpose is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and to live generously. Thrivent believes that all we have is a gift from God and that generosity is an expression of faith. Thrivent succeeds when it’s members, their families and their communities thrive.


Chronic Joy recognizes individuals or organizations who exemplify one or more of our ministry foundations:

  • Hope
  • Purpose
  • Worth
  • Encouragement
  • Community-Building
  • Joy

It is an opportunity for individuals or organizations to donate their skills, time, gifts or talents to further the work of the ministry.


Our Partners are recognized for their vital place in this ministry, introduced on our website, and given our sincere gratitude and appreciation.

Chronic Joy Ministry Partners are a partnership of hope, purpose and worth. A partnership between artisan, servant, donor, or organization and Chronic Joy Ministry. A partnership of generosity and joy. And it is the vital and remarkable partnership of community.

For more information about becoming a ministry partner contact us at:

From the Blog

Julie Jablonski – Creative Contributor

We're delighted to introduce you to Chronic Joy Creative Contributor, Julie Jablonski, whose gorgeous images have been bearing witness to the glory of God in His creation across our social media sites. Julie is a passionate, still-life photographer. Self-taught and still learning, she is...

I don't ever want to miss the beauty in the moment.

Introducing Barbara Coleman – Ministry Partner

 We're delighted to introduce you to Chronic Joy Creative Contributor and fine artist, Barbara Coleman! Barbara has been married and in ministry with her pastor husband for almost 50 years, and has lived with chronic illness for more than 30 years, specifically with chronic pain from Lyme...

"Your mission field is the ground between your own two feet." Jill Briscoe

Volunteer Prayer Coordinator – Bettie Gilbert

Chronic Joy's New Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator We are delighted to officially welcome Bettie Gilbert as Chronic Joy's brand new Volunteer Prayer Coordinator!Bettie is a beautiful soul with a huge heart for prayer who has been with us since the very beginning. (You'll learn more of her...

Business Resources

AdobeADOBE – Creative Cloud for non-profits is an affordable licensing option available for small workgroups, departments, classrooms and labs – or even entire institutions.

Aplos – Nonprofit leaders aren’t always professional accountants, fundraisers, or tax preparers, but with the right software and guidance they can do the tasks correctly and confidently. We offer support to help you do just that. Anything it takes to make it simple.

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Additional images to encourage and inspire hope, purpose, worth and joy can be found at Chronic Joy’s flickr site. These beautiful, high-resolution images are licensed non-commercial creative commons. Perfect to share with your group, on social media or to brighten someone’s day.

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MicrosoftMICROSOFT FOR NON PROFITS – We are committed to providing donated or discounted technology to nonprofits doing good in communities around the world.

TECHSOUPtechsoup  – Explore Our Nonprofit Tech Marketplace! Incredible offers for nonprofits from leading brands. Low administrative fees. Join our global community!

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