About Thrive Wellness Ministries, LLC
Thrive Wellness Ministries is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia. Founded by Mandy Nester in but inspired by God. At age 33, He gave me divine inspiration to start my own business/ministry helping others achieve their health & wellness goals. In general, the idea was to hold exercise sessions with prayer and devotions, then exercising to Christian music. The plan was to meet anywhere there is a need or desire – local fitness facilities, churches, parks, etc.
Since the ministry started in May 2015, it’s evolved a lot! Not only am I holding the Christian exercise classes, but I’m also volunteering in the nursing home and working with youth at Joy Ranch Home for Children. I’ve spoken with several groups about health and exercise as well.
I gave my life to Jesus when I was just a girl. Honestly, I can’t tell you the date or how old I was, but I remember the feeling I had when I was in that little church in Hiwassee, Virginia. At the end of the sermon that night, I felt the most powerful urge to go to the altar, but I fought it with all I had. When I finally stepped out, I felt like I was walking on air! I prayed and asked God to forgive me of my sins and lead me in life. I’ve had my ups and downs along the way, but He’s always been there with me.
Finally, I have a clear vision of what He wants me to do with my life. I’m here to help people live life to the fullest. Like the Casting Crowns song says, we were meant to do more than just survive, we were made to thrive.
Throughout my life, God has molded me into the person I am today, readying me for this endeavor. I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, a LesMills BodyPump certified instructor, and an American Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor. I’m a member of Stone Mountain Baptist Church and have attended there regularly for many years. I’ve battled with my weight in the past, competed in triathlons and 5k races, carried & birthed two babies, and helped others with their wellness hurdles. I’m ready to help you!
Contact me with questions or if you’re ready to partner to make a difference in people’s lives.
Address: PO Box 1302, Hillsville, VA 24343
Our First Volunteer – Mary Frances Behrendt
I met her in October 2015 at the flag football tournament fundraiser for Thrive. This sweet gal took an immediate interest in my ministry. Now that she’s married to Ben (pastor of Fairview Presbyterian Church) and living in Hillsville, she’s volunteered to help me out! Mary Frances has experience with children and people with disabilities. I have no doubt that she’ll be a wonderful addition to the team!
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