The Widows Link Team
Marlene Craft - Widows Link Director
Marlene Craft and her husband Wayne were pastors for 30 years, until his sudden passing in 2011. Throughout her time in ministry, Marlene always loved ministering to woman, especially pastor’s wives. Soon after her husband died, she knew that her desire was now to minister to widows. In 2013, she began a small group widows’ ministry at her home church in Alabaster, Alabama. That small group was the birthplace for this ministry we today call, Widows Link. She was appointed as the first Assemblies of God U.S. Missionary to Widows in 2017 and Widows Link became an official 5013c not-for profit in 2019.
Marlene now spends her time ministering to widows through personal conversations and connections, speaking engagements around the country, and our different Widows Link events including the annual Widows Link Cruise and the Widows Link Retreat. Marlene’s heart is to help every widow discover how special they are to God and for them to experience the empowerment of God in their personal lives.
Tia Sullivan - Missionary Associate
Tia Sullivan became a widow at 40 years old. On October 29, 2016, her life was changed forever. Her husband, father of their blended family, and faithful ministry partner, Jeremy, passed away following a 15 month battle with brain cancer. Their youngest child was only 14 months old. This would prove to be one of the darkest times of Tia's life. With her heart shattered and children still at home after his passing, she would enter in to a season of complete and total surrender to God. For everything. But just as his word says, God has proved himself faithful to Tia in all things, giving her the provision and the strength to endure the path of widowhood. Now, her hearts desire is to encourage and support other widows and widowed mothers by sharing her personal testimony of God's grace and mercy. "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself RESTORE you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10
JoLeta Nash - Missionary Associate
JoLeta Nash grew up in a pastor's home and has been involved in some form of ministry all of her life. For almost 15 years, JoLeta and her husband Robert led the Girls Ministries and Royal Rangers groups at Christ's Legacy Church, located in the Oklahoma City area. Robert joined Heaven's ranks in January of 2016, following a 21-month battle with bile duct cancer. JoLeta became aware during the cancer journey that the Lord was preparing her for a new ministry. After Robert's death, she knew that ministry would be to widows, and the Lord began birthing dreams in her heart. God brought Marlene into JoLeta's path through a divine appointment, and after much prayer, JoLeta became a Missionary Associate with the Assemblies of God US Missions Department, working with Marlene and Widows Link. JoLeta's heart beats for widows, and she is thrilled to be a part of the great plans God has ahead for widow's ministry across the United States.
Brian Craft - Creative Arts Director
Brian has worked with Widows Link from the beginning of this ministry. He has helped Marlene over the years to establish a footprint around the country. Brian comes to Widows Link with a degree in Practical Theology from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife have been involved in church leadership and ministry for over 15 years.
Brian works hard to keep Widows Link on the cutting edge in all our media including our website, facebook, and video production. Brian and Marlene work closely on the many media projects Widows Link produces like our “Dear Widow” series, our many event promotions and several upcoming projects we are excited to announce soon. Brian and his wife live in Alabama with their two young children.