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Our Team

Staff

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Lindsay Holloway

Co-Founder/ Executive Director

Lindsay Holloway lived a life of addiction and incarceration for years. Since being set free from these life-controlling issues, she is driven to shine a light to lead people to Jesus’ transformative love. She has been sharing her testimony and serving in ministry for over 10 years in jails, prisons, schools, recovery programs, and churches. One of her passions is to remove barriers for those coming out of incarceration to have a real second chance. She serves as an advocacy speaker for criminal justice reform policies in multiple nonprofit organizations. She founded TILM in 2016. She lives in Baxter, TN with her husband, Derek, and daughter, Elizabeth.

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Niki Payne

Program Director

Niki has lived in the Upper Cumberland since 1987. First moving to Sparta then Cookeville. She is originally from San Diego California. She moved to TN in hopes of giving her children a better life. During this time, she battled a 28 year addiction and was not able to gain her sobriety until 1999 when she was introduced to Jesus at the Cookeville Rescue Mission. Ms Payne quickly learned the value of helping others walk, often run out of the very darkness she lived in. Niki has been working for over 20 years assisting others to find their own recovery and introducing them to Jesus through her actions. She is trained in many areas of recovery and mental health. Program development/work is a gifting she excels in. Niki lives in Monterey TN with her husband Jon and grandson Quincye. 

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Kendra Hillis

Daytime Transitional Manager

Kendra is an overcomer of years of severe depression and addiction. She spent many years battling thoughts and attempts of suicide, feeling totally helpless and completely hopeless, which she tried to numb with the use of drugs. She found recovery and reconnected with Jesus in 2019 when her lawyer sent her to a faith-based treatment center. There she discovered her calling and purpose. After finding the hope and peace that can only be found in Christ, sobriety and joy seemed to come easy. That is something she feels the need to share with anyone who will listen. She plans to spend the rest of her life sharing this hope with anyone who is struggling with addiction or mental health. Kendra is a living example that there is life after the darkness of addiction and depression and that God loves to give us life abundantly!

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Carrie Cooper

Respite Manager

Bio coming soon

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Derek Holloway

Co-Founder/ Spiritual Director

Derek Holloway is an ordained and licensed minister.  Because God set him free from a life of addiction and incarceration over 16 years ago, he loves sharing the Word of God through preaching, teaching, and in music. He plays music at churches, prisons, and events. He has also written and recorded his own southern rock Christian music. Derek is the owner of One Son's Carpentry and Woodworking. His business is a ministry too, as it has helped prodigal children learn a trade and more about Jesus. Derek is married to Lindsay Holloway. 

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Tina Ledbetter

Senior Transitional Manager

Tina Ledbetter is from Middle Tennessee and loves her family. She has 3 wonderful children, Alesha, Mackenzie and Lane, as well, she is mother in-law to beautiful Haley. She is also a grandmother to beautiful Alyssa who is the apple of Tina’s eye. She is a firm believer in Jesus Christ and His redemptive power to change lives. In her testimony God is the main Character meeting her right where she was when she came to believe in someone greater than herself. Tina states she believes God does miracles every day as she has seen it first hand in her employment in the ministry at This Is Living Ministries. She loves watching God change lives daily. Tina has worked in a local mental health facility since gaining her own recovery journey and has done well. She is a great example of what happens when we answer the call of God.

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Jessica Duke

Weekend Transitional Manager

Jessica was born in San Diego, California. Jessica was introduced to recovery at a halfway house in St Pete FL. While she was there, Jessica began to thrive and help others along the way. When she became a member of Bridge Point church in downtown St Pete, she began to see that the sobriety she was looking for MUST include a relationship with Jesus. She has always had a love for the Lord, but when she got clean and sober she started to really dig into her relationship with Jesus Christ. She started attending Celebrate Recovery to gain a better understanding on how to make Jesus the center of her recovery. After about a year clean Jessica started sponsoring others and chaired multiple CR and NM meetings. After moving to Tennessee in 2020, she found Life Recovery meetings in Livingston where she found a Christian community. She became very involved  and chairing the Sunday meeting. Jessica accredits Jesus with her new life and over 4 years in recovery! She married her husband, Joshua, in 2022 and live in Cookeville with their dog, Charlie. 

But my life means nothing to me. My only goal is to finish the race. I want to complete the work the Lord Jesus has given me. He wants me to tell others about the good news of God’s grace. -Acts 20:24

Board of Directors

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Rose Spagnola

Treasurer of the board

Rose is the owner of two businesses, Alvina Business Services, a full-service bookkeeping practice, and Emerald Rose Productions, aka: The Drone Lady, a commercial videography/photography business in Cookeville. She has served on numerous boards throughout the years as well as helped several non-profits and churches with their books. Rose and her husband were specialized foster parents for 11 years and helped raise over 55 children during that time. They have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. Both Rose and her husband are also actively involved in jail ministry through Life Church.

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Cathy Oakley

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

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Amy Durfee

Board Member

Amy is a TN native and stay at home mom to 3 boys. She and her husband David of 22 years live on a farm in Sparta, TN where they raise all kinds of animals. Amy serves on the women’s ministry leadership team at Life Church and also leads a small group of women in recovery from addiction. She teaches several classes at This Is Living Ministries and her driving heart’s desire is to see the residents develop a deep understanding of who they are in Christ.

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