Hey ya'll! This is Rooted, Inc. (Rooted Women's Ministry). Thanks for stopping by our page and learning a little bit more about us. We have this cute little cozy house, in a small quaint Kansas town where we are just blessed beyond measure to be co-workers with Christ. By God's grace we are doing our best to share and show God's love to others in our community by helping women, children, and families in need and by providing a place to learn and share God's Word. Our main goal is to glorify God in all that we do.
Truly God can take all things, even the hurting, messy, and hard things (maybe especially these things) and He can work them all out for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). It was in one of these hard seasons of life that Rooted was born. God just takes messy things and makes them BEAUTIFUL! With a passion for Jesus, women, and helping others; and by God's grace Founder Lory West and Co-Founder Lea Newman were brought together for a truly special season to create Rooted. This season of friendship and creativity was truly God sent. Lea and her family have since followed Christ's calling on their lives which as led them to a new town to work in ministry once again. God is SO good! Therefore, daily operations are run by Lory and her BIGGEST and best helper, her momma, Angie. I told ya'll we were small town over here--Momma's are the BEST helpers a girl could ever ask for! Can I get an AMEN on that!
Rooted started small with weekly Bible Studies and we have since expanded by God's grace and through the generosity of our community to be able to assist women, children, and families in need and/or crisis in a whole lot of really awesome ways! We have the very best community and repeatedly they continue to show up to HELP others within our community. One big way we are able to help those in our community is through our personal care pantry, where we offer free personal care items. We have also partnered with a local church, Central Christian, to open a clothing ministry where we provide clothing, bedding, and other household items for free. As God leads and continues to provide ways where we can love our neighbor we continue to follow. Rooted serves not only those in Ark City, Winfield and Cowley County, we also serve families in northern Oklahoma. We are 100% non-profit, a registered 501(c)3 organization, and we have zero paid positions--we are 100% volunteer based.
Our desire at Rooted is to empower women and their families to live better lives. We truly feel that the best way we can support women is by investing in them. We are just broken women walking alongside other broken women helping to empower them through love, discipleship, and community. We are being led by Christ and we long to serve others, to share the Good News of the Gospel, and to help women experience hope and freedom that can only be found in Christ. Please know God loves you and we are praying for you!
In God's Love,
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lory West is a Kansas native who deeply loves Jesus. She is a mother, wife, daughter, self proclaimed writer, entrepreneur, advocate for those in need and co-founder of Rooted. A former teacher at the collegiate level, Lory left her 11 year career in higher education to obediently follow God's call on her life to disciple, encourage, empower, and unleash women to live their lives in and through Christ. Lory has a Master’s degree in Ministry, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Tabor College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Emporia State University. Lory lives in Arkansas City, Kansas, with her husband and biggest supporter, Landon, and their three girls, Peighton, Finleigh and Remi. One of Lory's favorite scriptures is Romans 5:3-5; "...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perservance, character; and character, hope." Lory's personal website and blog, Blest Fellowship, can be found at www.lorywest.com.
Lea Newman is a Jesus girl, wife to Jake, mom to 5, Nurse Practitioner, and co-founder of Rooted. All testify to the grace and goodness of God and His desire to restore broken, messy people. Hers is a story of redemption and restoration. A story of great trials, loss, and wilderness wandering. But also one of great triumph, hope and promises fulfilled. A story that can only be told through the eyes of others-her story within your stories. A story of discipleship-of community. A generation of women getting real and vulnerable with God and each other. Women wandering this season of the in between together. In between loads of laundry and sinks full of dishes...in between anxiety and depression...in between death and life. Lea's hope and prayer is for you to see Him in all she does and for you to know Him and share Him with others. "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost..." 2 Corinthians 4:3
Crystal Hunt is passionate about people. She has always been a people-oriented person and has a heart for helping others. It is natural for Crystal to build loving relationships with those she is in community with due to her servant heart. She is the wife of Jesse and mom of two adorable little boys, Ryker and Ethan. She has been in Human Resources for over 15 years, a career that she feels she was called to do. The thing she values the most about Christ and His love is His boundless grace for us all. He loves us unconditionally, even in the mess that we make of our lives at times. Crystal tries to live her life the same, giving everyone the opportunity to receive grace. Some of her favorite scriptures are: 2 Corinthians 12:9, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” and Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."