About Adessa Holden
Adessa Holden is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God specializing in women's ministry. She's the author of the Finding Healing Curriculum including "Finding Healing", "The Finding Healing Workbook", and the "Finding Healing Video Series." She's also written "Finding Significance", "The Adventure: Finding Your God-Given Passion, Place, and Purpose", "Whatever It Takes", and "Ageless Truths: Lessons I Learned In My Forties that I Wish I Knew In My Twenties". Whether it be speaking, writing, blogging, or vlogging, or podcasting, Adessa's passion is helping women develop an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus and becoming the women God originally designed them to be.
Adessa is also the Vice-President/Treasurer of 4One Ministries. Together with her brother, they travel the East Coast speaking, holding conferences, and producing Men’s and Women's Resources that provide practical Biblical teaching to strengthen, encourage, and challenge individuals to grow in their walk with Christ and apply Biblical principles to their everyday life.
First and foremost, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. As such, my life revolves around my relationship with Him. This relationship began when I was 5 years old and I hid behind my parent’s sofa and asked Jesus to be my personal Savior. Later that night I told my Mom and we prayed together again. Even though I was very young, I’ll never forget that defining moment when I gave my life to Jesus.
Growing up, I was a church kid. I was raised in the Pentecostal Church, attended Christian school, and participated in all of the normal church kid activities. Unlike many church kids, I did not fall into the trap of confusing religion with relationship. For this, I credit my Mom, a woman who lived her life out of a sense of devotion and passionate love for God. She dedicated her life to serving Jesus and teaching my brother and I there was no greater purpose in life than following Jesus. She taught us the difference between religion and relationship, how to apply the principles of God’s Word to our lives, and how to follow Jesus with unwavering devotion.
After I graduated from high school, I attended the University of Valley Forge. As important as my college experience was, it was a personal encounter I had with the Holy Spirit that changed the course of my life during these years.
You see, from a very young age I knew that I was called into full-time ministry (I remember answering an altar call when I was seven years old). However, it was on a summer day when I was 20 years old that the Holy Spirit asked me, “Will you follow Me wherever I lead you even if it isn’t on the path you’ve laid out for yourself? Will you, like the 12 disciples lay your nets aside and follow Me without reserve?”
That day I made a covenant with God that I would follow Him and lay down my plans. From that day forward, I knew that my life no longer belonged to me, but I now belonged to Jesus. It was during that same summer that God showed me that I was specifically called to minister to women.
Two years later, I graduated from University of Valley Forge with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Honestly, it was around this time that I started to understand that God’s plans for my life were quite different than my own. Still, He was in control, so let the adventure begin!
Let me just say, the next few years were an adventure---and quite different than anything I would have planned. You see, instead of following the pre-planned agenda I had for my life, the Holy Spirit led me back home to my parent's house. My Mom took on the role as my mentor, and God used this time to teach me what meant to be a woman of God. It was during this time that I learned what it truly means to choose a personal relationship with Jesus over religion, how to practically live out my faith on a daily basis, and began developing new behavioral patterns. Most importantly, during this time the Holy Spirit began uncovering the pain of the abuse and lies that my Mom, my brother and I experienced throughout our lives so that we could experience true freedom and healing. It was my own personal “Joseph experience”---a time designated by God to preparing me for the plans He had for my life. Of course, this is just the overview---if you want to read my full testimony, you'll have to read Finding Healing.
Then, in God’s timing and in a way that only He could have designed, the door opened to create what has now become 4One Ministries and AdessaHolden.com. Today, I am completely loving the direction God is leading my life, and I treasure each opportunity to share our family’s testimony, teach the principles found in the Bible, and pass on the lessons I’ve learned. It my absolute honor and privilege to serve Jesus and women through this ministry.
As a single woman, my family section may look a little different than most women in ministry. And yet, these are the people that I live with and they are the people that I love. My family right now consists of my brother, Jamie and my Dad (yes, I live with two guys which means I hear alot about sports.) Anyone who knows me knows that Jamie and I are ridiculously close. We don't just live together, but we also minister together. When we're doing Men's Ministry I'm his assistant, and when we're doing Women's Ministry, he is mine. The truth is that we do almost everything together and there is no one in the world I'm more comfortable around. He's my best friend and I'm very grateful that God allows us to have this unique relationship.
Of course, I can't talk about my family without mentioning my Mom who is now with Jesus in Heaven. Until then, she was my best friend, my mentor and the biggest influence in my life. Jamie and I often say that if you like us, you'd have liked her because we are her kids. We are who we are and do what we do because of her dedication to Jesus and us. We were blessed.
And then there are the people that we aren't related to, but they are friends that we love like family. Though I won't list them all by name, they know who they are. Even though we live far apart and only see each other a few times a year, Jamie and I love and trust them like family and are so grateful for them.
My Favorite Things
If you really want to get to know someone you need to know their favorite things. Here are a few of mine:
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite hobby: Riding in the car listening to music (good thing because we travel a lot)
Favorite place: First my house. I'm a homebody at heart who truly believes there's no place like home. Otherwise, I LOVE the beach—-watching the ocean and waves—perfect
Favorite article of clothing: Sandals. If it's above 55 degrees, odds are I'll be wearing them.
Favorite food: Unquestionably Chocolate
Favorite person: While there are others who I absolutely love, I am absolutely at my best and most comfortable with my brother Jamie
Favorite book: the Bible, duh
Favorite music: Classic Rock. Growing up I loved D.C. Talk and in college I loved Billy Joel. I'm still a pretty big fan of both
Favorite season: Summer—you get to wear sandals or better yet barefoot
Favorite superhero: Ironman
Favorite flower: Tulips. I'm fascinated by the inside where there's a whole beautiful world going on that no one can see from the outside.
Favorite cookie: Chocolate Chip
Favorite actual food: Fresh Green Beans. I also love Chicken Parmesan
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:12-16